Merton Shovel Corporation has decided to bid for a contract to supply shovels to the Honduran Army. The Honduran Army intends to buy 1,400 shovels per year for the next 3 years. To supply these shovels, Merton will have to acquire manufacturing equipment at a cost of $160,000. This equipment will be depreciated on a straight-line basis over its five-year lifetime. At the end of the third year, Merton can sell the equipment for exactly its book value ($64,000). Additional fixed costs will be $40,000 per year, and variable costs will be $4 per shovel. An additional investment of $23,400 in net working capital will be required when the project is initiated. This investment will be recovered at the end of the third year. Merton Shovel has a 35 percent marginal tax rate and a 18 percent required rate of return on the project. What is the lowest possible per shovel price that Merton can offer for the contract and still create value for its stockholders?
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