You must evaluate the purchase of a proposed spectrometer for the R&D department. The purchase price of the spectrometer including modifications is $140,000, and the equipment will be fully depreciated at the time of purchase. The equipment would be sold after 3 years for $42,000. The equipment would require an $11,000 increase in net operating working capital (spare parts inventory). The project would have no effect on revenues, but it should save the firm $79,000 per year in before-tax labor costs. The firm's marginal federal-plus-state tax rate is 25%.
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