# Chippewa County Jail currently has its laundry done by a local cleaner at an annual cost of \$46,000. It is considering a purchase of washers, dryers, and presses at a total installed cost of \$52,000 so that inmates can do the laundry. The county expects savings of \$15,000 per year, and it expects the machines to last 5 years. The

Chippewa County Jail currently has its laundry done by a local cleaner at an annual cost of \$46,000. It is considering a purchase of washers, dryers, and presses at a total installed cost of  \$52,000 so that inmates can do the laundry. The county expects savings of \$15,000 per year, and it expects the machines to last 5 years. The required rate of return is 10%.

1. Compute the NPV of the investment in laundry facilities.

2. a. Suppose the machines last only 4 years. Compute the NPV.

b. Suppose the machines last 7 years. Compute the NPV.

3. a. Suppose the annual savings are only \$12,000. Compute the NPV.

b. Suppose the annual savings are \$18,000. Compute the NPV.

4. a. Compute the most optimistic estimate of NPV, combining the best outcomes in numbers 2 and 3.

b. Compute the most pessimistic estimate of NPV, combining the worst outcomes in numbers 2 and 3.

5. Accept the expected life estimate of 5 years. What is the minimum annual savings that would justify the investment in the laundry facilities?