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Greenwood Corporation has paid 60 consecutive quarterly cash dividends
(15 years). The last 6 months have been a real cash drain on the company, however, as
profit margins have been greatly narrowed by increasing competition. With a cash balance
sufficient to meet only day-to-day operating needs, the president, Gil Mailor, has decided
that a stock dividend instead of a cash dividend should be declared. He tells Greenwood’s
financial vice-president, Vicki Lemke, to issue a press release stating that the
company is extending its consecutive dividend record with the issuance of a 5% stock
dividend. “Write the press release convincing the stockholders that the stock dividend is
just as good as a cash dividend,” he orders. “Just watch our stock rise when we announce
the stock dividend; it must be a good thing if that happens.”
(a) Who are the stakeholders in this situation?
(b) Is there anything unethical about President Mailor’s intentions or actions?
(c) What is the effect of a stock dividend on a corporation’s stockholders’ equity accounts?
Which would you rather receive as a stockholder—a cash dividend or a stock dividend?