FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT UNIT-I FOUNDATIONS OF FINANCE Lesson 1 Financial Management : An Overview INTRODUCTION Financial Management is an appendage of the Finance

function. With the creation of a complex industrial structure, finance function has grown so much that it has which given birth to a separate subject financial management, is today recognized as the most important branch of business administration. One cannot think of any business activity in isolation from its financial implications. The management may accept or reject a business proposition on the basis of its financial viabilities. In other words, financial considerations reign supreme, particularly for line executives who are directly involved in the decision-making process. In this connection, it is observed that "Financial Management involves the application of general management principles to a particular financial operation". LEARNING OBJECTIVES On this lesson, you will be conversant with The meaning of finance and financial management The objectives of financial management Advantages and criticisms on the objective of financial management Scope and functions of the finance manager Finance and other related subjects The functional areas of financial management The process of financial management The process of financial decisions


SECTION TITLE Meaning Financial management is that part of management which is concerned mainly with raising funds in the most economic and suitable manner; using these funds as profitably (for a given risk level) as possible; planning future operations; and controlling current performances and future developments through financial accounting, cost accounting, budgeting, statistics and other means. It guides investment where opportunity is the greatest, producing relatively uniform yardsticks for judging most of the firm¶s operations and projects, and is continually concerned with achieving an adequate rate of return on investment, as this is necessary for survival and attracting new capital. Financial management provides the best guide-ship for present and future resource allocation of a firm. It provides relatively uniform yardsticks for judging most of the operations and projects. Financial management implies the designing and implementation of a certain plan. Financial plans aim at an effective utilization of funds. The term µFinancial management¶ connotes that the fund flow is directed according to some plan. Financial management connotes responsibility for obtaining and effectively utilizing funds necessary for the efficient operation of an enterprise. The finance function centres round the management of funds raising and using them effectively. But the dimensions of financial management are much broader than mere procurement of funds. Planning is one of the most important activities of the financial manager. It makes it possible for the financial manager to obtain funds at the best time in relation to their cost and the conditions under which they can be obtained and their effective use by the business firm. Financial management is dynamic, in the making of day- to-day financial decisions in a business of any size. The old concept of finance as treasurer-ship has broadened to include the new, meaningful concept of controllership. While the treasurer keeps track of the money, the controller¶s duties extend to planning analysis and the improvement of every phase of the company¶s operations, which are measured with a financial yardstick. Financial management is important because it has an impact on all the activities of a firm. Its primary responsibility is to discharge the finance function successfully. It touches all the other


business functions. All business decisions have financial implications, and a single decision may financially affect different departments of an organization. Financial management, however, should not be taken to be a profit-extracting device. No doubt finances have to be so planned as to contribute the profit-making activities. Financial management implies a more comprehensive concept than the simple objective of profit making or efficiency. Its broader mission is to maximize the value of the firm so that the interests of different sections of the community remain protected. It should be noted, therefore, that financial management does not mean management of a business organization with a view to maximizing profits. Financial management applies to every organization, irrespective of its size, nature of ownership and control - whether it is a manufacturing or service organization. It applies to any activity of an organization which has financial implications. To say that it applies to private profit-making organizations alone is to narrow the scope of the subject. Moreover, financial management does not handle merely routine day-to-day matters. It has to handle more complex problems such as mergers, reorganizations and the like. It plays two distinct roles. Firstly, it safeguards interests of the corporation, which is a separate legal entity. Secondly, this separate legal entity has no meaning unless the interests of owners and other sections of the community, which are directly concerned with the corporation, are properly protected. Financial management is thus an integrated and composite subject. It welds together much of the material that is found in Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, Systems analysis and Behavioral sciences, and uses other disciplines as its tool. For a long time, finance has been considered as a rather sterile function concerned with a certain necessary recording of activities alone. financial management makes a significant contribution to the management revolution that is taking place. Financial management¶s central role is concerned with the same objectives as those of the management; with the way in which the resources of the business are employed and how the business is financed. Financial management has been divided into three main areas - decisions on the capital structure; allocation of available funds to specific uses and analysis and appraisal of


problems. Financial management includes planning or finance, cash budgets and source of finance. Definitions "Financial management is the operational activity of a business that is responsible for obtaining and effectively utilizing the funds necessary for efficient operations". - Joseph and Massie. "Financial management is an area of financial decision-making, harmonizing individual motives and enterprise goals". -Weston and Brigham. "Financial management is the area of business management devoted to a judicious used of capital and a careful selection of sources of capital in order to enable a business firm to move in the direction of reaching its goals".-J.F.Bradlery. µFinancial management is the application of the planning and control Functions to the finance function". - Archer and Ambrosia. "Financial management may be defined as that area or set of administrative functions in an organization which relate with arrangement of cash and credit so that the organization may have the means to carry out its objective as satisfactorily as possible." - Howard and ? Objective of Financial Management Financial management evaluates how funds are procured and used. In all cases, it involves a sound judgement, combined with a logical approach to decision-making. The core of a financial policy is to maximize earnings in the long run and to optimize them in the short-run. This calls for an evaluation of the conditions of alternative uses of funds and allocation of resources after consideration of production and marketing inter-relationships. Financial management is concerned with the efficient use of an improved resource, mainly capital funds. Profit maximization should serve as the basic criterion for decisions arrived at by financial managers of privately owned and controlled firms. Different alternatives are available to a


business enterprise in the process of decisions- making. Each alternative has its own implications. Different courses of actions have to be evaluated on the basis of some analytical framework and for this purpose, commercial strategies of an enterprise have to be taken into consideration. The availability of funds depend upon the kind of commercial strategies adopted by a firm during a particular period of time. Various different theories of financial management provides an analytical framework for an evaluation of courses of action. Maximization of profits is often considered to be a goal or an alternative goal of a firm. However, this is somewhat narrow in concept than the goal of maximizing the value of the firm because of the following reasons: (a) The maximization of profits, as reflected in the earnings per share, is not an adequate goal in the first place because it does not take into consideration time value of money. (b) The concept of maximization of earnings per share does not include the risk of streams of alternative earnings. A project may have an earning steam that will attain the goal of maximum earnings per share; but when compared with the risk involved in it, it may be totally unacceptable to a stockholder, who is generally hostile to risk-bearing activities. (c) This concept of maximization of earnings per share does not take into account the impact of dividend policy upon market price or value of the firm. Theoretically, a firm would never pay a dividend if the objective is to maximize earnings per share. Rather, it would reinvest all its earnings so as to generate greater earnings in the future. Financial management techniques, are applicable to decisions of individuals, nonprofit organizations and of business firms. Also, it is applicable to different situations in different organizations. Financial managers are interested in providing answers to the following questions: 1. Given a firm¶s market position, the market demand for its products, its productive capacity and investment opportunities, what specific assets should it purchase? This Indirectly emphasizes the approach to capital budgeting.


2. Given a firm¶s market position and investment opportunities, what is the total volume of funds that it should commit? This indirectly emphasizes the composition of a firm¶s assets. 3. Given a firm¶s market position and investment opportunities, how should it acquire the funds which are necessary for the implementation of its investment decisions? This underscores the approach to capital financing. PROFIT MAXIMIZATION Vs WEALTH MAXIMIZATION Although in general profit maximization is the prime goal of financial management, there are arguments against the same. The following table presents points in favour as well as against profit maximization.


financial risks or any other risk that may work to the disadvantage of the firm before embarking on any particular course of action. However. While issuing debentures and preferred stock. the management will have to consider the interest of pure or equity stockholders as the central focus of financial policies. These goals may be achieved only by maximizing the value of the firm. It is a normal practice for a firm to formulate and implement all possible plans of expansion and take every opportunity to maximize its profits. the average cost is minimum and the marginal cost and marginal revenue are equal. too.Wealth Maximization: The goals of financial management may be such that they should be beneficial to owners. in the world of business uncertainties. will have to be weighed properly. it will have to accept fixed and recurring obligauons. The elements involved in the maximization of the wealth of a firm is as below: Increase in Profits: A firm should increase its revenues in order to maximize its value. While keeping the goal of maximization of the value of the firm. Reduction in Cost: Capital and equity funds are factor inputs in production. it will have to increase ownership funds into the corporation. A firm will have to assess risks involved in each source of funds. employees and customers. 7 . The advantages of leverage. A word of caution. "No risk. At this stage. While issuing equity stock. should be sounded here. A firm has to make every effort to reduce cost of capital and launch economy drive in all its operations. no gain" . In theory. An increase in sales will not necessarily result in a rise in profits unless there is a market for increased supply of goods and unless overhead costs are properly controlled. management. profits are maximized when a firm is in equilibrium. a corporate manager will have to calculate business risks. Minimum Risks: Different types of risks confront a firm. the volume of sales or any other activities should be stepped up. The sources of funds are not risk-free. however. For this purpose. Sources of Funds: A firm has to make a judicious choice of funds so that they maximize its a common adage.

adjustment is made to cover the risk that is associated with the investments. For permanent progress and sound reputation. or by ignoring interests of employees. Advantages of Wealth Maximization v Wealth maximization is a clear term. owners. The present values of cash inflows and outflows helps the management to achieve the overall objectives of a company. are bound to affect the prospects of a firm rather adversely over a period of time. (Quantitatively) v It considers the concept of time value of money. to be precise. It may be worthwhile for a firm to maximize profits by pricing its products high. by resorting to cheap and "get-rich. The net effect of investment and benefits can be measured clearly. it takes care of interests of financial institution. v The concept of wealth maximization considers the impact of risk factor. Here.quick" methods. v The concept of wealth maximization is universally accepted. the present value of cash flow is taken into consideration. Criticisms of Wealth Maximization The concept of wealth maximization is being criticized on the following grounds: The objective of wealth maximization is not descriptive. Such tactics.Long-run Value: The goal of financial management should be to maximize long run value of the firm. v Wealth maximization guide the management in framing consistent strong dividend policy. or by pushing an inferior quality into the market. and 8 . employees and society at large. The concept of increasing the wealth of the stockholders differs from one business entity to another. or. it will have to adopt an approach which is consistent with the goals of financial management in the long-run. because. however. It also leads to confusion in. while calculating the Net Present Value at a particular discount rate. to earn maximum returns to the equity holders.

Moreover. a good financial management alone cannot guarantee that a business will succeed. be described as a pre-requisite of a successful business. it will positively ensure desired results.supportive policies. their influence has become more pervasive. However. It may. Financial management will then have to rise equal to the acceptance of social responsibility of business. employees. Financial management should not only maintain the financial health of a business. The operating objective for Financial Management is to maximize wealth or the net present worth of a firm. Wealth maximization is as important objective as profit maximization. The objective finds its place in these segments of the 9 . though not the only one. Financial management should take into account the enterprise¶s legal obligations to its employees. In other words. If it is properly supported and nurtured by efficient activities at all stages. As corporations have grown bigger and more powerful. it should ensure an effective management of finance so that it may bear the desired fruits for the organization. But it is a necessary condition for business success.but should also help to produce a rate of earning which will reward the owners adequately for the use of the capital they have provided. It should try to have a healthy concern which can maintain regular employment under favourable working conditions. they have created an imbalance which is widely believed to have been instrumental in generating a movement to promote more socially conscious business behaviour.misinterpretation of financial policy because different yardsticks may be used by different interests in a company. In other words. To the creditors. there are various other factors which may support or frustrate financial management by supportive or non. which will keep the business liquid and solvent. society and management. Academicians and corporate officers alike have urged the advisability of more socially conscious business management. Wealth maximization is an objective which has to be achieved by those who supply loan capital. the management must ensure administration. however. financial management will have to ensure that expectations raised by the corporation are fulfilled with a proper use of several tools at is disposal.

where and how to obtain the funds which a business needs. Funds should be acquired well before the need for them is actually felt. dividends and current assets management. The financial manager should steer a prudent course between over-financing and under-financing. Assets are balanced by weighing their profitability against their liquidity. the pro-forma balance sheet. although the immediate objectives of Financial Management may be to maintain liquidity and improve profitability. the statement of the sources and uses of funds. the pro-forma income statement. He may adopt the famous marginal 10 . The wealth of owners of a firm is maximized by raising the price of the common stock. Much will also depend upon the size and strength of the borrowing firm. the aggregate value of the common stock will be maximized. etc. Profitability refers to the earning of profits and liquidity means closeness to money. financing. The terms and conditions of the different financial sources may vary significantly at a given point of time. He may require short-term and long-term funds. This is achieved when the management of a firm operates efficiently and makes optimal decisions in areas of capital investments. Financial needs can be anticipated by forecasting expected funds in a business and their financial implications.corporate sector. The financial manager should know how to tap the different sources of funds. Acquiring Financial Resources: This implies knowing when. He should preserve a proper balance among the various assets. DIMENSIONS OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT The different dimensions of financial management are dealt below: Anticipating Financial Needs: The financial manager has to forecast expected events in business and note their financial implications. Allocating Funds in Business: Allocating funds in a business means investing them in the best plans of assets. The financial image of a corporation has to be improved in appropriate financial circles which are primarily responsible for supplying finance. If this is done. Financial Manager anticipates financial needs by consulting an array of documents such as the cash budget.

the financial executive¶s primary managerial responsibility is to preserve the continuity of the flow of funds so that no essential decision of the top management is frustrated for lack of corporate purchasing power. it may be pointed out that management of funds has both liquidity and profitability aspects. Accounting and Reporting to Management: Now. while the primary financial responsibility from the owner¶s viewpoint may be to maximize value. In this connection. Where ever the deviations are found. The cost of each financial decision and returns of each investment must be analysed. the role of the finance manager is changing. He not only acts as line executive but also as staff. He has to advise and supply information about the performance of finance to top management. He is also responsible for maintaining upto date records of the peformance of financial decisions. It is also necessary for the finance manager to ensure that sufficient funds are available for smooth conduct of the business. The financial manager will have to keep the assets intact. The department of finance has gained substantial recognition.principle which states that the last rupee invested in each kind of an asset should have the same usefulness as the last rupee invested in any other kind of an asset. This helps in achieving µLiquidity¶ of a business unit. He should. 11 . Through the budgeting. allocate funds according to their profitability. The returns on the investments must be continuous and consistent. This will ensure continuous flow of funds as per the requirements of the organisation. necessary steps or strategies are to be adopted to overcome such events. This helps the management to increase efficiency by reducing the cost of operations & earn fair amount of profits out of investments. Analysing the performance of finance: Once the funds are administered. He has to adopt close supervision and marking of flow of funds. Administering the Allocation of Funds: Once the funds are allocated to various investment opportunities it is the basic responsibility of the finance manager to watch the performance of each rupee that has been invested. he has to offer his suggestion to improve the overall functioning of the organisation. it is very comfortable for the finance manager to take decisions. Asset management has assumed an important role in Financial Management. If need arises. So. Financial Management is concered with the many responsibilities which are the main thrust of a business enterprise. moreover. he will be able to compare the actuals with standards. which enable a firm to conduct its business. liquidity and leverage.

with a number of banks to ensure a high degree of liquidity with minimum external borrowing. One view is that finance is concerned with cash. keeping its accounts. that is. The functions of financial management may be classified on the basis of liquidity. (1) Liquidity: Liquidity is ascertained on the basis of three important considerations: (a) Forecasting cash flows. the following factors are taken into account: (a) Cost Control: Expenditure in the different operational areas of an enterprise can be analysed with the help of an appropriate cost accounting system to enable the financial manager to bring costs under control. that is. matching the inflows against cash outflows. (b) Raising funds. Financial Management plays two significant roles: v To participate in the process of putting funds to work within the business and to control their productivity. (c) Managing the flow of internal funds. In this connection. and v To identify the need for funds and select sources from which they may be obtained. that is. (2) Profitability: While ascertaining profitability. 12 . profitability and management.Scope and Functions of Financial Management A priori definition of the scope of financial management fall into three groups. At the other extreme is the relatively narrow definition that financial management is concerned with raising and administering of funds to an enterprise. The third approach is that it is an integral part of overall management rather than a staff specialty concerned with fundraising operations. financial management will have to ascertain the sources from which funds may be raised and the time when these funds are needed.

Financial management may be divided into two broad areas of responsibilities. It is also necessary for the financial manager to ensure that sufficient funds are available for smooth conduct of the business. financial failures do positively lead to business failures. the image of the organization intact. however. equipment. and which involves land. image and sales level. These two areas are: v The management of long-term funds. (d) Measuring Cost of Capital: Each source of funds has a different cost of capital which must be measured because cost of capital is linked with profitability of an enterprise. In this connection. Each. which is associated with the overall cycle of activities of an enterprise. transport facilities.(b) Pricing: Pricing is of great significance in the company¶s marketing effort. buildings. The formulation of pricing policies should lead to profitability. v The management of short-term funds. (c) Forecasting Future Profits: Expected profits are determined and evaluated. it may be pointed out that management of funds has both liquidity and profitability aspects. which are not by any means independent of each other. keeping. Financial management is concerned with the many responsibilities which are thrust on it by a business enterprise. The responsibility of financial management is enhanced because of this peculiar situation. as working capital needs. of course. and each necessitates very different considerations. machinery. and so on. Asset management has assumed an important role in financial management. research project. These are the needs which may be described. which is associated with plans for development and expansion. for assets are resources which enable a firm to conduct its business. may be regarded as a different kind of responsibility. 13 . Although a business failure may not always be the result of financial failures. Profit levels have to be forecasted from time to time in order to strengthen the organization. (3) Management: The financial manager will have to keep assets intact.

and retention of surplus inter-alia. But the task becomes more onerous on account of grated structural and environmental impediments confronting multi-national companies. financial management extends itself to the broad subject of international money management which refers to the problem of collecting. The dividend policy is thus instrumental for changes in market price of shares in the capital market. This includes both ² operating responsibilities of a multi-national corporation and providing the array of techniques and tools available to co-ordinate that task. following diverse legal practices. the financing decision involves the determination of the ideal financing mix or capital structure. Today. depends upon the extent to which a firm is able to effect cash sales. utilising and protecting the financial assets of internationally involved companies. dividend distribution. It has become imperative to have reporting systems and optimal use of financial institutions attempting to forecast liquidity and foreign exchange risks of companies. heavy reliance on communication environments. The uncertain nature of future benefits necessitates evaluation of investment proposals in relation to their expected rate of return and risk. different tax umbrellas and exchange. problems of dealings between parents and subsidiaries speaking in multiple languages. A business depends upon availability of funds which. The investment decision involves current cash outlay in anticipation of benefits to be realised in the future. It is obvious that the percentage of dividend policy paid affects the quantum of retained earnings. the percentage of earnings paid to shareholders becomes an important consideration. Financial management must offer a solution for decisions in areas of capital structure. A prudent financial management policy calls for an optimal mix of different decisions in line with organizational objectives. For deciding the dividend policy. Once the investment proposals are evaluated and combined into a capital expenditure programme or planned capital budget. This task is already difficult in domestic companies. in turn. control system among others. the next decision involves finalisation of sources for a given capital outlay. 14 . New problems in managing and administering finances of companies have emerged following the increasing international financing of domestic companies and the entry of foreign collaborations. In other words. investment.One of the functions of financial management is co-ordination of different activities of a business house.

