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Four years ago Omega Technology Inc., acquired a machine to use in its computer chip manufacturing operations at a cost of $35,000,000. The firm expected the machine to have a seven year useful life and a zero salvage value. The company has been using straight-line depreciation for the asset. Due to the rapid rate of technological change in the industry, at the end of Year 4, Omega estimates that the machine is capable of generating (undiscounted) future cash flows of $11,000,000. Based on the quoted market prices of similar assets, Omega estimates the machine to have a fair value of $9,500,000.

1. What is the machine's book value at the end of Year 4?
2. Should Omega recognize an impairment of this asset? Why or why not? If so, what amount of the impairment loss should be recognized?
3. At the end of Year 4, at what amount should the machine appear in Omega's balance sheet?

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The solution examines asset impairment.

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