Review the “Richardses’ Tree Farm Grows Up – Mini Case” located in Chapter 1 of Financial Management: Core Concepts.
Develop a 1,050-word analysis of the case study.
Include the following:
- Analyze whether the major financial management decisions of the Richards family involve capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management.
- Explain whether the Richards family should form a regular corporation or choose one of the hybrid forms.
- Explain how incorporating will affect the Richards family’s ability to transfer ownership to their children.
- Justify Jake’s concerns with hiring professional management.
- Analyze whether incorporating will affect the Richards family’s ability to give up a small amount of profit in exchange for protecting the environment.
- Evaluate how Jake might obtain more equity funding and perhaps create considerable wealth for the Richards family in the process.
Include at least two sources to justify your assignment.
Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.
MINI-CASE Richardses’ Tree Farm Grows Up
Jake Richards is surprised to hear from Paul Augustus, his accountant for many years, that income from his tree farm is just over $150,000 for the year and that his land and other assets are valued at almost $2,000,000. The $600,000 he owes to the bank is not a surprise.
Twenty years ago Jake realized that with seven long days of backbreaking labor a week, his western Massachusetts dairy farm was just about breaking even. Without his wife’s income as a high school science teacher and the health insurance that came with it, the young family would have been struggling.
Along the way, Jake sold the dairy herd, but he did want to keep the land that had been farmed by his family for three generations. At the time, his plan was to repurpose the farm and some of its equipment by boarding horses, selling hay bales to construction companies, starting a small landscaping business, and plowing snow in the winter. Almost on a whim, he planted a few acres with seedling-size blue spruces and Fraser firs, expecting to sell them as Christmas trees. He quickly found that he could use them more profitably in his landscaping business and that he could sell them to local nurseries and other landscapers. Gradually, he added plantings of other popular landscape trees: arborvitae, yew, dogwood, red maple, ornamental crabapple, pear, and cherry. Demand grew so rapidly that he gave up his other activities to concentrate on tree farming. He now has three full-time employees along with his wife, two college-age children, and several of their friends working for him in the summer. He also owns and leases some rather expensive specialized equipment for planting, digging, and preparing the trees for shipping.
Because the business has grown so rapidly and almost accidentally, Jake has not thought much about its organization. His accountant suggests that it is time to consider converting from an informal partnership with his wife and children to a more formal type of organization. Paul hands Jake some brochures on forming a regular corporation and two alternatives: a subchapter S corporation, or S corporation, and a limited liability company, or LLC. He asks Jake to look them over and get back to him in a week or two.