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In this assignment, you will write an executive summary analyzing the exchange risks, country risks, and political risks the company executive team needs to be aware of in building a manufacturing facility in Brazil. Your summary will also provide a recommendation of the location, the company should select for building a new manufacturing facility. In support of your recommendation, you will refer to the analysis performed and include all calculations.
In addition, for this assignment, using the information in your executive summary, you will create a PowerPoint presentation which will include your recommendation of where to build the new facility, the supporting analysis for your recommendation, and the risks involved in building a new facility in Brazil.
Your employer, GBATT, headquartered in the United States of America, has decided to expand operations into Brazil. Although the decision to expand has been made, the CFO has asked for an analysis of the risks associated with the expansion. Your instructions are to analyze specific risks associated with building a manufacturing facility in Brazil. Include a description of each of the following types of risks and analyze their impact on the decision to build the new facility.
- Exchange risks
- Country risks
- Political risks
For the expansion, GBATT is exploring which of two possible approaches to take for constructing a new manufacturing facility in Brazil. In addition to analyzing the risks associated with the expansion, you have been asked to provide analysis for selecting the best approach for the new facility. The following is the information the CFO provided to you to assist in your analysis.
GBATT’s current capital structure is:
- 60% equity and 40% debt.
- Stockholders require 6% return on their investment.
- Bondholders require a 3% return.
- The corporate tax rate is 35%.
GBATT has narrowed the choice between two facilities in two different parts of the country. Preliminary analysis has been completed and an estimate of the future net cash flows for each choice has been provided. The original cash flows were provided in U.S. dollars. Dollars are in thousands.
After completing the risk analysis, use the information from the chart above to complete the following:
- Calculate GBATT’s WACC.
- Using the WACC and the above cash flows, calculate the NPV of each project.
- Justify the importance of knowing a company’s WACC and NPV.
- Recommend the facility to build based on the NPV.
- Use current exchange rates to convert the NPV’s to the Brazil real.
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