The profit centre is a technique by which activities are decentralised for the development of strategic control points. have a financial manager who has to take key decisions on the allocation and use of money by various departments. He groups activities in such a way that areas of responsibility and accountability are cleared defined. Role and Functions of the Financial Manager The financial manager performs important activities in connection with each of the general functions of the management. The determination of the nature and extent of staffing is aided by financial budget programme. holding and disbursement. Control requires the use of the techniques of financial ratios and standards. on instruments of financial reporting. exchange controls different currency units and multiple financial institutions. which is a lengthy process. Even intra-country liquidity management may be affected by weak capital markets which offer few investment media or banking systems which delay transfers. irrespective of its size. Briefly. Planning involves heavy reliance on financial tools and analysis. Every business. Specifically the financial manager should anticipate financial needs. The standard method of transferring funds internationally is by mail payment order. acceptances and letters of credit are termed as documentary credits. Sight and time drafts. A variety of instruments exist for effecting international transfer of funds. The international liquidity management is regulated by exchange control and other barriers which usually prohibit the flow of funds in desired directions. Cable transfers reduce remittance time appreciably. There may be payment instructions in written or documentary form incorporating some form of credit. If 15 . acquire financial resources. International cash management involves longer distances. Direction is based. to a considerable extent. should. an informed and enlightened use of financial information is necessary for the purpose of coordinating the activities of an enterprise. therefore. This area is also affected by impediments in banking and mail systems. Funds held by individual subsidiaries in different countries cannot be considered fungible and there is little or no chance of international pooling of funds. Other international modes of payment include bank drafts. and allocate funds to various departments of the business.International cash management deals with more mechanical areas of cash collection. cheques and trade bills.

which includes the study of the financial market. decisions are the end product of the financial manager¶s task. his day-to-day work consists of more than just decision-making. Since the financial manager is an integral part of the top management. The financial manager¶s concern is to: v Determine the total amount of funds to be employed by a firm. It is in this sense that financial management makes a kind of an integrated approach to the external environment. its securities. v Allocate these funds efficiently to various assets. which is reflected in the financial market. financial management is nothing more or less than a continuing two-way interaction between a firm and its financial environment. That is his primary objective is to maximise the value of the firm to its stockholders. v Obtain the best mix of financing in relation to the overall evaluation of the firm. on which depends the value of the firing. The financial market is sensitive to the reactions of firms to the supply of. and demand for. This environment is the macro-economic environment. It has been explained earlier that financial management is related to the environment. In a fundamental sense.the financial manager handles each of these tasks well. The financial manager should: v Supervise the overall working of an organization instead of confining himself to technical matters as a top management executive 16 . which is external to a firm. A firm is a part of the entire business activity. Although. which ultimately determines whether a firm¶s policies are a success or a failure. which may be described as the co-ordination of a series of inter-dependent decisions over an extended period. The logic here is very simple. A great deal of his time is spent on financial planning. No firm can. he should so shape his decisions and recommendations as to contribute to the overall progress of the business. his firm is on the road to good financial health. therefore. exempt itself from undertaking a study of the financial market. Of the many environments in which the firm operates. the one closest to the financial manager is the financial market.

at the same time. the longer the period. tempted to compromise between profitability and liquidity. sound from the liquidity point of view. and select projects which are reasonably profitable and. he faces a challenge: should he choose profitability or liquidity? Despite the knowledge that a particular investment is quite profitable. but not excessive amounts v Ensure that disbursements do not create shortage of funds v Analyse. if the investment is going to lock up funds for an unreasonable period. The financial manager does something more than co-ordinate business activities in a mechanical way. receivables. inventory and other components of working capital v Analyse financial aspects of external growth v Develop the means to rejuvenate and revitalise the enterprise or to assist in liquidity and distribution of its assets to the various claimants. sometimes one has to be sacrificed for the other. A financial manager is often up against a dilemma. a firm increases its liquidity at the cost of its profitability. the greater is the risk. he is forced to sacrifice this option. His central role requires that he understands the nature of problems so that he may take proper decisions. therefore. plan and control the use of funds v Maintain liquidity while retaining the acceptable level of profits v Economise on the acquisition of funds and hold down their cost v Make allowances for uncertainties that exist in the business world v Administer effectively cash. Since cash earns no return.v Make sure that funds have been acquired in sufficient. He has to choose between profitability and liquidity. Macro-economics gives 17 . Most financial managers are. Although both are desirable. Financial Manage and Economics Knowledge of economics is necessary for the understanding of financial environment and the decision theories which underline contemporary financial management. In several situations.

economics and operations research. which is concerned mainly with the raising of funds. legal and financial relationships of funds. A study of financial management is likely to be barren if it is divorced from the study of economics. aided by computer science. fixed and working capital in general Financial structure. in the most economic and suitable manner. In recent years. The model-building approach to financial management has been developed from two separate branches of study . as it has in all other aspects of business and public administration. using the funds as profitably as possible (for a given risk level). Effective planning and direction depends on adequate accounting information available to a management on the financial condition of an enterprise. decisions on methods of financing. credit flows and general economic activity are controlled. statistics and other insight into the policies of the government and private institutions through which money flows. creation of reserves Decisions which are mainly internal and refer to the deployment of funds on different projects Quasi-financial decisions which arise from marketing. Financial management has. planning future operations and controlling current performance and future developments through financial accounting. cost accounting. in fact. The link between economics and financial management is close. production or any other discipline and other problems which have financial aspects Decisions for which accounting records and reports are widely used. Accounting is a tool for handling only the financial aspects of business operations. credit policy. 18 . A considerable progress has been made in the development of theoretical structures for the solution of business problems. budgeting. It is geared to the financial ends of a business only because these are measurable on the scale of money values. a significant change has taken place in the study of financial management. personnel. Financial Management and Accounting It is of greater managerial interest to think of financial management as something of which accounting is a part. evolved over the years as an autonomous branch of economics. This includes: Decisions which affect external. payment of dividends.

The traditional treatment placed altogether too much emphasis on corporation finance and too little on the financing problems of non-corporate enterprises. The traditional approach to the entire subject of finance was from the point of view of the investment banker rather than that of the financial decision-maker in an enterprise. emerged as a separate branch of economics. develops additional data and arrives at decisions based on his analysis.The distinction between financial management and management accounting is a semantic one. Financial management. It is difficult to say at what stage the traditional approach was replaced by modern approach. however. while management accounting originally meant the internal management of finance in industry. Matters like promotion. Thomas L. The sequence of treatment was built too closely around the episodic phases during the life cycle of a hypothetical corporation in which external financial relations happened to be dominant. recapitalization and reorganization left too little room for problems of a normal growing company. Financial management. The basic contents of the traditional approach may now be summarised. Meade and Arthur Stone Dewing 19 . It is clear. Evolution of Financial Management The main stream of academic writing and teaching followed the scope and pattern suggested by the narrower and by now traditional definition of the finance function. consolidation. The financial officer evaluates the accountant¶s statements. The emphasis in the traditional approach is on raising of funds The traditional approach circumscribes episodic financial function The traditional approach places great emphasis on long-term problems It pays hardly any attention to financing problems of non-corporate enterprises. incorporation. Finally. The accountant devotes his attention to the collection and presentation of financial data. but the gap between the two is rapidly closing. has the broader meaning of planning and control of all activities by financial means. Rein. it placed heavy emphasis on long-term financial instruments and problems and corresponding lack of emphasis on problems of working capital management. as it was then more generally called. however. Edward S. merger. that Ezra Solomon.

The central issue of financial policies is a wise use of funds and the central process involved is a rational matching of advantages of potential uses against the caution of advantages of potential uses against the caution of alternative potential sources so as to achieve broad financial goals which an enterprise sets for itself. The size and composition of the capital structure was of particular importance. Ezra Solomon observes: If the scope of financial management is re-defined to cover decisions about both the use and the acquisition of funds. Such things as cost of capital. The major concern of financial management was survival. Their works laid emphasis on these topics. The concern for liquidity 20 . In the circumstances. financial management was almost forced to improve its methodology. They did not consider routine managerial problems relating to financing of a firm. With technological progress. liquidation. reduce. In this connection. and working capital management which constitute the crux of the financial problems of modern financial management. Its attitude to long-term trade was hostile. Its emphasis shifted from profitability analysis to cash flow generation. budget forecasting. problems of profit planning and control. The new or modern approach is an analytical way of looking at the financial problems of a firm. etc. cost. securities. aging of accounts receivable and monetary management assured considerable importance. It looked upon dividend as a residual payment. it is clear that the principal content of the subject should be concerned with how financial management should make judgements about whether an enterprise should hold. and showed a serious concern for the effects of multi-nationals upon price level movements. finance and cost control. Financial problems are a vital and an integral part of overall management. The discipline of financial management was conditioned by changes in the socioeconomic and legal environment. optimal capital structure. financial management laid emphasis on international business and finance. With the advent of industrial combination the financial manager of corporation was confronted with the complexities of budgeting and financial operations. and it developed an interest in internal management procedures and control.among others were profoundly impressed by subjects like promotion. Moreover. or increase its investments in all forms of assets that require company funds. budgeting. reorganization. consolidations. effects of capital structure upon cost of capital and market value of a firm were incorporated in the subject. floatations.

these are among the subjects which have captured the attention of different schools of thoughts from time to time. Promotional expenditure includes expenditure incurred in the process of company formation.economic areas with which a business enterprise has to deal during its day-to-day operations. while others. retention of surpluses. more particularly. capital structure and. is basically concerned with optimal matching of uses and sources of corporate funds that lead to the maximisation of a firm¶s market value. profit planning and control . underwriting of securities. the cost of different sources of funds. A lot of literature on the subject of Financial Management seems to be devoted to these and similar matters. dividend policies. while the traditional finance manager concerned him with such macroeconomic areas of finance as long-term financing. the stock exchange). Modern financial management. belong to corporation finance. liquidity. promotion. some of which have been tested.and profit margins was indeed tremendous throughout the several phases of financial management. These areas. planning of corporations. capital market (more particularly. The subject management has been stretched to such a limit that a finance manager today has to be conversant with a large variety of subjects. The functional areas of financial management is elaborated below. however. depreciation policies. Determining Financial Needs: One of the most important functions of the financial manager is to ensure availability of adequate funds. Modern Financial Management should hence forward concentrate on micro. study of financial institutions. Fixed assets needs depend upon the nature of the business enterprise . short-term financing. to be precise. Money may be required for initial promotional expenses. A Large number of empirical studies on the subject have already been conducted on different portfolios of Financial Management. Functional Areas of Financial Management It would indeed be an extremely difficult task to delineate functions of modern financial management. which were not tested. For example. Financial needs have to be assessed for different purposes. were rejected by corporate decision-makers. fixed capital and working capital needs. and so on.whether It is a 21 .

the financial manager faces a great challenge in raising funds. and involves the comparison and interpretation of accounting data. The financial manager has to interpret different statements. Figure: 1 Functional areas of financial management Determining the Sources of Funds: The financial manager has to choose the various sources of funds. He may borrow from a number of financial institutions and the public. profitability and performance are to be measured.manufacturing. This is often a challenging task. He has to use a large number of ratios to analyse the financial status and activities of his firm. Financial Analysis: It is the evaluation and interpretation of a firm¶s financial position and operations. Optimal Capital Structure: The financial manager has to establish an optimum capital structure and ensure the maximum rate of return on investment. He is required to measure its liquidity. A firm is committed to the lenders of finance and has to meet various terms and conditions on which they offer credit. When a firm is new and small and little known in financial circles. The ratio between equity and other 22 . he should exercise it with great care and caution. the financial manager must definitely know what he is doing. To be precise. Even when he has a choice in selecting sources of funds. because he must understand the importance of each one of these aspects to the firm and he should be crystal clear in his mind about the purposes for which liquidity. determine its profitability and assets and overall performance in financial terms. non-manufacturing or merchandising enterprise. Current asset needs depend upon the size of the working capital required by an enterprise. He may issue different types of securities.

if this is not accomplished. a firm will have to generate an adequate income to cover its fixed costs as well. and to what extent.liabilities carrying fixed charges has to be defined. Fixed costs are more or less constant for varying sales volumes. In the process. In view of the fact that earnings are the most important measure of corporate performance. the point at which total costs are matched by total sales or total revenue. fixed costs. The operating leverage exists because of operating expenses. He has to try to shift the activity of the firm as far as possible from the break-ever point to ensure company¶s survival against seasonal fluctuations. The second element in profit calculation is expenditure. for they measure the economic viability of a business. for there is no point in being in business. general administrative costs and finance costs. investment income or income from other sources. selling costs. Semi-variable costs are either fixed or variable in the short run. the profit test is constantly used to gauge success of a firm¶s activities. he has to consider the operating and financial leverages of his firm. The finance manager has to ensure that the income for the firm will cover its variable costs. The financial manager should have adequate knowledge of different empirical studies on the optimum capital structure and find out whether. Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis: This is popularly known as the µCVP relationship¶. Profit is the surplus which accrues to a firm after its total expenses are deducted from its total revenue. while financial leverage exists because of the amount of debt involved in a firm¶s capital structure. 23 . Economists have long before considered the importance of profit maximization in influencing business decisions. The finance manager has to find out the break.e). It is necessary to determine profits properly. Profit Planning and Control: Profit planning and control have assumed great importance in the financial activities of modern business. This expenditure may include manufacturing costs. Moreover. Profit planning is an important responsibility of the finance manager. This revenue may be from sales or it may be operating revenue. The first element in profit is revenue or income. he can apply their findings to the advantage of the firm. Variable costs vary according to sales volume.even-point (i. variable costs and semi-variable costs have to be analysed. trading costs. Profit planning ensures attainment of stability and growth. For this purpose.

replacement. When it is not worthwhile to purchase fixed assets. It should be remembered that though the measurement of profit is not the only step in the process of evaluating the success or failure of a company. these assets are exposed to changes in their value. etc. and provides shareholders and potential investors with information about the earning strength of the corporation. building. Because of this long-term commitment of funds. Fixed Assets Management: A firm¶s fixed assets include tangibles such as land. To facilitate replacement of fixed assets. debentures.. and revenues it has earned. These fixed assets are justified to the extent of their utility and/or their productive capacity. they may lead to over-capitalisation. should be taken with great care and caution. Essentiality of a project is ensured by technical analysis. Profit planning and control are inescapable responsibilities of the management. commercial. it is nevertheless important and needs careful assessment and recognition of its relationship to the company¶s progress. in view of the fact that fixed assets are maintained over a long period of time. they lay the foundation for policies. Project Planning and Evaluation: A substantial portion of the initial capital is sunk in longterm assets of a firm. The economic and commercial analysis study demand 24 . Moreover. during a particular period. appropriate depreciation on fixed assets has to be formulated. which determine dividends. In actual practice. and these changes may adversely affect the position of a firm. and retention of profits and surpluses of the company. Profit planning and control are very important. Often. they are directly related to taxation. long-term borrowings and deposits from public. containing analysis of economic. copyrights. The break-even analysis and the CVP relationship are important tools of profit planning and control. goodwill. the financial manager may lease them and use assets on a rental basis. technical. machinery and equipment. Moreover. It is because of these facts that management decisions on the acquisition of fixed assets are vital. If they are ill-designed. and so on. The error of judgment in project planning and evaluation should be minimized.Profit planning and control is a dual function which enables management to determine costs it has incurred. furniture and also intangibles such as patents. Decisions are taken on the basis of feasibility and project reports. these fixed assets are financed by issuing stock. The acquisition of fixed assets involves capital expenditure decisions and long-term commitments of funds. financial and organizational viabilities. decisions governing their purchase.

Working Capital Management: Working capital is rightly an adjunct of fixed capital investment. they also represent liquid funds in the ultimate analysis. discounted cash flow and net present value among others because risk increases when investment is stretched over a long period of time. In this connection. Financial analysis is perhaps the most important and includes forecasting of cash inflows and total outlay which will keep down cost of capital and maximize the rate of return on investment. profitability and risk sensitivity. It is. Accounts receivables and inventory form the principal of production and sales. necessary for a firm to gauge the sensitivity of the project to the world of uncertainties and risks and its capacity to withstand them. He should match inventory trends with level of sales. for they have long-term implications. It results in capital expenditure investments. There are several 25 . The financial manager should weigh the advantage of customer trade credit. internal rate of return. accounts receivable and inventory are the important components of working capital. therefore. The financial analyst should be able to blend risk with returns so as to get current evaluation of potential investments. They relate to judicious allocation of capital. It would be unjustifiable to accept even the most profitable project if it is likely to be the riskiest. choice of technology and availability of factors favouring a particular industrial site are all considerations which merit attention in technical analysis. it should be remembered that a project is exposed to different types of uncertainties and risks. The organizational and manpower analysis ensures that a firm will have the requisite manpower to run the project. Capital budgeting forecasts returns on proposed long-term investments and compares profitability of different investments and their cost of capital. The various proposal assets ranked on the basis of such criteria as urgency. The economy of size. against limitations of costs and risks involved therein. Current funds have to be invested in long-term activities in anticipation of an expected flow of future benefits spread over a long period of time. which is rotating in its nature. Cash is the central reservoir of a firm that ensures liquidity. liquidity. It is a financial lubricant which keeps business operations going. The financial analyser should be thoroughly familiar with such financial techniques as pay back. Cash. Capital Budgeting: Capital budgeting decisions are most crucial. The uncertainties of inventory planning should be dealt within a rational manner. such as increase in volume of sales.position for the product. It is the life-blood of a firm.

and the real interest of stockholders always lies in the maximisation of this value of the firm. Inventory management thus includes purchase management and material management as well as financial management. while the latter would result in an unjustified locking up of funds and increase the cost of capital. The most difficult interest to value in a corporation is that of the equity stockholder because he is the residual owner. there are different dividend policy patters which a firm may choose to adopt. Mergers may be accomplished with a minimum cash outlay. Inventory management entails decisions about the timing and size of purchases purely on a cost basis. Acquisitions and Mergers: Firms may expand externally through co-operative arrangements. depending upon their suitability for the firm and its stockholders. 26 . A firm may try to improve its internal financing so that it may avail itself of benefits of future expansion. The financial manager should. go through the valuation process very carefully. In the circumstances. safety levels of stocks should be maintained. Dividend Policies: Dividend policies constitute a crucial area of minancial management. the demand for sales may vary substantially. f or the ginancial management is interested in maximising the value of the firm. Moreover. However.costs and risks which are related to inventory management. The risks are there when inventory is inadequate or in excess of requirements. the most critical among them being profitability. by acquiring other concerns or by entering into mergers. The financial manager should determine the economic order quantities after considering the relationships of different cost elements involved in purchases. The former may hold up production. the board of directors may be interested in maintaining its financial health by retaining the surplus to be used when contingencies arise. While owners are interested in getting the highest dividend from a corporation. though these involve major problems of valuation and control. Thus. complex and prone to errors. Acquisitions consist of either the purchase or lease of a smaller firm by a bigger organization. and this is the ultimate goal of financial management. therefore. The dividend policy of a firm depends on a number of financial considerations. The process of valuing a firm and its securities is difficult. the interests of a firm and its stockholders are complementary. Its close association with financial management primarily arises out of the fact that it is a simple cash asset. Firms cannot avoid making investments in inventory because production and deliveries involve time lags and discontinuities.

is constantly struggling to gain real financial control. to fit these items into a coherent picture of the problem in relation to the firm¶s aims and financial resources. This is true for both private and public sectors. The new demands on the finance manager call for a basic transformation in his approach because he plays a crucial role in the future success of the organisation. Infact. performance budgeting. in actual practice. An analysis of financial data with the help of scientific tools and techniques to improve performance of an undertaking (and to achieve better operating results and better quality of products) is essential n0wdays a day. However. The auditing approach should give place to a decision-making approach. who is buried in a maze of seemingly endless statistics and voluminous reports. in brief. rationalise operating rules. Its objective is first to select the items of financial information which are relevant to a particular problem. Today¶s finance manager is engaged in such activities for the construction of models as to direct the search for new information. And this is a challenge which he has to face. It is necessary to take a fresh look at finance management in most Indian industries. input-output 27 . The management of capital in Indian industries is generally anchored to traditional legacies and practices. The financial controller is often behaviorally more concerned with expenditure than with profits. and second. organizational development and R & D. He tends to become a person who wants to keep his financial resources intact. cost control. an all-encompassing function. Since the corporation is a separate legal entity. for the former has a serious impact on the financial planning of a firm. The modern tools of structure which is distinct from that which is applied to personal income. have not yet become popular with the captains of our industry. and establish operating control. fails to cover the scope of modern financial management.Corporate Taxation: Corporate taxation is an important function of the financial management. spends nothing. including capital management. the modern executive. set performance standards. The final objective of financial management is to suggest alternative solutions to problems. and completely avoids undertaking risk. the management of finance should have the optimal use of funds as its focal point. It is. The traditional notion that the finance function is simply a process of µmanaging cash and capital¶ or planning and controlling profits. it is subject to an income. There is an absence of data on the marginal efficiency of capital.

analysis.. Funds Requirement Decision: Financial requirement decision is one of the most important decisions of finance manager. partnership and private companies has made industrial units something like closed shops. and physical productivity . Financial Decisions Financial decisions are the decisions relating to financial matters of a corporate entity. Financing and Dividend Decisions are the most important areas of financial management. Investment. Financial decisions have been considered as the means to achieve long-term objective of the corporates. which render current evaluation of issues somewhat difficult. Financial requirement. even when the cost of these borrowing is relatively high. business houses are forced to look for their borrowings elsewhere as the only reliable method of finance. technical co-efficient. Moreover. etc. The vagaries of government policy on dividend payments and tax rates and limits on share capital floatation have resulted in a low and uncertain supply of funds to the equity market. The present behaviour of financial management is a result of government policy. The management of these sectors is rested in family complexes about which there is no adequate information. This decision is considered with estimation of the total funds required by a business unit. As a consequence. Revenue expenditure consists of maintaining the day-to-day 28 .these need a better re-orientation and gearing up of capital management practices. growth potents. in an uncertain capital market. which facilitate a business firm to achieve wealth maximisation. The preponderance of proprietary. The total amount of capital and revenue expenditure of a company facilitates the financial manager in finding the total funds requirement. Capital expenditure consists of acquiring fixed assets. social obligations. technical feasibility of financial planning and flow.

