Highland Mining and Minerals Co. is considering the purchase of two gold mines. Only one investment will be made. The Australian gold mine will cost $1,649,000 and will produce $353,000 per year in years 5 through 15 and $503,000 per year in years 16 through 25. The U.S. gold mine will cost $2,054,000 and will produce $282,000 per year for the next 25 years. The cost of capital is 13 percent.
a. Which investment should be made? (In looking up present value factors for this problem, you need to work with the concept of a deferred annuity for the Australian mine. The returns in years 5 through 15 actually represent 11 years; the returns in years 16 through 25 represent 10 years.)
b. If the Australian mine justifies an extra 2 percent premium over the normal cost of capital because of its riskiness and relative uncertainty of cash flows, does the investment decision change?

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