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JWI 530 Assignment 2 (1222) Page 2 of 5 Input from Stakeholders As part of your research, you have sought input from a number of stakeholders. Each has raised important points to consider in your analysis and recommendation. Some of the points and assumptions are purely financial. Others touch on additional concerns and opportunities. 1. Angela, your colleague from Accounting, recommends using the base assumptions above: 5-year project life, flat annual savings, and 10% discount rate. Angela does not feel the equipment will have any terminal value due to advancements in technology. 2. Bob from Sales is convinced that this capability would create a new revenue stream that could significantly offset operating expenses. He recommends savings that grow each year: 5-year project life, 10% discount rate, and a 10% annual savings growth in years 2 through 5. In other words, instead of assuming savings stay flat, assume that they will grow by 10%% in year 2, and then grow another 10% over year 2 in year 3, and so on. Bob feels that the stated terminal value of $30,000 is reasonable and used it in his calculations. 3. Carl from Engineering believes we use a higher Discount Rate because of the risk of this type of project. As such, she is recommending a 5-year project life and flat annual savings. Carl suggests that even though the equipment is brand new, the updated production process could have a negative impact on other parts of the overall manufacturing costs. He argues that, while it is difficult to quantify the potential negative impacts, to account for the risk, a 15% discount rate should be used. Being an engineer, Carl feels that the stated terminal value is low based on his experience and is recommending a $55,000 terminal value. 4. Delilah, the Product Manager, is convinced the new capability will allow better control of quality and on-time delivery, and that it will last longer than 5 years. He recommends using a 7 Year Equipment Life (which means a 7-year project and that savings will continue for 7 years), flat annual savings, and 10% discount rate. In other words, assume that the machine will last 2 more years and deliver 2 more years of savings. Delilah also feels the equipment will have an estimated terminal value of $20,000 at the end of its 7- year useful life as it will be utilized longer thus having less value at the end of the project and savings. 5. Edward, the head of Operations, is concerned that instead of stabilizing the supply chain, it will just add another process to be managed, and will distract from the core competencies the company currently has. He feels the company should focus on improving communication and supply chain management with its current vendor, and he feels confident he can negotiate a discount of 3% off of the annual outsourcing cost of $1,500,000 if he lets it be known they are considering taking over this step of the process. As there is little risk associated with Edward’s proposal due to no upfront capital requirements, a lower risk-free discount rate of 7% would be appropriate. Edward feels that any price reductions from the current vendor will last for five years. (NOTE: because there is no “investment”, the Payback and IRR metrics are not meaningful. Simply provide the NPV of the Savings cash flows). JWI 530: Fi