Calculate the payback period and accounting rate of return, Cost Accounting

Freshly Ground Investments have just made an investment of $550 000 in a new Toyota Hilux (with trailer) delivery vehicle. This vehicle will be used for deliveries and generate revenues from such activities. Further details:

Expected useful life 5 years (straight line depreciation)

Salvage value 50 000

Cost of Capital 10 % after tax

Year                            Cash flows

1                              220 000

2                              200 000

3                              120 000

4                              110 000

5                              50 000


1. Calculate the payback period and the accounting rate of return.

2. Freshly Ground Investments requires a payback period of no more than 3 years and a return of at least 30%. Purely on the basis of these criteria, should this project be accepted. Explain

3. The payback method makes a crucial omission in the calculation, namely the time value of money. Can you complete the above computation using a method that accounts for the time value of money? On the basis of this calculation, should the project be accepted? Explain

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