Lever Brothers has a debt ratio (debt to assets) of 60%. - 4606

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Lever Brothers has a debt ratio (debt to assets) of 60%. Management is wondering if its current capital structure is too aggressive. Lever Brothers’s present EBIT is $3 million, and profits available to common shareholders are $1,440,000, with 228,571 shares of common stock outstanding. If the firm were to instead have a debt ratio of 20%, reduced interest expense would cause profits available to stockholders to increase to $1,680,000, but 457,143 common shares would be outstanding. What is the difference in EPS at a debt ratio of 20% versus 60%? 

a. $-1.76 

b. $-2.63 

c. $-3.14 

d. $-4.37 

 
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Lever Brothers has a debt ratio (debt to assets) of 60