HAVE YOU UNDERSTOOD? 1.. Discuss briefly the scope and functions of financial management. 29 . Therefore. Equity ratio should be maintained to maximize the returns to the shareholders. 4. financial institution and through the commercial banks. Indicate the possible areas of conflict between management and stockholders. size of the organisation. . viz. The suppliers of materials. Investment Decision: Investment decision is concerned with allocation of funds to both capital and current assets. 2. shareholders and the government will measure and understand the soundness of the company through dividend decisions. Capital assets are financed through long-term funds and current assets are financed through short-term funds.activities of a business unit. inflation. Capital budgeting.Comment. dividend decision has been considered as another important decision of the finance function. government policies. 3. 5. bankers. This decision has been considered as the barometer through which a business firm¶s performance is measured. Dividend Decisions: Regular and assured percentage of dividend and capital gains are the basic desires of equity shareholders. CVP analysis are the techniques generally used fir the process of investment decisions. This decision will be made by considering the different factors. The financial manager has to carefully allocate the available funds to recover not only the cost of funds but also must earn sufficient returns on the investments. Funds are available through primary market. Financing Decisions: Financing decision is concerned with identification of various sources of funds. State the role of the financial manager and explain his functions in an organization. "Financial management is the appendage of the finance function". Cost associated with each of the instrument or source is different. creditors. Hence the total of this expenditure helps the finance manager in determining the total funds requirement. The overall cost of that capital composition must be kept at minimum proper debt. The overall objective of a corporation is to fulfill the desires of the shareholders and attain wealth maximization in the long run. State the objectives of financial management. etc.

Describe the evolution of financial management. Learning Objectives On reading this lesson. 8. We know intuitively that this assumption is incorrect because money has time value. b. If the aggregate value of the benefits exceeds the initial investment. we must be aware of an important assumption that underlies our approach. Discuss briefly the problems of international financial management. Lesson 2 Time Value of Money Introduction A project is an activity that involves investing a sum of money now in anticipation of benefits spread over a period of time in the future. We have assumed that irrespective of the time when money is invested or received. 9. Financial management and economics. How do we determine whether the project is financially viable or not? Our immediate response to this question will be to sum up the benefits accruing over the future period and compare the total value of the benefits with the initial investment. the value of money remains the same. Distinguish between: a. 7. How do we define this value of money and build it into the cash flow of a project? The answer to this question forms the subject matter of this lesson. you will be conversant with the: Meaning of time value of money Future value of a single cash flow Future value of an annuity Present value of single cash flow 30 . While this approach prima facia appears to be satisfactory.6. we will consider the project to the financially viable. Financial management and accounting. Discuss briefly different functional areas of financial management.

The deposit would grow as follows: Rs. for a period of 3 years.Present value of an annuity Money has time value. SECTION TITLE Reasons for time value of money Many financial problems involve cash flows occurring at different points of time. In an inflationary period.000 today and you deposit it with a financial institution. which pays 10 per cent interest compounded annually. 31 . For evaluating such cash flows an explicit consideration of time value of money is required. This chapter. A rupee today is more valuable than a rupee a year hence. in general. a rupee today represents a greater real purchasing power than a rupee a year hence. is divided into four sections as follows: Future value of a single cash flow Future value of an annuity Present value of a single cash flow Present value of an annuity Future value of a single cash flow Suppose you have Rs. 1. prefer current consumption to future consumption. Why? There are several reasons: Individuals. discussing the methods for dealing with time value of money. Capital can be employed productively to generate positive returns. An investment of one rupee today would grow to (1+r) a year hence (r is the rate of return earned on the investment).

The growth of future value is shown in the following Table:1 Table: 1 Future Value of a Single Cash Flow 32 .Formula The general formula for the future value of a single cash flow is: FVn = PV (I + k) n FVn= future value n years hence PV= cash flow today (present value) k = interest rate per year n = number of years for which compounding is done.

144 The future value.000 (2.10) 8 = Rs.000 (1. Naturally. 1. Table: 2 Value of FVIFk. when the interest rate is 6 percent it takes about 12 years to double the amount. Is there a rule of thumb which dispenses with the use of the future value interest 33 . Looking at the above table we find that when the interest rate is 12 percent it takes about 6 years to double the amount.144) = Rs.138 Graphic View It shows graphically how one rupee would grow over time for different interest rates. how much will the deposit grow to after 8 years and 12 years? The future value. published tables are available showing the value of (1 + k) n for various combinations of k and n. 3. Growth curves can be readily plotted for other interest rates.000 today in a bank which pays 10 per interest interest compounded annually. 1.000 (3. 1.Equation (1) is a basic equation in compounding analysis. 1. It is very tedious to calculate (1 + k)¶. 2. the higher the interest rate. the faster the growth rate.n for Various combinations of k and n For example. Doubling Period Investors commonly ask the question: How long would it take to double the amount at a given rate of interest? To answer this question we may look at the future interest factor table. 6 per cent and 12 per cent. To reduce the tedium.n). 8 years hence will be: Rs. We have plotted the growth curves for three interest rates: 0 per cent. 12 years hence.1W12 = Rs.138) = Rs. so on and so forth. if you deposit Rs.000 (1. 1. The factor (1 + k)n is referred to as the compounding factor or the future value interest factor (FVIFk. will be: Rs. Table 2 shows some typical values of (I + k) n.

a more accurate rule of thumb is the rule of 69. say the sales series or the profit series. we may employ the future value interest factor table. Finding the Growth Rate To calculate the compound rate of growth of some series. What has been the compound rate of growth in the sales of Alpha for the period 1981-87. Likewise. the doubling period is calculated for two interest rates. the doubling period is equal to: As an illustration of this rule of thumb. Though somewhat crude. if the interest rate is 4 percent the doubling period is about 18 years (72/4). The process may be demonstrated with the help of the following sales data for Alpha Limited. over a period of time. 10 percent and 15 percent. For example. 34 . it is a handy and useful rule of thumb. If you are inclined to do a slightly more involved calculation. This is simply: 99/50 = 1. there is one and it is called rule of 72. the doubling period is about 9 years (72/8).98. a sixyear period? This question may be answered in two steps: Step 1: Find the ratio of sales of 1987 to 1981. According to this rule of thumb the doubling period is obtained by dividing 72 by the interest rate. According to this rule of thumb.factor table? Yes. if the interest rate is 8 percent.

98 and then read the interest rate corresponding to that value. you depoit Rs.12) = Rs. till you find a value which is closest to 1.0 under annual compounding represents interest on interest for the second 6 months.974 and the interest rate corresponding to is 12 per cent.123. Suppose. 1. Hence. In this case. we assumed that compounding is done annually. we consider the case where compounding is done more frequently. Now.Step 2: Consult the FVIFk.000 (1.120. 3. The general formula value of a single cash flow when compounding is done more frequently than annually is: Where FVn = future value after n years PV= cash flow today (present value) 35 . the compound rate of growth is 12 per cent. n table and look at the row for 6 years. the value closest to 1.6 (between Rs.000 with a finance company which advertises that it pays 12 per cent interest semi-annually² this means that interest is paid every six months. 1.0.60 under semi-annual compounding and Rs.98 is 1. if compounding is done annually the principal at the end of one year would be Rs.1.120. Your deposit (if interest is not withdrawn) grows as follows: Note that. 1. 1. The difference of Rs. Shorter Compounding Period So far.

The general relationship between the effective rate of interest and the nominal rate of interest is as follows: Where r = effective rate of interest k = nominal rate of interest m = frequency of compounding per year Example a bank offers 8 per cent nominal rate of interest with quarterly compounding.164 Effective versus Nominal Rate We have seen above that Rs.0328 = Rs.6 at the end of a year if the nominal rate of interest is 12 per cent and compounding is done semi-annually.000 (1. The figure of 12. 5.000 grows at the rate of 12. This means that Rs.000 (1 ÷0.6 = Rs. 1. 10.36 per cent per annum.12) 4.03) 24 = Rs. 36 . 5. 5.k = nominal annual rate of interest m = number of times compounding is done during a year n = number of years for which compounding is done.000 grow to at the end of 6 years. 1. 5. if the nominal rate of interest is 12 per cent and the frequency is 4 times a year? The amount after 6 years will be: Rs.123. 1.000 x 2. Example: How much does a deposit of Rs.000 grows to Rs.36 per cent is called the effective rate of interest²the rate of interest under annual compounding which produces the same result as that produced by an interest rate of 12 per cent under semi-annual compounding.

1. with some modification. what will be the value of this series of deposits (an annuity) at the end of 5 years? Assuming that each deposit occurs at the end of the year. 1. the effect of increasing the frequency of compounding is not as dramatic as some would believe it to be²the additional gains dwindle as the frequency of compounding increases. When the cash flows occur at the end of each period the annuity is called a regular annuity or a deferred annuity. The premium payments of a life insurance policy.105 The time line for this annuity is shown in the following. 1. 6.What is the effective rate of interest? The effective rate of interest is: Table 5 gives the relationship between the nominal and effective rates of interest for different compounding periods.000 = Rs.000 (1. 1. 1. 37 . When the cash flows occur at the beginning of each period the annuity is called an annuity due.000 annually in a bank for 5 years and your deposits earn a compound interest rate of 10 per cent. 1.3310) + Rs. Suppose you deposit Rs.10) 3 + Rs. are an annuity.2100) + Rs. 1. In general.10) + Rs. Future value of an annuity An annuity is a series of periodic cash flows (payments or receipts) of equal amounts. to an annuity due.000(1. the future value of this annuity will be: Rs.000 (1.000 (1.10) 2 + Rs.000 (1.000(1.000 (1.l0) + Rs.000 (1. 1.4641) + Rs. 1. for example.000= Rs. Our discussion here will focus on a regular annuity²the formulae of course can be applied.10) + Rs. 1. 1.

Formula: In general terms the future value of an annuity is given by the following formula: FVAn = A (1+k)n + A (1+k)n-2 +A Where FVAn= future value of an annuity which has a duration of n periods A= consant periodic flow k= interest rate per period n= duration of the annuity The term is referred to as the future value interest factor for an annuity (FVIFA k. The value of this factor for several combinations of k and a is in following table. n). Table 6 Value of FVIVA k. n for various Combinations of k and n 38 .

Ic and a.507)= Rs. the inverse of FVIFA . we get: In Eq. 2.Example: Four equal annual payments of Rs. Juggling it a bit.. 2. 39 . What is the future value of this annuity at the end of 4 years? The future value of this annuity is: Rs.000 (FVIFA8%. 2. (5).000 (4. 9.014 Sinking Fund Factor Equation (4) shows the relationship between FI¶A A. is called the sinking (1+ky-¶fund factor.000 are made into a deposit account that pays 8 per cent interest per year. 4) = Rs.

1. Doing so.000 by the end of 10 years.k. Find the FVIFAA6 for this contract as follows: Rs.000 = Rs.000 x FV1FA. n. 8. the interest rate (k) can be easily figured out if the values of the other three²FVn. 1.000 for 6 years.000. and.000 at the end of 6 years to investors who deposit annually Rs. What interest rate is implicit in this offer? The interest rate may be calculated in two steps: 1.n table and read the mw corresponding to 6 years until you find a value close to 8. 8.n Example: How much should you save annually to accumulate Rs. A. k. we find that 40 .6 2.k. Example: A finance company advertises that it will pay a lumpsum of Rs. Look at the FVIFAk.Equation (5) helps in answering the question: How much should be deposited periodically to accumulate a certain sum at the end of a given period? The periodic deposit is simply A and it is obtained by dividing FVAn by FV1FA. and n. 20.²are known. A. if the saving earns an interest of 12 per cent? Finding the Interest Rate Given the relationship between FVAn.

The present value formula can be readily obtained by manipulating the compounding formula: Dividing both the sides of Eq. we get. as follows: Formula The process of discounting. someone promises to give you Rs. 1.FVIFA12%. (4.115 So. 41 . is simply the inverse of compounding. 1.000 three years hence.6 is 8.1) by (l+k)n. to the present point of time.000. we conclude that the interest rate is slightly below 12 per cent. Present value of a single cash flow Suppose. What is the present value of this amount if the interest rate is 10 per cent? The present value can be calculated by discounting Rs. used for calculating the present value.

000 receivable 6 years hence if the rate of discount is 10 per cent.6 = Rs. 564. 1. 1.n for several combinations of k and n.5645) = Rs. The present value is: Rs. Example: Find the present value of Rs. (4. 1. Table 7 gives the value of PVIFk. Since Table 7 does not have the value of PVIF we obtain the answer as follows: Table 7 Value of PVIF k.000 (0.The factor in Eq.5 Example: 1 Find the present value of Rs.000 receivable 20 years hence if the discount rate is 8 per cent. is given in Appendix at the end of this book.n for Various Combinations of k and n Graphic View of Discounting 42 . 1. A more detailed table of PVIF.6) is called the discounting factor or the present value interest factor (PV1F j.000 x PVIF10%.

The present value interest factor declines as the interest rate rises and as the length of time increases. how the present value interest factor varies in response to changes in interest rate and time. Likewise. Present Value of an Uneven Series In financial analysis. For example. the cash flow stream associated with a capital investment project is typically uneven. we often come across uneven cash flow streams.The following figure shows graphically. the dividend stream associated with an equity share is usually uneven and perhaps growing. The present value of a cash flow stream--uneven or even--may be calculated with the help of the following formula: 43 .

quarterly monthly. The general formula for calculating the present value in the case of shorter discounting period is: 44 . semiannually. As in the case of intra-year compounding. the shorter discounting period implies that (i) the number of periods in the analysis increases and (ii) the discount rate applicable per period decreases. using a Shorter Discounting Periods Sometimes. = present value of a cash flow stream At = cash flow occurring at the end of year t k = discount rate n = duration of the cash flow stream Table 8 shows the calculation of the present value of an uneven flow stream.where PVn. or daily. cash flows may have to he discounted more frequently than once a year.

10. each receipt occurring at the end of the year. consider a cash flow of Rs.000 x 0. 6.623 = Rs. The present value of this cash flow when the discount rate is 12 per cent (k = 12 per cent) and discounting is done quarterly (m = 4) and it is determined as follows: PV = Rs. 10.000 to be received at the end of four years.000 x PVJFk/m.Where PV = present value FVn = cash flow after n years m = number of times per year discounting is done k = annual discount rate To illustrate.000 x PVIF3%.230 Present value of an annuity Suppose. 10. you expect to receive Rs. 1. mxn = Rs.000 annually for 3 years. 10. What is the present value of this stream of benefits if the discount rate is 10 per cent? The present value of this annuity is simply the sum of the present values of all the inflows of this annuity: The time line for this problem is shown in following figure 45 . 16 = Rs.

Formula In general terms the present value of an annuity may be expressed as follows PVAn Where PVAn = present value of annuity which has a duration of n periods A = constant periodic flow k = discount rate 46 .

. 47 . n) and the present value interest factor (PVIFAk.170) = Rs.000 (5.650) = Rs. i.700 Example: A 10-payment annuity of Rs. 5. PVAn = Rs. 6 years from now. 10. n values is found in Appendix A at the end of this book. (The first occurs at the end of 7 years.) What is the value of this annuity now if the discount rate is 12 per cent? This problem may be solved in two steps.n).000 (3. Step 1 Determine the value of this annuity a year before the first payment begins. 31. 5. Table 9 Value of PVIFA k.It is referred to as the present value interest factor for an annuity (PVIFAk.000 discounted at 10 percent? The PVIFA10%. This is equal to Rs. n for Different Combinations of k and n Example: What is the present value of a 4-year annuity of Rs. as can be seen clearly. 10. 4 is 3. n).e. It is.250.170 Hence. simply equal to the product of the future value interest factor for an annuity (PVIFAk. 5.000 (PVJFA124 = Rs. 28.000 will begin 7 years hence. Table 9 shows the value of PVIFAL for several combinations of k and it A more detailed table of PVIFAk.

Step 2 Compute the present value of the amount obtained in Step 1. Rs. 28,250 (PV1F1 6) = Rs. 28,250 (0.507) = Rs. 14,323. Capital Recovery Factor Equation (4.9) shows the relationship between PVAn A, k, and n. Manipulating it a bit, we get:

In Eq. (4.10), the inverse of PVIFAk, n is called the capital recovery factor. Example: Your father deposits Rs. 1,00,000 on retirement in a bank which pays 10 per cent annual interest. How much can he withdraw annually for a period of 10 years?

Finding the interest rate Suppose, someone offers you the following financial contract ie., if you deposit Rs. 10,000 with him he promises to pay Rs. 2,500 annually for 6 years. What interest rate do you earn on this deposit? The interest rate may be calculated in two steps: Step1. Find the P VIFA6 for this contract by dividing Rs. 10,000 by Rs. 2,500


Step 2. Look at the PVIFA table and read the row corresponding to 6 years until you find a value close to 4,000. Doing so, you find that

Since, 4,000 lies in the middle of these values the interest rate lies (approximately) in the middle. So, the interest rate is 13 per cent. Present value of perpetuity Perpetuity is an annuity of infinite duration. Hence, the present value of perpetuity may be expressed as follows:

Where = present value of a perpetuity A = constant annual payment PVIFAk,oo = present value interest factor for a perpetuity (an annuity of infinite duration) What is the value of PVIFAk, oo it is simply:

Putting in words, it means that the present value interest factor of a perpetuity is simply I divided by the interest rate expressed in decimal form. Hence, the present value of perpetuity is simply


equal to the constant annual payment divided by the interest rate. For example, the present value of a perpetuity of Rs. 10,000 if the interest rate is 10 per cent is equal to: Rs. 10,000/0.10 = Rs. 1,00,000. Intuitively, this is quite convincing because an initial sum of Rs. 1,00,000 would, if invested at a rate of interest of 10 per cent, provide a constant annual income of Rs.10,000 forever, without any impairment of the capital value. HAVE YOU UNDERSTOOD? 1. Why does money have time value? 2. State the general formula for the future value of a single cash flow. 3. What is the relationship between effective rate of interest and nominal rate of interest? 4. What is an annuity? 5. State the formula for the future value of an annuity. 6. What is a sinking fund factor? Illustrate it with an example. 7. State the general formula for calculating the present value of a single cash flow. 8. What is the general formula for calculating the present value of a cash flow series? Lesson 3 Risk and Return Introduction The value of a firm is affected by two key factors: risk and return. Higher the risk, other things being equal, lower the value; higher the return, other things being equal, higher the value. While intuitively the meaning of risk and return is grasped by almost every person who reflects on his experiences, the financial manager needs an explicit and quantitative understanding of these concepts, and, more importantly, the nature of relationship between them, this chapter, exploring these issues, is divided into three sections as follows: Risk and return concepts Risk in a portfolio context


Relationship between risk and return Learning objectives On reading this lesson, you will he conversant with: Ø The concepts of risk and return Ø Risk in a portfolio context Ø Meaning of diversifiable and non-diversifiable risks Ø Calculation of beta Ø Relationship between risk and return Ø Risk and return: Implications on investment SECTION TITLE Risk and Return: Concepts Risk and return may be defined in relation to a single investment or a portfolio of investments. We will first look at risk and return of a single investment held in isolation and then discuss risk and return of a portfolio of investments. Risk Risk refers to the dispersion of a probability distribution: How much do individual outcomes deviate from the expected value? A simple measure of dispersion is the range of possible outcomes, which is simply the difference between the highest and lowest outcomes. A more sophisticated measure of risk, employed commonly in finance, is standard deviation¶. How is standard deviation calculated? The standard deviation of a variable (which for our purposes represents the rate of return) is calculated using the following formula:



= standard deviation

pi= probability associated with the occurrence of I th rate of return ki= I th possible rate of return k= excepted rate of return n= number of possible out comes possible out comes The calculation of the standard deviation of rates of return of Bharath Food and Oriental Shipping is shown in Table 2. Looking at the calculation of standard deviation, we find that it has the following features: 1. The differences between the various possible values and the expected value it squared. This means that values which are far away from the expected value have much more effect on standard deviation than values which are close to the expected value. 2. The squared differences are multiplied by the probabilities associated with the respective values. This means that the smaller the probability that a particular value will occur, the lesser its effect on standard deviation. 3. The standard deviation is obtained as the square root of the sum of squared differences (multiplied by their probabilities). This means that the standard deviation and expected value is measured in the same units and hence the two can be directly compared.











Risks in a Portfolio Context Most investors (individuals as well as institutions) hold portfolios of securities. Hence, a very pertinent question is: What happens when two or more securities are combined in a portfolio? To answer this question, let us consider an example. Suppose you have Rs. 1,00,000 to invest and you are considering two equity stocks, Alpha Company and Beta Industries. The returns on the equity stocks of Alpha and Beta for the preceding five years are shown in Table 2 and you expect the future returns on these stocks to be equal to their past returns. This means that on your investment of Rs. 1,00,000 you expect to earn Rs. 12,000 per annum (because the mean return in the preceding five years was 12 per cent) on either of the securities individually or on a portfolio consisting of these securities. What happens if you invest in a portfolio consisting of the equity stocks of Alpha Company and Beta Industries in equal proportions? While the expected return remains at 12 per cent the same as either company individually, the standard deviation is only 4.73 per cent, much less than the standard deviation of either stock individually. As shown In Fig. 3.1 the variability in the


In general. the formulae used for calculating the mean return and the standard deviation are as follows: 54 . Table 2 Return and Risk: Individual Securities and Portfolio @When historical return data. diversification results in risk reduction. Why? This happens because the rates of return on the two securities tend to move in opposite directions. is used. if the rates of return of individual securities are not perfectly positively correlated.portfolio rate of return is much less than the variability of individual security rates of return. rather than the probability distribution of return.

