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1.

Given the choice, would a firm prefer to use MACRS depreciation or straight-line depreciation?

Why?

For tax purposes, a firm would choose MACRS because it provides for larger depreciation

deductions earlier and probably more closely reflects the true timing of the cash flows. These larger

deductions reduce taxes, but have no other cash consequences. Notice that the choice between

MACRS and straight-line is purely a time value issue; the total depreciation is the same, only the

timing differs. On the other hand, straight-line is a more conservative method in that it makes

marginal projects more difficult to accept.

2.

You are evaluating two different silicon wafer milling machines. The Techron I costs $194,000, has a

3-year life, and has pretax operating costs of $31,000 per year. The Techron II costs $327,000, has a

5-year life, and has pretax operating costs of $17,000 per year. For both milling machines, use

straight-line depreciation to zero over the project's life and assume a salvage value of $20,000. If

your tax rate is 34 percent and your discount rate is 12 percent. Calculate the EAC for each. Which

do you prefer, Why?

We will need the aftertax salvage value of the equipment to compute the EAC. Even though the

equipment for each product has a different initial cost, both have the same salvage value. The aftertax

salvage value for both is:

Both cases: aftertax salvage value = $20,000(1 0.34) = $13,200

To calculate the EAC, we first need the OCF and NPV of each option. The OCF and NPV for

Techron I is:

OCF = $-31,000(1 0.34) + 0.34($194,000/3) = $1,526.67

NPV = -194,000 + $1,526.67(PVIFA12%,3) + ($13,200/1.12 3) = $-180,937.7

EAC = $-180,937.7 / (PVIFA12%,3) = $-75,333.23

And the OCF and NPV for Techron II is:

OCF =$-17,000(1 0.34) + 0.34($327,000/5) = $11,016

NPV = $-327,000 + $11,016(PVIFA12%,5) + ($13,200/1.12 5) = $-279,799.75

EAC = $-279,799.75 / (PVIFA12%,5) = $-77,619.17

The two milling machines have unequal lives, so they can only be compared by expressing both on

an equivalent annual basis, which is what the EAC method does. Thus, you prefer the Techron I

because it has the lower (less negative) annual cost.

3.

Assume a firm is considering a new project that requires an initial investment and has equal sales and

costs over its life. Will the project reach the accounting, cash, or financial break- even point first?

Which will it reach next? Last? Will this ordering always apply?

The project will reach the cash break-even first, the accounting break-even next and finally the

financial break-even. For a project with an initial investment and sales after, this ordering will always

apply. The cash break-even is achieved first since it excludes depreciation. The accounting breakeven is next since it includes depreciation. Finally, the financial break-even, which includes the time

value of money, is achieved.

4.

Consider a project to supply Detroit with 42,000 tons of machine screws annually for automobile

production. You will need an initial $1,848,000 investment in threading equipment to get the project

started; the project will last for 6 years. The accounting department estimates that annual fixed costs

will be $546,000 and that variable costs should be $210 per ton; accounting will depreciate the initial

fixed asset investment straight-line to zero over the 6-year project life. It also estimates a salvage

value of $584,000 after dismantling costs. The marketing department estimates that the automakers

will let the contract at a selling price of $290 per ton. The engineering department estimates you will

need an initial net working capital investment of $546,000. You require a 10 percent return and face a

marginal tax rate of 39 percent on this project. Suppose you believe that the accounting department's

initial cost and salvage value projections are accurate only to within 14 percent; the marketing

department's price estimate is accurate only to within 11 percent; and the engineering department's

net working capital estimate is accurate only to within 7 percent. What are the Best and Worst case

NPVs?

In the worst-case, the OCF is:

OCFworst = {[($290)(0.89) 210](42,000) $546,000}(1-0.39) + 0.39($2,106,720/6)

OCFworst = $1,036,198.8

And the worst-case NPV is:

NPVworst = $2,106,720 $546,000(1+0.07) + $1,036,198.8(PVIFA10%,6) + [$546,000(1+0.07) +

$584,000(1-0.14)(1 0.39)]/1.16

NPVworst = $2,324,688.72

The best-case OCF is:

OCFbest = {[$290(1.11) 210](42,000) $546,000}(1-0.39) + 0.39($1,589,280/6)

OCFbest = $2,637,121.2

And the best-case NPV is:

NPVbest = $1,589,280 $546,000(1-0.07) + $2,637,121.2(PVIFA10%,6) +

[$546,000(1-0.07) + $584,000(1.14)(1 0.39)]/1.16

NPVbest = $9,904,159.43

5.

