The television division of an electronics firm requests $50 million from the central administration to develop, manufacture, and sell a new flat-screen model. Central administration borrows the $50 million at an interest rate of 8 percent to provide the cash to the television division. The television division invests the $50 million to generate annual profits of $2 million. What is the net effect of these transactions on the profit of the electronics firm?
The interest expense on the $100 million is $4 million annually. Therefore, the investment in the new flat-screen television caused a $2 million loss ($2 million profit – $4 million interest expense) to the electronics firm