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As the CFO of IPS, you are responsible for managing the IPS
employee pension fund. Like any pension fund, yours has physical and financial
assets, and liabilities. You must decide how the pension fund money will be
invested. Your decisions will affect the well-being of your firm and its
employees. As a successful fund manager, you know that an understanding of the
time value of money is key.
You urge your staff to investigate the investment potential
of a variety of financial products and services including money markets, real
estate, stocks, and insurance products. Your goal is to realize the maximum
benefit for your clients.
Since IPS is still a relatively small company, you are also
responsible for decisions on product viability and financing. While your staff
is investigating pension fund investments, you get the following email message
from the CEO.
“Remember the production analysis you did on the
Android01? I need you to put together an analysis of the suitability of the
project. Crunch the numbers and give me an idea of the value of the project.
Thanks for your help!”
You’ve barely had time to think about what you’ve read when
you get another message from the CEO.
“Meant to ask you about the cost of capital. If we do
decide to move forward with the Android01 project, we’ll need to determine our
best source of capital. As far as I can tell, we have three options:
a loan from the bank
collaboration with another firm
liquidation of securities owned by IPS
Compare the three financing options and estimate NPVs and
IRRs from the costs and expected cash flows. Just include that in your
analysis. Thanks again!”
This project will require you to determine the suitability
of a candidate project using capital budgeting techniques based on time value
of money, and taking care to distinguish between different forms of costs and
revenues. You will determine the long-term capital requirements needed to
support the organization and analyze different methods of financing.
Begin with “Step 1: Time Value of Money
Calculations”
When you submit your project, your work will be evaluated
using the competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check
your work before submission.
3.1 Identify numerical or mathematical information that is
relevant in a problem or situation.
3.2 Employ mathematical or statistical operations and data
analysis techniques to arrive at a correct or optimal solution.
3.3 Analyze mathematical or statistical information, or the
results of quantitative inquiry and manipulation of data.
3.4 Employ software applications and analytic tools to
analyze, visualize, and present data to inform decision-making.
10.3 Determine optimal financial decisions in pursuit of an
organization’s goals.
10.4 Make strategic managerial decisions for obtaining capital
required for achieving organizational goals.
As the manager of the pension fund, considering different
investment options will help you make better decisions for your company and
your clients. Please respond to the following questions, providing supporting
data and showing your calculations.
Before starting your calculations, review the following
materials:
time value of money analysis
valuing perpetuities and annuities
amortizing a loan
Question 1:If the pension plan invests $95 million today in
10-year US Treasury bonds (riskless investment with guaranteed return) at an
interest rate of 3.5 percent a year, how much will it have by the end of year
10?
Question 2:If the pension plan needs to accumulate $14
million in 13 years, how much must it invest today in an asset that pays an
annual interest rate of 4 percent?
Question 3:How many years will it take for $197 million to
grow to be $554 million if it is invested in an account with a quoted annual
interest rate of 5 percent with monthly compounding of interest?
Question 4:The pension plan also invests in physical assets.
It is considering the purchase of an office building today with the expectation
that the price will rise to $20 million at the end of 10 years. Given the risk
of this investment, there should be a yield of 10 percent annually on this
investment. The asking price for the lot is $12 million. What is the annual
yield (internal rate of return) of the investment if the purchase price is $12
million today and the sale price 10 years later is $20 million? Should the
pension plan buy the office building given its required rate of return?
Question 5:The pension plan is also considering investing
$70 million of its cash today at a 3.5 percent annual interest for five years
with a commercial bank. The bank in return will pay an annuity due at the
beginning of year 6 for the next 15 years. How much will the annual payments be
from years 6 to 21, if the rate at which these payments are discounted is also
3.5 percent?
Question 6:The pension plan is about to take out a 10-year
fixed-rate loan for the purchase of an information management system for its
operations. The terms of the loan specify an initial principal balance (the
amount borrowed) of $4 million and an APR of 3.75 percent. Payments will be made
monthly. What will be the monthly payment? How much of the first payment will
be interest, and how much will be principal? Use the Excel PMT function to
provide the answers to these questions.
Submit your Time Value of Money Report and Calculations to the
dropbox below. Be sure to show your calculations in Excel and provide a
narrative analysis in PowerPoint. Your narrative analysis should summarize the
results of your analysis and make recommendations for the benefit of the
company.

Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies
below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice
would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have
incorporated all of them in your work.
3.1 Identify numerical or mathematical information that is
relevant in a problem or situation.
3.2 Employ mathematical or statistical operations and data
analysis techniques to arrive at a correct or optimal solution.
3.3 Analyze mathematical or statistical information, or the
results of quantitative inquiry and manipulation of data.
3.4 Employ software applications and analytic tools to
analyze, visualize, and present data to inform decision-making.
10.3 Determine optimal financial decisions in pursuit of an
organization’s goals.
10.4 Make strategic managerial decisions for obtaining
capital required for achieving organizational goals.
As the manager of the pension fund, you are frequently
targeted by software companies peddling investment simulation software. You
have finally narrowed down your choice to two applications. You need to analyze
the options by calculatingNPV, IRR and Payback Periodbased on their purchase
price and savings to your company over time. Your staff has prepared a
cash-flow table to help you. Year zero shows the purchase price of each
application, and the figures listed for years 1-3 represent the savings to the
company in successive years.
Year
Application I
Application II
0 (today)
-$1.5 million
-$1 million
1
$0.8 million
$0.5 million
2
$0.7 million
$0.24 million
3
$0.3 million
$0.6 million
You are considering three possible scenarios.
Question 7:If the payback period is two years, which
application should be selected?
Question 8:If the required rate of return is 15 percent,
which application should be selected?
Question 9:If the selection criterion is IRR, which
application should be selected?
Respond to the questions 7, 8, and 9 above by submitting a
single, integrated report that shows your supporting data and calculations.
Finally, provide a recommendation and rationale for purchasing either
Application I or Application II.
Submit your Basic Capital Budget Analysis Report and
Calculations to the dropbox below. Be sure to show your calculations in Excel
and provide a narrative analysis in PowerPoint. Your narrative analysis should
include your recommendation and rationale for purchasing either Application I
or Application II.

Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies
below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice
would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have
incorporated all of them in your work.
3.1 Identify numerical or mathematical information that is
relevant in a problem or situation.
3.2 Employ mathematical or statistical operations and data
analysis techniques to arrive at a correct or optimal solution.
3.3 Analyze mathematical or statistical information, or the
results of quantitative inquiry and manipulation of data.
3.4 Employ software applications and analytic tools to analyze,
visualize, and present data to inform decision-making.
10.3 Determine optimal financial decisions in pursuit of an
organization’s goals.
10.4 Make strategic managerial decisions for obtaining
capital required for achieving organizational goals.
Another one of your responsibilities as CFO is to determine
the suitability of new and current products. Your CEO has asked you to evaluate
Android01. That task will require you to combine data from your production
analysis from Project 2 with data from a consultant’s study that was done last
year. Information provided by the consultant is as follows:
initial investment: $120 million composed of $50 million for
the plant and $70 million net working capital (NWC)
yearly expenses from year 1 to year 3: $30 million
yearly revenues from year 1 to year 3: $0
yearly expenses from year 4 to year 10: $55 million
yearly expected revenues from year 4 to year 10: $95 million
yearly expenses from year 11 to year 15: $60 million
yearly expected revenues from year 11 to year 15: $105
million
Revenues will vary between $80 million (minimum) and $105
million (maximum) for years 4 to 10, and between $90 million (minimum) and $110
million (maximum) for years 11 to 15.
This concludes the information provided by the consultant.
You also have the following information:
The asset beta of the project is 1.5. The expected return to
the market is 8 percent, and the market risk premium is 5 percent.
Assume that both expenses and revenues for a year occur at
the end of the year. NWC pays the bills during the year, but has to be
replenished at the end of the year.
Android01 is expected to cannibalize the sales of
Processor01 while also reducing the variable costs for the production of
Processor01. From years 4 to 10, revenues are expected to fall by $5M, whereas
variable costs will go down by $1 million. Processor01 is to be phased out at
the end of the 10th year.
At the end of the 15th year, the plant will be scrapped for
a salvage value of $10 million. NWC will be recovered.
Question 10:Calculate the expected cash flows from the
Android01 project based on the information provided.
Question 11:Calculate the NPV for a required rate of return
of 6.5 percent. Also calculate the IRR and the Payback Period.
Before starting your calculations, review the following
materials onNPV, IRR and Payback Period.
Submit your Cash Flow Report and Calculations to the dropbox
below. Be sure to show your calculations in Excel and provide a narrative
analysis in PowerPoint. Your narrative analysis should summarize the results of
your analysis and make recommendations for the benefit of the company.

Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies
below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice
would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have
incorporated all of them in your work.
3.1 Identify numerical or mathematical information that is
relevant in a problem or situation.
3.2 Employ mathematical or statistical operations and data
analysis techniques to arrive at a correct or optimal solution.
3.3 Analyze mathematical or statistical information, or the
results of quantitative inquiry and manipulation of data.
3.4 Employ software applications and analytic tools to
analyze, visualize, and present data to inform decision-making.
10.3 Determine optimal financial decisions in pursuit of an
organization’s goals.
10.4 Make strategic managerial decisions for obtaining
capital required for achieving organizational goals.
The firm decides to raise $30 million by selling equity and
debt. The investment bankers hired by your firm contact potential investors and
come back with the following numbers:
Debt that pays $1 million coupons a year and $18 million
maturity value after 10 years will sell for $20 million.
Equity that pays expected dividends of $1.2 million starting
next year and growing at a rate of 3 percent per year thereafter sells for $10
million.
Question 12:Calculate the cost of debt, equity, and the
WACC.
Before starting your calculations, review the following
materials:
cost of capital and choice of financing
equity, debt, and preferred stock
Submit your Cost of Debt Report and Calculations to the
dropbox below. Be sure to show your calculations in Excel and provide a
narrative analysis in PowerPoint. Your narrative analysis should summarize the
results of your analysis and make recommendations for the benefit of company.

Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies
below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice
would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have
incorporated all of them in your work.
3.1 Identify numerical or mathematical information that is
relevant in a problem or situation.
3.2 Employ mathematical or statistical operations and data
analysis techniques to arrive at a correct or optimal solution.
3.3 Analyze mathematical or statistical information, or the
results of quantitative inquiry and manipulation of data.
3.4 Employ software applications and analytic tools to
analyze, visualize, and present data to inform decision-making.
10.3 Determine optimal financial decisions in pursuit of an
organization’s goals.
10.4 Make strategic managerial decisions for obtaining
capital required for achieving organizational goals.
Your firm has decided to spin off Android01 and Processor01
as a separate firm. The owners of the new firm will be equity holders and debt
holders. After speaking with potential investors, investment banks have
identified two possible capital structures (structure of equity and debt
ownership):
Debt holders receive debt that pays them coupons of $2
million a year, and $30 million after 20 years (these are expected values as
the coupons and principal payments are not riskless, the debt buyers realize
the firms could default). They price the debt using a discount rate of 4
percent. Equity holders receive expected dividends of $3 million starting from
year 5, and growing at a rate of 4 percent per year (a growing perpetuity).
They price the equity using a discount rate of 7.5 percent.
Debt holders receive debt that pays them coupons of $1
million a year, and $12 million after 20 years (these are expected values as
the coupons and principal payments are not riskless, the debt buyers realize
the firms could default). They price the debt using a discount rate of 3.5
percent. Equity holders receive expected dividends of $3.9 million starting
from year 5, and growing at a rate of 4.5 percent per year (a growing
perpetuity). They price the equity using a discount rate of 7 percent.
Your firm receives all the proceeds from the sale debt and
equity.
Prepare a Capital Budgeting and Cost of Capital report that
answers the following Question 13.
Question 13:Which particular capital structure should be
chosen for the spin-off?
Before starting your calculations, review the following
materials:
cost of capital and choice of financing
equity, debt, and preferred stock
Submit your Capital Budgeting and Cost of Capital Report to
the dropbox below.

Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies
below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice
would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have
incorporated all of them in your work.
3.1 Identify numerical or mathematical information that is
relevant in a problem or situation.
3.2 Employ mathematical or statistical operations and data
analysis techniques to arrive at a correct or optimal solution.
3.3 Analyze mathematical or statistical information, or the
results of quantitative inquiry and manipulation of data.
3.4 Employ software applications and analytic tools to
analyze, visualize, and present data to inform decision-making.
10.3 Determine optimal financial decisions in pursuit of an
organization’s goals.
10.4 Make strategic managerial decisions for obtaining
capital required for achieving organizational goals.

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