BETA COEFFICIENTS Suppose Chance Chemical Company’s management conducted a study and concluded that if it expands its consumer products division (which is less risky than its primary business, industrial chemicals), its beta will decline from 1 2 to 0 9. However, consumer products have a somewhat lower profit margin, and this would cause its constant growth rate in earnings and dividends to fall from 6% to 4%. The following also apply: rM 9%, rRF 6%, and D0 $2 00.
a. Should management expand the consumer products division? Explain.
b. Assume all the facts given except the change in the beta coefficient. How low would the beta have to fall to cause the expansion to be a good one?