1. You are now ready to determine the free cash flow. Compute the free cash flow for each year using the financial reports provided for XRO for 2020. Set up the computation of the free cash flow in separate, contiguous columns for each year of the data center’s life in Excel. Be sure to make outflows negative and inflows positive. a. You may assume that the data center’s profitability will be similar to XRO’s existing projects in 2020 and estimate its profit margin by dividing XRO’s “operating income or loss” by its “total revenue”.

BAFI3258 – Managerial Finance
Assessment Task 3: CASE STUDY (100 marks – 40%)
The Case Study introduces an opportunity to review the learning materials and employ what
have been learnt to the process of making investment, financing and dividend decisions. This
assessment covers all the CLOs of the course, and it is worth 40% of the Final Result.
THE CASE STUDY CONSISTS OF THREE PARTS (PART 1, 2 &3).
You are the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Xero Limited (XRO.AX). Recently, XRO is
venturing into the end-to-end encryption-based accounting software and partnering with the
blockchain giant ULTRA. Two companies are working together to develop a blockchain-based
hyperscale data center for the cloud-based encryptions. Building such data center would require
a large investment from XRO. As a result, the development of this new data center will initially
require a capital expenditure equal to 30% of the “cash and cash equivalents” for the fiscal
year ended 31 December 2020 (i.e., = 0).
This new data center is expected to have a life of five years. The depreciation is calculated
using the straight-line method. Both the estimated and actual salvage values are assumed to be
zero (i.e., to protect the patient privacy and confidentiality, this data center will be destroyed
at the end of the useful life. Hence, the actual salvage value is zero).
First-year revenue from this data center is expected to be 8% of the “total revenue” for XRO’s
fiscal year ended 31 December 2020. The data center’s revenue is expected to grow at 15% for
the second year, then 10% for the third, and 5% annually for the final two years of the expected
life of the project. Your role in this project is to determine the cash flows associated with this
data center. The CEO of XRO has informed you that the operating margin is similar to the rest
of the XRO’s existing projects.
Section 1: Complete this section using Excel. For calculation purposes, assume we are at 1
January 2021. (30 marks)
1. You are now ready to determine the free cash flow. Compute the free cash flow for each
year using the financial reports provided for XRO for 2020.
Set up the computation of the free cash flow in separate, contiguous columns for each year
of the data center’s life in Excel. Be sure to make outflows negative and inflows positive.
a. You may assume that the data center’s profitability will be similar to XRO’s existing
projects in 2020 and estimate its profit margin by dividing XRO’s “operating income or
loss” by its “total revenue”.
b. Determine the annual depreciation by assuming XRO depreciates the data center by the
straight-line method over a 5-year life (both the estimated and the actual salvage values are
zero).
c. Assume that XRO’s effective tax rate is 30%. For simplicity, assume that the tax credit
cannot be carried forward and XRO does not have any existing tax liabilities. Then calculate
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tax expense for each year.
2. Determine the internal rate of return of the project using the Excel function.
Section 2: Complete this section using Excel and report your answers in a Word document.
Estimate the CAPM and Calculate Net Present Value Calculations as well as interest tax
shield (40 marks)
1.Determine the cost of capital using data over the five-year period ending 31/12/2020 (i.e.
4/1/2016 – 31/12/2020).
a. Using XRO daily stock price, All Ordinaries daily price and daily risk-free yield
that are provided in the spreadsheet to compute CAPM . The can be
estimated by regressing the XRO daily excess return on the market (All
Ordinaries) daily excess return. Present the graph with the best fitting line and
a regression output table in your Excel worksheet. Using other methods of
computing will be penalized. Calculate the cost of equity using CAPM.
b. Calculate the cost of debt by dividing the company’s “Interest Expense” by the
“Long-term Debt” for 2020. You may assume this cost of debt applies to this
XRO’s new investment.
c. Calculate the weighted average cost of capital (i.e., note that you should use the
closing share price on 31 December 2020 to calculate the equity weight in
WWCC). You may assume the financing of the data center’s capital expenditure
is in line with the XRO’s current capital structure. The ongoing cash outflows
on expenses can be covered by the ongoing cash inflows, and thus no additional
financing is required.
2. Calculate the NPV for this project.
3. How sensitive is the interest tax shield to changes in the level of debt?
4. Provide a sensitivity table for interest tax shield with the level of debt incrementing by
10%. Your starting point should be the actual level of debt that XRO adopts and the
maximum amount of debt allowed is 75%. You may assume that XRO is making nil
profits on all other products/projects.
Your sensitivity table should look like this:
Interest tax shield Year 0
30% (assumed
starting level of
debt)
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
Section 3: Answer the following questions in a Word document. You do not need any
references in answering these questions. (30 marks)
1. Compare the internal rate of return (IRR) and the weighted average cost of capital
(WACC) of this project. Please explain what causes the difference between IRR and
WACC in this particular project. Please provide reasons with respect to
(cost of
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equity) and (cost of debt), separately.
2. Discuss the result in the interest tax shield sensitivity table.
3. Based on your answers in Q1 and Q2 of Section B, please analyze XRO’s current capital
structure (i.e., please provide advantages versus disadvantages associated with XRO’s
current capital structure choice based on Modigliani–Miller theorem). In addition,
please illustrate what can you do to further optimize XRO’s capital structure.
Instructions:
1. You should name both your Excel and Word documents (i.e., your full name and
student ID).
2. Your Excel file should contain 3 worksheets. Worksheet 1 is named ‘XRO financial
statements’. You should copy the financial statements provided into this worksheet.
Worksheet 2 is named ‘Data’, which contains the daily prices and returns (and excess
returns) of XRO stock and S&P500. Worksheet 3 is named ‘Calculation’ and it should
contain all your calculations for Sections 1 and 2.
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Table 1: Income Statement for Xero Limited (i.e., this table is also provided in the Excel
File)
Income Statement
All numbers in thousands 12/31/2020
Total revenue 700,235
Cost of revenue 103,911
Gross profit 596,323
Operating expenses
Research development 173,792
Selling general and administrative 391,764
Total operating expenses 565,555
Operating income or loss 30,768
Interest expense 29,245
Total other income/expenses net 1,095
Income before tax 9,591
Income tax expense 6,338
Income from continuing operations 3,252
Net income 3,252
Net income available to common 3,252
Basic EPS 0.02
Diluted EPS 0.02
Basic average shares 140,922
Diluted average shares 143,278
EBITDA 38,836
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Table 2 Balance Sheet for Xero Limited (i.e., this table is also provided in the Excel File)
Balance Sheet
All numbers in thousands 12/31/2020
Assets
Current assets
Cash
Cash and cash equivalents 105,320
Other short-term investments 417,327
Total cash 522,647
Net receivables 7,423
Other current assets 1,809
Total current assets 700,507
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment
Gross property, plant and equipment 127,098
Accumulated depreciation -42,630
Net property, plant and equipment 84,467
Goodwill 76,799
Intangible assets 256,871
Other long-term assets 2,479
Total non-current assets 424,274
Total assets 1,124,781
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Liabilities
Current liabilities
Accounts payable 10,349
Deferred revenues 9,366
Other current liabilities 5,934
Total current liabilities 113,222
Non-current liabilities
Long-term debt 413,949
Deferred tax liabilities 1,086
Other long-term liabilities 6,479
Total non-current liabilities 599,776
Total liabilities 712,998
Stockholders’ equity
Common stock 660,564
Retained earnings -332,004
Accumulated other comprehensive income 83,223
Total stockholders’ equity 411,783
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity 1,124,781

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