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    JLB Corporation is attempting to determing whether to lease or purchase research equipment. The firm is in the 40% tax
    bracket, and its after-tax cost of debt is currently 8%. The terms of the lease and of the purchase are as follows:

    Lease- Annual end-of-year lease payments of $25,200 are required over the 3-year life of the lease. All maintenance costs
    will be paid by the lessor; insurance and other costs will be borne by the lessee. The lessee will exercise its option to purchase
    the asset for $5,000 at termination of the lease.

    Purchase- The research equipment costing $60,000, can be finance entirely with a 14% loan requiring annual end-of-year
    payments of $25,844 for 3 years. The firm in this case will depreciate the equipment under the MACRS using the 3 year
    recovery period. The firm will pay $1,800 per year for a service contract that covers all maintenance costs;insurance
    and other costs will be borne by the firm. The firm plans to keep the equipment and use it beyond its 3-year recovery period.

    A. Calculate the after-tax cash outflows associated with each alternative

    B. Caluclate the present value of each cash outflow stream, using the after-tax cost of debt.

    C. Which alternative-lease or purchase- would you recommend? Why?
    Calculate the conversion price for each of the following convertible bonds:

    A. A $1,000-par-value bond that is convertible into 20 shares of common stock.

    B. A $500-par-value bond that is convertible into 25 shares of common stock

    C. A $1,000 par-value bond that is convertible into 50 shares of common stock.

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