1 Diversifiable and Non-diversifiable Risk What happens when more and more securities are added to a portfolio? In general. in the form of risk reduction.2 represents graphically the effect of diversification on portfolio risk. the portfolio risk decreases and approaches a limit. can be achieved by forming a portfolio of 10-15 securities .figure 3.2 portfolio risk 55 . Figure 5. figure 3. Empirical studies have suggested that the bulk of the benefit from diversification.thereafter the gains from diversification are negligible or even nil.

investors cannot avoid the risk arising from them. a risky security (whose return is denoted by kr) and a conservation security (whose return is denoted by k. Return The return from an investment is the realisable cash flow earned by its owner during a given period of time. Hence. Since. which have a bearing on the fortune of almost every firm. however. inflation. Different securities have differing sensitivities to variations in market returns. Hence. Put differently such risk cannot be diversified away.Diversifiable risk (also referred to as unsystematic risk or non-market risk) of a security stems from firm-specific factors like emergence of a new competitor. Beta Rational investors hold diversified portfolios from which the diversifiable risk is more or less eliminated. risks arising from them can be diversified away by including several securities in a portfolio. it is expressed as a percentage of the beginning of period value of the investment. Hence. etc. This is illustrated graphically in the above figure. level of government spending. the return on the conservative security (kc) is less volatile than turn on the market portfolio (km). nonavailability of raw materials.). Typically. Do all securities have the same degree of non. 56 . the relevant measure of risk of an investment is its no diversifiable risk (or systematic risk). diversified their portfolios may be. these factors affect returns on all firms. Non-diversifiable risk (also referred to as systematic risk or market risk) of a security stems from the influence of certain economy-wide factors like money supply. and industrial policy. It shows the returns on the market portfolio (km) over time along with the returns on two other securities. plant breakdown. To illustrate. lawsuit. suppose you buy a share of the equity stock of Olympic Limited for Rs. Events of this kind affect primarily a specific firm and not all firms in general.diversifiable risk? All securities do not have the same degree of non-diversifiable risk because the magnitude of influence of economy-wide factors tends to vary from one firm to another. It is evident that the return on the risky security (kr) is more volatile than the return on the market portfolio (km) whereas. it is referred to as non-diversifiable risk or market risk (as it is applicable to all the securities in the market place) or systematic risk (as it systematically affects all securities).

one month. 90. or any other). it can be defined as any other interval. 80 today. The expected return. if you buy a share of Olympic Limited for Rs.80 today. the rate of return is defined as: k = actual. one day. is simply: In general. you may be confronted with the following possible outcomes as far as the price after a year is concerned: 57 . six months. one week. For example. given this information. Probability When you buy an equity stock you are aware that the rate of return from it is likely to vary-and often vary widely. After a year you expect that (i) a dividend of Rs. or required rate of return Pt = price of the security at time Pt-1= price of the security at time t-1 Dt= income receivable from the security at time t ( It may be noted that the period over which the rate of return is calculated is normally one year. However. 2 per share will be received and (ii) the price per share will rise to Rs. expected. terms.

The second stock. Consider investment in two equity stocks. In more formal terms we say that the probability associated with outcome A is greater than the probability associated with the other outcomes. The first stock. 20 per cent. This implies that there is an 80 per cent chance that the price of the stock will increase and a 20 per cent chance that it will not increase during the next fortnight. This judgment can be represented in the form of a probability distribution as follows: One more example may be given to illustrate the notion of probability distribution. for example. or 25 per cent with certain probabilities associated with them based on the state of the economy as shown in Table 3. Bharath Foods. or 40 per cent with the same probabilities. The first outcome. may earn a rate of rate return of ²20 per cent. suppose an investor says that there is a 4 to I chance that the market price of a certain stock will rise during the next fortnight. being more volatile. may provide a rate of return of 15 percent. 10 per cent. For example. based on the state of the economy as shown in Table 3. The probability of an event represents the chance of its occurrence. Table 3 Rates of Return and their Probabilities for Bharath Foods and Oriental Shipping 58 .All the three outcomes may not be equally likely. Oriental Shipping. may be more likely than the others.

59 . Expected Rate of Return When the rate of return can take several possible values because of the investment risk.In defining the probability distribution. a measure of central tendency. The sum of the probabilities assigned to various possible outcomes is. it is common to calculate the expected rate of return. The expected rate of return is defined as: Where k = expected rate of return pi = probability associated with the D possible outcome ki = the possible outcome n = number of possible outcomes. the following points should be noted: The possible outcomes must be mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive.

8 is expected to rise by 8 per cent (0. the return on the security with a beta of 1. the return on the security with a beta of 0. if the return on market portfolio is expected to increase by 10 per cent. beta represents the most widely accepted measure of the extent to which the return on a financial set fluctuates with the return on the market portfolio.30) (25%) + (0. 0. say. Though not perfect.5.8 fluctuates lesser than the market portfolio.. By definition.8 x 10 per cent). 60 . a security which has a beta of. 1.5 x 10 per cent).0% Returns figure 3. The expected rate of return for Bharath Foods is: kb= (0.5) (10%) + (0.0% = 13.From Eq.50) (20%) + (0. More precisely.5 is expected to increase by 15 per cent (1.20) (-20%) = 13. On the other hand. A security which has a beta of say. the beta for the market portfolio is 1. (2) it is clear that k is the weighted arithmetic average of possible outcomes²each outcome is weighted by the probability associated with it.3 How is non-diversifiable risk measured? It is generally measured by beta.30) (40%) + (0. experiences greater fluctuation than the market portfolio.5% Similarly.20) (15%) = 20. the expected rate of return for Oriental Shipping is: k0 = (0. If the return on the market portfolio is expected to rise by 10 per cent.

Sharpe is employed: k1=+ where km++ej kj= return on security j = Intercept term alpha = Regression coefficient.80 and rarely. = Variance of return on the market portfolio 61 . assume a negative value. Calculation of Beta For calculating the beta of a security the following market model developed by William F.60 to 1. km) = covariance between the return on security j and the return on market portfolio. beta km = return on market portfolio ej = random error term Beta reflects the slope of the above regression relationship.Individual security betas generally fall in the range 0. It is equal to: Where Coy (kj. if ever.

The returns on security j and the market portfolio for a 10-year period are given below: Table 4 The beta for security j.12 percent.76) and cx.76 we infer that its return is less volatile than the return on the market portfolio.76 x 10%).) is equal to 2. Given the values of (3 (0. Since security j has a beta of 0. (2.. 5. The graphic presentation is commonly referred to as the characteristic line.12 percent) the regression relationship between the return on security j (Ic) and the return on market portfolio (k. the return on security j would he expected to increase/decrease by 7.6 percent (0.. 3. It represents the expected return on security j when the return on the market portfolio is zero. Table 5 Calculation of Beta 62 . The intercept term for security j (a.) is shown graphically in Fig.= Correlation coefficient between the return on jth security and the return on the market portfolio = Standard deviation of return jth market security = Standard deviation of return on the market portfolio An example will help in understanding what R is and how to calculate it. is calculated in Table 5. If the return on the market portfolio rises/falls by 10 per cent.

for a risky security j. The risk premium. Thus.Relationship between Risk and Return Capital Asset Pricing Model What is the relationship between the risk of a security measured by its beta and its required rate of return? According to the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) the following equation represents the relationship between risk and return. if Rf is 8 per cent. it may be noted.4. is the product of the level of risk () and the compensation per unit of risk (km-Rf). As per the above equation the required rate of return of a security consists of two components: (1) the risk-free rate of return (Rf) and (ii) the risk premium (km-Rf). is 1. and kM is 14 per cent. the required rate of return is: 63 .

5. In this figure. the required rate of return for three securities. and vice versa. A. the greater the required rate of return. the higher the beta. The figure below shows the SML for the basic data given above. which shows the relationship between beta and the required rate of return. is shown.4 Security market line 64 . B and C.It is evident that. Security Market Line The graphical version of the CAPM is called the security market lines (SML). Security A is a defensive security with a beta of 0. figure 3. ceteris paribus.

If the real risk-free rate of return and/or the inflation rate change. If the risk-aversion of investors changes the slope of the security market line changes. For example. if the beta of a security is less than 1 it is characterised as defensive.) Changes in Security Market Line The two parameters defining the security market line are the intercept (R1) and the slope (kM R1). if the risk-free real rate of return is 2 per cent and the inflation rate is 8 per cent the nominal rate of return on the risk-free security is expected to be 10 per cent. and if the beta of a security is more than 1 it is characterised as aggressive. the intercept of the security market line changes. The slope represents the price per unit of risk and is a function of the risk-aversion of investors.Its required rate of return is 11 per cent. Security B is a neutral security with a beta of 1. The intercept represents the nominal rate of return on the risk-free security. Security C is an aggressive security with a beta of 1. Its required rate of return is equal to the rate of return on the market portfolio.6 shows the change in the security market line when the risk-aversion of investors decreases 65 . (In general. Figure 3.5 below shows the change in the security market line when the inflation rate increases and Figure 3. Its required rate return is 17 per cent. It is expected to be equal to: risk-free security real rate of return plus inflation rate. if the beta of a security is equal to I it is characterised as neutral.5.

figure 3.5 change in the security market line caused by an increase in inflation Change In the Security Market Line caused by an Increase in Inflation Security Market Equilibrium Suppose the required return on stock A is 15 per cent. calculated as follows: 66 .

22.06) = Rs.70 (1.Change in the Security Market Line caused by a a decrese in Risk Aversion FIGURE 3. What would investors. D0. conclude that its earnings. 1.80 The market price per share happens to be Rs. do? Investors would calculate the expected return from stock A as follows: 67 . The previous dividend per share.70. and price will continue to grow at the rate of 6 per cent annum. 1. dividends. in general. was Rs. 1.6 Change in the Security Market Line caused by a a decrese in Risk Aversion The investors. after analyzing the prospects of stock A. The dividend per share expected a year hence is: D1= Rs.

To illustrate.20. the price will be pushed up to Rs. investors. 20. However. However.Finding that the expected return is less than the required rate.6 per cent higher than the current price.00. If the expectations with respect to this stock are fulfilled.. its equilibrium price. in general.00 If the market price initially had been lower than Rs. its equilibrium price a year hence will be Rs. for P4. several factors could change in the course of a year and alter its equilibrium price. let us assume that stock A. Changes in Equilibrium Stock Prices Stock market prices tend to change in response to changes in the underlying factors. 20.00. we find that the equilibrium price is Rs.00 per share. is in equilibrium and sells at a price of Rs. as there would be no demand for the stock at Rs. described above. existing owners will have to lower the price to such a level that it fetches a return of 15 per cent. 20. That price. finding its return to be greater than its required return. 20. 21. seek to buy it. Suppose the values of underlying factors change as follows: Table: 6 68 . 22 per share. would like to sell the stock. In this process. its required return. is the value of P in the following equation: Solving Eq. its equilibrium price. investors.

What happens to risk when we add more and more securities to a portfolio? 3. 4. 69 . The change in expected growth rate. 36. when risk-aversion increases". "The increase in the risk-premium of all stocks. What is a defensive security? Neutral security? Aggressive security? 7. The following information is available about two securities. A and B. Distinguish between non-diversifiable risk and diversifiable risk. Why is standard deviation regarded as the most important measure of risk in financial theory? 2.00 to Rs.80. What is the relationship between the risk of a security measured by its beta and its required rate of return? 6. causes the equilibrium price to increase from Rs: 20. What is the effect of change in risk aversion on the security market line? 8. How is the systematic risk of a security measured? 5. Have you understood? 1. along with the change in the required rate return.The changes in the first three factors cause kAto change from 15 per cent to 13 cent.same. irrespective of their beta. is the . 9. Comment.

Therefore. and 70 . you will be conversant with: Valuation concept Valuation of bonds The concept and calculation of YTM. in making valuation judgements about securities. Learning objectives On learning this lesson. What is the empirical evidence on CAPM? Lesson 4 Valuation of Securities Introduction The goal of investors and investment managers is to maximize their rate of return. the analyst applies consistently a process which will achieve a true picture of a company over a representative time span. estimate of future profitability. an estimate of current normal earning power and dividend pay-out. Valuation of equity under dividend capitalization approach. Thus. market value of their investments. growth and reliability of such expectations and the translation of all these estimates into valuation of the company and its securities.(i) Which of the two securities is more risky? Why? 10. investment management is an ongoing process that calls for continuous monitoring of information that may affect the value of securities or rate of return of such securities. or in other words.

000 per year for the next 10 years and the appropriate discount rate is 16 per cent. the value of the asset can be calculated as follows: 71 . Where V0 = value of the asset at time zero Ct = expected cash flow at the end of period r k = discount rate applicable to the cash flows n = expected life of the asset For example. the value of an asset is equal to the present value of the benefits associated with it. 1. Symbolically. presenting such a framework.Valuation of equity under Ratio approach This chapter. if an investor expects an investment to provide an annual cash inflow of Rs. is divided into four sections as follows: Valuation concept Bond valuation Equity valuation: dividend capitalization approach Equity valuation: ratio approach SECTION TITLE Valuation Concept From a financial point of view.

the value of a bond is: 72 . whereas government bonds have maturity periods extending up to 20-25 years. the par or face value of bonds issued by business Finns is Rs. b) Basic Bond Valuation Model As noted above. the annual interest payable on a bond which has a par value of Rs. It represents the amount the firm borrows and promises to repay at the time of maturity. Hence. perhaps a nominal premium. the holder of a bond receives a fixed annual interest-payment for a certain number of years and a fixed principal repayment (equal to par value) at the time of maturity. Coupon Rate and Interest A bond carries a specific interest rate which is called the coupon rate.5 (Rs. we need familiarity with certain bond-related terms. par value of the bond x coupon rate. is payable to the bondholder.5 per cent). Sometimes it is Rs 1. At the time of maturity the par (face) value plus. Usually.000. 13.5 percent is Rs. In order to understand the valuation of bonds. 100. The interest payable to the bondholder is simply. akin to a promissory note. Maturity Period: Typically corporate bonds have a maturity period of 7 to 10 years. is an instrument of debt issued by a business or governmental unit. 100 x 13. Par Value: This is the value stated on the face of the bond. 100 and a coupon rate of 13. For example.Bond Valuation a) Terminology A bond or debenture (hereafter referred to as only bond).

bearing a coupon rate of 14 per cent. the value of the bond will be: c) Bond Value Theorems Based on the bond valuation model. Relationship between the required rate of return and the coupon rate. 100 at the end of 8 years. 2. 1. 140 for 5 years and the principal repayment will be Rs. The required rate of return on this bond is 13 per cent.Where V = value of the bond I = annual interest payable on the bond F = principal amount (par value) of the bond repayable at the time of maturity n = maturity period of the bond. 100 par value bond.000 at the end of 5 years. the value of the bond will be: Example: A Rs. several bond value theorems have been derived. The required rate of return on this bond is 14 per cent. will mature after 8 years.000 par value bond. 12 for 8 years and the principal repayment will be Rs. What is the value of this bond? Since. bearing a coupon rate of 12 per cent. the annual interest payment will be Rs. What is the value of this bond? Since. Number of years to maturity. Example: A Rs. will mature after 5 years. They state the effect of the following factors on bond values: 1. the annual interest payment will be Rs. 1. 73 .

the bond value is: If the required rate of return is 16 per cent (which is higher than the coupon rate). the value of a bond is less than its par value. lb When the required rate of return is greater than the coupon rate. Ia When the required rate of return is equal to the coupon rate. which has the following features: What happens to the value of Magnum¶s bond when the required rate of return is 14 per cent? 16 per cent? 12 per cent? If the required rate of return is 14 per cent (which is the same as the coupon rate). the bond value is: 74 . Ic When the required rate of return is less than the coupon rate.The following theorem show how bond values are influenced by the relationship between the required rate of return and the coupon rate. To illustrate the above theorems let us consider a bond of Magnum Limited. the value of a bond is more than its par value. the value of a bond is equal to its par value.

To illustrate the above theorems. the premium on the bond declines as maturity approaches. when the matuirty period will be 7 years. IIc The longer the maturity of a bond. the bond will have a value of: 75 . the greater its price change in response to a given change in the required rate of return. let us consider a bond of Sharath Limited which has the following features: If the required rate of return on this bond is 15 per cent. the discount on the bond declines as maturity approaches. IIa When the required rate of return is greater than the coupon rate. it will have a value of: One year from now. the bond value is: The following theorems express the effect of the number of years to maturity on bond values. IIb When the required rate of return is less than the coupon rate.If the required rate of return is 12 per cent (which is lower than the coupon rate).

Given the required rate of return of 15 per cent. as follows: The lower curve in the following figure represents how the bond value will behave as a function of years to maturity. the bond will increase in value with the passage of time. figure 4.1 Bond Value as a Function of Years to Maturity If the required rate of return on the bond of Bharath Limited is 11 percent it will have a value of: 76 . until it matures.

1 above represents how the bond value will behave as a function of years to maturity. 4. 77 .8 to Rs. until it matures.4 to Rs. However. the bond value will decrease with the passage of time. given a maturity period of 7 years.6. if the same change in the required rate of return occurs with only 2 years to maturity. when the maturity period will be 7 years. 1. which are alike in all respects except their period of maturity. consider two bonds A and B. the greater is its price change in response to a given change in the required rate of return. the value of the bond increases from Rs. 1. an increase of 19A percent.094.034. the bond will have a value of: Given the required rate of return of II percent. To show that the longer the maturity of a bond. 967. as follows: The upper curve in Fig 4. the bond value would rise from Rs.One year from now. 916. To further illustrate the theorem .1 When the required return decreases from 15 per cent to 11 per cent. we may refer to Fig.0 per cent.7²an increase of only 7.

800. 800. it is clear that the percentage price change in bond B (the bond with longer maturity) is higher compared to the percentage price change in bond A (the bond with shorter maturity) for given changes in the required rate of return. Let us try led = 14 percent. d) Yield to Maturity (YTM) Suppose the market price of a Rs. we may have to try several values of led till we µhit¶ on the right value. is Rs. 1.What happens if the required rate of return on these two bonds rises to 14 per cent. What rate of return would an investor earn if he buys this bond and holds it till its maturity? The rate of return that he earns. carrying a coupon rate of 9 percent and maturing after 8 years. or falls to 10 percent? The prices of these bonds will behave as follows: From the above data. Putting a value of 12 percent for led we find that the right-hand side of the above expression becomes equal to: Since. called the yield to maturity (YTM hereafter). we have to try a higher value for led. with a discount rate of 12 percent. is the value of led in the following equation: To find the value of led which satisfies the above equation.000 par value bond. this value is greater than Rs. This makes the right-hand side equal to: 78 . Let us begin.

this value is less than Rs. and a maturity period of 6 years. we find that Ic is equal to 13. Using a linear interpolation in the range 13 percent to 14 percent. The bond has a par value of Rs. In approximation if you are not inclined to follow the trial-and-error approach described above. 90. 800. we try a lower value for k. 100. This makes the right-hand side equal to: Thus.Since. you can employ the following formula to find the approximate YTM n a bond: Example: The price per bond of Zion Limited is Rs. Let us kd = 13 percent. What is he yield to maturity? Using the approximate formula the yield to maturity on the bond of Zion works out to: 79 .2 per cent. d lies between 13 percent and 14 percent. a coupon rate of 14 per cent.

1). 1. which in this case is Rs. This gives the YTM of 13. (b) Find the difference between the present value corresponding to the lower rate (Rs.0.e) Bond Values with Semi-annual Interest Most of the bonds pay interest semi-annually. Where V = value of the bond 1/2 = semi-annual interest payment 80 . the basic bond valuation equation becomes: The procedure for linear interpolation is as follows: (a) Find the difference between the present values for the two rates. we have to work with a unit period of six months.9 (Rs. (c) Divide the outcome of (b) with the outcome of (a). 13 percent. Add this fraction to the lower rate. 8.9 or 0. With the above modifications. 39.0139.2. 800).. To value such bonds. must be divided by two to obtain the semi-annual interest payment. which in this case is Rs.2 percent. which is 8. This means that the bond valuation equation has to be modified along the following lines: The annual interest payment. 768. The number of years to maturity must be multiplied by two to get the number of half-yearly periods.e. The discount rate has to be divided by two to get the discount rate applicable to half-yearly periods. i. 808²Rs. 808 at 13 per cent) and the target value (Rs. and not one year.

