Module 4 – SLP
CAPITAL STRUCTURE AND DIVIDENDS
Analyzing the Dividend Policies of Various Companies
Please recall the company that you selected for the Module 1 SLP. Please
review the company’s dividends over the past three years. Then, answer
the following questions in Word (except for the Excel portion specifically
What has occurred with company’s dividend payout, dividend yield, and
dividend per share over the past three years? Do you have any
explanations for what has occurred?
How does your selected company’s dividend payout, dividend yield, and
dividend per share compare to other companies in its industry? Has the
company’s dividend strategy been similar to other companies in its
You are now to use Excel and plot your selected company’s earnings and
dividends over the past three years. Do you notice any patterns?
What is your estimate for your company’s dividend per share next year?
Please justify why you made that decision.
Now locate a company that has reduced or eliminated its common stock
cash dividend over the past year. Why did the company reduce or
eliminate its dividend? What has happened to the company’s stock price
over the year?
SLP Assignment Expectations
You are expected to:
• Describe the purpose of the report and provide a conclusion. An
introduction and a conclusion are important because many busy
individuals in the business environment may only read the first and the
Page 1 of 2
last paragraph. If those paragraphs are not interesting, they never read
the body of the paper.
• Answer the SLP Assignment question(s) clearly and provide necessary
• Write clearly and correctly—that is, no poor sentence structure, no
spelling and grammar mistakes, and no run-on sentences.
• Provide citations to support your argument and references on a
separate page. (All the sources that you listed in the references section
must be cited in the paper.) Use APA format to provide citations and
• Type and double-space the paper.
Whenever appropriate, please use Excel to show supporting computations
in an appendix, present financial information in tables, and use the data
computed to answer follow-up questions. In finance, in addition to being
able to write well, it’s important to present information in a professional
manner and to analyze financial information. This is part of the assignment
expectations and will be considered for grading purposes.
CAPITAL STRUCTURE AND DIVIDENDS Analyzing the Dividend Policies of Various Companies Please recall the company that you selected for the Module 1 S
Module 4 – SLP
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