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# Chapter 8

Net Present Value and Other Investment Criteria

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Chapter Outline

The Practice of Capital Budgeting The Payback Rule The Average Accounting Return Net Present Value The Internal Rate of Return The Profitability Index Conflicts between NPV & IRR

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Capital Budgeting

Investment in long-term assets We should consider several investment criteria when making decisions:

± Payback period ± Average Accounting Return ± Net Present Value ± Internal Rate of return ± Profitability Index

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1-3 8-3 Good Decision Criteria We need to ask ourselves the following questions when evaluating decision criteria ± Does the decision rule adjust for the time value of money? ± Does the decision rule adjust for risk? ± Does the decision rule provide information on whether we are creating value for the firm? 3 .

300 ± Year 3: CF= 91. 4 . NI = 29.120. NI = 13.100 ± Average Book Value = 72.080.000 ± Year 1: CF = 63. NI = 3.800.000 Your cost of capital for assets of this risk is 12%.620 ± Year 2: CF = 70.1-4 8-4 Project Example Information You are looking at a new project and you have estimated the following cash flows: ± Year 0: CF = -165.

1-5 8-5 1. Payback Period How long does it take to get the initial cost back in a nominal sense? (how long it takes to recover the cost of investment?) Computation .Subtract the future cash flows from the initial cost until the initial investment has been recovered Decision Rule ± Accept if the payback period is less than some preset limit 5 .

Example 1-6 8-6 Assume we will accept the project if it pays back within two years. 6 .

Advantages and Disadvantages of Payback Advantages ± Easy to understand ± Adjusts for uncertainty of later cash flows ± Biased towards liquidity 1-7 8-7 Disadvantages ± Ignores the time value of money ± Requires an arbitrary cutoff point ± Ignores cash flows beyond the cutoff date ± Biased against long-term projects. 7 .

2. ± If straight-line=> Average book value = (Initial cost+Salvage)/2 Need to have a target cutoff rate Decision Rule: Accept the project if the AAR is greater than a preset rate.Average Accounting Return (AAR) 1-8 8-8 AAR=Average net income/average book value ± Average book value depends on how the asset is depreciated. 8 .

1-9 8-9 Example Assume we require an average accounting return of 25% 9 .

Advantages and Disadvantages of AAR Advantages ± Easy to calculate ± Needed information will usually be available 1-10 8-10 Disadvantages ± Time value of money is ignored ± Uses an arbitrary benchmark cutoff rate ± Based on accounting net income and book values. not cash flows and market values 10 .

11 . ± The third step is to find the present value of the cash flows and subtract the initial investment. Net Present Value (NPV) The difference between the market value of a project and its cost How much value is created from undertaking an investment? ± The first step is to estimate the expected future cash flows (CF).1-11 8-11 3. ± The second step is to estimate the required return for projects of this risk level (r).

Since our goal is to increase owner wealth.1-12 8-12 NPV Decision Rule If the NPV is positive. NPV is a direct measure of how well this project will meet our goal. accept the project A positive NPV means that the project is expected to add value to the firm and will therefore increase the wealth of the owners. 12 .

(Cost of Investment) + PV(Cash flows) 13 ....1-13 8-13 NPV formula NPV ! § CFt t t !0 (1 r ) CF1 CF2 . CFn 1 2 n (1 r) (1 r ) (1 r) n NPV ! CF0 NPV = ..

1-14 8-14 Example 14 .

1-15 8-15 Decision Criteria Test .NPV Does the NPV rule account for the time value of money? Does the NPV rule account for the risk of the cash flows? Does the NPV rule provide an indication about the increase in value? Should we consider the NPV rule for our primary decision criteria? 15 .

Internal Rate of Return (IRR) This is the most important alternative to NPV It is based entirely on the estimated cash flows and is independent of interest rates found elsewhere Definition: ± IRR is the return that makes the NPV = 0 Decision Rule: Accept the project if the IRR is greater than the cost of capital 16 .1-16 8-16 4.

...1-17 8-17 IRR formula CF1 CF2 .. CFn CF0 ! 1 2 n (1IRR) (1IRR) (1IRR) Financial Calculator Constant Cash Flows ± table Trial and Error 17 .

