Superior Manufacturing is thinking of launching a new product. The company
expects to sell $950,000 of the new product in the first year and $1,500,000
each year thereafter. Direct costs including labor and materials will be
55% of sales. Indirect incremental costs are estimated at $80,000 a year.
The project requires a new plant that will cost a total of $1,000,000, which
will be depreciated straight line over the next five years. The new line
will also require an additional net investment in inventory and receivables
in the amount of $200,000. Assume there is no need for additional
investment in building and land for the project. The firm's marginal tax
rate is 35%, and its cost of capital is 10%. Based on this information you
are to complete the following tasks.
1) Prepare a statement showing the incremental cash flows for this project over
an 8-year period.
2) Calculate the Payback Period (P/B) and the NPV for the project.
3) Based on your answer for question 2, do you think the project should be
accepted? Why? Assume Superior has a P/B (payback) policy of not accepting
projects with life of over three years.
4) If the project required additional investment in land and building, how
would this affect your decision? Explain.