JWI 530: Financial Management I Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application © Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University confidential and proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed, in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. This course guide is subject to change based on the needs of the class. 530 – Assignment 2 (1184) Page 1 of 6 Assignment 2 – Due: Sunday, Midnight of Week 10 (22.5% of Final Grade) In this assignment, you will demonstrate your understanding of capital investment techniques by evaluating the following three case studies. In addition to your calculations for each scenario, you should submit a Word document in which you respond to the questions in each scenario. Case Analysis 1 (Weight 20% of Total Assignment) You work for a small, local telecommunications company. In five years, the company plans to undertake a major upgrade to its servers and other IT infrastructure. Management estimates that it will need up to $450,000 to cover all related costs; however, as a fairly young company, the goal is to pay for the upgrade with cash and not to take out loans. Right now, you have $300,000 in a bank account established for Capital Investments. This account pays 4% interest, compounded annually. A member of the finance department has approached you with an investment opportunity for the $300,000 that covers a five-year period and has the following projected after-tax cash flows: Year Projected Cash Flow 1 $90,000 2 $115,000 3 $135,000 4 $110,000 5 $90,000 Based on this information, in an MS Word document, answer the following questions: 1) How much money will be in the bank account if you leave the $300,000 alone (earning 4% compounded interest) until you need it in five years? 2) If you undertake the investment opportunity, what is the Nominal Payback Period? 3) Using the Present Value factors for 7% (which can be found on any PV Factor table), what is the discounted Payback Period of the investment opportunity? 4) What is the Net Present Value at 7% of the investment opportunity?JWI 530: Financial Management I Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application © Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University confidential and proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed, in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. This course guide is subject to change based on the needs of the class. 530 – Assignment 2 (1184) Page 2 of 6 5) Which option (make the investment or leave the money in a savings account) would you recommend to your CEO? Why? What additional factors/information might make you change your point of view? Case Analysis 2 (Weight 30% of Total Assignment) The CEO of Dynamic Manufacturing was at a conference and talked to a supplier about a new piece of equipment for its production process that she believes will produce ongoing cost savings. As the Operations Manager, your CEO has asked for your perspective on whether or not to purchase the machinery. After talking to the supplier and meeting with your Engineers and Financial Analysts, you’ve gathered the following pieces of data: • Cost of Machine: $140,000 • Estimated Annual After Tax Cash Flow Savings: $60,000 (which may or may not grow) • Estimated machinery life: 3-5 years (after which there will be zero value for the equipment and no further cost savings) • You seem to recall that Dynamic’s Finance organization recommends either a 10% or a 15% discount rate for all Cost Savings Projects From your JWMI MBA, you know that you need to understand the project financials to ensure that this investment will be economically attractive to Dynamic Manufacturing’s shareholders. Calculate the Nominal Payback, the Discounted Payback, the Net Present Value and the IRR for each scenario, assuming: A. Ann (A) recommends using the base assumptions above: 3 year project life, flat annual savings, 10% discount rate. B. Bob (B) recommends savings that grow each year: 3 year project life, 10% discount rate and a 10% compounded annual savings growth in years 2 & 3. In other words, instead of assuming savings stay flat, assume that they will grow by 10% in year 2, and then grow another 10% over year 3 in year. C. Cassidy (C) believes we use a higher Discount Rate because of the risk of this type of project: 3 year project life, flat annual savings, 15% discount rate. D. David (D) is convinced the machine will last longer than 3 years. He recommends using a 5 Year Equipment Life: 5 year project and savings life, flat annual savings, 10% discount rate. In other words, assume that the machine will last 2 more years and deliver 2 more years of savings.JWI 530: Financial Management I Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application © Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University confidential and proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed, in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. This course guide is subject to change based on the needs of the class. 530 – Assignment 2 (1184) Page 3 of 6 In an MS Word document, in paragraph form, respond to the following questions: 1) Which person’s scenario would you present to management and why? From a strictly financial (numbers) perspective, would you recommend this purchase to management? 2) In your opinion, which person’s scenario is based on the most aggressive assumptions? If you were to select this scenario as the basis for your proposal, how would you justify the more aggressive assumptions? 3) In SIMPLE English (as in talking to a non-Finance and non-MBA person), explain why there is value to management in running all 4 of these scenarios. 4) Beyond financial measures, what other factors would you want to consider, before making a recommendation to management? 5) If you were the CEO, would you approve this proposal? Why or why not? Case Analysis 3 (Weight 40% of Total Assignment) You are the General Manager at the Bicker, Slaughter, and Lynch Law Firm. There is an opportunity to buy out a small law firm that was just started by a young MBA/JD, and you believe the firm can be grown and become a lucrative part of your Firm. With help from your finance leader, you have estimated the following benefit streams for this new division: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8 Before Tax Cash Flow From Operations $(149,000) $0 $51,380 $88,760 $114,100 $129,780 $143,640 $167,300 After Tax Net Income From Operations $(103,500) $(50,500) $36,700 $63,400 $81,500 $92,700 $102,600 $119,500 After Tax Cash Flow From Operations $(85,600) $15,000 $48,600 $72,200 $95,550 $101,300 $125,200 $140,200JWI 530: Financial Management I Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application © Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University confidential and proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed, in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. This course guide is subject to change based on the needs of the class. 