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    I need help on two basic/intermediate finance questions. For computation, please use Excel or Word. I'm not very good with math, so if you use Word, please show step by step on how you obtained the answers. Thanks.

    1. Project Evaluation. The following table presents sales forecasts for Golden Gelt Giftware. The unit price is $40. The unit cost of the giftware is $25.

    Year Unit Sales
    1 22,000
    2 30,000
    3 14,000
    4 5,000
    Thereafter 0

    It is expected that net working capital will amount to 20 percent of sales in the following year. For example, the store will need an initial (year-0) investment in working capital of .20 × 22,000 × $40 = $176,000. Plant and equipment necessary to establish the Giftware business will re- quire an additional investment of $200,000. This investment will be depreciated using MACRS and a 3-year life. After 4 years, the equipment will have an economic and book value of zero. The firm's tax rate is 35 percent. What is the net present value of the project? The discount rate is 20 percent.

    2. Merger Gains and Costs. Velcro Saddles is contemplating the acquisition of Pogo Ski Sticks, Inc. The values of the two companies as separate entities are $20 million and $10 million, respectively. Velcro Saddles estimates that by combining the two companies, it will reduce marketing and administrative costs by $500,000 per year in perpetuity. Velcro Saddles is willing to pay $14 million cash for Pogo. The opportunity cost of capital is 8 percent.

    a. What is the gain from merger?

    b. What is the cost of the cash offer?

    c. What is the NPV of the acquisition under the cash offer?

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    The solution explains two finance questions relating to project evaluation and merger gains