Jim Bingham is considering starting a small catering business. He would need to purchase a delivery van and various equipment costing $125,000 to equip the business and another $60,000 for inventories and other working capital needs. Rent for the building used by the business will be $35,000 per year. Jim’s marketing studies indicate that the annual cash inflow from the business will amount to $120,000. In addition to the building rent, annual cash outflow for operating costs will amount to $40,000. Jim wants to operate the catering business for only six years. He estimates that the equipment could be sold at that time for 4% of its original cost. The working capital will be fully released for other purposes at the end of the six years. Jim uses a 16% discount rate.
How would you compute the net present value showing all calculations?? How would you decide make a recommendation to Jim on whether or not he should make this investment??