A small segment on the finance staff argued that dividends should only be paid after funding all projects offering positive net present values. This was according to the residual dividend payout policy. However, this would make the dividends payment unpredictable. In addition, a 40 percent dividends payout would mean that the corporation had conquered all its problems and the managers were confident in its future operations (Bruner & Opitz, 1997). This is because that would be a large amount of dividends. In my opinion, Nortboro Machine Tools Corporation should first analyze the amount it spends funding the firms projects and other expenses such as earnings. From this, it can then decide quantitatively on the percent value of its dividends. By this, dividends are easily predictable and consistent.
Also in order for the dividend pay out policy to be successful, there is the assumption that the firm’s growth rate should increase. A projected source and use of cash are to test the feasibility of the firm and hence the amount of dividends to be paid to share holders. The calculation to be made is based on the shares each shareholder member. Based on this the dividends can be steady and predictable.
Bruner, R.F. & Opitz, C.S. (1997). Northboro Machine Tools Corporation. Charlottesville, VA:
University of Virginia.