Statement of a problem № 10493


On October 10, 2016, Mason Engineering Company completed negotiations on a contract for the purchase of new equipment. Under the terms of the agreement, the equipment may be purchased now or Mason may wait until January 10, 2017, to make the purchase. The cost of the equipment is $400,000. It will be financed by a note bearing interest at the market rate. Straight‐line depreciation over a 10‐year life will be used for book purposes. A double‐declining balance over seven years will be used for tax purposes. (One‐half year of depreciation will be taken in the year of purchase regardless of the date of purchase.) Required: a. Discuss the financial statement impacts of postponing the purchase of the equipment. Would the market price of the firm s common stock be affected by any or all of these impacts? Do not assume in your discussion that the postponement will affect revenues or any operating costs other than depreciation. b. Discuss any cash flow impacts related to postponing the purchase of the equipment. c. Efficient markets assume that stockholder wealth is affected by the amount and timing of cash flows. Which alternative is more favorable to them: purchasing before year‐end, or waiting until January? Explain your answer.

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