Single-Period Valuation Model Let us begin with the case where the investor expects to hold the equity share for one year. For applying the dividend capitalisation approach to equity stock valuation. the value of the bond is: Equity Valuation: Divided Capitalization approach According to the dividend capitalization approach. Compute the value of the bond if the required rate of return is 14 per cent. we will make the following assumptions: (i) dividends are paid annually²this seems to be a common practice for business firms in India. Applying Eq.kd/2 = discount rate applicable to a half-year period F = par value of the bond repayable at maturity 2n = maturity period expressed in terms of half-yearly periods. The price of the equity share will be: Where P0 = current price of the equity share 81 .4). 100 par value bond carries a coupon rate of 12 per cent and a maturity period of 8 years. Example: A Rs. Interest is payable semi-annually. a conceptually very sound approach. and (ii) the first dividend is received one year after the equity share is bought. (6. the value of an equity share is equal to the present value of dividends expected from its ownership plus the present value of the resale price expected when the equity share is sold.

Further. too. F0. we get: Simplifying Eq. 18.D1= dividend expected a year hence P1 = price of the share expected a year hence ks= rate of return required on the equity share.00 a year hence.00. The dividend per share of Road king Limited has grown over the past five years at the rate of 5 percent per year. Example: The expected dividend per share on the equity share of Road king Limited is Rs. 2. we get the following estimate: 82 . the market price of the equity share of Road king Limited. This growth rate will continue in future. Example: Prestige¶s equity share is expected to provide a dividend of Rs. What price would it sell for now if investors¶ required rate of return is 12 per cent 7 The current price will be What happens if the price of the equity share is expected to grow at a rate of g percent annually 7 If the current price. What is a fair estimate of the intrinsic value of the equity share of Road king Limited if the required rate is 15 percent? Applying Eq. We get.00 and fetch a price of Rs. becomes P0 (1+g) a year hence. 2. is expected to grow at the same rate.

given the current market price and forecast values of dividend and sham price? The expected rate of return is equal to: Example: The expected dividend per share of Vaibhav Limited is Rs.Expected Rate of Return In the preceding discussion we calculated the intrinsic value of an equity share. given information about (i) the forecast values of dividend and share price. we look at a different question: What rate of return can the investor expect. we now.00. 5. Hence. The dividend is expected to grow at the rate of 6 percent per year. what is the expected rate of return? Applying Eq. Now. and also the most complex. 50. the expected rate of return is: Multi-Period Valuation Model Having learnt the basics of equity share valuation in a single-period frame-work. case of multiperiod valuation. the value of an equity share may be put as: µThe steps in simplification are: 83 . If the price per share now is Rs. Since. discuss the more realistic.00. equity shares have no maturity period. and (ii) the required rate of return. they may be expected to bring a dividend stream of infinite duration.

The value of the equity share to him is: Now. Applying the dividend capitalization principle. and sell it thereafter for a price of P. the value of F. Equation above represents the valuation model for an infinite horizon. Is it applicable to a finite horizon? Yes. would be the present value of the dividend stream beyond the nth period. in Eq.P0 = where Po = price of the equity share today D1= dividend expected a year hence D2= dividend expected two years hence Doo = dividend expected at the end of infinity. what is the value of Pn. evaluated as at the end of the nth year. This means: 84 . To demonstrate this consider how an equity share would be valued by an investor who plans to hold it for n years.

(6. the Eq. Valuation with Constant Dividends If we assume that the dividend per share remains constant year after year at a value of 1).Substituting this value of P in Eq.10) we get: We discuss below three cases: (i) Constant dividends. (ii) constant growth of dividends. becomes Valuation with Constant Growth of Dividends 85 . becomes: Equation on simplification. and (iii) changing growth rates of dividends.

This is a reasonable hypothesis because business firms typically grow over time. What price will you put on it if your required rate of return for this share is 14 percent? The price of Ramesh¶s equity share would be: Changing Growth rates of Dividends 86 . the share valuation equation becomes: Eq. 3.Most stock valuation models are based on the assumption that dividends tend to increase over time. what will be the dividend 5 years hence? It will be: When the dividend increases at a constant compound rate. The dividend expected on Ramesh¶s equity share a year hence is Rs.00. simplifies to: Example: Ramesh Engineering Limited is expected to grow at the rate of 6 percent per annum.00.2. we get: The dividend 5 years hence will be: Example: The current dividend (D0) for an equity share is Rs. If we assume that dividends grow at a constant compound rate. If the constant compound growth rate is 6 percent.

Assuming that the dividends move in line with the growth rate. Find the present value of this dividend stream. (As per the constant growth model). as given below: 87 . Step 1. the price of the equity share of such a firm is: where P0 =price of the equity share D1 = dividend expected a year hence ga = super-normal growth rate of dividend. (6. this discounted value is: Step 3. Calculate the value of the share at the end of the initial growth period. Specify the dividend stream expected during the initial period of supernormal growth. gn = normal growth rate of dividends. the following procedure may be employed. P0. and discount this value to the present. In terms of our symbols. this can be represented as: Step 2. To compute the value of P0 in Eq. Using the symbols presented earlier. Add the above two present-value components to find the value of the share.18).Many firms enjoy a period of super normal growth which is followed by a normal rate of growth.

The price of the share at the end of 4 years. The dividend stream during the supernormal growth period will be: Step 2.Present value Present value of the of the dividend value of the share at stream during the end of the initial the initial period period To illustrate the above procedure let us consider the equity share of Vertigo Limited: D0= current dividend per share = Rs. will be: 88 .00 n = duration of the period of super-normal growth = 4 years = growth rate during the period of super-normal growth = 20 per cent ga= normal growth rate after the super-normal growth period is over = 5 per cent gn = equity investors required rate of return = 12 per cent Step 1. applying the constant growth model at that point of time. 2.

dividend yields. consider three cases: 89 . To illustrate. of the above procedure.54 + Rs.07 The following figure presents a graphic view. figure 4. and price-earnings ratios. and P/E Ratio The expected growth rates of companies differ widely. 49. 39.53 = Rs. differing expected growth rates mean differing stock prices. Some companies are expected to remain virtually stagnant.Step 3. other companies are expected to show normal growth. The sum of the above components is: P0 = Rs. Assuming a constant total required return.2 Time line diagram Impact of Growth on Price. capital gains yields. Returns. still others are expected to achieve super-normal growth rate. 9. in terms of a time line diagram.

the priceearnings ratio increases. 3. 4. other things being equal. and price-earnings ratio for the three cases as shown in Table 1. Table 1 Price. other things being equal. As the expected growth in dividend increases. and Price-earnings ratio under Differing growth assumptions for 15 percent return The results in Table 1 suggest the following points: 1.The expected earnings per share and dividend per share of each of the three firms are Rs. 2. we may calculate the stock price. dividend yield. Equity Valuation: Ratio Approach 90 . 2. the expected return¶ depends more on the capital gains yield and less on the dividend yield.00 respectively. Low dividend yield and high price-earnings ratio imply considerable growth prospects. 3. Given the above information. Dividend yield. Investors¶ required total return from equity investments is 15 per cent. High dividend yield and low price-earnings ratio imply limited growth prospects. Capital gains yield.00 and Rs. As the expected growth rate in dividend increases. capital gains yield.

Practitioners seem to prefer the ratio approach.50 Qts. How relevant and useful is the book value per share as a measure of investment value? The book value per sham is firmly rooted in financial accounting and hence can be established relatively easily. An allied. Book Value The book value per share is simply the net worth of the company (which is equal to paid up equity capital plus reserves and surplus) divided by the number of outstanding equity shares.While conceptually the dividend capitalization approach is unassailable. quickly reveals that what is regarded as µobjective¶ is based on accounting conventions and policies which are characterised by a great deal of subjectivity and arbitrariness. 37 million and the number of outstanding equity shares of Zenith is 2 million. Balance sheet figures rarely reflect earnings power and hence the book value per share cannot be regarded as a good proxy for true investment value. 18. Due to this. criticism against the book value measure is that the historical balance sheet figures on which it is based are often very divergent from current economic values. its proponents argue that it represents. For example. the book value per share works out to Rs. it is often not as widely practised as it should be. The kinds of ratios employed in the context of valuation are discussed below. largely because of its simplicity. if the net worth of Zenith Limited is Rs. A closer examination. however. It may be noted that total return is the sum of the dividend yield and capital gains yield: Total return = Dividend yield + Capital gains yield an µobjective¶ measure of value. and a more powerful. Liquidation Value The liquidation value per share is equal to 91 . 37 mitlion divided by 2 million).

If the number of outstanding equity shares of Pioneer is 1. the liquidation value does not reflect earnings capacity. inter alia. gross profit margin. the liquidation value per share works out to: While the liquidation value appears more realistic than the book value. Price/Earnings Ratio Traditionally. financial analysts have employed price-earnings ratio models more than dividend capitalization models. assume that Pioneer Industries would realise Rs. 45 million from the liquidation of its assets and pay Rs. the expected profit after tax is rather difficult to estimate. 18 million to its creditors and preference shareholders in full settlement of their claims. need to be examined: sales. the intrinsic value of a share is expressed as: Expected earnings per share x appropriate price-earnings ratio The expected earnings per share is defined as: While the preference dividend and the number of outstanding equity shares can be defined in certain near terms. the measure of liquidation value seems to make sense only for firms which are µbetter dead than alive¶ ² such firms are not viable and economic values cannot be established for them. Second. it is very difficult to estimate what amounts would be realised from the liquidation of various assets. To get a reasonable handle over it the following factors. First.5 million. According to the price-earnings ratio approach. 92 .To illustrate. there are two serious problems in applying it. Given these problems.

the higher the price. The popularity of the price-earnings ratio approach seems to stem from two main advantages: (i) Since the price-earnings ratio reflects the price per rupee of earnings. use an estimate of normal earnings per share This represents what earnings per share would be under normal circumstances. does not have a sound conceptual basis ² the estimate of the priceearnings ratio does not have a firm theoretical underpinning. The next step would be to judge the price-earnings ratio applicable to the particular share under consideration.depreciation. the following qualitative observations may be made: the higher the growth rate. to begin with. Size of the company 4. 93 . consider the price-earnings ratio for the market as a whole and also for the industrial grouping to which the share belongs. it becomes identical to the dividend capitalization approach. While these advantages make the price-earnings approach attractive to the practitioner. (ii) The estimates required for using the price-earnings ratio approach are fewer in comparison to the estimates required for applying the dividend capitalization approach. instead of working with the expected earnings per share for next year. one may. Growth rate 2. as it is practised. Should an attempt be made to develop a sound conceptual basis for this approach. the higher the dividend payout ratio. the higher the price-earnings ratio. interest burden. Some financial analysts. Quality of management 5. and tax rate. the greater the stability of earnings.earnings ratio. the higher the price-earning ratio. In forming this judgment the following factors may be taken into account: 1. Dividend payout ratio While it is difficult to quantify the impact of these factors on the price-earnings ratio. the larger the size of the company. Stability of earnings 3. it must be emphasised that this approach. it provides a convenient measure for comparing the prices of shares which have different levels of earnings per share. To establish the appropriate price-earnings ratio for a given share. the higher the priceearnings ratio.

What factors are relevant in establishing an appropriate price-earnings ratio for a given share? What is the likely effect of these factors on the price-earnings ratio? 13. dividend yield. 7. 2. 5." Illustrate this with a numerical example." Illustrate this with a numerical example. Discuss the impact of growth on price. "When the required rate of return is greater than/less than the coupon rate the discount/premium on the bond declines as maturity approaches. What is the expected rate of return on an equity share when dividends are expected to grow at a constant annual rate? 8. Discuss the basic bond valuation model.¶ Illustrate this with a numerical example. 3. State the formula for valuing a bond which pays interest semi-annually and which is redeemable. and priceearnings ratio. Explain and illustrate the concept of yield to maturity. What are the limitations of the liquidation value approach? 12. When the required rate of return is equal to/greater than/less than the coupon rate. 10. the greater its price change in response to a given change in the required rate of return. Discuss the valuation of an equity share with variable growth in dividends. capital gains yield. the value of a bond is equal to/less than/more than its par value. "The longer the maturity of a bond. How relevant and useful is the book value per share as a measure of investment value? 11. What are the advantages and limitation of the price-earnings ratio approach? 94 . 6. 4.Have you understood? 1. 9.

The benefits from the projects last for few to many years. R&D activities. These capital projects involve investment in physical assets. These require investments with a longer time horizon. The initial investment is heavy in fixed assets and investment in permanent working capital is also heavy. expansion of existing ones. diversification of existing ones. increase stake in existing subsidiary or acquire a running firm. An enterprise may put up a new subsidiary. Capital projects necessarily involve processing. All these are considered as capital projects.UNIT ± II INVESTMENT DECISIONS INTRODUCTION Capital budgeting is budgeting for capital projects. SECTION TITLE Capital Projects Businesses investments in capital projects are of different nature. Assessing the financial viability of projects using the various appraisal criteria. as opposed to financial assets like shares. bonds or funds. The nature of investment decisions 2. matching the cash inflows with outflows appropriately and evaluation of the desirability of the project. Learning Objectives: after reading this lesson. Criteria for preliminary screening 4. 95 . The exercise involves ascertaining and estimating cash inflows and outflows. Capital projects may be new ones. manufacturing or service works. or captive service projects. renovation or rehabilitation of projects. Scanning and identification of investment opportunities 3. Preparation of cash flow projections for projects 5. you will be conversant with: 1. under consideration.

Capital projects involve huge outlay and it will last for years. Hence, these are riskier than investments in financial assets. Capital projects have technological dimensions and environmental dimensions. So, careful analysis is needed. Decisions once taken cannot be easily reversed in respect of capital projects and therefore thorough evaluation of costs and benefits is needed. Significance of Capital Budgeting Every business has to commit funds in fixed assets and permanent working capital. The type of fixed assets that a firm owns influences i) the pattern of its cost (i.e. high or low fixed cost per unit given a certain volume of production), ii) the minimum price the firm has to charge per unit of production iii) the break-even position of the company, iv) the operating leverage of the business and so on. These are all very vital issues shaping the profitability and risk complexion of the business. Capital budgeting is significant because it deals with the right kind of evaluation of projects. A project must be scientifically evaluated, so that no undue favor or dis-favor is shown. A good project must not be rejected and a bad project must not be selected. Capital investment proposals involve i) longer gestation period, ii). huge capital outlay, iii) technological considerations needing technological forecasting, iv) environmental issues too, which require the extension of the scope of evaluation to go beyond economic costs and benefits, v) irreversible decision once committed, vi) considerable peep into the future which is normally very difficult, vii) measuring of and dealing with project risks which is a daunting task in deed and so on. All these make capital budgeting a significant task. Capital budgeting involves capital rationing. That is, the available funds must be allocated to competing project in the order of project potentials. Usually, the indivisibility of project poses the problem of capital rationing because required funds and available funds may not be the same. A slightly high return projects involving higher outlay may have to be skipped to choose one with slightly lower return but requiring less outlay. This type of trade-off has to be skillfully made.


The building blocks of capital budgeting exercise are mostly estimates of price and variable cost per unit output, quantity of output that can be sold, the tax rate, the cost of capital, the useful life of the project, etc. over a period of years. A clear system of forecasting is also needed. What should be the discount rate? Should it be the pre-tax overall cost of capital? Or the post-tax overall cost of capital? The choice is very crucial in making capital budgeting exercises a significant one. Finally, which is the appropriate method of evaluation of projects. There are over a dozen or more methods. The choice of method is important. And different methods might rank projects differently leading to a complex picture of project desirability ranks. A clear thinking is needed so that confusion is not descending on the choice of projects. Appraisal of Capital Projects Appraisal means examination and evaluation. Capital projects need to be thoroughly appraised as to costs and benefits. The costs of capital projects include the initial investment at the inception of the project. Initial investment made in land, building, machinery, plant, equipment, furniture,fixtures, etc. generally, gives the installed capacity. Investment in these fixed assets is one time. Further, a one-time investment in working capital is needed in the beginning, which is fully salvaged at the end of the life of the project. Against this committed returns in the form of net cash earnings are expected. These are computed as follows. Let µP¶ stand for price per unit, µV¶ for variable cost per unit, µQ¶ for quantity produced and sold, µF¶ stand for total fixed expenses exclusive of depreciation, µ0¶ stand for depreciation on fixed assets, µI¶ for interest on borrowed capital id µT¶ for tax rate). Then, cash earnings = [(P-V) Q-F-D-I](1-T)+D These cash earnings have to be estimated throughout the economic life of the investment. That is, all the variables in the equation have to be forecasted well over a period of years.


Now, that we have the benefits from the investment estimated, the same may be compared with costs of the capital project and µnetted¶ to find out whether costs exceed benefits or benefits exceed costs. This process of estimation of costs and benefits and comparison of the same is called appraisal. Payback period, accounting rate of return, net present value, rate of return, decision tree technique, sensitivity analysis, simulation and capital asset pricing model (CAPM) are certain methods of appraisal. Requisites for Appraisal of Capital Projects The computation of profit after tax and cash flow is relevant in evaluation of projects. Hence, this is presented here as a prelude to the better understanding of the whole process. Say in fixed assets at time zero, you are investing Rs.20 lakhs. You have estimated the following for the next 4 years. Table 1

With this information, we can estimate profit after tax for the business. For that, apart from the given variable expenses and fixed expenses, depreciation on the fixed assets also is to be considered. The annual depreciation is given by the cost of fixed assets divided by number of


years of economic life of the respective asset. In our case, the figure comes to Rs. 20,00,000/4 = Rs.5 lakhs per annum. The calculations are given in three stages, viz. computation of profit before tax (PBT), profit after tax (PAT) and cash flow. The profit before tax (PBT) for a period is given by: (selling price per unit - variable cost per unit) * (No. of units sold) - Fixed expenses - Depreciation. So, for the 1st year PBT = (200-100) (30000) - 12,00,000 - 5,00,000 = 30,00,000 - 47,00,000 = 13,00,000. Table gives the working and results. Table 2

Profit after tax (PAT) for the different years is obtained by subtracting tax from the PBT. Profit after tax = PAT = PBT (1-Tax Rate). So, for the first year PAT = 13,00,000 (1-30%) = 13,00,000 (0.7) = 9,10,000. Similarly, for the other years the profit figures can be obtained as in table 3 Table 3


Cash flow from business is equal to PAT plus depreciation. Table 3 gives cash flow from business. TABLE 4

Methods used for Projects Appraisal A. Payback Period (PBP) Method Pay back period refers to the number of years one has to wait to setback the capital invested in fixed assets in the beginning. For this, we have to get cash flow from business. We have invested Rs. 20,00,000 at time zero. After one year, a sum of Rs.14, 10,000 is returned. By next year, a sum of Rs. 19,70,000 is returned. But we have to get back only Rs. 5,90,000 (i.e.,


20,00,000 - 14,10,000). So, in the second year we have to wait only for part of the year to get back Rs. 5,90,000. The part of the year = 5.90,000/ 19,70,000 = 0.30 that is, pay back period is 1.30 years or 1 year, 3 months and 19 days. In general payback period is given by µn¶ in the equation

Where µt¶ 1 to n, I = initial investment, CF = cash flow at time µt¶ and t = time measured in years. Normally, businesses are want projects that have lower pay back period, because the invested money is got back very soon. As future is risky, the earlier one gets back the money invested, the better for the business. Some businesses fix a maximum limit on pay back period. This is the cutoff pay back period, serving as the decision criterion. Accordingly, a pay back period ceiling of 3 years means, only projects with payback period equal to or less than 3 years will be accepted and others will be rejected. Merits of payback period 1. It is cash flow based which is a definite concept 2. Liquidity aspect is taken care of well 3. Risky projects are avoided by going for low gestation period projects 4. It is simple and common sense oriented Demerits of payback period 1. Time value of money is not considered as earnings of all years are simply added together 2. Explicit consideration for risk is not involved 3. Post-payback period profitability is ignored totally. B. Accounting Rate of Return (ARR) Method


Here, the accounting rate of return (ARR) on an investment is calculated. It is also called as the average rate of return. To compute ARR, average annual profit is calculated. From the PBT for different years, average annual PBT can be calculated. The average annual PBT = Total PBT I No. of years Average annual PBT = 46,00,000/4 = Rs.11, 50,000 ARR = AAPBT / Investment = 11,50,000/20,00,000 = 0.574 = 57.4% The denominator can be an average investment, i.e., (original value plus terminal value)/2.Here it is 10 lakhs. Then the ARR will be Rs.11, 50,000/ Rs.l0,00,000 = 1.15% ARR can also be computed on the basis of Profit After Tax (PAT). The Average Annual PAT / Original investment. Average Annual PAT = Total PAT/ No. of years = 31,00,000 / 4 = 7,75,000 So, ARR = 7,75,000 / 20,00,00 = 0.3875 = 38.75% The denominator can be the average investment, instead of actual investment, then ARR is = Rs.7, 75,000 / Rs. 10,00,000=0.775 or 77.5%. Merits of ARR 1. It is simple and common sense oriented. 2. Profits of all years are taken into account. Demerits of ARR


i. ii. iii.

