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The Aaron Oil Company is deciding whether to drill for oil on a tract of land the company owns. The company estimates the project would cost $10 million today. Aaron estimates that, once drilled, the oil will generate positive net cash flows of $3.4 million a year at the end of each of the next 5 years. Although the company is fairly confident about its cash flow forecast, in 1 years it will have more information about the local geology and about the price of oil. Aaron estimates that if it waits 1 year then the project would still cost $10 million. Moreover, if it waits 1 year, then there is a 80% chance of favorable market conditions that the net cash flows would be $4.0 million a year for 5 years and a 20% chance of unfavorable market conditions that they would be $1.0 million a year for 5 years. Aaron will know which of these cash flows will occur when it makes the decision whether to invest at Year 1. Assume all cash flows are discounted at 10%.

If the company chooses to drill today, what is the project’s net present value? (in million dollars)

$2.11 |
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$2.89 |
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$3.12 |
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$3.37 |
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$3.56 |

Using information from Question 14. Using decision-tree analysis, how much is the project’s expected NPV if Aaron waits 1 year before deciding whether to drill? (in million dollars)

$4.89 |
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$4.25 |
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$3.45 |
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$3.76 |
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$3.89 |

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