Background of the Case

The Fenland foods wereestablished in the year 1970 by the Williams Family by acquiring the arable farm in the Lincolnshire.

Due to the increasing demand for wholesome organic food, the business expanded rapidly in the year 1970; however, it remained a family business.

The company was restructured as a limited company in the year 980 and faced subsequent growth until the year 1991.

The present directors of the company believe that the success of the company lies in the expansion as well as the futurediversification.

Aim associated with the study

The study aims to evaluate the investment project of Fresh Farm Foods on behalf of Fenland Foods Plc.

Objectives associated with the study

  • To evaluate the investment project on behalf of Fenland foods
  • To identify the maximum price of acquisition of Fresh Farm Foods Co
  • To recommend the potential impact of foreign exchange on the firm
  • To identify the alternatives for financing the investment purpose

Main Section


The methodologies, which are used within the project, are drafted below:

WACC (Weighted Average Capital Cost):

The WACC is referred to as the rate that is used by the company in order to pay the average to all the security holders in order to finance the assets. It is commonly known as re cost of capital of the firm, which is hugely dictated by the external market and not by the management.

The approach is majorly used in order to evaluate the discount rate associated with the project (Frank and Shen, 2016). The cost of financing the investment represents a quite logical price to put the investment.

WACC is used to determine the discounts are that are used in the valuation model of DCF (Garcia et al., 2016). The two major sources of the firm from where they can raise money are debt and equity. WACC allows the firm to calculate the exact cost associated with project financing.

In order to determine the WACC, the calculation of the cost of equity is evaluated through the CAPM (cost asset pricing model).

Formula of CAPM

The CAPM is calculated by ERi = Rf+ βi (ERm- Rf)

Here, ERi is referred to as the expected return on the investment

Rf is indicated to risk-free rate

βi is referred to as the beta of the investment

(ERm- Rf) is the market risk premium

Table 1: Formula of CAPM

(Source: Created by the Learner)

The WACC can be calculated in the following manner:

WACC Formula

WACC= E/D+E (re) + D/D+E (rd) (1-t)

E is represented as the market value of the equity,

D is indicated towards the market value of the debt

re isrepresented to the cost of the equity

rdis indicated to the cost of debt

t is indicated to the corporate rate of tax

Table 2: Formula of WACC

(Source: Created by the Learner)

The overall formula for calculating the WACC seems to be much complicated; however, it is fairly simpler.

Percentage of the finance of equity* cost of the equity) + (Percentage of finance in debt* Cost of the debt) *(1- the rate of tax)

Present Value (PV):Present value is referred to as the current value of the future stream of the cash flows or the sum of money at a certain specified return rate. The future flows of cash are often being discounted at the rate of discount (Hemakumara, 2017).

In addition, it is often being observed if the discount rate is higher, it will represent lower present value associated with the future inflows and outflows of cash in the firm.

It is much necessary to determine the appropriate discount rate as it is the key to properly value the future cash flow in order to know that whether it will be obligation or earnings (Smith et al., 2018). The formula of PV calculation is drafted below:


PV Formula

Present Value = FV/ (1+r)n

Here, the FV is indicated as the future value

R is represented as the rate of return

And n is represented as the number of periods

Table 3: PV Formula

(Source: Created by the Learner)

The PV is calculated to recognize the time value of the money by profoundly discounting the future inflows and outflow so the cash with the WACC and summing the figures. Present value is one of the most important concepts in finance. It aided the study to estimate the calculation of future value with various degrees of accuracy as well as the amount of profit that can be generated through the various investments.

Internal Rate of Return (IRR):Internal rate of return is referred to as the measurement tool, which facilitates the investors to evaluate capital budgeting in order to estimate the profitability associated with the potential investment.

IRR is known as the discounted rate, which represents the NPV (Net Present Value) of the overall inflows and outflows of cash from a certain specified project equal to the zero (Souza et al., 2019).

It is much necessary for the organization to effectively focus on IRR in order to effectively plan for future growth as well as the expansion (Ioana, 2016). The formula associated with the IRR is drafted below:


Formula of IRR

Here, Ct is referred to as the net inflow of cash during the certain specified period

C0 is indicated to the total initial investment

IRR is referred to as the internal rate of the return

T is referred to as the number of the time period

Table 4: Internal Rate of return

(Source: Created by the learner)

The method was used to utilize determining the rate of return in the investment project, which generates the amount of overall investment. At the same time, the IRR helps in comparing the profitability of the establishment of new operations along with the expansion of new ones.

Payback:The payback period is referred to as the amount of the time which is taken in order to recover the cost of the overall investment.

The desirability of the investment is much associated with the payback period (Gorshkovet al., 2018). The investors, as well as, the money managers use the payback period to make effective judgments regarding their investment.

The calculation of the payback period is much efficient to evaluate the capital budgeting as well as the finances (Jiang, 2016). The shorter payback indicates a much attractive investment;however, the longer ones are the least desirable by the investors. The method of calculating the payback period is drafted below:


Payback period Formula

The payback is calculated by the following two approaches:

Average method:

The payback period can be computed by dividing the overall annualized expected inflows of cash into the expected expenditure at the initial stage for the assets. The approach is one of the most effective approaches when the cashflows are steady during subsequent years.

