Suppose Clorox (a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products) can lease a new computer data processing system for $975,000 per year for five years under an operating lease. Alternatively, it can purchase the system for $4.25 million. Assume Clorox has a borrowing cost of 7% and a tax rate of 35%, and the system will be obsolete at the end of five years.
If Clorox will depreciate (for tax purposes) the computer equipment on a straight-line basis over the next five years, and if the operating lease qualifies as a true tax lease, is it better to finance the purchase of the equipment or to lease it?
Suppose that if Clorox buys the equipment, it will use accelerated depreciation for tax purposes. Specifically, the CCA rate will be 45% and any undepreciated capital cost (UCC) in year 6 will be taken as a terminal loss. Compare leasing with purchase in this case.
The question belongs to Finance and it discusses about calculating purchase or hire decision by a company given its borrowing cost and tax rate.
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