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Louisiana Drilling and Exploration, Inc. (LD&E) has the funds necessary to complete one of two risky oil and gas drilling projects. The first, Permian Basin 1, involves the recovery of a well that was plugged and abandoned five years ago but that may now be profitable, given improved recovery techniques. The second, Permian Basin 2, is a new onshore exploratory well that appears to be especially promising. Based on a detailed analysis by its technical staff, LD&E projects a ten-year life for each well with annual net cash flows as follows:



In the recovery-project valuation, LD&E uses an 8% risk-fee rate and a standard 12% risk premium. For exploratory drilling projects, the company uses larger risk premiums proportionate to project risks as measured by the project coefficient of variation. For example, an exploratory project with a coefficient of variation one and one-half times that for recovery projects would require a risk premium of 18% (= 1.5 × 12%). Both projects involve land acquisition, as well as surface preparation and subsurface drilling costs of $3 million each.
A. Calculate the expected value, standard deviation, and coefficient of variation for annual net operating revenues from each well.
B. Calculate and evaluate the NPV for each project using the risk-adjusted discount rate method.
C. Calculate and evaluate the PI for each project.


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