Time value of money is not considered. Risk involved in the project is not considered. Annual average profits might be the same for different projects but accrual of profits might differ having significant implications on risk and liquidity.


The ARR has several variants and it lacks uniformity.

A minimum ARR is fixed as the benchmark rate or cut-off rate. The estimated ARR for an investment must be equal to or more than this benchmark or cut-off rate so that the investment or project is chosen. C. Net Present Value (NPV) Method Net present value is computed given the original investment, annual cash flows (PAT + Depreciation) and required rate of return which is equal to cost of capital. Given these, NPV is calculated as follows

I = Original or initial investment CFt = annual cash flows K = cost of capital and t= time measured in years. For the problem, we have done under the pay back period method, we can get the NPV, taking k = say 10% or 0.1,then the NPV= -I + CF1 /(1+k) 1 + CF2 /(1+k) 2 + CF3 I (1+k) 3 + CF4 (l+k) 4 = -20,00,000 + 14, l0, 000/l.l + 19,70000 / 1.12 + l 1,60,000 / 1.13+


5,60,000 / 1.14 = -20,00,000 + 14,10,000 x 0 .909 + 19,70,000 x 0.826 + 11,60,000 x 0.751 + 5,60,000 x 0.683 = - 20,00,000 + 12,81,818 + 16,28,099 + 8,71,525 + 3,79,042 = - 20,00,000 + 41,60,484 = Rs. 21,60,484 If it is required that k= 10%, 11%, 12% and 13% respectively, for years 1 through year 4, the formula is written as follows. NPV = -I+CFt/(l+kt) t = - I + CF1 / (1+k1) 1 + CF2 / (l+k2) 2 + CF3 /(1+k3) 3 + CF4/(1+k4) 4 In the above example, NPV = -20,00,000+14,10,000/1.1+19,70,000/1.112+1 1,60,000/1. 123+ 5,60,000/1.134 =-20,00,000 +14,10,000 x 0.909+19,70,000 x 0.817 + 11,60,000 x 0.712 + 5,60,00 x 0.635 = - 20,00,000 + 40,49,482 = Rs. 20,49,482 If the NPV = 0¶ or greater than zero, the project can be taken. Incase, there are several mutually exclusive projects with NPV >0, we will select the one with highest NPV. In the case of mutually inclusive projects you first take up the one with the highest NPV and next the project with next highest NPV, and so on as long as your funds for investment lasts. The factor "k" need not be same for all projects. It can be high for projects whose cash flows suffer greater fluctuations due to risk, and lower for projects with lower fluctuations risk. D. Internal Rate of Return (IRR) Method


Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is the value of µk" in the equation, I + Z CF / (l+k) t = 0. In other words, IRR is that value of "k" for which aggregated discounted value of cash flows from the project is equal to original investment in the project. When manually computed, "k" i.e., IRR is got through trial and error. Suppose for a particular value of I +E CF1 I (l+k) t >0, we have to use a higher µk¶ in our trial and if the value is <0, a lower µk¶ has to employed next time. Then, you can interpolate k. The value of µk¶ thus got is the IRR. Decision Tree Approach Decision tree approach is a versatile tool used for decision-making under conditions of risk. The features of this approach are: (1) it takes into account the results of all expected outcomes, (ii) it is suitable where decisions are to be made in sequential parts - that is, if this has happened already, what will happen next and what decision has to follow, (iii) every possible outcome is weighed using joint probability model and expected outcome worked out, (iv) a tree-form pictorial presentation of all possible outcomes is presented here and hence, the term decision-tree is used. An example, will make understanding easier. An entrepreneur is interested in a project, say introduction of a fashion product for which a 2 year market span is foreseen, after which the product turns fade and that within the two years all money invested must be realised back in full. The project costs Rs. 4,00,000 at the time of inception. During the 1st year, three possible market outcomes are foreseen. Low penetration, moderate penetration and high penetration are the three outcomes, whose probability values, respectively, are 0.3, (i.e., 30% chance), 0.4 and 03 and the cash flows after tax under the three possible outcomes are respectively estimated to be Rs. 1,60,000, Rs. 2,20,000 and Rs. 3,00,000. The level of penetration during the 2nd year is influenced by the level of penetration in the first year. The probability values of different penetration levels in the 2nd year, given the level of penetration in the 1st year and respective cash flows are estimated as follows: TABLE 5


000 are possible.2. moderate penetration in 2 year with probability of 0.000 and high penetration in 2" year with probability of 0. 00. 9 outcomes are possible. 000.6 and cash flow of Rs. 00. low penetration in 2nd year with probability of 0. Combining 1st and 2nd year penetration levels together. Similarly.If low penetration resulted in 1st year.2 and cash flow of Rs.80.3.2 and cash flow of Rs. you can follow for other cases. These are: TABLE 6 106 .

These values. joint probability times NPV of each stream) are given below in table 7. For this. Then the present value of Rs. Outcome 8 shows that NPV of Rs.48. joint probability (i.e. Now.000).. The expected NPV is negative at Rs.0. we may go for present value evaluation of these sets of outcomes.1 receivable at 1st year end is Rs.. 744 with 107 . And this is done below.12).12269.. the aggregate of the present value of the two cash flows of each stream minus investment of Rs. if low penetration in 1st year and moderate penetration in 2nd year have prevailed and the probability of this happening is 18%. product of probabilities of the two cash flows of each stream) and expected value of NPV (i.909 (i.06. The expected NPV of the project is negative at Rs.00.1) and at 2nd 1 year end it Rs. we require a discounting rate.0.e.4. the present values of the 9 cash flow streams can be worked out. if low penetration prevailed both in the 1st and 2nd years and this has a probability of 6 out of 100 or . 1/1. the NPV relevant to each stream (i.826 (i.e.At this stage.16085.. 1/1.e. Let us take a 10% discount rate.e.

47395. Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) is one of the premier methods of evaluation of capital investment proposals. the project may be taken up. the required rate of return comprises of two parts: first. reject the project. risk free return and market return. The risk-free return is the rate of return obtainable on risk free investments. Otherwise. CAPM gives a mechanism by which the required rate of return for a diversified portfolio of projects can be calculated given the risk. The expected NPV of the project is the aggregate of the expected NPV of the different streams = Rs. Then.probability of 24% is possible when high penetration in 1st year and moderate penetration in the 2nd year result.return on market portfolio Bi. it is positive. Simulation Analysis 108 .risk free rate of return Rm. According to CAPM. get the estimated return for the project. The formula is: Required rate of return = Rf + (Rm -Rf) Bi. gives a risk-return relationship for the portfolio of various projects. If the estimated return for the project is greater than or equal to the required rate of return. like investment in any government securities. CAM technique for evaluating capital projects We have to calculate the required rate of return for the capital project given its beta coefficient. a risk-free rate of return and second a risk premium for the amount of systematic risk of the portfolio. where R1. therefore. accept the project.Beta or risk coefficient of the evaluated portfolio given market portfolio beta = 1 CAPM. Since.

Q = 2O. as µk¶ is also redictable.Quantity of output. in a project. V.a.15. Further. K . F . we use simulation here. Let the probability distribution for µT¶ and µK¶ be as follows: Next. separately for T and K. (P -Price per unit of output. simulation technique may be used with respect to a few of the variables. Q. Q .000/p. P.Annual depreciation and N Number of years of the project¶s life). T is not predictable.00. F.000 = Rs.When uncertainty haunts the estimation of variables in a capital budgeting exercise. Two digit random n ranges are used. Q. V = Rs. present value cannot be computed as well. Suppose.F D = [(300-I 50)*200001 . V. P. We start with 00 and end with 99. 150/unit. In such cases. V -. T . D . F.Tax rate.000.00.a. the K and T will be dealt through simulation while others are take at given values. thus using 100 numbers.Discount rate or cost of capital. 109 .00. I. T. that P = Rs.00.18. 9. Variable cost per unit of output. Suppose.000/p.000 .000/p. Simulation process gives a probability distribution to each of the truant playing variables. we construct cumulative probability and assign number ranges. The profit after tax and hence cash flow cannot be computed as tax rate. D and N are the important variables. Then rural profit before tax = [(P-V) Q] .Original investment.300/unit. I . N and I arc fairly predictable but k and µT¶ are playing truant. taking the other variables at their best estimates.a. F = l5.Fixed cost of operation. N = 3 years and I = Rs. So. K.

000 Rs. we assign random numbers 00 to 19. Similarly. Now taking the T = 35% and K = 12%. the cash flow= 5. 110 .000 (i.00. We know that the project gives a PAT of Rs. So.9.6. we have to add depreciation of Rs.15. Thus. for the variable µK¶ also random numbers are assigned as given in table 6.000 + 6.85.000 p/a for 3 years. for variable T. as many random numbers as are equal to the probability values of respective values are used.85.99 are assigned.00. For the second value we assign random numbers 20²69 and for the third value random numbers 70 . 20% of random numbers aggregated for its first 30% and 50% of random number for its next value 35% and 40%. random number pairs (one for µT¶ and another for µK¶).a.00. So.For the different values of the variable in question.000= Rs.000 / 3 years) to get the cash flow.00. the NPV of the project can be worked out. Then µT¶ is 35% and the random number 48 falls in the random number range 20-69 corresponding to 35% and µK¶ is 12% as the random number 80 fails in the random number range 80-99 corresponding to 12%. Suppose the random numbers read are: 48 and 80.85. the PAT = 9.000 pa.000 .000 p. 11.18.00. To this.000 ± Tax @ 35% = Rs.3.00. For the first value of the unpredictable variable.9.5. Simulation process now involves reading from random number table. Rs. The values of µT¶ and µK¶ corresponding to the random numbers read are taken from the above table.e.

122 + 11.85.112+Rs.T = Rs.85.l0. reading 20 pairs of random numbers and getting the NPV for values of T and K corresponding to each pair of random numbers read.18. Suppose the next pair of random numbers are 28 and 49: Corresponding µT¶ = 35% and µK¶ = 11%.000 = Rs. 18.6 1.000 ± Rs.85.12] . Then the PAT = PBT .12 + 1/1.00.000/1. 95.4018 .11.773 +Rs.Rs.11+Rs.000 = 11.10. 5.000 = Rs. 111 .10. 10.28. 123) -18.000 = (Rs.56. 56.000 /1.000/1.= (11. 00.000 [1/1. the NPV for other simulations can be obtained.000 = 28.000 = 1l.798 . 67.803 Similarly. keeping the influence of all other influencing factors at constant level. Sensitivity Analysis Sensitivity analysis attempts to study the level of sensitivity of the project say the NPV.000 x 2. 9.798 We have just taken one pair of random numbers from the table and calculated the NPV as Rs.85.56. 85.000 = Rs. 85. This process must be repeated at least 20 times. NPVs may be averaged if the same is positive.18. = Rs.000 =Rs. 8.11.000/1.000. The cash flow = Rs 5. 85. 00.6.803 ±Rs.00.798.113). 95.18. 11.85. 18.000/1.000 + Rs. 15.000 / 1. =(Rs.122 + 1/1. for changes in a key influencing factor.00. + ±Rs.598 +Rs.

Sensitivity analysis presumes uncertainty of the values of all or some of the influencing factors. Most Likely quantity is 20.30. 21. 1. for our purpose: I = Rs. Rs.000. 00.000.150 Q: 15000-22000. The annual cash flow is: = [(P-V) Q . Rs.000 and 15% respectively P. Let F. D and K be constant at Rs. Most Likely value is Rs. Other factors are taken at constant values. 00.000 T: 30%-40%. namely. 32.250.100-Rs. N.300-Rs. V.15.6.5%.000 112 .00. 00.000 units. Needless to say. NPV will be worked out and sensitivity of NW be analysed.350. F = Rs. say 30%.00. D = Rs.F .000. 1.000] (0. then other uncertain variables. 00. Rs. V and Q at their most likely values are Rs. 00. P.15. the variables taking constant values will take their fixed values.15.000](1-30%) + Rs. 00. 18. Most Likely rate is 35% Suppose.000±Rs.5% and 40%. V and Q will be assigned their most likely values. 37.000. For each of these 5 values of T.300.000 ±Rs. 150 and 20. N = 3 years.D] (J-T) + D = [(Rs.18.70) +Rs. We know. 00. T and K.150) 20000units-Rs. 6. 35%. Most Likely value is Rs. k = 15%. The variable T¶ will be taking different values within the range of its values for each such values of T. Q and T and let the uncertain variables.6. The NPV will be worked out and sensitivity of the NPV to that factor also be analysed. Accordingly. V.6.00.300 V Rs. µT¶ shall take different values within its range. 3 years. we want to study the sensitivity of NW with respect to µT¶.000 = [Rs. F. the range of their values and most likely values are given. that NPV of a project is influenced by P. 00. Let their range of values and most likely values be as follows: P: Rs. First let T be 30%.000.6. N. Q. 00. For such factors.200-Rs.

70) +Rs.000(0.000 pa NPV = (Rs. ² 21.18. 6.9.F .675) +Rs.00.07.500/1.00.00. 00.56. 00.12. 28.000 / l.675) +Rs.6.500/1. 85.65) + 6.000 = Rs.000] (0.000 = Rs.12.000 = Rs.150) 20000 units-Rs.000/1.00.5%.000] (1-32.000 ² 6.00. 85.000 = Rs. 00.000 ±Rs. 85.152+Rs.153) ±Rs.152 +Rs.11.000/1. 56.07.000/1.000 = Rs. 12. 21.000 = [30.00.000(0.30.F . The annual cash flow is: = [(P-V) Q . 9.00. 11.00.000(0.369 -Rs.a NPV = (Rs.15+Rs.000] (1-35%) + 6.15 + Rs.12.= Rs.15 +Rs.000= Rs.000 -Rs.369 Let T be 32.12.000 = Rs.994 ± Rs.65) ÷ 6.5%) + Rs. = [Rs.] (0. 07.15)- 113 .12.000 = 9.a NPV = (Rs. p. 00.500/1.153) ± Rs.000 = Rs. 18.30. + Rs.000 p.00.30.30.D] (I-D) +D = [(300-150) 20000² 15.6. 6.18.300-Rs.000 / 1.00.994 Let T be 35% the annual cash flow is: = [(P-V) Q .12.00. 12.00.000/1.D] (I-D) +D = [(Rs.00.

6.152 + Rs. 30.300-Rs. 00.000] (1-35%) + 6.000 = [30.00. 00.500/1.12.000] (0.00. 00.622 Let T be 37. 9.000 = Rs.000 = 9.D] (I-D) +D = [(300-150) 20000² 15.500/1.994 ± Rs. 07.15. 00. 28. 07.000 = Rs.6. 00. 6. Let T be 35% the annual cash flow is: = [(P-V)Q .000 ±Rs.D] (I-D) +D = [(Rs.00 + Rs.D] (I-D) +D = [(Rs.000 = Rs.000 ² 6.994«««.000 = Rs.12+Rs.675) + 6.500 p.00.F . 12.12.675) + Rs.18.000 NPV = (Rs.000 = [Rs.F .15.000 ² ±Rs.000(0.65) ÷ 6.00. 00.Rs.12.08.37. 9. 10. 00.5%) +Rs.00.l2.000/l.00.369 Let T be 32%. 30.00. 30.F .18. 56. 00.00. 6.500/1.300-Rs.00.369 ±Rs. 12.56.a NPV = (Rs.27.000 = Rs.000 ±Rs.15+Rs. .000 = Rs.12.000 114 .18.150) 20000 units-Rs.Rs.21.000] (1.07. The annual cash flow is: = [(P-V) Q . The annual cash flow is: = [(P-V) Q .07. 6. 18.18.000= Rs.5%) +Rs.05.000/1.000] (0.00.00.l5)-Rs.150) 20000 units-Rs.5%.622 ± Rs.32.30. 27.00] (1.18. 00.

40.500 p.000 = Rs.9. 0.00.= 9.00.54.a NPV = (11. The annual cash flow is: = [(P-V)Q .152+Rs.876 ± Rs.000 = Rs.00. (0.e.000 p.000/1.02.000 . 40.60) + 6.000 = Rs.15 + 11.54.3) NPV falls to Rs.62.000/ ² 6.000 = 9. Rate of change in NPV for a given change in T.00.500/1.5% (i.000 ( + 6.40.000 = [30.5%.O0¶¶] (1-37.a NPV = (Rs.622 Let T be 37.85.15 + 11.26.152 + 1 1. When T rises to 32.000/l.11.15)² 18.00.a NPV = (11. 8.15+Rs11. 11.21.00.e.00.11.625) + 6.62.876 You might have noted that as T rises.000] (0.85.000 = 26. 11.18. 02. npv falls.000/1.325) from 30% (i. 40.369.F .62.00.000/1. 115 . 8.10.000 = Rs. .00.249 = [30.5%) + + 11.994 from Rs.000²21.00.85.60) + p.153)² 18.000(0.000 = Rs.D] (I-D) +D = [(300-150) 20000 ² 15.000 = Rs.000] (0.249 18.000 = 27.000 = Rs.500/1.500/1. 9.

816 from Rs. 56.5% (i.02.Rate of change = When T rises to 35% (i.249 from Rs.249 Rate of change = 116 .e. 0.05. Rate of change = When T rises to 37.3.994.02.325) NPV falls to Rs.e. (0.622 Rate of change = When T rises to 40% from 37.5% from 35% NPV falls to Rs.622 from Rs.9. 9.54. 05.8. 8.5% NPV falls to Rs.9.35) from 32. 8.54.816 falls to Rs.

taking NPV on the Y axis and µT¶ on the X-axis also.4. Tax rate and capital gain tax is 10% on inflation un-adjusted capital gain. 00.l4. we can do the sensitivity analysis of NPV with respect to V. Hence. Q and T at their most likely values. can be seen. We can study the sensitivity of NPV to µT¶ in the form of a graph. Hence.000. Knowledge of the same will help in monitoring the project with respect to those variables very ably.00. 117 . with respect to which variable the NPV is most sensitive. So. namely. We can do the sensitivity analysis of NPV with respect to another uncertain variable. 00. NPV is highly negatively sensitive with tax rate.The rate of MI in NT¶V is rising with the rise in tax rate. Similarly. other variables at their fixed values and changing the value of P within its given range of values. the utility of sensitivity analysis. P.¶ keeping V. other variables at their fixed values and changing the value of V within its given range of values. also we can replicate the sensitivity with respect to µQ¶. V. Increase in working capital is Rs. keeping P.000. Now. of the 4 uncertain variables. Q and T at their most likely values. Q and T. It is considering replacing the machine with a new one which will cost Rs. 00. say µP.000.2. The profits before tax and depreciation are as follows for the two machines: The firm adopts fixed installment method of depreciation.28. It has further 5 years of life. Illustration A firm is currently using a machine purchased two years ago for Rs.000 Cost of installation is Rs.

000. Tax on revenue gain = Rs.00. The old machine¶s original cost =Rs.Rs. taking the resale value of old machine at Rs.Rs. This includes. for ARR shod cutoff rate is 15% and for PBP method cutoff period is 3. net sales proceeds of old machine = Rs. PBP. ARR. we have to calculate the size of investment needed. Tax on capital gain = 200000 x 10% = 20..000 . at beginning as follows: 118 .000.original cost = Rs.20. 16. Now. Sale value . = Rs. 00.00.000 = Rs. Therefore.4. purchase cost of new machine. = Rs.2.00. i.00. Revenue gain Total gain-capital gain= Rs.000. after adjustment.000 .00. 16. we can compute net investment at time zero.000.00. x 40% = Rs. cost of installation and working capital addition needed. Solution First.000 .00.000 Depreciation for the past 2 years Rs.Rs. reduced by net sale proceeds (after capital gain tax) of old machine.4.1.000 [14.000 + life 7 years] It is sold for This gain has two components. NPV and IRR? (For NPV method take 10% as discount rate.e.00.00.14.Is it desirable to replace the current machine by the new one.Rs.2.000 .60.5 years).000 at present and using. capital gain and revenue Capital gain = Rs.16.

The difference of former over the latter is the change in cash flow. Illustration 119 . For this purpose.Now. what is the cash flow from new machine and what would be the cash flow from old machine had the firm continued with that must be computed. we have to calculate the change or increment in cash flow because of the firm going for replacement of old machine by new one.

The management considers replacing this machine with a new one with life of 10 years and price at a Rs.a.000 p. 000.l000 p.000. using NPV method. ii) Cash Flow Computation 120 .10000 introduced now. cost of capital as 10% and SLM of depreciation.60. The annual operating hours are 1000 both for new and old machines. will result.00.A company bought a machine 2 years earlier at a cost of Rs.6. But savings in cost of consumable stores of Rs. Its current market price is Rs.3. Material cost by Rs.1000 and repairs of Rs.000 and labour by RS. can be redeemed at 10 years later.6. The new machine can produce 15 units more per hour. The corporate tax rate is 40%. 000 and estimated its useful life as 12 years in all.25. Advice on the replacement assuming additional working capital of Rs. 1. The new machine will involve add. Selling price per unit is Rs.a.

