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Introduction to Net Present Value (NPV) - What is Net Present Value (NPV) ? How it impacts financial decisions regarding project management?

NPV solution for Playa Dorada Tennis Club: Expansion Strategy case study

At Oak Spring University, we provide corporate level professional Net Present Value (NPV) case study solution. Playa Dorada Tennis Club: Expansion Strategy case study is a Harvard Business School (HBR) case study written by W. Earl Sasser Jr., Brent Kazan. The Playa Dorada Tennis Club: Expansion Strategy (referred as “Tennis Dorada” from here on) case study provides evaluation & decision scenario in field of Technology & Operations. It also touches upon business topics such as - Value proposition, Manufacturing, Pricing, Strategic planning.

The net present value (NPV) of an investment proposal is the present value of the proposal’s net cash flows less the proposal’s initial cash outflow. If a project’s NPV is greater than or equal to zero, the project should be accepted.

NPV = Present Value of Future Cash Flows LESS Project’s Initial Investment

Case Description of Playa Dorada Tennis Club: Expansion Strategy Case Study

When students have the English-language PDF of this Brief Case in a coursepack, they will also have the option to purchase an audio version.Playa Dorada Beach & Resort in Boca Raton, Florida, faces a growing seasonal demand for tennis services. The number of guests is expected to double in the next few years, and while the tennis facilities are a popular and well-promoted amenity at the resort, court space is limited. The director of tennis operations analyzes court capacity, usage history, pricing, and other factors as he assembles a plan for expansion. He must also consider how his strategy affects other divisions of the Playa Dorada Corporation, including finance, operations, marketing, and sales. Can he transform the resort's tennis operations into a profit center? To prepare for case discussion, students complete a quantitative analysis of past and expected future usage of the tennis facilities and formulate a growth strategy. Subjects Include: Service Management, Operations Management, Aggregate Planning, Capacity Planning, Pricing Strategy, Production Controls, Seasonal Demand and Resort Management

Case Authors : W. Earl Sasser Jr., Brent Kazan

Topic : Technology & Operations

Related Areas : Manufacturing, Pricing, Strategic planning

Calculating Net Present Value (NPV) at 6% for Playa Dorada Tennis Club: Expansion Strategy Case Study

Years              Cash Flow     Net Cash Flow     Cumulative    
Cash Flow
Discount Rate
@ 6 %
Cash Flows
Year 0 (10008332) -10008332 - -
Year 1 3454801 -6553531 3454801 0.9434 3259246
Year 2 3968872 -2584659 7423673 0.89 3532282
Year 3 3947832 1363173 11371505 0.8396 3314676
Year 4 3242768 4605941 14614273 0.7921 2568576
TOTAL 14614273 12674780

The Net Present Value at 6% discount rate is 2666448

In isolation the NPV number doesn't mean much but put in right context then it is one of the best method to evaluate project returns. In this article we will cover -

Different methods of capital budgeting

What is NPV & Formula of NPV,
How it is calculated,
How to use NPV number for project evaluation, and
Scenario Planning given risks and management priorities.

Capital Budgeting Approaches

Methods of Capital Budgeting

There are four types of capital budgeting techniques that are widely used in the corporate world –

1. Internal Rate of Return
2. Profitability Index
3. Net Present Value
4. Payback Period

Apart from the Payback period method which is an additive method, rest of the methods are based on Discounted Cash Flow technique. Even though cash flow can be calculated based on the nature of the project, for the simplicity of the article we are assuming that all the expected cash flows are realized at the end of the year.

Discounted Cash Flow approaches provide a more objective basis for evaluating and selecting investment projects. They take into consideration both –

1. Magnitude of both incoming and outgoing cash flows – Projects can be capital intensive, time intensive, or both. Tennis Dorada shareholders have preference for diversified projects investment rather than prospective high income from a single capital intensive project.
2. Timing of the expected cash flows – stockholders of Tennis Dorada have higher preference for cash returns over 4-5 years rather than 10-15 years given the nature of the volatility in the industry.

Formula and Steps to Calculate Net Present Value (NPV) of Playa Dorada Tennis Club: Expansion Strategy

NPV = Net Cash In Flowt1 / (1+r)t1 + Net Cash In Flowt2 / (1+r)t2 + … Net Cash In Flowtn / (1+r)tn
Less Net Cash Out Flowt0 / (1+r)t0

Where t = time period, in this case year 1, year 2 and so on.
r = discount rate or return that could be earned using other safe proposition such as fixed deposit or treasury bond rate. Net Cash In Flow – What the firm will get each year.
Net Cash Out Flow – What the firm needs to invest initially in the project.

