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You are the manager of the apparel division of On Your Mark, a manufacturer of athletic equipment and apparel, which has recently gone through the initial public offering (IPO) process and has become a public company. On Your Mark has annual sales revenue of approximately $50 million and makes seven unique and distinct products (which serve seven different markets). Each product is represented by its own division within the company and has its own group of sales, marketing, and manufacturing personnel. Some departments, including human resources and the finance division, support the entire organization. Operations consist of a single headquarters and production (manufacturing) center.
In your role as division manager, you are responsible for compiling and reporting on budget / forecast data, and for assessing and valuing new business opportunities (which will ultimately be presented to upper management). You report directly to the Plant Manager; however, you work closely with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and the accounting department's staff accountants assist you with your budget / forecast responsibilities.
You have been informed by the CFO that On Your Mark will be aggressively pursuing new business opportunities, which may include expansion through acquisition and the development and implementation of new products. As a publicly traded company, On Your Mark is scrutinized by bankers and investors as never before. In fulfilling your responsibilities you must keep this in mind, and you must instill a new sense of financial discipline in the organization

On Your Mark is considering purchasing new manufacturing equipment that costs $1,300,000 and is expected to improve cash flows by $500,000 in year 1, $350,000 in year 2, $475,000 in year 3, $450,000 in year 4, and $300,000 in year 5.
Key financial metrics for this capital budgeting project have been calculated and provided by the Finance department (see below). A 14% rate of return and a payback period of less than five years are required for the project. These key metrics must include (1) payback period, (2) net present value, and (3) internal rate of return. (Use 6% as the weighted average cost of capital).
Year 0 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
(1,300,000)500,000 350,000 475,000 450,000 300,000
pv 438,596 269,314 320,611 266,436 155,811
NPV 150,768
IRR 19%
payback 800,000 450,000 (25,000) (475,000) (775,000)
MIRR 17%

In a memo to the CFO, discuss the metrics and make a recommendation whether to accept or reject the project.
Here are the key financial metrics for the capital budgeting project that have been calculated and provided by the Finance Department. Please ignore the key financial metrics shown above.

Payback: 2 years and 11 months
IRR: 19%
MIRR: 13%
NPV: $462,636

In the memo to the CFO, please make sure to include modified internal rate of return (MIRR), in addition to payback, IRR, and NPV and to ignore the 14% rate of return. The rate of return is equal to the firm's 6% weighted average cost of capital (WAC).


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This provides the steps to calculate the metrics and make a recommendation whether to accept or reject the project

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The investment decisions of a firm are generally known as the capital budgeting, or capital expenditure decisions. The firm's investment decisions would generally include expansion, acquisition, modernization and replacement of the long-term assets. Sale of a division or business (divestment) is also as an investment decision.

Payback Method

Under the Payback Method, we compute the amount of time required for an investment to generate cash inflows sufficient to recover its initial cost. Based on this method, an investment is acceptable if its calculated payback period is less than some prespecified number of years. In our case the payback ...

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