Finance: Scenario Analysis, Financial Management

Scenario analysis
Your firm, Agrico Products, is considering a tractor that would have a cost of $35,000, would increase pretax operating cash flows before taking account of depreciation by $12,000 per year, and would be depreciated on a straight-line basis to zero over 5 years at the rate of $7,000 per year, beginning the first year. (Thus, annual cash flows would be $12,000 before taxes plus the tax savings that result from $7,000 of depreciation.) The managers are having a heated debate about whether the tractor would actually last 5 years. The controller insists that she knows of tractors that have lasted only 4 years. The treasurer agrees with the controller, but he argues that most tractors actually do give 5 years of service. The service manager then states that some last for as long as 8 years.
Given this discussion, the CFO asks you to prepare a scenario analysis to determine the importance of the tractor''s life on the NPV. Use a 40% marginal federal-plus-state tax rate, a zero salvage value, and a 10% WACC. Assuming each of the indicated lives has the same probability of occurring (probability = 1/3), what is the tractor''s expected NPV? (Hint: Use the 5-year straight-line depreciation for all analyses and ignore the MACRS half-year convention for this problem.)
Round your answers to two decimal places. Do not round intermediate calculations.
a. Tractor''s NPV if actual life is 5 years. $__________
b. Tractor''s NPV if actual life is 4 years. $_________
c. Tractor''s NPV if actual life is 8 years. $__________
d. Tractor''s expected NPV. $__________
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