530 – Assignment 2 (1184) Page 4 of 6 • You estimate that the purchase price for this firm would be $200,000 and that additional net working capital would be needed in the amount of $60,000 in year 0, an additional $15,000 in year 2 and then $15,000 in year 5. • BSL usually spend about $275,000 per year in advertising. If you make this acquisition, you would ask that advertising spending be increased by an incremental one-time amount of $45,000 in year 0 to publicize the firm’s expansion. • Your finance leader has indicated that the firm has access to a credit line and could borrow the funds at a rate of 6%. He also mentions that when he runs project economics for capital budgeting (such as a new copier or a company car), he recommends a standard 10% rate discount, but the one other time they looked at an acquisition of a smaller firm, he used a 13% rate discount. Obviously you will want to select the most appropriate discount rate for this type of project. • At the end of 8 years, the plan is to sell this division. The estimated terminal value (the sale and the return of working capital) is conservatively estimated to be $350,000 of after-tax cash flow help. Using the data that you need (and ignoring the extraneous information), for this potential acquisition, calculate each of the following items: o the Nominal Payback o the Discounted Payback o the Net Present Value o the IRR In an MS Word document, in paragraph form, respond to the following questions: 1) From a purely financial (numbers) perspective, would you recommend this purchase to management? Why? 2) What are some of the non-financial elements that need to be considered for this proposal? 3) Assumptions in project economics can have a huge impact on the result. Identify 3 financial elements/assumptions in your analysis that would make this project financially unattractive? In other words, what would have to be true for this to be a bad investment? 4) If you were the CEO, would you approve this proposal? Why or why not?JWI 530: Financial Management I Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application © Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University confidential and proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed, in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. This course guide is subject to change based on the needs of the class. 530 – Assignment 2 (1184) Page 5 of 6 RUBRIC: Assignment 1 Criteria Unsatisfactory Low Pass Pass High Pass Honors 1. In Case Analysis 1, calculate the various investment options. Weight: 20% Did not demonstrate understanding by either not submitting the work or only calculating 1 question correctly. Partially demonstrated understanding by calculating a minimum of 2 questions correctly. Satisfactorily demonstrated understanding by calculating 3 questions correctly. Demonstrated a high level of understanding by calculating a minimum of 4 questions correctly. Exemplarily demonstrated understanding by calculating all 5 questions correctly. 2. In Case Analysis 2, fully evaluate and support your conclusions in regards to the investment options by calculating the nominal payback, the discounted payback, the net present value, and the IRR and fully explain the financial rational for your recommendations. Weight: 30% Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the investment options and did not use financial knowledge and calculations to explain recommendations. Partially analyzed the investment options and partially used financial knowledge and calculations to explain recommendations. Satisfactorily analyzed the investment options and satisfactorily used financial knowledge and calculations to explain recommendations. Completely analyzed the investment options and used financial knowledge and calculations to explain recommendations Exemplarily analyzed the investment options and exemplarily used financial knowledge and calculations to explain recommendations.JWI 530: Financial Management I Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application © Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University confidential and proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed, in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University. This course guide is subject to change based on the needs of the class. 530 – Assignment 2 (1184) Page 6 of 6 3. In Case Analysis 3, fully evaluate the buy-out opportunity and support your conclusions by calculating the nominal payback, the discounted payback, the net present value, and the IRR for the potential acquisition and fully explain the financial rational for your recommendations. Weight: 40% Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the acquisition opportunity and incompletely used financial knowledge and calculations to explain recommendations. Partially analyzed the acquisition opportunity and partially used financial knowledge and calculations to explain recommendations. Satisfactorily analyzed the acquisition opportunity and satisfactorily used financial knowledge and calculations to explain recommendations. Completely analyzed the acquisition opportunity and used financial knowledge and calculations to explain recommendations. Exemplarily analyzed the acquisition opportunity and exemplarily used financial knowledge and calculations to explain recommendations. 4. Professionally communicated: writing is clear, concise, and free of mechanical errors. Weight: 10% Written communication does not flow and fails to justify or express student assertions. Multiple mechanical errors or much of the communication is difficult to understand. Written communication does not flow or the discussion fails to justify conclusions and assertions. Several mechanical errors make parts of the text difficult to understand. Written communication flows but lacks conciseness or clarity; assertions and conclusions are generally justified and explained. There are more than a few mechanics errors. Written communication flows and concisely and clearly expresses the student’s position in a manner that rationally and logically develops the topics. There are a few mechanical errors. Written communication flows and concisely and clearly expresses the student’s position in an exemplary manner that rationally and logically develops the topics. It is free of mechanical errors.

