# normalized earnings question- ss7

An analyst finds return-on-equity (ROE) a good measure of management performance and wants to compare two firms: Firm A and Firm B. Firm A reports net income of \$3.2 million and has a ROE of 18. Firm B reports income of \$16 million and has an ROE of 16. A review of the notes to the financial statements for Firm A, shows that the earnings include a loss from smelting operations of \$400,000 and that the firm has exited this business. In addition, the firm sold the smelting equipment and had a gain on the sale of \$300,000. A similar review of the notes for Firm B discloses that the \$16 million in net income includes \$2.6 million gain on the sale of no longer needed office property. Assume that the tax rate for both firms is 36%, and that the notes describe pre-tax amounts. What would be the “normalized” ROE for Firm A and for Firm B, respectively?

FirmA incresed from 18 to 18.36080329 FirmB decreased from 16 to 14.336 ?

I’ll take a break from deriv’s and take a stab. I get A’s new Roe at 18.4% B’s at 14.3%

Normalized ROE Firm A - 18.36% Firm B - 14.34%

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Reminder to Ali: don’t forget to take changes net of tax

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