Subtraction Method:

Subtracting each individual’s annual inflow of cash from the initial outflow of cash until the payback period is accomplished. The approach work is much effective when the expected cash flow varies in subsequent years.

Table 5: Payback Period Formula

(Source: Created by the learner)

Unlike the payback approach, the discounted payback approach was used within thestudy as it looks forward to acknowledge the time value of the money. In addition,

the accounting rates of return were also used within the study as it involves the usage of accounting information in order to make future decisions. However, it is sometimes misleading as it avoids the time value of the money.

Results/ Findings


The calculated WACC of Fresh Farm Foods is 6.30. This represented a high rate of WACC of the investment project.

It is often observed that the lower the amount of investment, will be costly for the organization to fund various new projects.

In the context of Fenland Foods, the investment proposal will not be much profitable as the company can intend towards costly sources in order to finance the entire business (for calculations, refers to appendix 1).

Present values

The present values of the foods during the good trade deal are €6.19 in 2022, €37.27 in 2023, €75.00 in 2024 and €119.41 in 2025; however, these values will decline during the poor trade deal (refers to appendix 2).

The profound PV of the firm represents that the company holds an effective potential to enhance its future value by earning effective interest. The approach effectively involves the time value of the money.

Moreover, the greater PV ratio represents that the investment will be much favorable for the company.


The calculated NPV value of the investment project is €435.80 during the good trade deal and during the poor trade deal it is €265.27, which represents a positive figure.

The positive NPV represents that the investment is much worthwhile. The high rate indicates that the cash flow of the company after acquiring Fenland Foods will be much effective.


The ARR of Fresh Farm Foods is 3.56 percent. This represents that the investment project holds the strengths of giving an effective return to Fenland Foods. It can be commented that the project is acceptable as the ARR rate is much desirable for the investors.


The payback period of the company is 4. The payback period represents that the company will be able to yield an effective return on the investment within four year.

It was observed within the given scenario that the company prefers a maximum payback period of 5. However, by investing in the project, they will gain an effective return in a shorter period of time.

Implications of results: Viability of the Project

In the context of the given scenario, the investment in the acquisition of Fresh Farm Foods by Fenland Food will be much profound.

The overall effective investment appraisal techniques suggest the organization will be able to gain a competitive advantage over the rival firms by effectively acquiring the overall organization.

It is identified within the study that Fresh Farm Foods is a family-owned business. However, at the end of the year 2020, the organization is intending to sell its overall share.

It will be much effective for Fenland Foods as they can acquire the company and can execute their own policies and strategies without getting any barrier from the management of Fresh farm Foods.

In addition, Fresh Farm Foods is looking forward to focus on diversification and expansion. It was identified within the study that the finance director of Fenland food had effectively calculated the feasibility of the Irish retail sector and had outlined that the current situation is much worthy to investigate further.

It can be commented that in order to diversify the retail trade of Fenland’s, the company should look forward to acquire Fresh Farm foods s that they can gain effective benefits.

Financing Options

It is much necessary for the business to effectively maintain their investment and operations by acquiring external money so that they can gain future growth.

Moreover, two types of capital can be raised in order to facilitate the growth of the firm. Debt financing is known as the capital that is gathered by the firm through the funds of borrowing (Lewis and Tan, 2016).

It facilitates the businesses to effectively leverage the lesser amount of money into a huge amount, which ultimately enables a much rapid growth. However, this kind of financing is much dangerous for new or small businesses.

On the other hand, equity isreferred to as the funds that are generated by the sale of stock. The major benefit of the financing option is that it is not needed for the company to repay the funds (Silaghi, 2018). However, it often leads to loss of control.

In the context of Fenland Foods, the company should look forward to focus on acquiring the borrowing funds in order to facilitate its investment purpose.

The major advantage of debt financing is that the ownership remains within the company, and the organization will not have to share its control with anyone.

The payments of interest to debt financing are also tax-deductible, which lowers the rate of interest as wellas the taxes of the firm (Alzoubi, 2018). Acquiring the funds through the approach will help the company to improve their credit score in a much profound manner.

However, the company should always focus on repaying the debts on time to avoid penalties.

Value Creation

In the context of the provided scenario, it is observed that NPV is one of the most effective approaches to determine the overall measures of the value.

Based on the findings, the three factors will predominantly facilitate the calculation in order to add much more value to the Fenland Foods.

However, it was much necessary for the firm to assess the project life cycle, cost as well as the sales growth. The sales growth is projected to increase at the rate of 12 percent per annum,

which is a much effective rate. On the other hand, the fixed and variable cost of Fresh Farm Foods is also expected to rise at healthy rate, which can reduce the overall profitability of the firm.

In addition, considering the project life cycle, it can be commented that the Fresh Farm Foods proper initiation, planning, execution, and closure of the investment project will help the Fenland foods to effectively implement the investment project in order to gain a competitiveadvantage over the rival firms.

