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Mini-Case Study: Bullock Gold Mining

Seth Bullock, the owner of Bullock Gold Mining, is evaluating a new gold mine in South Dakota. Dan Dority, the company's geologist, has just finished his analysis of the mine site. He has estimated that the mine would be more productive for either year, after which the gold would be completely mined. Dan has taken an estimate of the gold deposits to Alma Garrett, the company's financial officer. Alma has been asked by Seth to perform an analysis of the new mine and present her recommendation on whether the company should open the new mine. Alma has used the estimates provided by Dan to determine the revenues that could be expected from the mine. She has also projected the expense of opening the mine and the annual operating expenses. If the company opens the mine, it will cost $750 million today, and it will have a cash outflow of $75 million nine years from today in costs associated with closing the mine and reclaimed the area surrounding it. The expected cash flows each year from the mine are shown in the following table. Bullock Mining has a 12 percent required return on all of its gold mines.

Year Cash Flow
0 -$750,000,000
1 $130,000,000
2 $180,000,000
3 $190,000,000
4 $245,000,000
5 $205,000,000
6 $155,000,000
7 $135,000,000
8 $ 95,000,000
9 -$ 75,000,000

QUESTIONS:

1. Construct a spreadsheet to calculate the payback period, internal rate of return (IRR), modified internal rate of return (MIRR), and net present value (NPV) of the proposed mine.

2. Based on your analysis, should the company open the mine?

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Mini-Case Study: Bullock Gold Mining
Seth Bullock, the o wner of Bullock Gold Mining, is evaluating a new gold mine in South Dakota. Dan Dority, the company's geologist, has just finished his analysis of the mine site. He has estimated that the mine would be more productive for either years, after which the gold would be completely mined. Dan has taken an estimate of the gold ...

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Solution helps in determining the expected cash flows each year

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