Synopsis and Objectives
The identification of relevant cash flows; in particular, the treatment of: a.
cash flows obtained by cannibalizing another activity within the firm c.
exploitation of excess transportation capacity
corporate overhead allocations
cash flows of unrelated projects
The critical assessment of a capital-investment evaluation system. 3.
The treatment of conflicts of interest and other ethical dilemmas that may arise in investment decisions.
What changes, if any, should Lucy Morris ask Frank Greystock to make in his discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis? Why? What should Morris be prepared to say to the Transport Division, the Director of Sales, her assistant plant manager, and the analyst from the Treasury Staff? 2.
How attractive is the Merseyside project? By what criteria? 3.
Should Morris continue to promote the project for funding?
Excerpts from Morris’s Expenditure Proposal Memo Regarding the Merseyside Project
Lucy Morris and Frank Greystock
Capital Expenditure Proposal: Polypropylene Line Enhancements (Merseyside)
This memo summarizes the rationale and financial impact of capital improvements to the polypropylene line at Merseyside. The investment requested is £12 million. Strategic and operating benefits were summarized in our previous memo to you. We have made, however, some changes to our investment analyses, which appear below.
Two discounted cash flow analyses accompany this memo. Part A contains an adjustment for possible business erosion at Rotterdam, while part B does not make that adjustment.
The results are:
The costs of the engineering study and corporate overhead allocation have been excluded from the analysis, per...
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