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The Board of Directors of Oriole Company is debating what type of dividend (or stock split) to give its shareholders.  The common stock is currently trading at $34 per share.  The following is Oriole’s current shareholders’ equity:

Common stock, $10 par                                              $   400,000
Additional paid in capital, common stock                         800,000
Retained earnings                                                           1,300,000

For each of the independent alternative dividend scenarios outlined below, show the required journal entry(ies) at (1) the date of declaration and (2) the date of payment.

Assume the company chooses a cash dividend of $2.50 per share.

Assume the company chooses a property dividend.  This dividend will be paid using Oriole’s investment in shares of Orange, Inc.’s stock.  This investment is carried on Oriole’s books at $250,000 and has a market value of $310,000 on the date of declaration.

Assume the company chooses a 15% stock dividend.

Assume the company chooses a 30% stock dividend.

Assume the company chooses a 3-for-1 stock split.


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