Question : Green Caterpillar Garden Supplies Inc. reported sales of $743,000 at
Green Caterpillar Garden Supplies Inc. reported sales of $743,000 at the end of last year, but this year, sales are expected to grow by 6%. Green Caterpillar Garden Supplies Inc. expects to maintain its current profit margin of 20% and dividend payout ratio of 15%. The following information was taken from Green Caterpillar Garden Supplies Inc.'s balance sheet: Based on the AFN equation, the firm's AFN for the current year is _______. A positively signed AFN value represents: A point at which the funds generated within the firm equal the demands for funds to finance the firm's future expected sales requirements A surplus of internally generated funds that can be invested in physical or financial assets or paid out as additional dividends A shortage of internally generated funds that must be raised outside the company to finance the company's forecasted future growth Because of its excess funds, Green Caterpillar Garden Supplies Inc is thinking about raising its dividend payout ratio to satisfy shareholders. Green Caterpillar Garden Supplies Inc. could pay out ______ of its earnings to shareholders without needing to raise any external capital.