The Veblen Company and the Knight Company are identical in every respect except that Veblen is not levered. The Knight Company’s 6 percent bonds sell at par value. Financial information for the two firms appears below. All earnings streams are perpetuities. Neither fi rm pays taxes. Both firms distribute all earnings available to common stockholders immediately.
a. An investor who is able to borrow at 6 percent per year wishes to purchase 5 percent of Knight’s equity. Can he increase his dollar return by purchasing 5 percent of Veblen’s equity if he borrows so that the initial net costs of the two strategies are the same?
b. Given the two investment strategies in (a), which will investors choose? When will this process cease?

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