Principles of Managerial Finance, by Lawrence J. Gitman. Published by Addison Wesley. Copyright © 2006 by Pearson Education, Inc.
Individual Assignment 1: Assignments from the Readings
• Resource: Principles of Managerial Finance • Prepare responses to the following problems from the text:
o Problems P5-3, P5-4, and P5-13 (Ch. 5) o Problem P10-4 (Ch. 10)
P5–3 Risk preferences Sharon Smith, the financial manager for Barnett Corporation, wishes to evaluate three prospective investments: X, Y, and Z. Currently, the firm earns 12% on its investments, which have a risk index of 6%. The expected return and expected risk of the investments are as follows:
InvestmentExpected ReturnExpected Risk Index
a. If Sharon were risk-indifferent, which investments would she select? Explain why.
b. If she were risk-averse, which investments would she select? Why? c. If she were risk-seeking, which investments would she select? Why? d. Given the traditional risk preference behavior exhibited by financial managers, which investment would be preferred? Why?
P5–4 Risk analysis Solar Designs is considering an investment in an expanded product line. Two possible types of expansion are being considered. After investigating the possible outcomes, the company made the estimates shown in the following table:
Expansion AExpansion B
Annual Rate of Return
a. Determine the range of the rates of return for each of the two projects. b. Which project is less risky? Why?
c. If you were making the investment decision, which one would you choose? Why? What does this imply about your feelings toward risk?
d. Assume that expansion B’s most likely outcome is 21% per year and that all other facts remain the same. Does this change your answer to part c? Why?
P5–13 Portfolio analysis You have been given the return data shown in the first table on three assets—F, G, and H—over the period 2007–2010.
YearAsset FAsset GAsset H
Using these assets, you have isolated the three investment alternatives shown in the following table:
1100% of the Asset F
250% of the Asset of F and 50% of asset G 350% of Asset F and 50% of asset H
a. Calculate the expected return over the 4-year period for each of the three alternatives. b. Calculate the standard deviation of returns over the 4-year period for each of the three alternatives. c. Use your findings in parts a and b to calculate the coefficient of variation for each of the three alternatives. d. On the basis of your findings, which of the three investment alternatives do you recommend? Why?
P10–4 Basic sensitivity analysis Murdock Paints is in the process of evaluating two mutually exclusive additions to its processing capacity. The firm’s financial analysts have developed pessimistic, most likely, and optimistic estimates of the annual cash inflows associated with each project. These estimates are shown in the following table.
Project AProject B
Initial Investment (CF0)$8,000$8,000
OutcomeAnnual Cash Inflows (CF)
a. Determine the range of annual cash inflows for each of the two projects. b. Assume that the firm’ s cost of capital is 10% and that both projects have 20-year lives. Construct a table similar to this for the NPVs for each project. Include the range of NPVs for each project. c. Do parts a and b...