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Question 1 (15 marks)
Michael, the product development manager for Apex Pharmaceuticals (AP)joined the
firm about 7 years ago. With a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and an MBA in finance
from the University of Newcastle, Michael has been fairly successful in his
professional career. Prior to working at AP, Michael was responsible for the
launching of three highly successful drugs at another mid-sized pharmaceutical
company. It did not take long for the head-hunters to find him and shortly thereafter
AP made him an offer that was too good to refuse. AP is a fairly large
pharmaceutical company that has a number of patented drugs under its belt. With a
number of the firm’s patents expiring in the next three years, there has been some
pressure to expand its production lines. Michael has been asked to make
recommendations for new investment to the Board, specifically regarding a new drug
recently developed by AP’s Research Department.
The Vision Research division recently invented a new drug, nicknamed ClearView,
for the cure of myopia, which has shown tremendous promise in the preliminary test.
The project leader, Catherine, is very confident that this new drug could revolutionise
the world of ophthalmology. Upon Michael’s request, she also provides some
standard cost estimates if the product is approved and launched early this year.
Development costs: 17 million
Testing costs: 10 million
Initial Marketing costs: 12 million
Initial outlay: 39 million
The new drug is expected to be a block-buster, which will help to increase the
company’s market share and the sales are expected to be $15 million in the first
year. The sales revenue generated from this product alone is expected to grow at a
rate of 10% pa in the first three years and stay in line with inflation thereafter until its
patent expires in 10 years.
The product would be manufactured in an unused plant owned by the firm which
would otherwise be leased out for $100,000 per year. Required equipment costing
$5 million is expected to have a salvage value of $300,000 after 10 years, though it
will be fully written off for tax purposes. Fixed costs are estimated to be $1.50 million
per year while variable production costs are expected to be equal to 25% of sales
revenue in each case. To get the project underway, additional inventory of $500,000
would be required. The company would also need to increase its accounts payable
by $100,000 and its accounts receivable by $200,000. Catherine estimates that the
net working capital committed to each production line would be maintained at 20% of
its sales each year thereafter.
The weighted average cost of capital is calculated to be 14%. The current inflation of
1.5% pa is expected to remain stable over the next 15 years, and so is the
company’s tax rate of 30%.
You have been asked to advise the manager whether the proposal should be
adopted using NPV and IRR analyses.
In addition you need to provide a sensitivity analysis using the numbers above, an
analysis which could be scrutinised and questioned by the relevant company
committee. The sensitivity analysis should be based on the following scenarios:
Scenarios Sales Fixed Cost (FC)
Pessimistic estimate 20% decrease in sales 20% Increase in FC
Base case $15 million $1.50 million
Optimistic estimate 20% Increase in sales 20% Decrease in FC
QUESTION 2: (15 Marks)
You are a research analyst in an investment bank. You need to write a research
report on the sensitivity of the stock return to the market return. The following model
can be used to estimate the sensitivity of the stock return to the market return:
𝑅𝑖, = 𝛼0 + 𝛽1𝑅𝑚,𝑡 + 𝜀𝑖,𝑡 (1)
Where 𝑅𝑖, is stock return on the ith institution; 𝑅𝑚,𝑡 is return on the S&P/ASX All
Ordinaries Index; and 𝜀𝑖, is the random error term at day t. You are required to
estimate the market model (Eq.1)1 for the following companies:
•?Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA.AX)
•?Rio Tinto Ltd (RIO.AX)
•?Insurance Australia Group Ltd (IAG.AX)
•?Daily adjusted closing stock prices for companies and the All Ordinaries
January 1, 2010–June 30, 2015
American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition. You can find helpful examples
of APA 6th ed. citation in pp 26-38 of the 2013 NBS Postgraduate Student Manual as
well as at http://www.apastyle.org/index.aspx.
Write a research report based on the market model as given in Equation 1 with the
(a) Introduction (hint: you should discuss why companies are sensitive to the
(b) Methodology (hint: you should discuss the model, sources of data etc.)
(c) Findings (hint: you should discuss the results from the model)
(d) Conclusion (hint: you should discuss the implications)