The Campbell Company is evaluating the proposed acquisition of a new milling machine. The machine's base price is $108,000, and it would cost another $12,500 to modify it for special use. The machine falls into the MACRS 3-year class, and it would be sold after 3 years for $65,000. The machine would require an increase in net working capital (inventory) of $5,500. The milling machine would have no effect on revenues, but it is expected to save the firm $44,000 per year in before tax operating costs, mainly labor. Campbell's marginal tax rate is 35%.
b. What are the net operating cash flows in Years 1, 2, and 3?
c. What is the additional Year 3 cash flow (that is, the after-tax salvage and the
return of working capital)?
d. If the project's cost of capital is 12%, should the machine be purchased?
The solution explains how to calculate the cash flows for the project and make the accept/reject decision