Donna Jamison, a recent graduate of the University of Western

Donna Jamison, a recent graduate of the University of Western Ontario with four years of banking experience, was recently brought in as assistant to the chairman of the board of Computron Industries, a manufacturer of electronic calculators.
The company doubled its plant capacity, opened new sales offices outside its home territory, and launched an expensive advertising campaign. Computron's results were not satisfactory, to put it mildly. Its board of directors, which consisted of its president and vice-president plus its major shareholders (who were all local businesspeople), was most upset when directors learned how the expansion was going. Suppliers were being paid late and were unhappy, and the bank was complaining about the deteriorating situation and threatening to cut off credit. As a result, Al Watkins, Computron's president, was informed that changes would have to be made, and quickly, or he would be fired. Also, at the board's insistence, Donna Jamison was brought in and given the job of assistant to Fred Campo, a retired banker who was Computron's chairman and largest shareholder. Campo agreed to give up a few of his golfing days and to help nurse the company back to health, with Jamison's help.
Jamison began by gathering financial statements and other data.
a. What effect did the expansion have on sales and net income? What effect did the expansion have on the asset side of the balance sheet? What effect did it have on liabilities and equity?
b. What do you conclude from the statement of cash flows?
c. What is free cash flow? Why is it important? What are the five uses of FCF?
d. What is Computron's net operating profit (NOPAT)? What are operating current assets? What are operating current liabilities? How much net operating working capital and total net operating capital does Computron have?
e. What is Computron's free cash flow (FCF)?
f. Calculate Computron's return on invested capital. Computron has a 10% cost of capital (WACC). Do you think Computron's growth added value?
g. Jamison also has asked you to estimate Computron's EVA. She estimates that the after-tax cost of capital was 10% in both years.
h. What happened to Computron's Market Value Added (MVA)?
i. Given that Computron could have issued preferred shares yielding 6% net of costs, why did the company decide to borrow more from the bank at a rate of 7.5%?
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