Capital Budget Analysis

Case Paper – Capital Budget Analysis Prepare in PowerPoint Format – Your PowerPoint should include a capital budget analysis, an interpretation of the analysis and
your recommended strategy for the Deluxe Corporation. Your file is due in Blackboard on Sunday February 26 at Midnight. A Paper Rubric will also be provided to

indicate assessment guidelines for the paper. Deluxe Corporation is a large chain of retail stores operating in the USA. It sells top-of the range, expensive clothes

to a wealthy clientele throughout the country. Currently, Deluxe only operates in the USA. Its current market capitalization is $760 million and the current market

value of debt is $350 million. At last month’s management meeting the marketing director explained that sales volume had increased slightly in the previous year,

largely due to heavy discounting in most of its stores. The finance director expressed concern that such a strategy might damage the image of the company and reduce

profits over the longer term. An alternative strategy to increase sales volume has recently been proposed by the marketing department. This would involve introducing a

new range of clothing specifically aimed at the middle-income market. The new range of clothing would be expected to be attractive to consumers in Canada and Europe.

Assume your represent the financial management of Deluxe and have been asked to evaluate the marketing department’s proposal to introduce a new range of clothing. An

initial investigation into the potential markets has been undertaken by a firm of consultants at a cost of $100,000 but this amount has not yet been paid. It is

intended to settle the amount due in three months’ time. With the help of a small multi-department team of staff you have estimated the following cash flows for the

proposed project: • The initial investment required would be $46 million: This comprises $30 million for fixed assets and $16 million for net current assets (working

capital). • For accounting purposes, fixed assets are depreciated on a straight-line basis over three (3) years after allowing for a residual value of 10%. • The value

of net current assets at the end of the evaluation period can be assumed to be the same as at the start of the period. • Earnings before taxes are forecast to be $14

million in 2016, $17million in 2017 and $22 million in 2018. The following information is also relevant: • The proposed project is to be evaluated over a three-year

time horizon. The firm uses Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return methods to evaluate projects. • Deluxe usually evaluates its investments using an after-tax

discount rate of 8%. The proposed project is considered to be riskier than average and so a risk-adjusted rate of 9% will be used for this project. Your PowerPoint

represents a presentation to the Board of Directors of Deluxe Corporation • The following return analysis should be used: Net Present Value and Internal Rate of

Return. • Prepare a Sensitivity risk analysis with three variables of your (Group) choosing. Your margins of variance are plus/minus 10%, 20%, 30%. Your Sensitivity

work should include a graph analysis. • Corporate tax is 25%. • Ignore inflation. RUBRIC – Group Case PowerPoint Deluxe Corporation Objective measured: Maximize firm

value by efficiently allocating financial resources in an environment of uncertainty. Forecast cash flows under different earnings scenarios – 20% Excellent Good

Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Correctly 1. Initial INVESTMENT CALCULATION 2. Calculate the annual depreciation based on the depreciable part of the investment 3.

Forecast the net annual cash flows under the given scenarios 4. Allow miscalculating one or two of the requirements Missing one of the requirements Missing more than

one of the requirements Calculate NPV and IRR to determine capital return analysis – 20% Excellent Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Correctly calculate the weighted

average NPV and IRR based on the given scenarios. One or two arithmetic errors More than two arithmetic errors Not using the probabilities to calculate the weighted

average NPV Perform sensitivity analysis – 25% Excellent Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Correctly 1. Calculate the changes in the NPV & IRR for the average scenario

for changes of +/- 10%, +/- 20%, +/- 30% with respect to the required variable. 2. Analyze the sensitivity of the NPV and IRR with respect to the required variables.

Allow miscalculating one or two of the requirements Missing one of the requirements Missing more than one of the requirements

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