Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return

Review the scenario and complete the activity that follows.

Dwight Donovan, the president of Donovan Enterprises, is considering 2 investment opportunities. Because of limited resources, he will be able to invest in only 1 of them.

Project A is to purchase a machine that will enable factory automation; the machine is expected to have a useful life of 4 years and no salvage value.

Project B supports a training program that will improve the skills of employees operating the current equipment. Initial cash expenditures for Project A are $400,000 and for Project B are $160,000. The annual expected cash inflows are $126,000 for Project A and $52,800 for Project B.

Both investments are expected to provide cash flow benefits for the next 4 years. Donovan Enterprises’ desired rate of return is 8%. Your task as Senior Accountant is to use your knowledge of net present value and internal rate of return to identify the preferred method and best investment opportunity for the company and present your results to Dwight Donovan.

Use Excel®—showing all work and formulas—to compute the following:

  • The net present value of each project. Round your computations to 2 decimal points.
  • The approximate internal rate of return for each project. Round your rates to 6 decimal points.

Create an 8- to 10-slide presentation showing the comparison of the net present value approach with the internal rate of return approach that you calculated.

Complete the following in your presentation:

  • Analyze the results of the net present value calculations and the significance of these results, supported with examples.
  • Determine which project should be adopted based on the net present value approach and provide rationale for your decision.
  • Analyze the results of the internal rate of return calculation and the significance of these results, supported with examples.
  • Determine which project should be adopted based on the internal rate of return approach and provide rationale for your decision.
  • Determine the preferred method in the given circumstances and provide reasoning and details to support the method selected.
  • Synthesize results of analyses and computations to determine the best investment opportunity to recommend to the president of Donovan Enterprises and provide rationale for your recommendation.
  • Include detailed speaker notes.

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