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- 1. If an independent project with conventional, or normal, cash flows is being analyzed, the net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR) methods agree. Projects W and X are mutually exclusive projects. Their cash flows and NPV profiles are shown as follows. If the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) for each project is 6%, do the NPV and IRR methods agree or conflict? A key to resolving this conflict is the assumed reinvestment rate. The IRR calculation assumes that intermediate cash flows are reinvested at the and the NPV calculation implicitly assumes that the rate at which cash flows can be reinvested is the As a result, when evaluating mutually exclusive projects, the is usually the better decision criterion. Solution methods do agree. intermediate cash flows are reinvested at the Internal Rate of Return , and ...............which cash flows can be reinvested is the Cost of Capital . exclusive projects, the NPV is usually the better decision criterion.