Cash Flows. Conference Services Inc. has leased a large office building for $4 million per year. The building is larger than the company needs; two of the buildingâ€™s eight stories are almost empty. A manager wants to expand one of her projects, but this will require using one of the empty floors. In calculating the net present value of the proposed expansion, senior management allocates one-eighth of $4 million of building rental costs (i.e., $.5 million) to the project expansion, reasoning that the project will use one-eighth of the buildingâ€™s capacity. (LO9-1)
a. Is this a reasonable procedure for purposes of calculating NPV?
b. Can you suggest a better way to assess a cost of the office space used by the project?