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You are considering purchasing some Stanley Ltd. common shares. Although Stanley recently had to incur significant expenditures for new capital assets, the company has been relatively profitable over the years and its future prospects look good. The summarized statement of financial position at the end of 2016 is as follows:

Cash

$  137,500

Other current assets

640,500

Capital assets (net)

4,702,000

Total

$5,480,000

Current liabilities

$  414,000

Long-term debt

2,000,000

Share capital, common shares

1,000,000

Retained earnings

2,066,000

Total

$5,480,000

The company has 150,000 common shares outstanding, and its earnings per share have increased by at least 10% in each of the last 10 years. In several recent years, earnings per share increased by more than 14%. Given the company's earnings and the amount of retained earnings, you judge that it could easily pay cash dividends of $3 or $4 per share, without reducing its retained earnings.  Required: Do you think it is likely you would receive a cash dividend from Stanley during the next year if you were to purchase its shares. Why?

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