21.A bicycle manufacturer currently produces 356,000 units a year and expects output levels to remain steady in the future. It buys chains from an outside supplier at a price of $2.10 a chain. The plant manager believes that it would be cheaper to make these chains rather than buy them. Direct in-house production costs are estimated to be only $1.50 per chain. The necessary machinery would cost $290,000 and would be obsolete after 10 years. This investment could be depreciated to zero for tax purposed using a 10-year straight-line depreciation schedule. The plant manager estimates that the operation would require additional working capital of $40,000, but argues that this sum can be ignored since it is recoverable at the end of the 10 years. Expected proceeds from scrapping the machinery after 10 years are $21,750. If the company pays tax at a rate of 35% and the opportunity cost of capital is 15%, what is the net present value of the decision to produce the chains in-house instead of purchasing them from the supplier?
Project the annual free cash flows (FCF) of buying the chains.
The annual free cash flows for years 1 to 10 of buying the chains is $-482,940.
The annual free cash flows for years 1 to 10 of buying the chains is $-485,940.
The annual free cash flows for years 1 to 10 of buying the chains is $-486,940.
The annual free cash flows for years 1 to 10 of buying the chains is $-489,940.