Tax benefits and price Hahn Textiles has a tax loss carryforward of $800,000. Two firms are interested in acquiring Hahn for the tax loss advantage. Reilly Investment Group has expected earnings before taxes of $200,000 per year for each of the next 7 years and a cost of capital of 15%. Webster Industries has expected earnings before taxes for the next 7 years as shown in the following table.
Year--> Earnings before taxes
Both Reilly's and Webster's expected earnings are assumed to fall within the annual limit legally allowed for application of the tax loss carryforward resulting from the proposed merger (see footnote 2 on page 719). Webster has a cost of capital of 15%. Both firms are subject to a 40% tax rate on ordinary income.
a. What is the tax advantage of the merger each year for Reilly?