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Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application
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Assignment 2 – Due: Sunday, Midnight of Week 10 (22.5% of Final Grade)
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your understanding of capital investment techniques by evaluating
the following three case studies. In addition to your calculations for each scenario, you should submit a Word
document in which you respond to the questions in each scenario.
Case Analysis 1 (Weight 20% of Total Assignment)
You work for a small, local telecommunications company. In five years, the company plans to undertake a
major upgrade to its servers and other IT infrastructure. Management estimates that it will need up to
$450,000 to cover all related costs; however, as a fairly young company, the goal is to pay for the upgrade
with cash and not to take out loans. Right now, you have $300,000 in a bank account established for Capital
Investments. This account pays 4% interest, compounded annually. A member of the finance department
has approached you with an investment opportunity for the $300,000 that covers a five-year period and has
the following projected after-tax cash flows:

Year Projected Cash Flow
1 $90,000
2 $115,000
3 $135,000
4 $110,000
5 $90,000

Based on this information, in an MS Word document, answer the following questions:
1) How much money will be in the bank account if you leave the $300,000 alone (earning 4% compounded
interest) until you need it in five years?
2) If you undertake the investment opportunity, what is the Nominal Payback Period?
3) Using the Present Value factors for 7% (which can be found on any PV Factor table), what is the
discounted Payback Period of the investment opportunity?
4) What is the Net Present Value at 7% of the investment opportunity?

