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1. A generous university benefactor has agreed to donate a large amount of money for student scholarships.
The money can be provided in one lump-sum of $10mln, or in parts, where $5.5mln can be provided in
year 1, and another $5.5mln can be provided in year 2. Assuming the opportunity interest rate is 6%, what
is the present value of the second alternative? Which of the two alternatives should be chosen and why?
How would your decision change if the opportunity interest rate was 12%? Please, show all your

2. Volkswagen is considering opening an Assembly Plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the production of
its 2012 Passat, tailored for the US market. The CEO of the company is considering two potential options
for the size of the plant: one is a large size with a projected annual production of 150,000 cars, and the
other one is a smaller size plant, which is cheaper to build, but can only produce up to 80,000 cars per
year. Depending on the expected level of demand for these cars in the US, Volkswagen has to decide
which option is more profitable. The discount rate is 6% and for simplicity purposes, the CEO is only
evaluating a two-year horizon. The initial factory setup cost, the expected demand scenarios, profit, and
probabilities are shows in the below table. Calculate the Net Present Value in each of the two options.
Which option should the CEO choose and why? Please, show all your calculations.

3. An angel investor is considering investing in one of two start-up businesses and is evaluating the expected
returns along with the risk of each option in order to choose the better alternative.

Business 1 is an innovative protein energy drink, which has ENPV of $100,000 with a standard deviation of $40,000.

Business 2 is a unique chicken wings dipping sauce with an ENPV of $60,000 and a standard deviation of $25,000.

a) Apply the coefficient-of-variation decision criterion to these alternatives to find out which is preferred
by the angel investor, assuming that he/she is risk-averse.
b) Apply the maximin criterion, assuming that the worst outcome in Business 1 is to lose $5,000,
whereas the worst outcome in Business 2 is to make only $5,000 in profit.
c) If you were the angel investor, what is your certainty equivalent for these two projects? Are you risk-
averse, risk-neutral, or risk-lover?

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Thanks for your question! Please see the attached Excel sheet for correct formatting of the tables.

First, we calculate the present value of the $5.5mln payments
Year 1 pmt $5,500,000.00
Year 2 pmt $5,188,679.25
Total Present Value of partial payments $10,688,679.25

Total present value of lump sum payment $10,000,000.00

Since the present value of partial payments is higher than the lump sum, the partial payments should be chosen

Calculations if the opportunity rate was 12%
First, we calculate the present value of the $5.5mln payments
Year 1 pmt $5,500,000.00
Year 2 pmt $4,910,714.29
Total Present Value of partial payments $10,410,714.29

Total present value of lump sum payment $10,000,000.00
The present value of the partial payment option is still higher.

For this problem we must figure out the expected payoff for each year based on the given scenario.
More info on this calculation can be found at http://www.ehow.com/how_8517929_calculate-expected-payoff-investment.html
Present Value (millions)
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