The Wildcat Oil Company is trying to decide whether to lease or buy a new computer-assisted drilling system for
its oil exploration business. Management has decided that it must use the system to stay competitive; it will provide $3.3 million in annual pretax cost savings. The system costs $10 million and will be depreciated straight-line to zero over its five-year life, after which it will be worthless. Wildcat's tax rate is 25 percent and the firm can borrow at 9 percent. Lambert Leasing Company has offered to lease the drilling equipment to Wildcat for payments of $2,180,000 per year. Lambert's policy is to require its lessees to make payments at the start of the year.
What is the NAL for Wildcat?
What is the maximum lease payment that would be acceptable to Wildcat?
Witten Entertainment is considering buying a machine that costs $552,000. The machine will be depreciated over five years by the straight-line method and will be worthless at that time. The company can lease the machine with year-end payments of $127,000. The company can issue bonds at an interest rate of 6 percent. The corporate tax rate is 22 percent.
What is the NAL of the lease?