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ACC306: General Mills, Inc. – Accounting Assignment

Internal code: MAS6682

Accounting Assignment:

At the beginning of its fiscal year 2006, an analyst made the following forecast for General Mills, Inc., the consumer foods company, for 2006-2009 (in millions of dollars):
2005              2006             2007               2008                  2009
Cash flow from operations                                                  2,014            2,057             2,095                   2,107
Cash investment in operations                                          300               380                442                       470

General Mills reported $6, 192 million in short-term and long-term debt at the end of 2005 but very little in interest-bearing debt assets. Use a required return of 9 percent to calculate both the enterprise value and equity value for General Mills at the beginning of 2006 under
two forecasts for long-run cash flow a. Free cash flow will remain at 2009 levels after 2009. b. Free cash flow will grow at 3 percent per year after 2009. General Mills had 369 million shares outstanding at the end of 2005, trading at $47 per share. Calculate value per share and a value-to-price ratio under both scenarios.


a. The net payout to shareholders (dividends and share repurchases minus share issues) in 2007 was $3,405.9 million. Calculate free cash flow using Method 1 and Method 2.

b. The firm reported cash flow from operation s of $2,429 million in its 2007 cash flow statement and also reported net interest payments of $142.4 million. It reported $898 million in cash spent on investing activities, but this was after including a net $56 million from liquidating short-term interest-bearing securities. The firm's statutory tax rate is 36.6 percent. Calculate free cash flow from these reported numbers.


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