Alliance Concrete Case Analysis

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Professor P. Savor Intermediate Corporate Finance 3504 Section 002 Case Analysis#1 Alliance Concrete Alliance Concrete is a ready-mix concrete producer who has had tremendous success and revenue growth in its previous years of operation. Potential economic slowdown, overdue capital improvements, and debt repayment obligations pose serious threats to the financial health of this firm. Despite Alliance Concrete’s success and growth the economy in which Alliance Concrete operates may undergo an economic slowdown, which will decrease demand for its services and products. Alliance’s industry costs for materials are steadily increasing by 2.3% and are projected in 2006 to increase on average by 9%. In 2004, delays and stoppages to the firm’s production due to the collapse of equipment cost Alliance $2.6 million in repairs and a two-week shutdown. Alliance’s obligation to pay a divide payment of $3 million to National Industrial Supplies, and their previous $4 million annual loan repayment to their bank cripple the firm’s ability to finance expenditures. The firm is facing a difficult decision with choosing between postponing capital improvements, renegotiating debt obligations, or reducing dividend payments to National. Capital improvements will potentially save the firm money in costs for repairs, production delays, and plant shutdowns. Moreover, Alliance’s customers are sensitive to delivery times. In the long run, Alliance Concrete’s best option to satisfy its customers and potentially cut unexpected cost by renegotiating with the bank to invest in capital expenditures, and not paying National its dividends. Alliance Concrete has the financial ability to pay it’s debt obligations and $3 million in dividends, but not if they wish to engage in capital expenditures. The best course of action for Alliance is to stress to National that paying dividends will

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