The Bouchard Company's EPS was $5.39 in 2005, up from $3.08 in 2000. The company pays out 50% of its earnings as dividends, and its common stock sells for $31.
a. find out the past growth rate in earnings. (Hint: This is a 5-year growth period.) Round your answer to two decimal places.
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b. The last dividend was D0 = 0.50($5.39) = $2.70. find out the next expected dividend, D1, assuming that the past growth rate continues. Round your answer to two decimal places.
c. What is Bouchard's cost of retained earnings, rs? Round your answer to two decimal places.