(Ignore income taxes in this problem.) Gillaspie, Inc., is considering the purchase of a machine that would cost $300,000 and would last for 5 years. At the end of 5 years, the machine would have a salvage value of $51,000. The machine would reduce labor and other costs by $86,000 per year. Additional working capital of $10,000 would be needed immediately. All of this working capital would be recovered at the end of the life of the machine. The company requires a minimum pretax return of 13% on all investment projects.
The net present value of the proposed project is closest to:
(Ignore income taxes in this problem.) Mercredi, Inc., is considering investing in automated equipment with a ten-year useful life. Managers at Highpoint have estimated the cash flows associated with the tangible costs and benefits of automation, but have been unable to estimate the cash flows associated with the intangible benefits. Using the company’s 14% required rate of return, the net present value of the cash flows associated with just the tangible costs and benefits is a negative $182,560. How large would the annual net cash inflows from the intangible benefits have to be to make this a financially acceptable investment?