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This discussion has 2 parts:
1. Understanding what the net present value (NPV) tells us.
—-The NPV decision rule says to accept the project if the NPV is greater than zero. You perform a thorough capital budgeting analysis on a project that requires a $1,000,000,000 initial investment and calculate the net present value (NPV) as $1. Following the rule, you tell your boss she should accept the project. She laughs and says “do you think I would really invest $1,000,000,000 for a measly $1 NPV? You should be fired” How would you respond to her?
2. The CFO of a firm you just started working for claims “we always have, and always will, use the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) as the rate to discount future expected cash flows from our proposed capital budgeting projects”. What do you think of this strategy?
1. Read section 11-4, pages 399 – 404 in the required text carefully.