Calculating a Bid Price:
Alson Enterprises needs someone to supply it with 185,000 cartons of machine screws per year to support its manufacturing needs over the next five years, and you've decided to bid on the contract. It will cost you $940,000 to install the equipment necessary to start production; you'll depreciate this cost straight line to zero over the projects life. You estimate that in five years, this equipment can be salvaged for $70,000. Your fixed production costs will be $305,000 per year, and your variable production costs should be $9.25 per carton. You also need an initials investment in net working capital of $75,000. If your tax rate is 35 percent and you require a 12 percent return on your investment, what bid price should you submit?