Parker Products manufactures a variety of household products. The company is considering introducing a new detergent. The company’s CFO has collected the following information on the proposed product. The project has an anticipated economic life of 4 years. The company will have to purchase a new machine to produce the detergent. The machine has an up-front cost (t = 0) of $2 million. The machine will be depreciated on a straight-line basis over 4 years (that is, the company’s depreciation expense will be $500, 000 in each of the first four years (t = 1, 2, 3, and 4).) The company anticipates that the machine will last for four years and that after four years, its salvage value will equal zero. If the company goes ahead with the proposed product, it will affect the company’s net working capital. At the outset, t = 0, inventory will increase by $140, 000 and accounts payable will increase by $40, 000. At t = 4, the net working capital will be recovered after the project is completed. The detergent is expected to generate sales revenue of $1 million the first year (t = 1), $2 million the second year (t = 2), $2 million the third year (t = 3), and $1 million the final year (t = 4). Each year the operating costs (not including depreciation) are expected to equal 50 percent of sales revenue. The company’s interest expense each year will be $100, 000. The new detergent is expected to reduce the sales of the company’s existing products by $250, 000 a year (t = 1, 2, 3, and 4). The company’s cost of capital (i.e., the required rate of return on this project) is 10 percent. The company’s tax rate is 40 percent.
What is the NPV for the project?