Exchange Rate Volatility

The exchange rate risk is referred to as the losses that are incurred by the business while executing the financial transactions due to the fluctuations in currency (Farhi and Gabaix, 2016).

The current exchange rate of Ireland is 1.08 dollars British Pound (, 2020). Due to the currentsituation of Coronavirus, the world economy is going into recession, and the exchange rates are facing a huge downfall.

It can ultimately affect the firm to incur a loss. In order to mitigate such risk, the company can look forward to execute the effective strategiesto diminish the issues.

The strategies, such as investing in the hedged assets, will help the company to diminish the risk in a profound manner. Moreover, building protections in the commercial contract or executing the forward contract as the financial instrument will also help the company to reduce risk.


The report had focus on the methods of Present values, NPV, ARR, IRR, Payback, CAPM, and WACC in order to determine the efficiency of the acquisition of Fresh farm foods. It is outlined from the study that the investment will be much beneficial for the company as it can help the firm to effectively grow and expand its business in order to gain a competitive advantage over the rival firms.




From the overall stated discussion, the studyadvocates the below stated recommendations:

  • It is much necessary for Fenland Foods to secure an effective as well as reasonable decisions about the value of the firm before initiating the project.
  • The company might focus on avoiding disruptions in business by executing an effective risk management plan.
  • The company should also focus on market situations before initiating the acquisition. It will help the company to ensure whether the investment is effective or not.



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Appendix: WACC calculation

Estimating Fenland Foods plc’s current cost of capital
Mkt Price            per unitFenland Foods plc£0.000No    *1000Mkt Val  £000Mkt Val Weighting
Long-term Liabilities:
£107.637% Debentures 20245005538.150.20
Shares & reserves
£1.65£1 ordinary shares120012001980.000.72
£2.35£2  Preference shares200100235.000.09
Profit & loss1393
£3,293V0 =2753*
Cost of debt finance, kD
kD :Current Mkt Price is £107.63
DCF Period (Yr)01234
tC:Interest (£)7777
0.21Tax saving1.471.471.471.47
Redemption (£)100
Mkt Price (£)-107.63
CF Total (£)-107.635.535.535.53105.53
IRR: After Tax kD3.45%
Cost of debt finance, kD
kD :Current Mkt Price is £107.63
Bond Yield Approximation Method
kD =I  +    [(P’ – P0)/n]
P’ + 0.6(P0 – P’)
kD =5.53 + [(100 – 107.63)/4]
100 + 0.6(107.63 – 100)
After tax kD =3.46%
Cost of preference share capital:
kPREF = D0 / P0
kPREF = 0.1 / 2.35
kPREF = 0.04255    ie: 4.26%
Cost of ordinary share capital:
DVM approach:
Div / Sh =
Ord Div / No Ord Sh
175 / 1200 =
D0 =14.58p per share
D1 =14.58*1.03
15.02p per share
kE = (D1 / P0) + g
kE = ( 15.02 / 165 ) + 0.03
kE =0.12
CAPM approach:
k=  RF  +   i (RM  –  RF)kE
DMS(02) PNEkE = 0.25 + 1.7( 5 )  =875.00%
Summary:Mkt Val Weightingk




Appendix 2

Initial Values: 
Sales Revenue€(k)870.00
Variable Costs:€(k)495.00
  Other VC€(k)297.00
Fixed Cost€(k)130.00
Depreciation pa€(k)121.00
Interest pa (FFF Co)   (£)€(k)32.00
Growth Rates: 
Lab Costs1.08
Other VC1.05
Fixed Costs1.05
Other Data:
Corp Tax, Rep of Ireland0.125
Good Trade Deal1.150.30
Poor Trade Deal0.700.15
Base Case1.000.55
Base Case:Fresh Farm Foods
5yr Projection€(k)€(k)€(k)€(k)€(k)
Sales Revenue870.00974.401091.331222.291368.96
Variable Costs:
  Other VC297.00311.85327.44343.81361.01
Total VC495.00846.45904.81967.371034.45
Fixed Cost130.00136.50143.33150.49158.02
Operating Profit(PBIT)124.00-129.55-77.81-16.5855.500.0000
Profit before Tax92.00-129.55-77.81-16.5855.500.0000
Corporation Tax11.50-16.19-9.73-2.076.94
Profit after  Tax80.50-113.36-68.08-14.5048.563.5637
Net CF201.507.6452.92106.50169.56538.12
PV @ 7.33% €(k)  5.3837.2775.00119.41
NPV @ 7.33% €(k)  378.96
Good Trade Deal
Net CF231.738.7960.86122.47195.00618.84
PV @ 7.33% €(k)  6.1937.2775.00119.41
NPV @ 7.33% €(k)  435.80
Poor Trade Deal
Net CF141.055.3537.0474.55118.69376.68
PV @ 7.33% €(k)  3.7726.0952.5083.59
NPV @ 7.33% €(k)  265.27
Good Trade Deal0.30435.80130.74
Poor Trade Deal0.15265.2739.79
Base Case0.55378.96208.43


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