Posted: February 4th, 2016

Directions: You may complete the exam in Excel or in Word.

- If you choose to complete the exam in Excel, open the Excel program and create a new spreadsheet named
*mid-term exam (your last name)*. Then answer the following questions on the spreadsheet. You may put each problem on a separate tab in the spreadsheet if you like. Save the file when you are finished, then submit the exam on the course website just as you would a normal homework assignment.

- If you choose to complete the exam in Word, open the Word program and create a new document named
*mid-term exam (your last name)*. Then answer the following questions on the document. Be sure to show your calculations! Save the file when you are finished, then submit the exam on the course website just as you would a normal homework assignment.

Reminders:

- In Excel, use formulas in the spreadsheet to solve the problems so your instructor can see how you arrived at your answers. If your instructor cannot determine how an answer was calculated, no credit will be given for that answer. If a question calls for a text answer, such as a few sentences or a short paragraph, create a text box on the spreadsheet and enter your text in the box. In Word, be sure to show clearly how you arrived at your answers by entering the calculations as text. If your instructor cannot determine how an answer was calculated, no credit will be given for that answer.

- Be sure to complete the exam by the deadline posted for it. Late submissions without good reason will be assessed a penalty.

- Be sure to put your name on the spreadsheet or in the Word document.

- You must complete the exam by yourself, without assistance from anyone else. Copying and pasting from another person’s spreadsheet or Word document or from the Internet is not allowed. Also, you must not give assistance to anyone else. That means you may not send your files, or parts of your files to anyone else and you may not receive files, or parts of files from anyone else.

- Ask your instructor if you have any questions.

Exam problems begin on the next page. There are seven questions worth a total of 40 points.

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Question 1: (Financial Statement Analysis) 10 points

Consider the following sets of financial statements and answer the questions that follow:

- Which firm is the most liquid? Why? (Justify your answer with at least two ratios).

- Which firm is the most profitable? Why? (Justify your answer with at least two ratios).

- Construct a Du Pont equation (use the extended, or modified version shown in the Week 1, chapters 2 & 3 lesson notes) for each firm and comment on the sources of each firm’s ROE as revealed by the equation.

Question 2: (Time Value of Money – Monthly Loan Payments) 5 points

Best Buy has a 65” 4K Ultra HD TV on sale for $1,999.99. If you could borrow that amount from First National Bank of St Louis at 4% for 1 year, what would be your monthly loan payments?

Question 3: (Time Value of Money – Present Value) 4 points

You have figured out that you will need $800,000 to finance your child’s college education when she turns 18, which will be 16 years from now, so you decide to invest in zero-coupon bonds, which will mature in 16 years and will pay off $800,000 at maturity. How much would you have to invest in zero-coupon bonds today to reach your goal, assuming the going rate on such bonds is currently 3.5% per year?

Question 4: (Risk & Return) 4 points

You hold a portfolio of stocks consisting of the following:

Stock Beta Current Value

Caterpillar 0.6 $20,000

CitiCorp 0.8 $21,000

Wendy’s 1.0 $22,000

Boeing… 1.2 $27,000

Total: $90,000

- What is the beta of the portfolio?

- You have decided to sell Boeing for $27,000 and to use the proceeds to buy $27,000 of Nike stock with a beta of 1.4. After the transaction is complete, what will be the new beta of the portfolio? (Disregard any commissions on the buy and sell transactions.)

Question 5: (Risk & Return) 3 points

- Define the Capital Asset Pricing Model.

- Explain what a stock’s “beta” is.

- If the risk-free rate is 1% and the expected rate of return on the stock market is 9%, what is the required rate of return per the CAPM for a stock that has a beta of 1.3?

Question 6: (Bond valuation) 8 points

- Curley’s Company’s bonds have 10 years remaining to maturity. Interest is paid annually, the bonds have a $1,000 par value, and the coupon interest rate is 4%. The bonds have a yield to maturity (YTM) of 5%. Given these conditions, what should be the current price of these bonds?

- Larry’s Company’s bonds have 8 years remaining to maturity. Interest is paid annually, the bonds have a $1,000 par value, and the coupon interest rate is 4%. The bonds have a current market price of $890. Given these conditions, what should be the yield to maturity (YTM) of these bonds?

Question 7: (Stock Valuation) 6 Points

- Define the Efficient Markets Hypothesis.

- Financial theorists generally define three forms of market efficiency: the weak-form, the semi-strong-form, and the strong-form. Explain these three forms.

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