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  1. Introduction.
  2. Statement of problem.
  3. Identification of alternatives.
    1. Equipment purchasing alternatives.
    2. Financing alternatives.
    3. Other alternatives.
  4. Evaluation of alternatives.
    1. Purchase three new gas kilns.
    2. Purchase twelve new electric kilns.
    3. Purchase a combination of gas and electric kilns.
    4. Financing alternatives.
    5. Other alternatives.
  5. Recommendations.
  6. Expectations.
  7. Summary.
  8. References.
  9. Appendix.

Bentley Ceramics has experienced a substantial increase in demand. The current equipment and staff of Bentley Ceramics cannot meet this demand, and will require capital expansion to meet both current and future obligations. Premiere Business Consulting (PBC) has been engaged by Bentley Ceramics to identify and remedy their current structural problems as well as address potential financing concerns. This report documents PCB's analysis, conclusions, and recommendations for Bentley Ceramics. The purchase of two gas kilns and four electric kilns will allow Bentley Ceramics to meet current and future demand. The use of both gas and electric kilns will not only increase quality and variety of ceramics, but will allow for customized batch size as well. In order to maximize the artistic skill of Julian Bentley, PBC recommends hiring two interns from the College of William and Mary to help with the non-artistic aspects of the business.

[...] Second, PBC determined that Bentley Ceramics could repay the cost of the equipment loan within the first two years of the fifteen year useful life of the equipment. Third, modified internal rate of return (MIRR) is calculated at and an internal rate of return (IRR) is determined to be 88%. Both the IRR and MIRR represent the rate of return of the project compared to the rate of return that could be earned by alternative investments. In this case Bentley Ceramics' cost of capital is 21% so the MIRR and IRR are well above the cost of capital for this equipment purchase. [...]

[...] Chapter Introduction 1 Chapter Statement of Problem 1 Chapter Identification of Alternatives 2 Equipment Purchasing Alternatives 2 Financing Alternatives 2 Other Alternatives 2 Chapter Evaluation of Alternatives 3 Purchase three new gas kilns 3 Purchase twelve new electric kilns 4 Purchase a combination of gas and electric kilns 5 Financing Alternatives 5 Financing equipment through local bank 5 Operating lease 5 Capital lease 6 Other Alternatives 6 Chapter Recommendations 7 Chapter Expectations 8 Chapter Summary 10 References Appendix Chapter Introduction Bentley Ceramics is sole proprietorship owned by Julian Bentley. [...]

[...] PBC has determined that Bentley Ceramics will be able repay the cost of the equipment loan within the first year of operations using the payback and discounted payback methods. Also, the modified internal rate of return (MIRR) is and the internal rate of return (IRR) is 185%. The MIRR and IRR both exceed Bentley Ceramics cost of capital of 21%. The profitability index for the electric kiln alternative is $ indicating that for every $1invested, Bentley Ceramics will realize $ As with the previous alternative, Bentley Ceramics must take into consideration the overall quality of the kilns performance. [...]

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