### Offer for contract and still create value for stockholders

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Merton Shovel Corporation has decided to bid for a contract to supply shovels to the Honduran Army. The Honduran Army intends to buy 1, 200 shovels per year for the next 3 years. To supply these shovels, Merton will have to acquire manufacturing equipment at a cost of \$199,000. This equipment will be depreciated on a straight line basis over its five year lifetime. At the end of the third year, Merton can sell the equipment for exactly its book value (\$79, 600). Additional fixed costs will be \$37,000 per year, and variable costs will he \$2 per shovel. An additional investment of \$22,000 in net working capital will be required when the project is initialed. This investment will be recovered at the end of the third year. Merton Shovel has a 35 percent marginal tax rate and a 15 percent required rate of return on the project. What is the lowest possible per shovel price that Merton can offer for the contract and still create value for its stockholders? (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round final answer to 2 decimal places, e.g. 15.25.) Shovel price \$

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