000 63120 (1 I 70800 (1 I ) 2 (1 I 3 18 ....Example 0 1-18 8-18 ! 1 (1 I ! ) 1 2 (1 I ) 1 ) 2 .. n (1 I 91080 ) ) n 165 .

Year 1-3 = $400.76.Computing IRR For The Project with Constant Cash Flow Example: A project has the following Cash Flows: Year 0 = -$994. 1-19 8-19 19 . Calculate the IRR.

000 0 -20.000 NPV 30.08 0.1 0.14 0.000 10.000 0 -10.02 0.1-20 8-20 NPV Profile For The Project 70.000 60.000 40.18 0.04 0.06 0.2 0.16 0.22 .000 20.12 0.000 50.13% 0.000 Discount Rate 20 IRR = 16.

which is often a difficult task 21 . you may not need to estimate a required return.1-21 8-21 Advantages of IRR Knowing a return is intuitively appealing It is a simple way to communicate the value of a project to someone who doesn¶t know all the estimation details If the IRR is high enough.

1 implies that for every $1 of investment.5. we create an additional $0. Profitability Index (PI) 1-22 8-22 Measures the benefit per unit cost.10 in value This measure can be very useful in situations where we have limited capital Decision Rule: Accept the project if the PI greater than 1 (implies NPV is positive) 22 . based on the time value of money A profitability index of 1.

1-23 8-23 Profitability Index Profitability Index=PV(future cash flow)/Initial Cost 23 .

Advantages and Disadvantages of Profitability Index Advantages ± Closely related to NPV. generally leading to identical decisions ± Easy to understand and communicate ± May be useful when available investment funds are limited 1-24 8-24 Disadvantages ± May lead to incorrect decisions in comparisons of mutually exclusive investments 24 .

Internal Rate of Return 5.1-25 8-25 Summary 1. Profitability Index Reject Reject Accept Accept Accept 25 . Average Accounting Return 3. Payback Period 2. Net Present Value 4.

1-26 8-26 Conflicts between NPV & IRR NPV and IRR will generally give us the same decision Exceptions ± Non-conventional cash flows ± cash flow signs change more than once ± Mutually exclusive projects Initial investments are substantially different Timing of cash flows is substantially different 26 .

you can¶t choose the other ± Example: You can choose to attend graduate school next year at either Harvard or Stanford.IRR and Mutually Exclusive Projects Mutually exclusive projects 1-27 8-27 ± If you choose one. but not both Intuitively you would use the following decision rules: ± NPV ± choose the project with the higher NPV ± IRR ± choose the project with the higher IRR 27 .

Example With Mutually Exclusive Projects Period Project A 0 1 2 NPV IRR -500 325 325 Project B -400 325 200 1-28 8-28 The required return for both projects is 10%. Which project should you accept and why? 28 .

15 0.00 NPV $80.00 $20.00 $140.00 $0.00 $100.1-29 8-29 NPV Profiles $160.25 0.00 $40.3 .00) Discount Rate 29 IRR for A = 19.00 ($20.17% Crossover Point = 11.8% A B 0.2 0.00) 0 ($40.43% IRR for B = 22.1 0.00 $120.00 $60.05 0.

1-30 8-30 Conflicts Between NPV and IRR NPV directly measures the increase in value to the firm Whenever there is a conflict between NPV and another decision rule. you should always use NPV IRR is unreliable in the following situations ± Non-conventional cash flows ± Mutually exclusive projects 30 .

1-31 8-31 Capital Budgeting In Practice We should consider several investment criteria when making decisions NPV and IRR are the most commonly used primary investment criteria Payback is a commonly used secondary investment criteria 31 .

000 every year for 5 years. ± ± ± ± What is the payback period? What is the NPV? What is the IRR? Should we accept the project? 32 . The required return is 9%.1-32 8-32 Quick Quiz Consider an investment that costs $100.000 and has a cash inflow of $25.

7 and 15 from page 258 33 .1-33 8-33 Tutorial Problem 4.