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Question 1
1. A project has an initial investment of 100. You have come up with the following estimates of the project's cash flows: Suppose the cash flows are perpetuities and the cost of capital is 10%. What does a sensitivity analysis of NPV (no taxes) show? (Answers appear in order: [Pessimistic, Most Likely, Optimistic].)
-50, 20, +100.
-100, -50, +80.
-50, +50, +70.
+5, +11, +18.
0.6757 points
Question 2
1. A project has the following cash flows: C0 = -100,000; C1 = 50,000; C2 = 150,000; C3 = 100,000. If the discount rate changes from 12% to 15%, what is the CHANGE in the NPV of the project (approximately)?
12,750 increase
12,750 decrease
14,240 increase
14,240 decrease
0.6757 points
Question 3
1. A project requires an initial investment in equipment of $90,000 and then requires an initial investment in working capital of $10,000 (at t = 0). You expect the project to produce sales revenue of $120,000 per year for three years. You estimate manufacturing costs at 60% of revenues. (Assume all revenues and costs occur at year-end, i.e.,t = 1, t = 2, and t = 3.) The equipment depreciates using straight-line depreciation over three years. At the end of the project, the firm can sell the equipment for $10,000 and also recover the investment in net working capital. The corporate tax rate is 30% and the cost of capital is 15%. Cash flows from the project are:
CF0: -90,000; CF1: 12,600; CF2: 12,600; CF3: 29,600.
CF0: -100,000; CF1: 42,600; CF2: 42,600; CF3: 59,600.
CF0: -100,000; CF1: 42,600; CF2: 42,600; CF3: 42,600.
CF0: -100,000; CF1: 42,600; CF2: 42,600; CF3: 49,600.
0.6757 points
Question 4
1. A project requires an initial investment in equipment of $90,000 and then requires an initial investment in working capital of $10,000 (at t = 0). You expect the project to produce sales revenue of $120,000 per year for three years. You estimate manufacturing costs at 60% of revenues. (Assume all revenues and costs occur at year-end, i.e., t = 1, t = 2, and t = 3.) The equipment depreciates using straight-line depreciation over three years. At the end of the project, the firm can sell the equipment for $10,000 and also recover the investment in net working capital. The corporate tax rate is 30% and the cost of capital is 15%. Calculate the NPV of the project:
$3,840.
$8,443.
$-2,735.
$7,342.
0.6757 points
Question 5
1. A project requires an initial investment in equipment of $90,000 and then requires an initial investment in working capital of $10,000 (at t = 0). You expect the project to produce sales revenue of $120,000 per year for three years. You estimate manufacturing costs at 60% of revenues. (Assume all revenues and costs occur at year-end, i.e., t = 1, t = 2, and t = 3.) The equipment depreciates using straight-line depreciation over three years. At the end of the project, the firm can sell the equipment for $10,000 and also recover the investment in net working capital. The corporate tax rate is 30% and the cost of capital is 15%. What is the NPV of the project if the revenues were higher by 10% and the costs were 65% of the revenues?
$8,443
$964
$5,566
$4,840
0.6757 points
Question 6
1. Companies with high ratios of fixed costs to project values tend to have high betas.
True
False
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Question 7
1. Company A's historical returns for the past three years are: 6%, 15%, and 15%. Similarly, the market portfolio's returns were: 10%, 10%, and 16%. Calculate the beta for Stock A.
1.75
1.0
0.57
0.75
0.6757 points
Question 8
1. Company A's historical returns for the past three years are: 6.0%, 15%, and 15%. Similarly, the market portfolio's returns were: 10%, 10%, and 16%. Suppose the risk-free rate of return is 4%. What is the cost of equity capital (required rate of return of company A's common stock), computed with the CAPM?
18%
14%
12%
10%
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Question 9
1. Company A's historical returns for the past three years were: 6%, 15%, and 15%. Similarly, the market portfolio's returns were: 10%, 10%, and 16%. According to the security market line (SML), Stock A was:
overpriced.
underpriced.
correctly priced.
need more information.
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Question 10
1. Cyclical firms tend to have high betas.
True
False
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Question 11
1. Firms with high operating leverage tend to have higher asset betas.
True
False
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Question 12
1. If a firm uses a project-specific cost of capital for evaluating all projects, which situation(s) will likely occur?I) The firm will accept poor low-risk projects.II) The firm will reject good high-risk projects.III) The firm will correctly accept projects with average risk.
I only
II only
III only
I, II, and III
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Question 13
1. If a firm uses the same company cost of capital for evaluating all projects, which situation(s) will likely occur?I) The firm will reject good low-risk projects;II) The firm will accept poor high-risk projects;III) The firm will correctly accept projects with average risk
I only
I and II only
I, II, and III
II only.

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Question 1
1. A project has an initial investment of 100. You have come up with the following estimates of the project's cash flows: Suppose the cash flows are perpetuities and the cost of capital is 10%. What does a sensitivity analysis of NPV (no taxes) show? (Answers appear in order: [Pessimistic, Most Likely, Optimistic].)

-50, 20, +100.
-100, -50, +80.
-50, +50, +70.
+5, +11, +18.

Answer: -50, 20, +100.

Discount rate= 10%
PV of perpetuity = cash flow/ discount rate

Revenue Cost Net Cash Flow PV of perpetuity Initial investment NPV
Pessimistic 15 10 5 50 =5/0.1 100 -50
Most Likely 20 8 12 120 =12/0.1 100 20
Optimistic 25 5 20 200 =20/0.1 100 100

Question 2
1. A project has the following cash flows: C0 = -100,000; C1 = 50,000; C2 = 150,000; C3 = 100,000. If the discount rate changes from 12% to 15%, what is the CHANGE in the NPV of the project (approximately)?
12,750 increase
12,750 decrease
14,240 increase
14,240 decrease

Answer: 12,750 decrease

Year Cash flow Discount rate @ Discount rate @ PV @ PV @
12% 15% 12% 15%
0 -100,000 1.0000 1.0000 -100,000 -100,000
1 50,000 0.8929 0.8696 44,645 43,480
2 150,000 0.7972 0.7561 119,580 113,415
3 100,000 0.7118 0.6575 71,180 65,750
NPV= Total= 135,405 122,645

Difference= -12,760 =122,645 - 135,405
Question 3
1. A project requires an initial investment in equipment of $90,000 and then requires an initial investment in working capital of $10,000 (at t = 0). You expect the project to produce sales revenue of $120,000 per year for three years. You estimate manufacturing costs at 60% of revenues. (Assume all revenues and costs occur at year-end, i.e.,t = 1, t = 2, and t = 3.) The equipment depreciates using straight-line depreciation over three years. At the end of the project, the firm can sell the equipment for $10,000 and also recover the investment in net working capital. The corporate tax rate is 30% and the cost of capital is 15%. Cash flows from the project are:

CF0: -90,000; CF1: 12,600; CF2: 12,600; CF3: 29,600.

CF0: -100,000; CF1: 42,600; CF2: 42,600; CF3: 59,600.

CF0: -100,000; CF1: 42,600; CF2: 42,600; CF3: 42,600.

CF0: -100,000; CF1: 42,600; CF2: 42,600; CF3: 49,600.

Answer: CF0: -100,000; CF1: 42,600; CF2: 42,600; CF3: 59,600
Time 0 1 2 3
Revenue 120,000 120,000 120,000
Manufacturing cost @ 60% 72,000 72,000 72,000 ...

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