Question & Answer: he Sweetwater Candy Company would like to buy…..

The Sweetwater Candy Company would like to buy a new machine that would automatically “dip” chocolates. The dipping operation is currently done largely by hand. The machine the company is considering costs $180,000. The manufacturer estimates that the machine would be usable for five years but would require the replacement of several key parts at the end of the third year. These parts would cost $11,000, including installation. After five years, the machine could be sold for $7,000.
      The company estimates that the cost to operate the machine will be $9,000 per year. The present method of dipping chocolates costs $50,000 per year. In addition to reducing costs, the new machine will increase production by 6,000 boxes of chocolates per year. The company realizes a contribution margin of $1.50 per box. A 18% rate of return is required on all investments.
Click here to view Exhibit 13B-1 and Exhibit 13B-2, to determine the appropriate discount factor(s) using tables.


1. What are the annual net cash inflows that will be provided by the new dipping machine?


2. Compute the new machine’s net present value. (Any cash outflows should be indicated by a minus sign. Round discount factor(s) to 3 decimal places and intermediate calculations to nearest dollar amount.)

Expert Answer


1 Calculation of annual net cash inflows that will be provided by the new dipping machine:
Particulars Amount
Cost under present method 50000
Less: Operating cost of machine -9000
Saving in Cost 41000
Add: Additional contribution margin on 6000 boxes 9000
Annual Net Cash Inflow 50000
2 Year Cash Flow PV Factor @18% Present Value
0 -180000 1 -180000
1 50000 0.847 42372.88
2 50000 0.718 35909.22
3 39000 0.609 23736.6
4 50000 0.516 25789.44
5 50000 0.437 21855.46
5 7000 0.437 3059.765
Net Present Value of Machine -27276.6
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