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# Suppose Appin coal mine values their coal extraction benefits as: Amount \$18,000(YEAR 1)   \$23,000 (YEAR 2)...

Suppose Appin coal mine values their coal extraction benefits as: Amount \$18,000(YEAR 1)   \$23,000 (YEAR 2) \$27,000 (YEAR 3) \$30,000 (YEAR 4) \$32,000 (YEAR 5) a. Find the net present value of their extraction benefit when the discount rate is 12%. b. Now suppose the discount rate changes to 2%, find the new net present value and explain what Appin coal mine will do as a result of this change and why.

(a)

NPV of benefit (\$) = 18,000 x P/F(12%, 1) + 23,000 x P/F(12%, 2) + 27,000 x P/F(12%, 3) + 30,000 x P/F(12%, 4) + 32,000 x P/F(12%, 5)

= 18,000 x 0.8929** + 23,000 x 0.7972** + 27,000 x 0.7118** + 30,000 x 0.6355** + 32,000 x 0.5674**

= 16,072.2 + 18,335.6 + 19,218.6 + 19,065 + 18,156.8

= 90,848.2

(b)

NPV of benefit (\$) = 18,000 x P/F(2%, 1) + 23,000 x P/F(2%, 2) + 27,000 x P/F(2%, 3) + 30,000 x P/F(2%, 4) + 32,000 x P/F(2%, 5)

= 18,000 x 0.9804** + 23,000 x 0.9612** + 27,000 x 0.9423** + 30,000 x 0.9238** + 32,000 x 0.9057**

= 17,647.2 + 22,107.6 + 25,442.1 + 27,714 + 28,982.4

= 121,893.3

Since NPV of benefit will be higher when discount rate is lowered, the coal mine will extract coal as long as NPV of costs of extraction is no more than \$121,893.30.

**From P/F factor table

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