The stakeholders in this situation are the shareholders of Osborn Corporation, as well as the company’s management team led by President Barry Sigle and Financial Vice President Mandy Drummond.
President Sigle’s intentions and actions may be seen as unethical because he is prioritizing the appearance of financial stability and success for the company over the financial well-being of the shareholders. He also suggests that a stock dividend can be as valuable as a cash one, but this may not hold true for everyone, since different shareholders may prefer or need to receive their dividends in different ways.
A stock dividend does not affect a corporation’s stockholders’ equity accounts, as it simply involves the distribution of additional shares to existing shareholders, rather than a distribution of cash or other assets. The total value of shareholders’ equity remains unchanged, but it is divided among a larger number of shares.
A cash dividend is preferable to stockholders as I have greater control over how the money is used. You can use a cash dividend to pay your bills or invest in future opportunities. Stock dividends, however, increase the shares held, but may not provide immediate financial benefit.