1. Stock valuation (20 marks)

Mylex Inc has just released an improved version of its popular sporting product and the world is beating a path to its door. As a result, the firm projects growth of 20% per year for the next four ears. Competition in the product market is expected to drive down profit margins, and hence th sustainable growth rate will fall to 5% after four years. The most recent (i e. year 0) earnings w per share. The firm has a dividend payout ratio of 25% and its discount rates 10%.

i) What is the value of the stock price today? (10 marks)

ii) What is the expected stock price four years from now? (6 marks)

iii) If you decide to hold the stock for one year, at what price can you sell the stock?  (4 marks)

iv) If you buy the stock now and sell it in 1 year, what will be your rate of return? (4 marks)

Question 2: Project Evaluation (Capital Budgeting Analyses)-(40 marks)

(i). Consider a ten-year project that costs \$40,000 today, which is expected to generate \$6,000 at the end of the second year and then the cash flows will increase by \$1,000 for three years and then stagnate for the rest of the project life. The cost of capital is 8 percent. What is the project’s NPV?  (5 marks)

(ii). Newfoundland Vintners Co-operative is considering two mutually exclusive projects: Absinth and Brandy. Project Absinth requires a \$20,500 cash outlay today and is expected to generate after- tax cash flows of \$11,000 in year 1, \$8,500 in year 2, and \$7,500 in year 3. Project Brandy requires a \$30,000 cash outlay today and is expected to generate after-tax cash flows of \$7,000 in year 1, \$9,000 in year 2, \$11,000 in year 3, and \$16,000 in year 4. Both project can be replicated at the end of its life. The appropriate discount rate for both projects is 10 percent.

a) Calculate the NPV of both projects. Given that the projects are mutually exclusive and can be replicated, which project should be accepted?  (12 marks)

b) Calculate the payback periods of both projects if cash flows occur evenly throughout the year.  (6 marks)

c) Calculate the discounted payback periods of both projects if cash flows occur evenly throughout the year. (6 marks)

d) Calculate the profitability index of both projects. (6 marks)

e) Which project should the firm choose using the information in (A) – (D)? Why?  (5 marks)

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