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American Home Products Capital Structure Case Study.

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American Home Products Capital Structure Case Study

Introduction

American Home Products is a corporation involved in the production and marketing of over 1,500 consumer goods allocated among four distinct lines of business comprised of prescription drugs, packaged drugs, food products, housewares and household products. While the corporation does not invest heavily into the research and development of new lines of business, its success is a result of its ability to aggressively market the products it manufactures, especially the company's line of prescriptin drugs.

American Home Products is a company with virtually no debt and an impressive amount of cash on its balance sheet. Under its current leadership, CEO William F. Laporte maintains an extremely conservative capital structure. During his 17 year tenure, Laporte's brand of centralized micro-management created a company with a clean, low-debt balance sheet; cash reserves equal to 40% of its net worth (Total Assets less Total Liabilities); sales in excess of $4 billion with growth ranging between 10%-15% annually; and remarkable gains in market share while reducing or maintaining a low level of expenses. All this combined with dividend growth of 222% between 1972 - 1981, contributed

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