Several celebrated investors and stock pickers frequently mentioned in the financial press have

recorded huge returns on their investments over the past two decades. Is the success of these

particular investors an invalidation of the EMH? Explain.

The EMH only says, within the bounds of increasingly strong assumptions about the information

processing of investors, that assets are fairly priced. An implication of this is that, on average, the

typical market participant cannot earn excessive profits from a particular trading strategy. However,

that does not mean that a few particular investors cannot outperform the market over a particular

investment horizon. Certain investors who do well for a period of time get a lot of attention from the

financial press, but the scores of investors who do not do well over the same period of time generally

get considerably less attention from the financial press.

6.

Suppose the returns on an asset are normally distributed. Suppose the historical average annual return

for the asset was 6.8 percent and the standard deviation was 9.6 percent. Based on these values, the

approximate probability that your return on these bonds will be less than -2.8 percent in a given year

is _____ percent. Approximately 95 percent of the time you would expect to see returns that range

from as low as _____ percent to as high as _____ percent. Approximately 99 percent of the time you

would expect to see returns that range from as low as _____percent to as high as _____percent.

The mean return for the asset was 6.8 percent, with a standard deviation of 9.6 percent. In the normal

probability distribution, approximately 2/3 of the observations are within one standard deviation of

the mean. This means that 1/3 of the observations are outside one standard deviation away from the

mean. Or:

Pr(R < -2.8 or R >16.4) 1/3

But we are only interested in one tail here, that is, returns less than -2.8 percent, so:

Pr(R < -2.8) 1/6

You can use the z-statistic and the cumulative normal distribution table to find the answer as well.

Doing so, we find:

z = (X )/

z = (-2.8% 6.8)/9.6% = -1

Looking at the z-table, this gives a probability of 15.87%, or:

Pr(R < -2.8) 0.1587 or 15.87%

The range of returns you would expect to see 95 percent of the time is the mean plus or minus 2

standard deviations, or:

95% level: R 2 = 6.8% 2(9.6%) = -12.4% to 26%

The range of returns you would expect to see 99 percent of the time is the mean plus or minus 3

standard deviations, or:

99% level: R 3 = 6.8% 3(9.6%) = -22% to 35.6%

7.

Is it possible that a risky asset could have a beta of zero? Explain. Based on the CAPM, what is the

expected return on such an asset? Is it possible that a risky asset could have a negative beta? What

does the CAPM predict about the expected return on such an asset? Can you give an explanation for

your answer?

Yes. It is possible, in theory, to construct a zero beta portfolio of risky assets whose return would be

equal to the risk-free rate. It is also possible to have a negative beta; the return would be less than the

risk-free rate. A negative beta asset would carry a negative risk premium because of its value as a

diversification instrument.

8.

A stock has an expected return of 16 percent, the risk-free rate is 8.8 percent, and the market risk

premium is 6 percent. The beta of this stock must be

We are given the values for the CAPM except for the of the stock. We need to substitute these

values into the CAPM, and solve for the of the stock. One important thing we need to realize is that

we are given the market risk premium. The market risk premium is the expected return of the market

minus the risk-free rate. We must be careful not to use this value as the expected return of the market.

Using the CAPM, we find:

E(Ri) = 0.16 = 0.088+ 0.06i

i = 1.2

9.

You want to create a portfolio equally as risky as the market, and you have $1,000,000 to invest.

Given this information, fill in the rest of the following table.

Asset

Investment

Beta

Stock A

250,000

0.6

Stock B

150,000

1.3

Stock C

Risk-free asset

1.6

Since the portfolio is as risky as the market, the of the portfolio must be equal to one. We also

know the of the risk-free asset is zero. We can use the equation for the of a portfolio to find the

weight of the third stock. Doing so, we find:

p = 1.0 = wA(0.6) + wB(1.3) + wC(1.6) + wRf(0)

Solving for the weight of Stock C, we find:

wC = 0.409375

So, the dollar investment in Stock C must be:

Invest in Stock C = 0.409375($1,000,000) = $409,375

We know the total portfolio value and the investment of two stocks in the portfolio, so we can find

the weight of these two stocks. The weights of Stock A and Stock B are:

wA = $250,000 / $1,000,000 = 0.25

wB = $150,000/$1,000,000 = 0.15

We also know the total portfolio weight must be one, so the weight of the risk-free asset must be one

minus the asset weight we know, or:

1 = wA + wB + wC + wRf = 1 0.25 0.15 0.409375 = wRf

wRf = 0.190625

So, the dollar investment in the risk-free asset must be:

Invest in risk-free asset = 0.190625($1,000,000) = $190,625

10.

