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What is the NPV of Applebee’s investment in tableside tablets for its restaurants?. Original blog posting (February 14 , 2014 ). Applebee’s is installing Presto tablets by E La Carte at every table.

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what is the npv of applebee s investment in tableside tablets for its restaurants
What is the NPV of Applebee’s investment in tableside tablets for its restaurants?

Original blog posting (February14, 2014)

applebee s is installing presto tablets by e la carte at every table
Applebee’s is installing Presto tablets by E La Carte at every table
  • Customers will be able to pay their food bill and order appetizers and desserts using the tablets
  • Also function as jukeboxes and can be used to play games
data and assumptions
Data and Assumptions
  • Each tablet has an initial purchase price of $250
  • The annual subscription fee per tablet is $50
  • Average revenue generated per day by each tablet is $1
  • Average number of days each tablet is in use each year is 360 days
  • Additional annual IT costs incurred for tablet integration into Applebee’s system is $225,000
  • The useful life of the tablets is four years.  Ignore depreciation and taxes.
question 1
Question 1

Calculate the NPV of the investment in the tablets using a discount rate of 6%.

question 2
Question 2

Now calculate the NPV of the investment in the tablets using a discount rate of 12%.

question 3
Question 3

Does this investment in the tablets appear to be a financially sound investment for Applebee’s?  Why or why not?

question 4
Question 4

Recalculate the NPV of the investment now using an estimated useful life for the tablets of three years instead of four years.  Assume a discount rate of 6%. What happens to the NPV compared to when the useful life was assumed to be four years?  Does this investment still appear to be financially sound?

question recap
Question Recap
  • Calculate the NPV of the investment in the tablets using a discount rate of 6%.
  • Now calculate the NPV of the investment in the tablets using a discount rate of 12%.
  • Does this investment in the tablets appear to be a financially sound investment for Applebee’s?  Why or why not?
  • Recalculate the NPV of the investment now using an estimated useful life for the tablets of three years instead of four years.  Assume a discount rate of 6%. What happens to the NPV compared to when the useful life was assumed to be four years?  Does this investment still appear to be financially sound?
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For additional news stories to use in the accounting classroom, see the Accounting in the Headlines blog at http://accountingintheheadlines.com/Related video resources can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/accountingheadlinesQuestions or comments? Contact Dr. Wendy Tietz at wtietz@kent.edu