Step 1 – Understand the nature of the project and calculate cash flow for each year.
Step 2 – Discount those cash flow based on the discount rate.
Step 3 – Add all the discounted cash flow.
Step 4 – Selection of the project

Why Technology & Operations Managers need to know Financial Tools such as Net Present Value (NPV)?

In our daily workplace we often come across people and colleagues who are just focused on their core competency and targets they have to deliver. For example marketing managers at Tennis Dorada often design programs whose objective is to drive brand awareness and customer reach. But how that 30 point increase in brand awareness or 10 point increase in customer touch points will result into shareholders’ value is not specified.

To overcome such scenarios managers at Tennis Dorada needs to not only know the financial aspect of project management but also needs to have tools to integrate them into part of the project development and monitoring plan.

Calculating Net Present Value (NPV) at 15%

After working through various assumptions we reached a conclusion that risk is far higher than 6%. In a reasonably stable industry with weak competition - 15% discount rate can be a good benchmark.

Years              Cash Flow     Net Cash Flow     Cumulative    
Cash Flow
Discount Rate
@ 15 %
Cash Flows
Year 0 (10008332) -10008332 - -
Year 1 3454801 -6553531 3454801 0.8696 3004175
Year 2 3968872 -2584659 7423673 0.7561 3001037
Year 3 3947832 1363173 11371505 0.6575 2595764
Year 4 3242768 4605941 14614273 0.5718 1854063
TOTAL 10455039

The Net NPV after 4 years is 446707

(10455039 - 10008332 )

Calculating Net Present Value (NPV) at 20%

If the risk component is high in the industry then we should go for a higher hurdle rate / discount rate of 20%.

Years              Cash Flow     Net Cash Flow     Cumulative    
Cash Flow
Discount Rate
@ 20 %
Cash Flows
Year 0 (10008332) -10008332 - -
Year 1 3454801 -6553531 3454801 0.8333 2879001
Year 2 3968872 -2584659 7423673 0.6944 2756161
Year 3 3947832 1363173 11371505 0.5787 2284625
Year 4 3242768 4605941 14614273 0.4823 1563835
TOTAL 9483622

The Net NPV after 4 years is -524710

At 20% discount rate the NPV is negative (9483622 - 10008332 ) so ideally we can't select the project if macro and micro factors don't allow financial managers of Tennis Dorada to discount cash flow at lower discount rates such as 15%.

Acceptance Criteria of a Project based on NPV

Simplest Approach – If the investment project of Tennis Dorada has a NPV value higher than Zero then finance managers at Tennis Dorada can ACCEPT the project, otherwise they can reject the project. This means that project will deliver higher returns over the period of time than any alternate investment strategy.

In theory if the required rate of return or discount rate is chosen correctly by finance managers at Tennis Dorada, then the stock price of the Tennis Dorada should change by same amount of the NPV. In real world we know that share price also reflects various other factors that can be related to both macro and micro environment.

In the same vein – accepting the project with zero NPV should result in stagnant share price. Finance managers use discount rates as a measure of risk components in the project execution process.

Sensitivity Analysis

Project selection is often a far more complex decision than just choosing it based on the NPV number. Finance managers at Tennis Dorada should conduct a sensitivity analysis to better understand not only the inherent risk of the projects but also how those risks can be either factored in or mitigated during the project execution. Sensitivity analysis helps in –

What will be a multi year spillover effect of various taxation regulations.

Understanding of risks involved in the project.

What are the uncertainties surrounding the project Initial Cash Outlay (ICO’s). ICO’s often have several different components such as land, machinery, building, and other equipment.

What are the key aspects of the projects that need to be monitored, refined, and retuned for continuous delivery of projected cash flows.

What can impact the cash flow of the project.

Some of the assumptions while using the Discounted Cash Flow Methods –

Projects are assumed to be Mutually Exclusive – This is seldom the came in modern day giant organizations where projects are often inter-related and rejecting a project solely based on NPV can result in sunk cost from a related project.

Independent projects have independent cash flows – As explained in the marketing project – though the project may look independent but in reality it is not as the brand awareness project can be closely associated with the spending on sales promotions and product specific advertising.

References & Further Readings

W. Earl Sasser Jr., Brent Kazan (2018), "Playa Dorada Tennis Club: Expansion Strategy Harvard Business Review Case Study. Published by HBR Publications.