Acc346 Managerial Accounting: P9-4 National Cruise Line, Inc. is considering the acquisition

Acc346 Managerial Accounting
PROBLEM 9-4. Present Value and "What If" Analysis
National Cruise Line, Inc. is considering the acquisition of a new ship that will cost $200,000,000. In this regard, the president of the company asked the CFO to analyze cash flows associated with operating the ship under two alternative itineraries: Itinerary 1, Caribbean Winter/Alaska Summer and Itinerary 2, Caribbean Winter/Eastern Canada Summer. The CFO estimated the following cash flows, which are expected to apply to each of the next 15 years: Caribbean /Alaska Caribbean /Eastern Canada Net revenue 120,000,000 105,000,000 Less: Direct program expenses (25,000,000) (24,000,000) Indirect program expenses (20,000,000) (20,000,000) Nonoperating expenses (21,000,000) (21,000,000) Add back depreciation 115,000,000 115,000,000 Cash flow per year $169,000,000 $155,000,000

a. For each of the itineraries, calculate the present values of the cash flows using required rates of return of both 10 and 15 percent. Assume a 15-year time horizon. Should the company purchase the ship with either or both required rates of return?
b. The president is uncertain whether a 10 percent or a 15 percent required return is appropriate. Explain why, in the present circumstance, spending a great deal of time determining the correct required return may not be necessary.
c. Focusing on a 10 percent required rate of return, what would be the opportunity cost to the company of using the ship in a Caribbean/Eastern Canada itinerary rather than a Caribbean/Alaska itinerary?