Rs. 70195 The replacement is advised.1 + 1 / 1.386)-75000 = Rs.110 .I = Rs. Illustration 121 .12 + «««1 / 1.75000 = (Rs. uniform cash flow is found throughout l to 9th years.Since. the NPV formulate can be slightly modified as: NPV = [ACF S 1 / (I+k) t +CF10 X 1 (1+k) 10] .23000 [l / 1.759) + (Rs.75000 = Rs.33000 x 0.145195 ± Rs.23000 x 5.19] + 33000 x 1 / 1.

economies result in investment and combined investment will be Rs. all the above economies will result but diseconomy in the form of additional investment of Rs. 122 . 1.A company has 3 investment proposals. Find which projects are to be taken.4 lakhs.6. ARR.2 lakhs. Solution Projects 1 & 3 will be chosen as NPV is higher Risk Analysis in the Case of Single Project Project risk refers to fluctuation in its payback period. If projects 1 and 3 are undertaken. combined PV of cash flow will be Rs.25 lakhs will be needed. The expected PV of cash flows and the amount of investment needed are as below: If projects 1 and 2 are jointly taken. If 2 and 3 are combined. Let us take NPV based risk. higher is the risk and vice versa. IRR.4. and NPV or so higher the fluctuation. there will be no economies or diseconomies. If all the 3 projects are combined.

Illustration Three projects have their standard deviations as follows: Rs.V is given by sm.00. and standard deviation of Rs.6 lakhs. 00. Suppose.6000 and Rs.33. the risk of all projects put together in the form of combined standard deviation is given by the formula: Where. it is not. what is the overall risk of all projects put together? Is it the aggregate average of standard deviation of NPV of all projects? No. The correlation coefficients are l&2 0.6. Then what? Now another variable has to be brought in to the scene.e.78 and 2&3: -0. the expected NPV of a project is Rs. So.000=0. Deviation divided by NPV.000 / Rs 18.If NPV from year to year fluctuates. That is the correlation coefficient between NPVs of pairs of projects. the coefficient of variation C. What is the overall standard deviation of the portfolio of projects? sp = [SPij si sj ] ½ = [s12+s22+s32+2P12s1s2+2P23s2s3+2P13s1s3] ½ 123 . Risk Return Analysis for Multi Projects When multiple projects are considered together. sp = combined portfolio standard deviation Pij = correlation between NPVs of pairs of projects (i and j) si.10000..6. the variation in the combined NPV is influenced by the extent of correlation between NPVs of the projects in question. sj = standard deviation of iin and jth projects.18 lakhs. any pair of projects taken at a time. there is risk. 1&3 0.5. This can be measured through standard deviation of the NPV figures. C. i. A high correlation results in high risk and vice versa.4000. When two projects are considered together. Rs.V = Rs.

the three projects have NPVs of Rs.3x16% + 0.2x0.5. 16% and 20%. It is the aggregate NPVs.= [40002 + 60002 + 100002 + 2x0.78x6000xl0000 + 2x( the respective project return. This is given by: Swi Ri where wi . 000. Suppose.5x20% 124 .5 for the three projects respectively) and Ri . 000 and Rs. 000. 00. 00.000 respectively. More so. Rs.2. Rs. Portfolio return = (wi Ri) = 0.6 and 1&3: 0. 00.000 and Rs. 10% and 10%. unadjusted figures of combined standard deviations and combined NPVs.2x14% + = 19% If we take the correlation factor. The standard deviation of returns are 5%. The correlation factor has resulted in reducing overall portfolio risk from 25% to 19%. if there is higher negative correlation among the projects. Illustration Three projects involve an outlay of Rs.3 and 0. 2&3: 0.4. Solution The portfolio or combined return is simply the weighted return of the projects.44. The estimated return from the projects are 14%. 0. the coefficient of variation would have been: 20000/80000 = 0.25 = 25%. 15.2. The combined NPV = 16000 + 20000 + 44000 = Rs. Find the portfolio return and the weight (0.80000 = 0.80000. The combined coefficient of variation = combined standard deviation I and combined NPV = Rs. The correlation coefficients are 1&2: 0. This results essentially when there is low degree of correlation among the projects.6x4000x6000 -i. 5) x 10000x4000] ½ = [16000000+36000000+ 100000000+28800000+93600000-400000000] ½ = [234400000] ½ = Rs.310 What is the return from these multiple projects? This is simple.15340/Rs.

2. UNIT ± III FINANCING AND DIVIDEND DECISION Lesson 1 Financial an Operating Leverages INTRODUCTION Leverage has been defined as µthe action of a lever. while the latter increases it.8% + 4. NPV (at k=10%) and given IRR. Calculate payback period.099% Have you understood? 1. The term refers generally to circumstances which bring about an increase in income volatility. which is otherwise impossible. It is the principle that permits the magnification of force when a lever is applied to a fulcrum. leverage is the means of increasing profits.2+0.8% -µ-10% = 176% p = Portfolio risk = [(wi wj pij (i (j]112 = [wlwl(l (1 + w2w2(2(2 + w3w3(3(3 + 2w1w2(12 (1(2 + 2w2w3(23 (2(3 + 2w1w3(13 (1(3]1/2 Putting the given values. it is possible to lift objects.= 2.9+2.5+2A+18+2] ½ = [26] ½ = 5. In business. The term leverage refers to an increased means of accomplishing some purpose. sp. ARR. and the mechanical advantage gained by it¶ A lever is a rigid item that transmits and modifies force or motion where forces are applied at two points and it turns around a third. With leverage. The former reduces profit. It may be favourable or unfavourable. = [0. The leverage of a firm is 125 . bring out the meaning and significance of capital projects. we get that.

Steps involved in simulation procedure 3. you will be conversant with. The term capital gearing is used to describe the ratio between the ordinary share capital and the fixed interest bearing securities of a company. It is also known as gearing. LEARNING OBJECTIVES On reading this lesson. and emphasises the effects of deterioration as well as of improvement. Capital gearing reveals the suitability or otherwise of a company¶s capitalization. which may be a return on investment or on earnings before taxes. It is a relationship between equity share capital and debt securities. and creates fixed interest and dividend charges. 126 . Managerial analysis of leverages SECTION TITLE Leverage Calculation Christy and Rodent define leverage as the tendency for profits to change at a faster rate than sales. Leverage is an advantage or disadvantage which is derived from earning a return on total investment (total assets) and which is different from the return on owner¶s equity. However. It is an important tool of financial planning because it is related to profits.essentially related to a measure. Advantages and limitations of financial leverage 4. it is a double-edged weapon. The meaning and types of leverages 2. 1.


no firm likes to operate under conditions of a high operating leverage because that creates a high-risk situation. it is a relative term which is used to compare inter. while a small decline in sales may reduce and even wipe out the EBIT. It is always safe for a firm to operate sufficiently above the break-even point to avoid dangerous fluctuations in sales and reducing production costs. It is interesting to note that beyond the break-even point. while the profit margin is the ratio of EBIT to sales. Naturally. distribution expenses and administrative overheads. A firm with a high operating leverage has a relatively greater effect on EBIT for small changes in sales. It is an index of operational efficiency.firm performance. A firm with relatively high fixed costs uses much of its marginal contribution to cover fixed costs. A firm with a relatively high turnover is said to have a high degree of asset leverage. Asset turnover is the ratio of sales to total assets. A small rise in sales may enhance profits considerably. Operating Leverage The operating leverage takes place when a change in revenue produces a greater change in EBIT. the marginal contribution is converted into EBIT. The profit margin may be increased with a careful cost control . This may be expressed as follows: Return on Investment Leverage = Asset Turnover x Profit Margin This leverage is popularly known as µROI leverage. It should be remembered that the return on investment is the result of asset turnover and profit margin. In other words. There is nothing like an absolute high or low asset leverage. The operating leverage is related to fixed costs. Asset Leverage The asset turnover aspect of the ROI leverage is often referred to as asset leverage. The operating leverage is the highest near the 128 . It indicates the impact of changes in sales on operating income.The return on investment is a very important indicator of a firm¶s performance. selling expenses.

break-even point. the greater the leverage and the more frequent the changes in the rate of profit (or loss) with alternations in the volume of activity. This leverage operates both positively and negatively. After a firm reaches this point.even point. The extent of the operating leverage depends on the employment 129 . The reason is that fixed costs become relatively smaller than the revenues and the variable costs once the break-even point is reached. Illustration The operating leverage decreases with an increase in sales above the break. increasing profits at a rapid rate when sales are expanding and reducing them or causing losses when operations decline. The extent of the operating leverage at any single sales volume is calculated as follows: The change in the rate of earnings is based on the operating leverage resulting from the fact that some costs do not move proportionally with changes in production. The higher the fixed costs. is the process by which profits are raised or lowered in greater proportion than the changes in the volume of production because of the inflexibility of some costs. The operating leverage. even a small increase in sales results in a big increase in EBIT. then. If all the costs were variable. the rate of profit would show fewer changes at different operating levels.

The higher the fixed costs a firm employs in the production process. A firm¶s capital structure is the relation between debt and equity securities. or what is known as high leverage. is an important aspect of the financial policy of a company to get the maximum benefit from debt financing. distorts the profit earning capacity. Investors risk preference 2. Frank H. Leverage is thus the utilisation of fixed costs to effect disproportionate changes in income. which is known as the corporate debt capacity. This operating leverage is measured with the help of following formula: Capital Gearing Affects It is a company¶s capacity to maintain an even distribution policy in the face of difficult trading periods. A highly geared capital structure. Financial Leverage It is generally accepted that investors seek to maximize their return on investments. While the investors¶ risk preference is difficult to assess because it varies from individual to individual. subject to given risk constraints. shows the effects of borrowing on equity stockholders. The proportion of debt in the capital structure of a company is limited by two factors: 1. The determination of this limit. It may be defined as the employment of an asset or 130 . Jones rightly says that the profit earning capacity of ordinary shares in a wellfinanced company is not always fully appreciated. Business risk associated with the nature of a company¶s operations. and that they demand a higher return for the greater risk involved in an investment. therefore. which may occur due to Dividend policies and the building up of reserves and Capital structure management. It. the greater is its operating leverage.of fixed assets in the production process. business risk can be determined objectively.

a firm has a favourable financial leverage) and is in a position to pass part of this advantage to its equity stockholders by resorting to borrowings. David Francis observes that a fixed cost or return may be looked upon as the fulcrum of leverage. The reason is that. a firm may not be able to borrow funds at a cheaper rate of interest it may not able to borrow funds at all. financial leverage is absent. If the ROT (return on investment exceeds the rate of interest. if a firm earns exactly as much as it pays for the use of its capital. On the other hand. there is no financial leverage in this situation. the financial leverage is favourable. there is no use making any borrowings. equity financing by way of a public sale of stock offers real value of a firm. and its return on investment must not be equal to fixed charges. securities. have to strive hard to regain a reasonable debt-equity ratio so that the expectations of the market may be satisfied. In other words. The phrase trading equity is a financial jargon which indicates the utilisation of non-equity sources of funds in the capital structure of an enterprise. when the ROI is less than the interest rate. However. It exits in both these conditions. At a high debt-equity ratio. Charles Ellis observes that there seems to exist a general management preference for equity and retained earnings rather than for debt and preferred capital. the financial leverage is favourable when it is worthwhile for a firm to borrow. It refers to typical situation in which a firm has fixed charges. Financial leverage occurs when a corporation earns a bigger return on fixed cost funds than it pays for the use of such funds. when the ROl exceeds interest rate. therefore. It also means that.funds for which a firm pays a fixed cost or fixed return. This is so because creditors lose confidence in the company which has a high debt-equity ratio. If these conditions are not present. In other words. such as preferred stock and debentures. or the firm is said to be trading on equity. the firm loses money by its borrowings. it has served as a spearhead for expansion of resources and productive capacity involving risk. borrowings place it in an embarrassing position. In other words. How can creditors have confidence in the company which has only creditors and no equity stockholders? The company will. when there is a favourable financial leverage. It is not then worthwhile for it to borrow and have an unfavourable financial leverage. 131 . Traditionally. the advantage is passed on to equity stockholders. In fact.

The capital obtained from debt securities is used in a project which produces a rate of return which is higher than its cost. includes all forms of business with funds (or properties) obtained on contracts calling for limited payments to those who supply funds. In recent years. which. Extent of Financial Leverage Financial leverage depends upon the ratio of debt and preferred stock together to common stock equity. however. and/or limited rental leases.Merwin Waterman states that the term trading on equity is seldom heard among the practitioners of business finance. borrowings have increased as a percentage of net tangible assets. It is. For these reasons. either by force of circumstances or as the result of the doctrine of gearing or leverage. when the interest on bonds amounts to more than the company makes from the use of these funds. it is said that trading on equity magnifies profits and losses. it is possible to lever the return on investment through a tighter management. 132 . non-participating preferred stock. Trading on equity is defined as the increase in profit /return resulting from borrowing capital at a lower rate and employing it in a business yielding a higher rate. and textbooks use it in discussions of the financial structures. trading on equity is unprofitable. Most companies benefit from an objective review of their borrowings. trading on equity is profitable. a term full of an academic flavour. a synonym for this academic phraseology is financial leverage. This allows the difference to be distributed to holders of equity securities. trading on equity may be based upon bonds. In other words. however. When a corporation earns more on its borrowed capital than the interest it has to pay on bonds. But in times of poor business. The expectation is that these funds will produce a larger revenue than the limited payments call for. Thus. On the µstreet¶. Companies have tended to borrow at different times in circumstances which often bear little relationship to their present size and financial position. Doing business partly on borrowed capital is known as trading on equity. There are three ratios which the degree of financial leverage implies.

for the ROI (10 per cent) was equal to the 133 . In spite of the firm Q issuing a debt of Rs.000. 30. the shareholders received a 6 percent after . it had no return.The effect of financial leverage in a firm¶s capital structure may be analysed from the following information given below llustration When the firm P issued no debt.

interest (10 per cent). Limitations of Financial Leverage 1. But such a general principle does not inevitably follow. The firm issued a similar debt and enjoyed a favourable leverage. additional capital cannot be employed to produce a return in excess of the payments which must be made for its use or sufficiently in excess thereof to justify its employment. However. 3. 4. Such increase in interest rates. if it has been financed by stock alone. may be responsible for the insolvency and even bankruptcy of a corporation. The bigger the amount of funds borrowed. 2. It is logical for a firm to borrow reasonable amounts. if carried far off. the firms with a favourable financial leverage are bound to enjoy high earnings. Advantages of Financial Leverage 1. the firm S suffered from an adverse or unfavourable leverage. the higher the interest rate the corporation may be forced to pay in order to market its successive issues of bonds. Some of these have already been explained while discussing the requirements for trading on equity. The principle of capital structure management is then simple. The advantage of trading on equity is that it makes it possible for a company to distribute higher dividends per share than it would have. Beyond a certain point. If it earns higher rate than it pays for its borrowings. for its ROI (7 per cent) was less than its interest rate (8 per cent). indeed. for its ROI (9 per cent) was higher than its interest (7 per cent). may offset all the advantages of trading on equity. It may cause dividends to disappear altogether and. Similarly. A growing company which is progressively increasing its net 134 . The advantages and attractiveness of trading on equity for the owners of equity capital are all too apparent. Companies enjoying a fairly regular income can employ borrowed funds more safely than those with widely fluctuating incomes. when ROl is high. 2.

the total extent of leverage may be measured by the following formula: Degree of Total Leverage = Degree of Operating Leverage x Degree of Financial Leverage or Fixed Charges Leverage It takes place when a firm has such sources of funds as preferred stock and debentures which carry fixed charges.earnings through trading on equity may present such an earning exhibit as to make it possible for further trading on equity at low or lower rates. money rates may fall. Total Leverage Operating and financial leverages are inter-dependent. 20. its fixed charges leverage at a sales volume of 20. This leverage indicates the extent to which changes in operating income affect the EBT.000.000 units would be: 135 . Moreover. At any given level of a firm¶s operations. It may be calculated by the following formula: Illustration It is evident that if a firm has fixed interest charges amounting to Rs.

000 (2.In other words. The fixed charges leverage isolates interest and compares changes in EBIT with changes in EBT. The new level of fixed charges leverage would then be: In other words.29 times increase in EBT. the fixed charges leverage and the combined leverage are techniques of marginal analysis. the fixed charges leverage also decreases with an increase in EBIT.000). it means that any increase in EBIT would be accompanied by a 1.50. 2.70.70. fixed charges leverage is also referred to as financial leverage.000 . like the operating leverage. as different leverage concepts are associated with the term financial leverage. If the EBIT gets trebled. Marginal Analysis It is clear from the above discussion that the operating leverage.20. It has already been stated that operating and combined leverage uses the marginal contribution of sales. The reason is that each additional unit of sales produces a 136 . In Financial Management. Combined leverage isolates both fixed costs and interest and compares changes in revenues with changes in EBT. the EBT would be Rs. However.000. This would probably make it distinct from financial leverage which is more popularly associated with trading on equity. say Rs. The fixed charges leverage isolates costs and compares changes in revenues with changes in EBIT. it would be better to refer to fixed charges leverage separately as the ratio of EBIT to EBT. 2.

unit of marginal contribution. 2.000. for example. the same will be reduced to Rs. 1. 30.00.20 per unit. Illustration Now. you are required to compute the return on investment leverage. From the following Information. Total Assets = Rs. the leverage works only when sales decrease or increase. the operating leverage is a drop of 50 percent in sales may wipe off the EBIT. If. if sales drops by 50 percent.000 units at Rs. Sales 1.50.000 Solution 137 . 3. Illustration 1. Moreover. It is clear that the EBIT has been wiped off.000 Earnings before interest and taxes = Rs.00.

3. 138 .000 Solution (Note: It should be remembered that the asset leverage is a part of the ROI Leverage). 1. compute operating leverage of a firm.20 per unit. Sales 1. Sales Rs. 1.000 units @ Ps.50.80.Financial Analysis Through Leverages 1. From the following information. From the following information.000 Total Assets Rs.00. you are required to find out the asset of a firm. 2.

139 .00. 36.000 units Sales (1989) 1.Varilable Cost 40 paise per unit Fixed Cost Rs.000.80.000 Sales (1988) 1. You are required to explain the financial leverage underlying the second proposition. The earnings before interest and taxes are Rs. you are required to find out the extent of operating leuerage in the year 1989.00. EBIT (1988) Rs.000 shares of Rs.000 units Solution 4. 35. 100 per share or by Issuing 12% debentures of the same amount. A company is thinking of expansion and financing it by issuing equity stock of Rs. 100 each. From the following Information.000 shares of Rs. 50. The tax rate is 50% and the current equity capital structure amounts to 1.000 Solution 3. 30.000 EBIT (1989) Rs.50. 50.

1.100 III when fixed costs are Rs.67 to Rs. 10 and Variable cost Is Rs. This explains the financial leverage which the equity stockholders enjoy when the proportion of equity stock to the debt is increased in the capital structure. The actual exploited capacity Is 500 units.000 instead of equity stock. 6 per unit. 500 II when fixed costs are Rs. 5. 1. it would be necessary to prepare a table as below: It is clear from the above table that when the debt is issued for Rs. Selling price per unit is Rs.Solution To find out the financial leverage.500 Solution Statement showing the details of costs under different situations: 140 .22. 50. the earnings per share has arisen from Rs. 16.00. Calculate the operating leverage in each of the following situations: I when fixed costs are Rs. The installed capacity of a factory is 700 units.

Since. EBIT Itself will be treated as EBT. Operating Leverage: Have you understood? 1. there is no interest component. Explain the following terms (a) ROI Leverage (b) Asset Leverage (c) Operating Leverage (d) Financial Leverage (e) Total Leverage (f) Fixed Charges Leverage 141 .

or on the returns they are getting risk from shares of other companies they have invested in. As a financial analyst how would you analyze each leverage from the point of view of financial decisions? Lesson 2 Cost of Capital Introduction Now that. on the company¶s past performance. The cost of capital to a company is the minimum rate of return that it must earn on its investments in order to satisfy the various categories of investors who have made investments in the form of shares. leave alone participate in any further capital investment in that company. Learning objective On reading this lesson. equity investors expect a minimum return as dividend based on their perception of the risk they are undertaking. debentures of term loans. For example. SECTION TITLE Costs of Different Sources of Finance 142 .(g) Combined Leverage (h) Marginal Leverage 2. let us find out what it costs the company to raise these various types of finance. the investors will be tempted to pull out of the company. we are familiar with the different sources of long-term finance. you will be conversant with: The meaning of cost of capital costs associated with the principal sources of long-term finances concept of weighted average cost of capital method of calculating specific cost of discounts sources of capital. Unless the company earns this minimum rate.