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Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application
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5) Which option (make the investment or leave the money in a savings account) would you recommend to
your CEO? Why? What additional factors/information might make you change your point of view?
Case Analysis 2 (Weight 30% of Total Assignment)
The CEO of Dynamic Manufacturing was at a conference and talked to a supplier about a new piece of
equipment for its production process that she believes will produce ongoing cost savings. As the Operations
Manager, your CEO has asked for your perspective on whether or not to purchase the machinery.
After talking to the supplier and meeting with your Engineers and Financial Analysts, you’ve gathered the
following pieces of data:
• Cost of Machine: $140,000
• Estimated Annual After Tax Cash Flow Savings: $60,000 (which may or may not grow)
• Estimated machinery life: 3-5 years (after which there will be zero value for the equipment and no
further cost savings)
• You seem to recall that Dynamic’s Finance organization recommends either a 10% or a 15%
discount rate for all Cost Savings Projects
From your JWMI MBA, you know that you need to understand the project financials to ensure that this
investment will be economically attractive to Dynamic Manufacturing’s shareholders.
Calculate the Nominal Payback, the Discounted Payback, the Net Present Value and the IRR for each
scenario, assuming:
A. Ann (A) recommends using the base assumptions above: 3 year project life, flat annual savings, 10%
discount rate.
B. Bob (B) recommends savings that grow each year: 3 year project life, 10% discount rate and a 10%
compounded annual savings growth in years 2 & 3. In other words, instead of assuming savings stay
flat, assume that they will grow by 10% in year 2, and then grow another 10% over year 3 in year.
C. Cassidy (C) believes we use a higher Discount Rate because of the risk of this type of project: 3 year
project life, flat annual savings, 15% discount rate.
D. David (D) is convinced the machine will last longer than 3 years. He recommends using a 5 Year
Equipment Life: 5 year project and savings life, flat annual savings, 10% discount rate. In other
words, assume that the machine will last 2 more years and deliver 2 more years of savings.

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Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application
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In an MS Word document, in paragraph form, respond to the following questions:
1) Which person’s scenario would you present to management and why? From a strictly financial
(numbers) perspective, would you recommend this purchase to management?
2) In your opinion, which person’s scenario is based on the most aggressive assumptions? If you were
to select this scenario as the basis for your proposal, how would you justify the more aggressive
assumptions?
3) In SIMPLE English (as in talking to a non-Finance and non-MBA person), explain why there is value
to management in running all 4 of these scenarios.
4) Beyond financial measures, what other factors would you want to consider, before making a
recommendation to management?
5) If you were the CEO, would you approve this proposal? Why or why not?
Case Analysis 3 (Weight 40% of Total Assignment)
You are the General Manager at the Bicker, Slaughter, and Lynch Law Firm. There is an opportunity to buy
out a small law firm that was just started by a young MBA/JD, and you believe the firm can be grown and
become a lucrative part of your Firm. With help from your finance leader, you have estimated the following
benefit streams for this new division:

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
Before Tax
Cash Flow
From
Operations
$(149,000) $0 $51,380 $88,760 $114,100 $129,780 $143,640 $167,300
After Tax
Net Income
From
Operations
$(103,500) $(50,500) $36,700 $63,400 $81,500 $92,700 $102,600 $119,500
After Tax
Cash Flow
From
Operations
$(85,600) $15,000 $48,600 $72,200 $95,550 $101,300 $125,200 $140,200

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Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application
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You estimate that the purchase price for this firm would be $200,000 and that additional net working
capital would be needed in the amount of $60,000 in year 0, an additional $15,000 in year 2 and then
$15,000 in year 5.
BSL usually spend about $275,000 per year in advertising. If you make this acquisition, you would
ask that advertising spending be increased by an incremental one-time amount of $45,000 in year 0
to publicize the firm’s expansion.
Your finance leader has indicated that the firm has access to a credit line and could borrow the funds
at a rate of 6%. He also mentions that when he runs project economics for capital budgeting (such
as a new copier or a company car), he recommends a standard 10% rate discount, but the one other
time they looked at an acquisition of a smaller firm, he used a 13% rate discount. Obviously you will
want to select the most appropriate discount rate for this type of project.
At the end of 8 years, the plan is to sell this division. The estimated terminal value (the sale and the
return of working capital) is conservatively estimated to be $350,000 of after-tax cash flow help.
Using the data that you need (and ignoring the extraneous information), for this potential acquisition,
calculate each of the following items:
o the Nominal Payback
o the Discounted Payback
o the Net Present Value
o the IRR
In an MS Word document, in paragraph form, respond to the following questions:
1) From a purely financial (numbers) perspective, would you recommend this purchase to
management? Why?
2) What are some of the non-financial elements that need to be considered for this proposal?
3) Assumptions in project economics can have a huge impact on the result. Identify 3 financial
elements/assumptions in your analysis that would make this project financially
unattractive? In other
words, what would have to be true for this to be a bad investment?
4) If you were the CEO, would you approve this proposal? Why or why not?

