Exposure of MNC Cash Flows Rochester Co. is a U.S. firm that operates a language institute in France. This institute attracts Americans who want to learn the French language. Rochester Co. charges tuition to the American students in dollars. It expects that its dollar revenue from charging tuition will remain stable over each of the next several years. Its total expenses for this project are as follows: It rents a facility in Paris, and makes a large rent payment each month in euros. It also hires several French citizens as full-time instructors, and pays their salary in euros. It expects that its expenses denominated in euros will remain stable over each of the next several years. If the euro appreciates against the dollar over time, should this have a favorable effect, an unfavorable effect, or no effect on the value of Rochester Co.? Briefly explain. Rochester considers a new project in which it would also attract people from Spain, and the institute in France would teach them the French language. It would charge these students tuition in euros. The expenses for this project would be about the same as the expenses of the project described in part (a) for the American students. Assume that euros to be generated by this project would remain stable over the next several years. Assume that this project is about the same size as the project for American students. For either project, the expected annual revenue is just slightly larger than the expected annual expenses. Is the valuation of net cash flows subject to a higher degree of exchange rate risk for this project or for the project for American students? Briefly explain.

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International Financial Management

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Madura
Publisher: Cengage
ISBN: 9780357130698
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International Financial Management

14th Edition
Madura
Publisher: Cengage
ISBN: 9780357130698

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Chapter 1, Problem 37QA
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Exposure of MNC Cash Flows

  1. Rochester Co. is a U.S. firm that operates a language institute in France. This institute attracts Americans who want to learn the French language. Rochester Co. charges tuition to the American students in dollars. It expects that its dollar revenue from charging tuition will remain stable over each of the next several years. Its total expenses for this project are as follows: It rents a facility in Paris, and makes a large rent payment each month in euros. It also hires several French citizens as full-time instructors, and pays their salary in euros. It expects that its expenses denominated in euros will remain stable over each of the next several years. If the euro appreciates against the dollar over time, should this have a favorable effect, an unfavorable effect, or no effect on the value of Rochester Co.? Briefly explain.
  2. Rochester considers a new project in which it would also attract people from Spain, and the institute in France would teach them the French language. It would charge these students tuition in euros. The expenses for this project would be about the same as the expenses of the project described in part (a) for the American students. Assume that euros to be generated by this project would remain stable over the next several years. Assume that this project is about the same size as the project for American students. For either project, the expected annual revenue is just slightly larger than the expected annual expenses. Is the valuation of net cash flows subject to a higher degree of exchange rate risk for this project or for the project for American students? Briefly explain.

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