Project: Evaluate the Capital Investment
Shoals Corporation puts significant emphasis on cash flow when planning capital investments. The company
chose its discount rate of 8 percent based on the rate of return it must pay its owners and creditors. Using that
rate, Shoals Corporation then uses different methods to determine the most appropriate capital outlays.
This year, Shoals Corporation is considering buying five new backhoes to replace the backhoes it now owns.
The new backhoes are faster, cost less to run, provide for more accurate trench digging, have comfort features
for the operators, and have 1-year maintenance agreements to go with them. The old backhoes are working
just fine, but they do require considerable maintenance. The backhoe operators are very familiar with the old
backhoes and would need to learn some new skills to use the new backhoes.
The following information is available to use in deciding whether to purchase the new backhoes: