Divestiture Decision Kylee Co. (a U.S. firm) has a British subsidiary that will generate cash flows of 3 million pounds at the end of each of the next two years. It uses the prevailing spot rate of the British pound of $1.80 as a forecast of the future value of the pound. Its required rate of return on this business is 16 percent. Kylee just received an offer from a British company that wants to buy the subsidiary for $8,000,000. Assume that Kylee would not be subject to any tax on the sale.
- Should Kylee Co. sell the business? Show your work.
- Assume that news reports today cause Kylee to think that the British pound will strengthen substantially the next two years. Assume the offer price remains unchanged. If Kylee reassesses whether to divest based on this information, do you think the potential news will increase the net present value of the divestiture (make the divestiture more beneficial for Kylee), reduce the net present value of the divestiture, or have no impact on the estimated net present value of the divestiture? Briefly explain.
- Assume that today the prevailing long-term U.S. risk-free interest rate decreased and that this has no effect on Kylee’s cash flows from operations. Assume the offer price remains unchanged. Do you think this information about the decline in the U.S. risk-free interest rate will increase the net present value of the divestiture, reduce the net present value of the divestiture, or have no impact on the estimated net present value of the divestiture? Briefly explain.