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Fall 2017-2018 Individual Assignment

FALL 2017-2018
Individual Assignment

Course Code: FIN 215 Course Title: Introduction to Finance

Last date of submission : 30th November 2017 Number of Pages: 3


Student Name ID Number

Student Name
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1. All questions in the assignments are compulsory.
2. Respective marks for the questions are assigned in brackets ()
3. Completed assignments can only be accepted in typed form, no hand written assignments is allowed.
4. A completed assignments can be submitted either in MS-Word format.


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CLOs LO 1 LO 2 LO 3 LO 3 LO 4 LO 4 LO 5 25 (25%)
Marks allocated (3) (3) (4) (4) (5) (3) (3)
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Fall 2017-2018 Individual Assignment


FIN 215 Introduction to Finance

Total Marks 25
a. The assignment need to be MS Word format

Ques. 1 Using the data in the following table, estimate

a) the average return and volatility for each stock,
b) the covariance between the stocks, and
c) the correlation between these two stocks.

(3 marks)

Ques. 2 Suppose you have $100,000 in cash, and you decide to borrow another $15,000 at a 4%
interest rate to invest in the stock market. You invest the entire $115,000 in a portfolio J with a
15% expected return and a 25% volatility.
a. What is the expected return and volatility (standard deviation) of your investment?
b. What is your realized return if J goes up 25% over the year?
c. What return do you realize if J falls by 20% over the year?
(3 marks)

Ques. 3 Harrison Holdings, Inc. (HHI) is publicly traded, with a current share price of $32 per
share. HHI has 20 million shares outstanding, as well as $64 million in debt. The founder
of HHI, Harry Harrison, made his fortune in the fast food business. He sold off part of his
fast-food empire, and purchased a professional hockey team. HHIs only assets are the
hockey team, together with 50% of the outstanding shares of Harrys Hotdogs restaurant
chain. Harrys Hotdogs (HDG) has a market capitalization of $850 million, and an
enterprise value of $1.05 billion. After a little research, you find that the average asset
beta of other fast-food restaurant chains is 0.75. You also find that the debt of HHI and
HDG is highly rated, and so you decide to estimate the beta of both firms debt as zero.
Finally, you do a regression analysis on HHIs historical stock returns in comparison to
the S&P 500, and estimate an equity beta of 1.33. Given this information, estimate the
beta of HHIs investment in the hockey team.
(4 marks)

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Ques. 4 You own a firm with a single new product that is about to be introduced to the public for
the first time. Your marketing analysis suggests that the demand for this product could be
anywhere between 500,000 units and 5,000,000 units. Given such a wide range, discuss
the safest cost structure alternative for your firm
(4 marks)

Ques. 5 One year ago, your company purchased a machine used in manufacturing for $110,000.
You have learned that a new machine is available that offers many advantages; you can
purchase it for $150,000 today. It will be depreciated on a straight-line basis over 10
years, after which it has no salvage value. You expect that the new machine will produce
EBITDA (earning before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) of $40,000 per
year for the next 10 years. The current machine is expected to produce EBITDA of
$20,000 per year. The current machine is being depreciated on a straight-line basis over a
useful life of 11 years, after which it will have no salvage value, so depreciation expense
for the current machine is $10,000 per year. All other expenses of the two machines are
identical. The market value today of the current machine is $50,000. Your companys tax
rate is 45%, and the opportunity cost of capital for this type of equipment is 10%. Is it
profitable to replace the year-old machine?
(5 marks)

Ques. 6 Chips Home Brew Whiskey forecasts that if the firm sells each bottle of Snake-Bite for
$20, then the demand for the product will be 15,000 bottles per year, whereas sales will
be 90 percent as high if the price is raised 10 percent. Chips variable cost per bottle is
$10, and the total fixed cash cost for the year is $100,000. Depreciation and amortization
charges are $20,000, and the firm has a 30 percent marginal tax rate. Management
anticipates an increased working capital need of $3,000 for the year. What will be the
effect of a price increase on the firms FCF for the year?
(3 marks)

Ques 7. Calculate the weighted average cost of capital for a firm, explain the limitations of using
a firms weighted average cost of capital as the discount rate when evaluating a project, and
discuss the alternatives to the firms weighted average cost of capital that are available.
(3 marks)

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