In this assignment, you will take on the role of a senior member of the finance team assigned to lead the investment committee of a health care equipment manufacturer. Your team is evaluating a “make-versus-buy” decision that has the potential to improve the company’s competitiveness, but which requires a significant capital investment in new equipment. The assignment is organized into two parts:
Part A: Data calculations based on the information in the scenarios
Part B: Recommendations based on the calculations
The new equipment would allow your company to manufacture a critical component in-house instead of buying it from a supplier. This capability would help you stabilize your supply chain (which has suffered from some irregularities and quality issues in the past). It could also have a positive impact on profitability through the absorption of fixed costs since this new machine will have plenty of excess capacity. There may even be a possibility that the company could leverage this capability to create a new external revenue stream by providing services to other companies. The company has been growing steadily over the past 5 years, and the financials and future prospects look good. Your CEO has asked you to run the numbers.