Wren Manufacturing is in the process of analyzing its investment decision-making procedures. The two projects evaluated by the firm during the past months were Project 263 and 264. The basis variables surrounding each project analysis, using the IRR decision technique, and the resulting decision actions are summarized in the following table.
Basic Variables Project 263 Project 264
Cost $64,000 $58,000
Life 15 years 15 years
IRR 8% 15%
Source Debt Equity
Cost (after-tax) 7% 16%
Action Accept Reject
Reason 8% IRR > 7% cost 15% IRR < 16% cost
a. Evaluate the firm's decision-making procedures, and describe why the acceptance of Project 263 and rejection of Project 264 may not be in the owner's best interest.
b. If the firm maintains a capital structure containing 40% debt and 60% equity, find its weighted average cost using the data in the table.
c. If the firm had used the weighted average cost find outd in part b, what actions would have been indicated relative to projects 263 and 264.
d. Compare and contrast the firm's actions with your findings in part c. Which decision method seems more appropriate? describe why.