Finance: finance – #277


Question: Question 3: Sony International has an investment opportunity to produce a new stereo color TV. The required investment on January 1 of this year is $32 million. The firm will depreciate the investment to zero using the straight-line method over four years. The investment has no resale value after completion of the project. The firm is in the 34 percent tax bracket. The price of the product will be $400 per unit, and will not change over the life of the project. Labor costs for Year 1 will be $15.30 per hour and will increase at 2 percent per year. Energy costs for Year 1 will be $5.15 per physical unit and will increase at 3 percent per year. Revenues are received and costs are paid at year-end. Refer to the table below for the production schedule.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Physical production, in units 100,000 200,000 200,000 150,000
Labor input, in hours 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
Energy input, physical units 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000

The discount rate for Sony is 8 percent. Calculate the NPV of this project.

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