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Computing and Explaining Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return

ABC Corporation is considering an expansion project. To date they have spent $150,000 investigating the viability of the project and have decided to proceed. The proposed project will cost $1,500,000 in addition to the $150,000 that was spent on the feasibility study. The project will be depreciated over a 3 year MACRS class life.

Year Rates

1 0.33

2 0.45

3 0.15

4 0.07

If the project is undertaken the company will need to increase its inventories by $500,000, and its accounts payable will rise by $200,000. The company will realize an additional $1,500,000 in sales over each of the next four years. The company's operating costs (not including depreciation) will increase by $750,000 a year. The company's tax rate is 34%. At t = 3, the project's economic life is complete, but it will have a salvage value (before-tax) of $150,000 after three years. The project's WACC is 12%.

a) What is the project's net present value (NPV)? What is the IRR?

b) Write a short memo to management explaining your analysis and making a recommendation. Should the project be accepted? Why or why not? (i.e. Explain what your numerical answer means.)

Solution Summary

This solution illustrates the assumptions inherent in computing net present value and illustrates how to compute net present value and internal rate of return.