Most corporations pay quarterly dividends on their common stock rather than annual dividends. Barring any unusual circumstances during the year, the board raises, lowers, or maintains the current dividend once a year and then pays this dividend out in equal quarterly instalments to its shareholders.
a. Suppose a company currently pays a $3.20 annual dividend on its common stock in a single annual instalment, and management plans on raising this dividend by 5 percent per year indefinitely. If the required return on this stock is 11 percent, what is the current share price?
b. Now suppose that the company in (a) actually pays its annual dividend in equal quarterly instalments; thus, this company has just paid an $0.80 dividend per share, as it has for the previous three quarters. What is your value for the current share price now?
Comment on whether or not you think that this model of stock valuation is appropriate.

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