You must analyze a potential new product–a caulking compound that Cory Mateials’ R&D people developed for use in the residential construction industry. Cory’s marketing manager thinks the company can sell 115,000 tubes per year for 3 years at a price of $3.25 each, after which the product will be obsolete. The required equipment would cost $150,000, plus another $25,000 for shipping and installation. Current assets (receivables and inventories) would increase by $35,000, while current liabilities (accounts payable and accruals) would rise by $15,000. Variable costs would be 60% of sales revenues, fixed costs (exclusive of depreciation) would be $70,000 per year, and fixed assets would be depreciated under MACRS with a 3-year life. (Yr1 = 33%, Yr2 = 45%, Yr3 = 15%, Yr4 = 7%) When production ceases after 3 years, the equipment should have a market value of $15,000. Cory’s tax rate is 40%, and it uses a 10% WACC for average-risk projects.

- Find the required Year 0 investment and the project’s annual net cash flows. Then calculate the project’s NPV, IRR, MIRR, and payback. Assume at this point that the project is of average risk.
- Suppose you now learn that R&D costs for the new product were $30,000 and that those costs were incurred and expensed for tax purposes last year. How would this affect your estimate of NPV and other profitability measures?
- If the new project would reduce cash flows from Cory’s other projects and if the new project would be housed in an empty building that Cory owns and could sell, how would those factors affect the project’s NPV?
- Are this project’s cash flows likely to be positively or negatively correlated with returns on Cory’s other projects and with the economy, and should this matter in your analysis? Explain.
- Unrelated to the new product, Cory is analyzing two mutually exclusive machines that will upgrade its manufacturing plant. These machines are considered average-risk projects, so management will evaluate them at the firm’s 10% WACC. Machine X has a life of 4 years, while Machine Y has a life of 2 years. The cost of each machine is $60,000; however, Machine X provides after-tax cash flows of $25,000 per year for 4 years and Machine Y provides after-tax cash flows of $42,000 per year for 2 years. The manufacturing plant is very successful, so the machines manufacturing plant is very successful, so the machines will be repurchased at the end of each machine’s useful lif In other words, the machines are “repeatable” projects.

(1) Using the replacement chain approach, what is the NPV of the better machine?

(2) Using the EAA approach, what is the EAA of the better machine?

f. The CEO expressed concern that some of the base-case inputs might be too optimistic or too pessimistic. He wants to know how the NPV would be affected if these 6 variables were all 20% better or 20% worse than the base-case level: unit sales, sales price, variable costs, fixed costs, WACC, and equipment cost. Hold other things constant when you consider each variable, and construct a sensitivity graph to illustrate your results.

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