Finance Assignment

1. Dennis wants to determine if the discount rate really makes any difference in the net present value of a project. He feels that if a project is acceptable at one rate of return, it will be acceptable at all rates of return. To explain why his thinking is incorrect, you are creating an example to illustrate your point. The cash flows you are using are as follows: time zero is -$71,000, years 1 through 4 are $17,500 each, and years 5 and 6 are $22,500 each. What is net present value at a discount rate of 12 percent and 17 percent?

2. Anderson, Inc. is considering a project with an initial cost of $28,000. The project will produce cash inflows of $9,000 a year for the first year and $10,000 a year for the following three years. What is the payback period?

3. Caroline’s Candles would like to buy $134,000 of new candle-making equipment. However, the company has a major loan maturing in three years and needs this money at that time to avoid bankruptcy. The candle-making equipment is expected to increase the cash flows by $27,000 in the first year, $48,000 in the second year, and $69,000 a year for the following two years. Should Caroline’s Candles buy the equipment at this time? Why or why not?

4. Franchising, Inc. is considering a major investment. The investment will have an initial cost of $630,000 and will be depreciated straight line to a zero book value over the life of the project. The cash inflows generated by the project are estimated at $255,000 for the first three years and $25,000 for the following five years. What is the internal rate of return?

Answer with 100+ words:

1. Creditors generally prefer companies with large current ratios. Does that imply a company should try to remain a very high current ratio? Why?

2. According to the textbook, the net present value rule states that “An investment should be accepted if the net present value is positive and rejected if it is negative.” What does a net present value of zero mean? If you were analyzing a project with a zero net present value, would you accept or reject that project? Why?

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