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Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application
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RUBRIC: Assignment 1

Criteria Unsatisfactory Low Pass Pass High Pass Honors
1. In Case Analysis
1, calculate the
various investment
options.
Weight: 20%
Did not
demonstrate
understanding by
either not
submitting the
work or only
calculating 1
question
correctly.
Partially
demonstrated
understanding by
calculating a
minimum of 2
questions
correctly.
Satisfactorily
demonstrated
understanding by
calculating 3
questions
correctly.
Demonstrated a
high level of
understanding by
calculating a
minimum of 4
questions
correctly.
Exemplarily
demonstrated
understanding by
calculating all 5
questions
correctly.
2. In Case
Analysis 2, fully
evaluate and
support your
conclusions in
regards to the
investment
options by
calculating the
nominal payback,
the discounted
payback, the net
present value,
and the IRR and
fully explain the
financial rational
for your
recommendations.
Weight: 30%
Did not submit or
incompletely
analyzed the
investment
options and did
not use financial
knowledge and
calculations to
explain
recommendations.
Partially analyzed
the investment
options and
partially used
financial
knowledge and
calculations to
explain
recommendations.
Satisfactorily
analyzed the
investment
options and
satisfactorily
used financial
knowledge and
calculations to
explain
recommendations.
Completely
analyzed the
investment
options and used
financial
knowledge and
calculations to
explain
recommendations
Exemplarily
analyzed the
investment
options and
exemplarily
used financial
knowledge and
calculations to
explain
recommendations.

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Assignment 2: Management Accounting Application
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3. In Case Analysis
3, fully evaluate
the buy-out
opportunity and
support your
conclusions by
calculating the
nominal payback,
the discounted
payback, the net
present value, and
the IRR for the
potential
acquisition and
fully explain the
financial rational
for your
recommendations.
Weight: 40%
Did not submit or
incompletely
analyzed the
acquisition
opportunity and
incompletely used
financial
knowledge and
calculations to
explain
recommendations.
Partially analyzed
the acquisition
opportunity and
partially used
financial
knowledge and
calculations to
explain
recommendations.
Satisfactorily
analyzed the
acquisition
opportunity and
satisfactorily used
financial
knowledge and
calculations to
explain
recommendations.
Completely
analyzed the
acquisition
opportunity and
used financial
knowledge and
calculations to
explain
recommendations.
Exemplarily
analyzed the
acquisition
opportunity and
exemplarily used
financial
knowledge and
calculations to
explain
recommendations.
4. Professionally
communicated:
writing is clear,
concise, and free of
mechanical errors.
Weight: 10%
Written
communication
does not flow and
fails to justify or
express student
assertions.
Multiple
mechanical
errors or much
of the
communication is
difficult to
understand.
Written
communication
does not flow or
the discussion
fails to justify
conclusions and
assertions.
Several
mechanical
errors
make parts of the
text difficult to
understand.
Written
communication
flows but lacks
conciseness or
clarity; assertions
and conclusions
are generally
justified and
explained. There
are more than a
few mechanics
errors.
Written
communication
flows and
concisely and
clearly expresses
the student’s
position in a
manner that
rationally and
logically develops
the topics. There
are a few
mechanical errors.
Written
communication
flows and
concisely and
clearly expresses
the student’s
position in an
exemplary
manner that
rationally and
logically develops
the topics. It is
free of mechanical
errors.

 

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