Dixon Corporation

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1. Should the Board of Directors of Dixon Corporation approve the purchase of the Collinsville plant from American Chemical?

The plant location and sodium dioxide product is a good fit for Dixon. Dixon could use its existing infrastructure for Collinsville’s products and it fits well with Dixon’s overall strategy. However Dixon’s future success does not hinge on this deal.

This deal financially is dependent on two things: the capital structure of the company and the viability / installation timing of the laminate technology. We believe the capital structure should be 10% debt to match the structure of the comparable NaCl producers like Brunswick and Southern. Without the laminate, this is not a financially sound deal. With the laminate, this is an attractive deal.

The laminate development plan, however, is very aggressive and we feel there is too much risk of possible installation delays (or technology issues) which outweighs its possible financial benefits. Therefore, in summary, we would NOT recommend this purchase.

2. What is the cost of capital (WACC) for the Collinsville plant?

We assumed that the target capital structure based on comparable companies is 10% debt. The calculated WACC is 16.88%.

3. What are the relevant cash flows for the Collinsville plant?

Please see the attached financial analysis for FCFcap for details. We calculated EBIAT using an implied 48.7% tax rate from Dixon’s financials and added back in depreciation, Capx, and net working capital. We did this for the non-laminate and laminate cases. We originally used the given 5 year pro forma and tried to calculate a terminal value. We decided instead to carry the pro forma out another 5 years to the end of the plant’s life.

4. How important is the laminate technology to the economic success to the economic success of the transaction?

Our calculations show that…...

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