(Evaluating current and pro forma profitability) (Financial ratiosâ€”investment analysis) The annual sales for Salco, Inc. were $4.5 million last year. All sales are on credit. The firmâ€™s end-of-year balance sheet was as follows:
The firmâ€™s income statement for the year was as follows:
a. Calculate Salcoâ€™s total asset turnover, operating profit margin, and operating return on assets.
b. Salco plans to renovate one of its plants, which will require an added investment in plant and equipment of $1 million. The firm will maintain its present debt ratio of 0.5 when financing the new investment and expects sales to remain constant. The operating profit margin will rise to 13 percent. What will be the new operating return on assets for Salco after the plantâ€™s renovation?
c. Given that the plant renovation in part (b) occurs and Salcoâ€™s interest expense rises by $50,000 per year, what will be the return earned on the common stockholdersâ€™ investment? Compare this rate of return with that earned before the renovation.