Preferred stock is used much less than long-term debt in the capital structure of most industrial and merchandising companies principally because:
A) the preferred stock dividend requirement is a fixed claim against income, but interest on long-term debt is not a fixed amount.
B) preferred stock has a fixed liquidation or redemption value, but long-term debt does not have a fixed maturity value.
C) preferred stock may be convertible to common stock, but long-term debt cannot be convertible.
D) for income tax purposes, dividends paid on preferred stock are not deductible, but interest on long-term debt is deductible.