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Evaluating a Proposed Project

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Minicase: Getting Off the Ground at Boeing

When the Boeing Corporation announced its intention to build a new plane, the project was an enormous undertaking. Research and development had already begun two and a half years earlier, and Boeing had already spent $873 million. Aggregate development cost, disregarding the time value of money, was expected to be between $4 billion and $5 billion. Production facilities and personnel training would require an additional investment of $2.0 billion, and they would need $1.7 billion in working capital when deliveries began in six years. The following table shows projected future cash flows for the project at the time of Boeing's announcement. Boeing's cost of capital was 18%.

Cash Flow Projections for the Boeing Project (Dollar Amounts In Millions)
Year After-Tax Profit Depreciation Capital Expenditures Year After-Tax Profit Depreciation Capital Expenditures
1 -597.3 40 400 18 1,691.19 129.2 178.41
2 -947.76 96 600 19 1,208.64 96.99 627.7
3 -895.22 116.4 300 20 1,954.39 76.84 144.27
4 -636.74 124.76 200 21 2,366.03 65.81 100.51
5 -159.34 112.28 182.91 22 2,051.46 61.68 -463.32
6 958.62 101.06 1,741.42 23 1,920.65 57.96 -234.57
7 1,718.14 90.95 2.12 24 2,244.05 54.61 193.92
8 1,503.46 82.72 -327.88 25 2,313.63 52.83 80.68
9 1,665.46 77.75 67.16 26 2,384.08 52.83 83.1
10 1,670.49 75.63 -75.21 27 2,456.65 52.83 85.59
11 1,553.76 75 -88.04 28 2,531.39 52.83 88.16
12 1,698.99 75 56.73 29 2,611.89 47.52 90.8
13 1,981.75 99.46 491.21 30 2,699.26 35.28 93.53
14 1,709.71 121.48 32.22 31 2,785.50 28.36 96.33
15 950.83 116.83 450.88 32 2,869.63 28.36 99.22
16 1,771.61 112.65 399.53 33 2,956.28 28.36 102.2
17 1,958.48 100.2 -114.91 34 3,053.65 16.05 105.26

a. Includes expenditure for research and development.

b. Includes changes in working capital. Negative values are caused by reductions in working capital.

Questions

1 Calculate the NPV, IRR, and payback for the project.
2 On the basis of your analysis, do you think Boeing should have continued with this project? Explain your reasoning.

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Solution Summary

This solution illustrates how to evaluate a proposed project by computing its net present value, internal rate of return and payback period. It then discusses the primary criteria it employs for the evaluation and reaches a conclusion regarding the project.

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