If you can borrow all the money you need for a project at 6 percent, doesnt it follow that 6 percent is

your cost of capital for the project?

No. The cost of capital depends on the risk of the project, not the source of the money.

11.

Given the following information for Evenflow Power Co., the WACC is _____ percent. Assume the

company's tax rate is 31 percent.

Debt:

Common stock:

Preferred stock:

Market:

5,500 8.5 percent coupon bonds outstanding, $1,000 par value, 20 years to

maturity, selling for 104 percent of par; the bonds make semiannual payments.

110,000 shares outstanding, selling for $65 per share; the beta is 1.11.

16,500 shares of 8 percent preferred stock outstanding, currently selling for $107

per share.

10 percent market risk premium and 8 percent risk-free rate.

We will begin by finding the market value of each type of financing. We find:

MVD = 5,500($1,000)(1.04) = $5,720,000

MVE = 110,000($65) = $7,150,000

MVP = 16,500($107) = $1,765,500

And the total market value of the firm is:

V = $5,720,000 + 7,150,000 + 1,765,500 = $14,635,500

Now, we can find the cost of equity using the CAPM. The cost of equity is:

RE = 0.08 + 1.11(0.10) = 0.191 or 19.1%

The cost of debt is the YTM of the bonds, so:

P0 = $1,040 = $42.5(PVIFAR%,40) + $1,000(PVIFR%,40)

R = 3.013%

YTM = 4.0465% 2 = 8.093%

And the aftertax cost of debt is:

RD = (1 0.31)(0.08093) = 0.05584 or 5.584%

The cost of preferred stock is:

RP = $8/$107 = 0.07477 or 7.48%

Now we have all of the components to calculate the WACC. The WACC is:

12.42%

Notice that we didn't include the (1 tC) term in the WACC equation. We used the aftertax cost of

debt in the equation, so the term is not needed here.

12.

How does a bond issuer decide on the appropriate coupon rate to set on its bonds? Explain the

difference between the coupon rate and the required return on a bond.

Bond issuers look at outstanding bonds of similar maturity and risk. The yields on such bonds are

used to establish the coupon rate necessary for a particular issue to initially sell for par value. Bond

issuers also simply ask potential purchasers what coupon rate would be necessary to attract them.

The coupon rate is fixed and simply determines what the bonds coupon payments will be. The

required return is what investors actually demand on the issue, and it will fluctuate through time. The

coupon rate and required return are equal only if the bond sells for exactly at par.

13.

Consider the prices in the following three Treasury issues as of May 15, 2007: The bond in the

middle is callable in February 2008. The implied value of the call feature is

6.5

8.2

12

May 13n

May 13

May 13

106:10

101:15

134:25

106:12

101:16

134:31

-13

-3

-15

5.28

5.24

5.32

To calculate this, we need to set up an equation with the callable bond equal to a weighted average of

the noncallable bonds. We will invest X percent of our money in the first noncallable bond, which

means our investment in Bond 3 (the other noncallable bond) will be (1 X). The equation is:

C2 = C1 X + C3(1 X)

8.2 = 6.5 X + 12(1 X)

8.2 = 6.5 X + 12 12 X

X = 0.69091

So, we invest about 69 percent of our money in Bond 1, and about 31 percent in Bond 3. This

combination of bonds should have the same value as the callable bond, excluding the value of the

call. So:

P2 = 0.69091 P1 + 0.30909 P3

P2 = 0.69091(106.375) + 0.30909(134.96875)

P2 = 115.2131

The call value is the difference between this implied bond value and the actual bond price. So, the

call value is:

Call value = 115.2131 101.5 = 13.7131

Assuming $1,000 par value, the call value is $137.13.

14.

Storico Co. just paid a dividend of $1.50 per share. The company will increase its dividend by 16

percent next year and will then reduce its dividend growth rate by 4 percentage points per year until

it reaches the industry average of 4 percent dividend growth, after which the company will keep a

constant growth rate forever. If the required return on Storico stock is 14 percent, a share of stock

will sell for $_______ today.

