Wagner Industries is comparing two different capital structures. Plan I would result in 9,500 shares of stock and $361,000 in debt. Plan II would result in 12,000 shares of stock and $238,000 in debt. The interest rate on the debt is 10 percent.
a. Ignoring taxes, compare both of these plans to an all-equity plan assuming that EBIT will be $71,000. The all-equity plan would result in 19,000 shares of stock outstanding. Which of these three plans has the highest EPS? The lowest?
b. In question (1), what are the break-even levels of EBIT for each plan as compared to that for an all-equity plan? Is one higher than the other? Why?
c. Ignoring taxes, when will EPS be identical for Plans I and II?