Palo Alto Corporation is considering purchasing a new delivery truck. The truck has many advantages over the
company’s current truck (not the least of which is that it runs). The new truck would cost $55,950. Because of the
increased capacity, reduced maintenance costs, and increased fuel economy, the new truck is expected to generate
cost savings of $8,560. At the end of 8 years the company will sell the truck for an estimated $27,610. Traditionally the
company has used a rule of thumb that a proposal should not be accepted unless it has a payback period that is less
than 50% of the asset’s estimated useful life. Larry Newton, a new manager, has suggested that the company should
not rely solely on the payback approach, but should also employ the net present value method when evaluating new
projects. The company’s cost of capital is 8%.
(Refer the below table).
Compute the cash payback period and net present value of the proposed investment. (If the net
present value is negative, use either a negative sign preceding the number eg -45 or
parentheses eg (45). Round answer for present value to 0 decimal places, e.g. 125. Round
answer for Payback period to 1 decimal place, e.g. 10.5. Round Discount Factor to 5 decimal
places, e.g. 0.17986.)
Cash payback period
Net present value
Doug’s Custom Construction Company is considering three new projects, each requiring an equipment investment of
$23,320. Each project will last for 3 years and produce the following net annual cash flows.
The equipment’s salvage value is zero, and Doug uses straightline depreciation. Doug will not accept any project
with a cash payback period over 2 years. Doug’s required rate of return is 12%. (Refer the below table)
Compute each project’s payback period. (Round answers to 2 decimal places, e.g. 15.25.)
Which is the most desirable project?
The most desirable project based on payback period is
Which is the least desirable project?
The least desirable project based on payback period is
Henkel Company is considering three longterm capital investment proposals. Each investment has a useful life of 5
years. Relevant data on each project are as follows.
ct Project Oscar
Annual net income:
Depreciation is computed by the straightline method with no salvage value. The company’s cost of capital is 15%.
(Assume that cash flows occur evenly throughout the year.) (Refer the below table)
Compute the cash payback period for each project. (Round answers to 2 decimal places, e.g. 10.50.)
Goltra Clinic is considering investing in new heart-monitoring equipment. It has two options:
Option A would have an initial lower cost but would require a significant expenditure for
rebuilding after 4 years. Option B would require no rebuilding expenditure, but its maintenance
costs would be higher. Since the Option B machine is of initial higher quality, it is expected to
have a salvage value at the end of its useful life. The following estimates were made of the cash
flows. The company’s cost of capital is 6%.
Annual cash inflows
Annual cash outflows
Cost to rebuild (end of year 4)
Estimated useful life
Compute the (1) net present value, (2) profitability index, and (3) internal rate of return for each
option. (Hint: To solve for internal rate of return, experiment with alternative discount rates to
arrive at a net present value of zero.) (If the net present value is negative, use either a negative
sign preceding the number eg -45 or parentheses eg (45). Round answers for present value to
0 decimal places, e.g. 125. Round profitability index to 2 decimal places, e.g. 10.50. Round
answers for IRR to 0 decimal places, e.g. 12. Round Discount Factor to 5 decimal places.)
Net Present Value
Internal Rate of Return