Northboro Machine Tools Corporation (v. 1.0)

Case Solution

Robert F. Bruner, Casey S. Opitz
Darden School of Business ()

In mid-1992, Christine Olsen, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of this large manufacturer of CAD / CAM devices, had to decide the amount of the company’s dividend distribution. A parallel question is whether the company should launch an image promotion campaign and change its company name to reflect the new perspective. The case serves as a collective review of the many practicalities of dividend decisions, including (1) signal effects, (2) customer effects, and (3) financial and investment effects of an increasing dividend distribution.

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