Financing Tuxedo Air’s Expansion Plans with a Bond Issue
Mark Taylor and Jack Rodwell, the owners of Tuxedo Air, have decided to expand their operations. They instructed their newly hired financial analyst, Ed
Cowan, to enlist an underwriter to help sell $35 million in new 10-year bonds to finance construction. Chris has entered into discussions with Suzanne Lenglen,
an underwriter from the firm of Raines and Warren, about which bond features Tuxedo Air should consider and what coupon rate the issue will likely have.
Although Ed is aware of the bond features, he is uncertain about the costs and benefits of some features, so he isn’t sure how each feature would affect the
coupon rate of the bond issue. You are Suzanne’s assistant, and she has asked you to prepare a memo to Ed describing the effect of each of the following bond
features on the coupon rate of the bond. She would also like you to list any advantages or disadvantages of each feature:
1. The security of the bond—that is, whether the bond has collateral.
2. The seniority of the bond.
3. The presence of a sinking fund.
4. A call provision with specified call dates and call prices.
5. A deferred call accompanying the call provision.
6. A Canada plus call provision.
7. Any positive covenants. Also, discuss several possible positive covenants Tuxedo Air might consider.
8. Any negative covenants. Also, discuss several possible negative covenants Tuxedo Air might consider.
9. A conversion feature (note that Tuxedo Air is not a publicly traded company).
10. A floating-rate coupon.
Follow all the Steps and instructions . NO PLAGIARISM.
Use the case method to apply concepts, share ideas, and improve communication skills toward solving a complex business problem.
You must read the case (Financing Tuxedo Air’s Expansion Plans with a Bond Issue on p. 260) carefully. Various assigned readings in this course lean toward value investing.
Concepts related to financial statements and long-term financial planning and valuation and future cash flows will help you analyze the cases.
Preparing the Case Analysis
Step 1. Define the problem (15% of assignment grade)
Be sure to identify the problem and not the symptom of a problem. For example, a decline in sales is a symptom of a problem; you must identify the actual cause of the decline in
Step 2. Formulate alternative solutions to the problem (20% of assignment grade)
It may be helpful to brainstorm as many solutions as you can and then narrow your list down to three or four solutions you feel are the strongest.
Step 3. Evaluate and compare the alternative solutions (35% of assignment grade)
To evaluate alternative solutions you should consider their strengths (e.g., increased productivity) and their weaknesses (e.g., increased cost).
Step 4. Recommend and justify an effective solution (30% of assignment grade)
Be sure to record the reasons why the chosen solution is most effective. In your analysis you must provide a recommendation that is supported by your analysis.
Note: Your analysis may require that you identify more than one problem and develop a set of recommendations.
The Mini-Case Analyses will be marked in its entirety out of 100. The following rubric indicates the criteria students are to adhere to, and their relative weights to the assignment
Activity/Competencies Demonstrated % of Final Grade
Define the problem /15
Formulate alternative solutions to the
Evaluate and compare the alternative
Recommend and justify an effective
a. identify the reasons why the chosen
solution is most effective
b. provide a recommendation that is
supported by analysis
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