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Def. Investment appraisal

Evaluating the profitability or desirability of an investment project


What information about an investment project is necessary for quantitative appraisal?

• Initial capital costs
• The estimated life expectancy
• The residual value of the investment
• The forecasted net returns


What are the five quantitative methods of investment appraisal?

• Payback period
• Average rate of return
• Discounted payback
• Net present value
• Internal rate of return


Def. Payback period

Length of time it takes for the net cash inflows to pay back the original capital cost of the investment.
= (Income required/ Following year's net cash flow) x12 + all of the years before


Why are long payback periods not favourable (4)

• Increases interests payments
• There is opportunity costs of the capital
• The whole investment becomes more uncertain, increases the amount of risk
• Cash flows received in the future are of less value due to inflation


Advantages and Disadvantages of the payback period (4 3)

• Quick and easy to calculate
• Easily interpreted by managers
• Beneficial for business with liquidity concerns
• Allows focus for short term profitability
• Doesn't measure the overall profitability of the project
• Doesn't consider the timing of the cash flows
• May make businesses defer much more profitable projects but take longer to repay capital


Def. Average rate of return

Measures the annual profitability of an investment as a percentage of the initial investment.
ARR (%) = (Annual profit/ Initial capital cost) x100


Ad. and Disad. of ARR (3 2)

• Focuses on profitability
• Easily understood
• Uses all of the cash flows - unlike payback period
• Ignores the timing of cash flows
• Does discount the value of past cash flows (due to inflation)


How is discounting done?

• The higher the interest rate, the less value future cash have in today's money
• The longer into the future cash is received, the less value it has today
(There's a table that provides the factor of discount)


Def. Net present value

Today's value of the estimated cash flows resulting from an investment.


Ad. and disad. of net present value (3 2)

• Considers both the timing of cash flows and the size of them
• The rate of discount can be varied to allow for different economic circumstances
• Take the opportunity cost of money into account
• Complex to understand and explain
• Expectations about interest rate may be inaccurate


Def. Internal rate of return (IRR)

The rate of discount that yields a net present value of zero - the higher the IRR, the more profitable the investment project is.
(Can be found using a graph method pg. 600)


Def. Criterion rates/levels

The minimum levels (max for payback period) set by management for investment appraisal results for a project to be accepted.


Ad and disad of IPP (2 2)

• IRR is easily compared to the criterion rate of the business
• Different projects costing different amounts can be compared
• Calculation are tedious without a computer
• Can be misleading


Qualitative factors for investment decisions (3)

• The impact on the environment and the local community
• The managers and the amount of risk they are willing to take
• The aims and objectives of the business