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Finning International Inc., headquartered in Vancouver, describes itself as “the world’s largest Caterpillar equipment dealer,” with operations in Western Canada, South America, and the United Kingdom and Ireland. As at December 31, 2013, the company had a straightforward share capital structure described in Note 7 to the financial statements as: The Company is authorized to issue an unlimited number of preferred shares without par value, of which 4.4 million are designated as cumulative redeemable preferred shares. The Company had no preferred shares outstanding for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012.
The Company is authorized to issue an unlimited number of common shares. Exhibit 11-12 contains the 2013 consolidated statement of shareholders’ equity. All amounts are in thousands.
Required:
a. Finning has an unlimited number of authorized shares on each class of shares. Why do many companies today prefer to have an unlimited authorized number of shares?
b. How many common shares were outstanding on December 31, 2013? What was the average issue value of those shares?
c. What was Finning’s reported net income for 2013? How much did it pay out in dividends? What was its dividend payout ratio?
d. Using only the statement of shareholders’ equity, calculate the return on equity for Finning for 2013 and 2012.


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