Here we have a stock with supernormal growth, but the dividend growth changes every year for the

first four years. We can find the price of the stock in Year 3 since the dividend growth rate is constant

after the third dividend. The price of the stock in Year 3 will be the dividend in Year 4, divided by the

required return minus the constant dividend growth rate. So, the price in Year 3 will be:

P3 = $1.5(1.16)(1.12)(1.08)(1.04) / (0.14 0.04) = $21.89

The price of the stock today will be the PV of the first three dividends, plus the PV of the stock price

in Year 3, so:

P0 = $1.5(1.16)/(1.14) + $1.5(1.16)(1.12)/1.142 + $1.5(1.16)(1.12)(1.08)/1.143 + $21.89/1.143

P0 = $19.22

15.

Who owns a corporation? Describe the process whereby the owners control the firms management.

What is the main reason that an agency relationship exists in the corporate form of organization? In

this context, what kinds of problems can arise?

In the corporate form of ownership, the shareholders are the owners of the firm. The shareholders

elect the directors of the corporation, who in turn appoint the firms management. This separation of

ownership from control in the corporate form of organization is what causes agency problems to

exist. Management may act in its own or someone elses best interests, rather than those of the

shareholders. If such events occur, they may contradict the goal of maximizing the share price of the

equity of the firm.

16.

A firm has $100,000 in their capital budget and has identified the following projects. These projects

are not divisible which means that the firm can not accept only part of the project. Which project or

projects should the firm accept? Explain your answer.

Cost

PI

A

$40,000

1.25

B

$35,000

1.3

C

$30,000

1.15

D

$20,000

1.1

E

$10,000

1.05

First find NPV = Cost(PI 1). Then sort by PI and find the combination of projects that result in the

highest overall NPV.

17.

Cost

NPV

PI

B

$35,000

$10,500

1.3

A

$40,000

$8,000

1.2

C

$30,000

$4,500

1.15

D

$20,000

$2,000

1.1

BAD

BCDE

ACDE

NPV

$20,500

$17,500

$15,000

+$5,000 cash left over

E

$10,000

$500

1.05

Explain why in an efficient competitive market all assets should plot on the SML.

If an assets is above/below the SML it is offering a rate of return that is higher/lower than that

required to compensate the investors for the risk they are forced to bear and they will buy/sell the

asset until the current price rises/lowers to the point where the expected return is in line with that of

other freely traded assets of the same risk.

18.

You have recently identified a new project closely related to your firms business which has a very

positive NPV. Your firm operates in an industry with 20 direct competitors and limited barriers to

entry. What should be your reaction to this new project? Why? What further analysis should you

undertake?

You should be very skeptical of the positive NPV because if it is as good as you think, why havent

your competitors undertaken it? What has your firm brought to the table that your competitors can

not? You would probably want to perform sensitivity and scenario analysis at the very least.

19.

Rate of Return if State Occurs

State of

Economy

Boom

Normal

Bust

.35

.50

.15

Stock A

Stock B

Stock C

.24

.17

.00

.36

.13

.28

.55

.09

.45

If your portfolio is invested 40 percent each in A and B and 20 percent in C, the portfolio

expected return is

deviation is

16.12 0%

18.04 0%

.03253

and standard

percent.

We need to find the return of the portfolio in each state of the economy. To do this, we will multiply

the return of each asset by its portfolio weight and then sum the products to get the portfolio return in

each state of the economy. Doing so, we get:

Boom: E(Rp) = .4(.24) + .4(.36) + .2(.55) = .3500 or 35.00% Normal: E(Rp) = .4(.17) + .4(.13) + .

2(.09) = .1380 or 13.80% Bust: E(Rp) = .4(.00) + .4(.28) + .2(.45) = .2020 or 20.20% And the

expected return of the portfolio is: E(Rp) = .35(.35) + .50(.138) + .15(.202) = .1612 or 16.12%

To calculate the standard deviation, we first need to calculate the variance. To find the variance, we

find the squared deviations from the expected return. We then multiply each possible squared

deviation by its probability, than add all of these up. The result is the variance. So, the variance and

standard deviation of the portfolio is:

2p = .35(.35 .1612)2 + .50(.138 .1612)2 + .15(.202 .1612)2 2p = .03253

p = (.03253)1/2 = .1804 or 18.04%

20.

Explain why a characteristic of an efficient market is that investments in that market have zero

NPVs.

For the same reason that all assets should plot on the SML, all capital investments would have a zero

NPV in an efficient market. On average, the only return that is earned is the required return based on

the amount of riskinvestors buy assets with returns in excess of the required return (positive NPV),

bidding up the price and thus causing the return to fall to the required return (zero NPV); investors

sell assets with returns less than the required return (negative NPV), driving the price lower and thus

causing the return to rise to the required return (zero NPV).

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