Clayton Corporation is considering producing a new product. Autodial. Marketing data indicate that the company will be able to sell 35,000 units per year at $35. The product will be produced in a section of an existing factory that is currently not in use.
To produce Autodial, Clayton must buy a machine that costs $310,000. The machine has an expected life of five years and will have an ending residual value of $10,000. Clayton will depreciate the machine over five years using the straight-line method for both tax and financial reporting purposes.
In addition to the cost of the machine, the company will incur incremental manufacturing cost of $300,000 for component parts, $400,000 for direct labor, and $180,000 of miscellaneous costs. Also, the company plans to spend $130,000 annually for advertising Autodial. Clayton has a tax rate of 40 percent, and the company's required rate of return is 14 percent.
A. Compute the net present value
B. Compute the payback period
C. Compute the accounting rate of return
D. Should Clayton make the investment required to produce Autodial?