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Expected values and Decission Tree

Suppose that the Beauty Company faces the choice of introducing a new beauty cream or investing the same amount of money in Treasury bills with a return of $10,000.00. If the company introduces the beauty cream, there is an 80 percent probability that a competing firm will introduce a similar product and a 20 percent chance that it will not. Whether or not the competitor responds with a similar product, the company has a choice of charging a high, a medium, or a low price. In the absence of competition this is the end of the story. In the presence of competition, the competitive firm can react to each price strategy of the of the Beauty Company with a high, medium, or low price of its own. The probability and the present value of the company's profit under each competitor's price response for the company strategy of high price (HP), medium price (MP), and low price (LP) are indicated in the table below. Construct a decision tree and determine whether the Beauty Company should introduce the new beauty cream or use its funds to purchase Treasury bills.

Competition Company's Price Strategy Competitor's Price Response Probability Present Value of Company's Profit
HP 0.5 $12,000.00
HP MP 0.3 $10,000.00
LP 0.2 $8,000.00
HP 0.3 $12,000.00
YES MP MP 0.5 $10,000.00
LP 0.2 $6,000.00
HP 0 $25,000.00
LP MP 0.4 $15,000.00
LP 0.6 $10,000.00
HP $40,000.00
NO MP $30,000.00
LP $20,000.00

After calculating the expected present value of company's profit under different price strategies, first, choose the price strategy which produces the highest expected present value of profit with compeition and without competition (hint: competition with LP), second, calculate the expected present value of company's profit using the probabilities of 80% and 20%, and then compare it with the certain return of $10,000 that the company receives by investing in Treasury Bills.

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Please refer attached file for complete solution. Decission tree is missing here.


First, we will calculate the expected value of company's profit under different situations:

Expected Profit=summation of probability*PV of company's profit

1.With competition and high price the expected Present Value of Company's Profit = +0.5*(12,000) + 0.3*(10,000)+ 0.2*(8,000) = $10,600

2.With ...

Solution Summary

Solution explains the steps needed in choosing the best alternative with the help of expected values and decission tree.