Final HW FIN 341 – Company A and B can borrow for a 3-year term at the following rates

1 (5pts)

Company A and B can borrow for a 3-year
term at the following rates. While A desires fixed rate borrowing, B prefers
floating rate borrowing.

Fixed Rate Floating
A 8.5% LIBOR + 0.5%

The swap bank currently
makes a market for plain vanilla 3-year interest rate swaps at 7.25% – 7.5%.

1) Illustrate how Company A benefits from the use of interest rate

2) Summarize the risks taken by the swap bank in the interest swap with
Company B.

3) Is it feasible for the swap bank to customize an interest rate swap
that provide a cost saving of 0.35% to B? Explain.

4) Suppose both Company A and B entered into the 3-year swaps with the
swap bank. One year after the inception of the 3-year swaps, the swap bank
quotes 2-year interest rate swaps at 6.5% – 7%. Which company is willing to
unwind the original swap? Explain how much it is willing to pay to unwind.

Problem 2 (5pts)

Dow Chemical (a U.S. MNC) and Michelin (a
French tire manufacturer) need to borrow to finance their foreign direct
investments. They can issue 10-year bond of $220 million or 10-year bond of €200
million. Although both companies have the same creditworthiness, they have to
pay higher interest rates for the debt denominated in foreign currency. Their
borrowing costs are as follows:

$ Borrowing
Cost €
Borrowing Cost
Dow Chemical 7.5% 8.25%
Michelin 7.7% 8.10%

swap bank currently quotes the following rates on 10-year swaps:
dollar ($): 7.5% – 7.6% against dollar LIBOR
Euro (€): 8.1% – 8.15% against dollar LIBOR

Discuss the challenges
encountered by the above two MNCs in financing for their foreign direct

Illustrate how both the MNCs
benefit from the use of currency swaps.

Suppose two years after both
companies entered into the 10-year currency swaps, $ interest rate has changed
to 7% and € interest rate changed to 8%. Exchange rate changed to $1.2/€. What
is the value of the currency swap?

3 (15pts)

An Italian company is considering expanding
the sales of its cappuccino machines to the U.S. market. As a result, the idea
of setting up a manufacturing facility in the U.S. should be explored. The
company estimates the initial demand in the U.S. will bring in an annual
operating profit of $2,500,000, which is expected to keep track with the U.S.
price level. The new facility will free up the amount currently exported to the
U.S. market. The company presently realizes an annual operating profit of €1,000,000
on its U.S. export.

The manufacturing facility is expected to
cost $24 million. The company plans to finance the project with a combination
of debt and equity capital. The new project will increase the company’s
borrowing capacity by €10 million, and the company plans to borrow only that
amount. The city in which the facility will be built has promised to provide a
5-year interest only loan of $7.5 million at 6% per annum (note: principal will
be paid back in a lump sum at the end of year 5).

The U.S. IRS will allow the company to
straight-line depreciate the new facility over a 5-year period. After that
time, the company plans to sell all molding equipment (accounts for 55% of the
project’s cost). Although it is difficult to estimate the salvage value, the
company is confident that the after-tax salvage value will be at least 25% of
the original book value.

Corporate tax rates in the U.S. and Italy
are the same as 35%. The long-term inflation rate is expected to be 3% in the
U.S. and 5% in Italy. The current spot exchange rate is $1.5/€. The Italian
company explicitly believes in PPP as the best means to forecast future
exchange rate.

The company’s U.S. sales affiliate
currently holds $1.5 million ready for repatriation back to Italy. The money
was accumulated under a special tax concession rate of 25%. If the fund were
repatriated, additional tax will be due.

The company estimates its weighted average
cost of capital to be 11%, and all-equity cost of capital to be 15%. It can
borrow dollars at 9% per annum and Euros at 10%.

What is the amount and the cost
of debt used to finance the U.S. manufacturing facility?

Why is the APV model better
than NPV model for capital budgeting analysis?

Specify the discount rate you
would use for the calculation of the (1) present value of after tax operating
cash flows; (2) PV of depreciation tax shield; (3) PV of terminal cash flows.
Explain why.

Illustrate how to calculate the
PV of after tax operating cash flows in APV analysis (use the first two years
in your illustration).

Calculate the PV of interest
tax shield from non-concessionary loan.

Calculate the amount of funds
that will be freed up by the new project.

Calculate the subsidy provided
by the host city.

Assume the preliminary estimate
of the 5-year project’s APV is -€1,000,000 (negative €1,000,000). Which does
not included the after tax salvage value of the equipment. Calculate the break
even after tax salvage value. Do you recommend the project to the Italian
company? Explain.

Now assume the concessionary
loan offered by the host city increases to $20 million. How much of the
interest payment should be used to calculate interest tax shield? Explain.

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