Rudolph Corporation is evaluating an extra dividend versus a share repurchase. In either case, $11,000 would be spent. Current earnings are $1.40 per share, and the stock currently sells for $58 per share. There are 2,000 shares outstanding. Ignore taxes and other imperfections in answering the first two questions.
a. Evaluate the two alternatives in terms of the effect on the price per share of the stock and shareholder wealth.
b. What will be the effect on Rudolph’s EPS and PE ratio under the two different scenarios?
c. In the real world, which of these actions would you recommend? Why?