14.If Ajax Limited realises Rs.100 and carries a rate of interest of 14 per cent.97 and n = 10 years. The interest is payable annually and the debenture is redeemable at a premium of 5 per cent after 10 years. t = 0.97 per debenture and the corporate tax rate is 50 per cent. period The interest payment (I) is multiplied by the factor (t-t) because interest on debt is a taxdeductible expense and only post-tax costs are considered.105. F Ps. The terms of the issue are as follows: each debenture has a face value of Rs. The following example illustrates the application of this formula.5. what is the cost of the debenture to the company? Solution Given I = Rs. P = Rs.Cost of Debentures The cost of a debenture is defined as: Where kd = post-tax cost of debenture capital = annual interest payment per debenture capital t = corporate tax rate = redemption price per debenture F = redemption price per debenture P = net amount realised per debenture and n = maturity.400 lakhs. Example Ajax Limited has recently made an issue of non-convertible debentures for Rs. The cost per debenture (kd) will be: 143 .

tax rate).tax rate) as interest on term loans is also tax deductible.7 percent Cost of Term Loans The cost of the term loans will be simply equal to the interest rate multiplied by (1. The interest rate to be used here will be the interest rate applicable to the new term loan. Cost of Preference Capital The cost of a redeemable preference share (kp) is defined as: kp = cost of preference capital D = preference dividend per share payable annually F = redemption price P = net amount realised per share and n = maturity period Example The terms of the preference share issue made by Colour-Dye-Chem are as follows: Each preference share has a face value of Rs.= 7.100 and carries a rate of dividend of 14 per cent payable 144 . The interest is multiplied by I (1 .

F = 100.95. and the bond yield plus risk premium approach. According to the dividend forecast approach¶ the intrinsic value of an equity stock is equal to the sum of the present values of the dividends associated with it. what is the cost of the preference capital? Solution Given that D = 14. Where a = price per equity share = expected dividend per share at the end of year t and ke = rate of return required by the equity shareholders.8 per cent 2 Cost of Equity Capital Measuring the rate of return required by the equity shareholders is a difficult and complex exercise because the dividend stream receivable by the equity shareholders is not specified by any legal contract (unlike in the case of debenture holders). earnings-price ratio approach. P = 95 and n = 12 = 0.annually. we shall consider only the dividend forecast approach. realised yield approach. The share is redeemable after 12 years at par. If the net amount realised per share is Rs. capital asset pricing approach. Several approaches are adopted for estimating this rate of return like the dividend forecast approach. 145 .148 or 14. For our purposes.

the typical approach is to forecast the dividend per share (OPS) expected at the end of the first year (D1) and assume a constant growth rate (g) in DPS thereafter.If we know the current market price (Pe) and can forecast the future stream of dividends. dividend per share expected a year hence is Rs. we can determine the rate of return required by the equity shareholders (k8) from equation (1).12 per share and the DPS is expected to grow at a constant rate of 8 per cent per annum. then the equation (2) can be. In practice. the equation (1) can be simplified as follows: If the current market price of the share is given (Pe).125. and the values of D1 and g are known. Therefore to apply this model in practice. the model suggested by equation (1) cannot be used in its present form because it is not possible to forecast the dividend stream completely and accurately over the life of the company. Assuming a constant growth rate in dividends. rewritten as The following example illustrates the application of this formula: Example The market price per share of Mobile Glycois Limited is Rs. What is the cost of the equity capital to the company? Solution The cost of equity capital (ke) will be: 146 . which is nothing but the cOSI of equity capital.

kr (representing cost of retained earnings) = ke But when for raising external equity.. in its capital structure. The formula for ke in this will be as follows: Where f = floatation costs. legal charges. Gamma Asbestos Limited has got Rs. i. fees to managers of issue..Cost of Retained Earnings and Cost of External Equity The cost of retained earnings or internal accruals is generally taken to be the same as the cost of equity.0.100 lakhs of retained earnings and Rs. the company has certain floatation costs (costs incurred during public issue.100 lakhs of external equity through a issue. The cost of issuing external equity is 5%.e. The cost of retained earnings and the cost of external equity can be determined as follows: Cost of retained earnings kr = ke i. advertisement and printing expenses etc.95% Weighted Average Cost of Capital 147 . For example. 18% Cost of external equity raised by the company Now k0 = 1 .e. like brokerage. underwriting commission. The equity investors expect a rate of return of 18%.05 = 18.).

25. We shall define the symbols ke. 148 . preference capital. The next expected dividend per share (DPS) is Rs. debentures. And term loans respectively. Solution We will adopt a three-step procedure to solve this problem. The tax rate applicable to the firm is 50 per cent.To illustrate the calculation of the weighted average cost of capital. retained earnings. let us consider the following example: Example The market price per equity share is Rs. The preference shares are redeemable after 7 years at par and are currently quoted at IRs.2..00 and the DPS is expected to grow at a rate of 8 per cent. kp. Calculate the weighted average cost of capital.75 per share in the stock exchange. The debentures are redeemable after 6 years at par and their current market quotation is Rs. Step 1: Determine the costs of the various sources of finance.90 per share. kd and ki to denote the costs of equity. kr.

Determine the weights associated with the various sources of finance. Wp.Step 2. Wd and Wi to denote the weight of the various sources of finance. Wr. We shall define the symbols We. 149 .

16) + (0.1259 or 12. Therefore.25 x 0.Step 3.59 per cent. 150 .30 x 0.1780) + (0. The weights can be used on (i) book values of sources of finance included in the present capital structure (ii) present value weights of the sources of finance included in the capital 5picture (iii) proportions of financing planned for the capital budget to be adopted for the forthcoming period. however.025 x 0. On the balance.175 x 0. we.07) = 0. There are pros and cons associated with each of these systems of weighting. Multiply the costs of the various sources of finance with lh corresponding weights and add these weighted costs to determine the weighted average cost of capital (WAC).0912) +(0.25 x 0. recommend the use of market value weights provided the values are available and reliable.16) + (0. System of Weighting One issue to be resolved before concluding this section relates to the system of weighting that must be adopted for determining the weighted average cost of capital. WAC = Wake + Wrkr ÷ Wkp + Wdkd + Wiki = (0.

4. The total funds employed in a business are obtained from various sources. How do you calculate cost of retained earnings? 5. What is weighted average cost of capital? How do you calculate WACC? Lesson 3 Capital Structure INTRODUCTION Finance is an important input for any type of business and is needed for working capital and for permanent investment. known as capital structure. A more definite policy is often laid down for the composition of long-term funds. The latter affects the building up of retained earnings which is an important component of long-term owned funds. the permanent or long-term funds often occupy a large portion of total funds and involve long-term policy decision. The entire composition of these funds constitute the overall financial structure of the firm. the term financial structure is often used to mean the capital structure of the firm. As such the proportion of various sources for short-term funds cannot perhaps be rigidly laid down. More significant aspects of the policy are the debt equity ratio and the dividend decision. A part of the funds are brought in by the owners and the rest is borrowed from others² individuals and institutions. What is cost of capital? What is the significance in capital structure planning? 2.Have you understood? 1. some others are held for a long period such as longterm borrowings or debentures. While some of the funds are permanently held in business. and still some other funds are in the nature of short-term borrowings. The firm has to follow a flexible approach. 151 . such as share capital and reserves (owned funds). Explain the method of calculating the cost of preference capital and equity capital. How do you calculate cost of debenture capital? 3. Since.

cost of capital and related aspects. term loans from financial institutions. The profits earned from operations are owners¶ funds²which may be retained in the business or distributed to the owners (shareholders) as dividend. Instead of following any scientific procedure to find an appropriate proportion of different types of capital which will minimize the cost of capital and maximize the market value. It includes funds raised through ordinary and preference shares. A company should therefore plan its capital structure in such a way that it derives maximum advantage out of it and is able to adjust more easily to the changing conditions. However. SECTION TITLE What is Capital Structure? The term µcapital structure¶ represents the total long-term investment in a business firm. Small companies often do not plan their capital structure. Any earned revenue and capital surpluses are included: Capital Structure Planning Decision regarding what type of capital structure a company should have is of critical importance because of its potential impact on profitability and solvency. its capital structure. bonds. The portion of profits retained in the business is a reinvestment of owners¶ funds. debentures. a company 152 . it is also a source of long-term funds. The main sources are: share capital (owners¶ funds) and long-term debt including debentures (creditors¶ funds). Hence. sooner or later they face considerable difficulties. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After reading this chapter you would be able to understand capital structure and its features. etc. All these sources together are the main constituents of the capital of the business. These companies may do well in the short-run. that is. The unplanned capital structure does not permit an economical use of funds for the company.There are certain sources of long-term funds which are generally available to the corporate enterprises. determinants of capital structure.

a company may be in an industry that has an average debt to total capital ratio of 60 percent. perhaps. Thus. A number of factors influence the capital structure decision of a company. for most companies within an industry. significant variations among industries and among different companies within the same industry regarding capital structure are found. A capital structure in this context can be determined empirically. a company should plan an optimum capital structure in such a way that the market value of its shares is maximized. These factors are highly psychological. Theoretically.may just either follow what other comparable companies do regarding capital structure or may consult some institutional leader and follow its practice. the discussion on the issue of optimum capital structure is highly theoretical. In general. Capital markets are not perfect and the decision has to be taken with imperfect knowledge and consequent risk. The determination of an optimum capital structure in practice is a formidable task. Two similar companies can have different capital structures if the decision makers differ in their judgement about the significance of various factors. While developing an appropriate capital structure for his company. Features of An Appropriate Capital Structure Capital structure is usually planned keeping in view the interests of the ordinary shareholders. The ordinary shareholders are the ultimate owners of the company and have the right to elect the directors. The judgement of the person or group of persons making the capital structure decision plays a crucial role. The value will be maximized when the marginal real cost of each source of fund is the same. For example. the appropriate capital structure for the company ranges between 45 percent to 75 percent debt to total capital ratio. a finance manager should aim at maximizing the long-term market price of equity shares. It may be empirically found that the shareholders in general do not mind the company operating within a 15 percent range of the industry¶s average capital structure. The management of the company should try to seek the capital structure near the top of this range in order to make 153 . there will be a range of an appropriate capital structures within which there are no great differences in the market values of shares. In practice. complex and qualitative and do not always follow the accepted theory. That is why.

the emphasis given to each of these features may differ from company to company. The debt capacity of the company which depends on its ability to generate future cash flows should not be exceeded.maximum use of favourable leverage. the relative importance of these requirements may change with changing conditions. Furthermore. Debt should be used judiciously. The initial capital structure should be designed very carefully. The above are the general features of an appropriate capital structure. In other words. It should have enough cash to pay periodic fixed charges to creditors and the principal sum on maturity. subject to other requirements such as flexibility. Solvency: The use of excessive debt threatens the solvency of the company. Determinants of Capital Structure Capital structure has to be determined at the time a company is promoted. Flexibility: The capital structure should be flexible to meet the changing conditions. It should also be possible for the company to provide funds whenever needed to finance its profitable activities. For example. maximum use of leverage at a minimum cost should be made. we need to approach capital structuring with due conservatism. solvency. The particular characteristics of a company may reflect some additional specific features. Further. while another company may be more concerned about solvency than about any other requirement. from the solvency point of view. It should be possible for a company to adapt its capital structure with minimum cost and delay if warranted by a changed situation. A sound or appropriate capital structure should have the following features: Profitability: The capital structure of the company should be most advantageous. a company may give more importance to flexibility than to retaining the control which could be another desired feature. Within the constraints. The management of the company should set a target capital structure and the subsequent financing decisions should be made with a view to achieve 154 . etc.

Similarly. (ii) Cost of capital. (iii) Cash flow. (iv) Control. The company may need funds to finance its activities continuously. Thus. such as debt and preference share capital. If the assets which are financed by debt yield a return greater than the cost of the debt. and (ii) the interest paid on debt is a deductible charge from profits for calculating the taxable income while dividend on preference shares is not. The EBIT-EPS analysis is one important tool in the hands of the Finance Manager to get an insight into the firm¶s capital 155 .the target capital structure. Every time the funds have to be procured. Because of its effect on the earnings per share. (vi) Size of the company. (v) Flexibility. and (viii) Floatation costs. the Finance Manager weighs the pros and cons of various sources of finance and selects most advantageous sources keeping in view the target capital structure. One common method of examining the impact of leverage is to analyse the relationship between Earnings Per Share (EPS) at various possible levels of EBIT under alternative methods of financing. Once a company has been formed and it has been in existence for some years. But the leverage impact is felt more in case of debt because (i) the cost of debt is usually lower than the cost of preference share capital. Let us briefly explain these factors. the factors to be considered whenever a capital structure decision is taken are: (i) Leverage or Trading on equity. Leverage or Trading on Equity The use of sources of finance with a fixed cost. The companies with high level of the Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) can make profitable use of the high degree of leverage to increase return on the shareholders¶ equity. the earnings per share will also increase if preference share capital is used to acquire assets. the capital structure decision is a continuous one and has to be taken whenever a firm needs additional finances. Generally. (vii) Marketability. financial leverage is one of the important considerations in planning the capital structure of a company. the earnings per share will increase without an increase in the owners¶ investment. the Finance Manager then has to deal with the existing capital structure. to finance the assets of the company is known as financial leverage or trading on equity.

The rates in parentheses indicate the fixed return on debt and preference shares. 200/c equity shares The face value of equity shares is Rs. The lowest EPs are when the company does not use any debt or fixed return securities. 30% preference shares (12%). The company estimates its earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) at Rs. The total amount of capital required to be raised is Rs. You will note that the proportion of fixed return securities under plans B and C 156 . It will be seen that Plan C is the most attractive. 2.00. from shareholders¶ point of view as the EPS of Rs. Illustration Plan A No debt. all equity shares Plan B 50% debt (10%).000. 200/c equity shares Plan C 80% debt (10%). He can consider the possible fluctuations in EBIT and examine their impact on EPS under different financing plans. 4.000 annually. 50.25 is the highest under this plan.structure management. 10. The effect of financial leverage (trading on equity) is presented in Table1.

it can also increase financial risk to the shareholders. the shareholders would be benefited to the maximum if plan C is adopted. But when no debt is employed in the capital structure. a firm should employ debt to the extent the financial risk perceived by the shareholders does not exceed the benefit of increased BPS. Although leverage increases BPS under favourable conditions. whether it makes profits or not. Hence. A firm can avoid financial risk altogether if it does not employ any debt in its capital structure. Needless to say that it is desirable to minimize the cost of capital. The shares of the company will command a high premium in the market and would be greatly in demand. Financial risk increases with the use of debt because of (a) the increased variability in the shareholder¶s earnings and (b) the threat of insolvency. In the case of debt-holders. A high degree of risk is assumed by equity shareholders than debt-holders. other things remaining the same. For equity shareholders the rate of dividend is not fixed and the Board of Directors has no legal obligation 157 . The savings resulting from this difference enable the management to enhance the return on equity shares. The cost of a source of finance is the minimum return expected by its suppliers. Cost of Capital Measuring the costs of various sources of funds is a complex subject and needs a separate treatment. plan C gives a higher EPS for the reason that dividend on preference share is not deductible for income tax purposes while interest is a deductible charge. Therefore. Assuming that the estimates about EBIT turn out to be correct. The secret of the advantage in financial leverage lies in the fact that whereas the overall return (before tax) on capital employed is 25% the return on preference share and debt is only 12% and 10% respectively. the shareholders will be deprived of the benefit of increases in BPS arising from financial leverage. The managements of companies sometimes intentionally want to make their equity shares very attractive and prized the same (80%). cheaper sources should be preferred. However. the rate of interest is fixed and the company is legally bound to pay interest. This they can achieve by the practice of trading on equity. The expected return depends on the degree of risk assumed by investors.

therefore. no floatation costs are incurred if the earnings are retained. Thus. it should be realised that a company cannot go on minimising its overall cost of capital by employing debt. Thus. The loan of debt-holders is returned within prescribed period. As a result. but beyond that point the cost of capital would start increasing and. the latter is cheap. debt can be used to the point where the average cost of capital is minimum. it would not be advantageous to employ debt further. However. Thus. These two factors taken together set the maximum limit to the use of debt. other factors should also be evaluated to determine the appropriate capital structure for a company. The tax deductibility of interest charges further reduces the cost of debt. However. In fact. it appears reasonable that a firm should employ a large amount of debt provided its earnings do not fluctuate very widely. a company should employ a large amount of debt. They may demand a higher interest rate and may not further provide funds loan to the company once the debt has reached a particular level. and also because. This has the -effect of increasing the cost of equity. When the degree of leverage increases. 158 . when we consider the leverage and the cost of capital factors. This leads one to conclude that debt is a cheaper source of funds than equity. the risk to creditors also increases. the excessive amount of debt makes the shareholders¶ position very pay dividends even if the profits have been made by the company. Between the cost of new issue and retained earnings. between these two sources. The cost of retained earnings is less than the cost of new issue because the company does not have to pay personal taxes which have to be paid by shareholders on distributed earnings. up to a point the overall cost of capital decreases with debt. The preference share capital is cheaper than equity capital. So. but is not as cheap as debt is. A point is reached beyond which debt becomes more expensive because of the increased risk of excessive debt to creditors as well as to shareholders. unlike new issues. in order to minimise the overall cost of capital. Furthermore. retained earnings are preferable. while shareholders can get back their capital only when the company is wound up. The cost of equity includes the cast of new issue of shares and the cost of retained earnings. The cost of debt is cheaper than the cost of both these sources of equity funds. there is a combination of debt and equity which minimizes that firm¶s average cost of capital and maximizes the market value per share.

we have to calculate the composite cost of capital i. The cost of debt (after tax) and of equity capital at various levels of debt equity mix are estimated as follows: Determine the optimal mix of debt and equity for the company by calculating composite cost of capital: For determining the optimal debt equity mix.. Illustration A company is considering a most desirable capital structure. Ko which is equal to Kipl+Kep2 Where Ki = Cost of debt P1 = Relative proportion of debt in the total capital of the firm Ke = Cost of equity P2 = Relative proportion of equity in the total capital of the firm Before we arrive at any conclusion. Let us understand this concept by taking an illustration.e. 159 . a company should have such a mix of debt and equity that its overall cost of capital is minimum.Theoretically. it would be desirable to prepare a table showing all necessary information and calculations.

created by the use of debt or preference capital in the capital structure in the context of the firm¶s ability to generate cash to meet these fixed chares. From the table. It is somewhat risky to employ sources of capital with fixed charges for companies whose cash inflows are unstable or unpredictable. The companies which expect large and stable cash inflows can employ a large amount of debt in their capital structure. The amount of fixed charges will be high if the company employs a large amount of debt or preference capital.Cost of Capital Calculations The optimal debt equity mix for the company is at a point where the composite cost of capital is minimum. Conservatism does not mean employing no debt or a small amount of debt. it may have to face financial insolvency. It can therefore be concluded that a mix of 20% debt and 80% equity will make the capital structure optimal. The fixed charges of a company include payment of interest. It is obligatory to pay interest and return the principal amount of debt. Whenever. Cash Flow One of the features of a sound capital structure is conservatism. it should analyze its expected future cash flows to meet the fixed charges. The closest to the minimum cost of capital is a mix of 40% debt and 60% equity where Ko is 14. Any other mix of debt and equity gives a higher overall cost of capital. a company thinks of raising additional debt. 160 . If a company is not able to generate enough cash to meet its fixed obligations. preference dividend and principal. Conservatism is related to the assessment of the liability for fixed charges.4%. it is evident that a mix of 20% debt and 80% equity gives the minimum composite cost of capital of 14%.

Fear of having to share control and thus being interfered by others often delays the decision of the closely held companies to go public. Maintaining control however. which means a complete loss of control. These restrictions curtail the freedom of the management to run the business. A shareholder or a group of shareholders could purchase all or most of the new shares and thus control the company. The capital structure of a firm is flexible if it has no difficulty in changing its capitalization or sources of funds. The shares of such a company are widely scattered. there is a risk of loss of control. However. They do not have the time and urge to attend the meetings. when a company uses large amounts of debt. Most of the shareholders are not interested in taking active part in the company¶s management. holders of debt do not have voting right. Since. If the company issues new shares. Whenever needed. the company should be able to raise funds without undue delay and cost to finance the profitable investments. lot of restrictions are imposed on it by the debt-holders to protect their interests. This is not a very important consideration in case of a widely held company.Control In designing the capital structure. Flexibility Flexibility means the firm¶s ability to adapt its capital structure to the needs of the changing conditions. The company should also be 161 . The existing management team may not only want to be elected to the Board of Directors but may also dispute to manage the company without any outside interference. sometimes the existing management is governed by its desire to continue control over the company. An excessive amount of debt may also cause bankruptcy. To avoid the risk of loss of control the companies may issue preference shares or raise debt capital. The risk of loss of control can almost be avoided by distributing shares widely and in small lots. could be a significant question in the case of a closely held company. They are simply interested in dividends and appreciation in the price of shares. The ordinary shareholders have the legal right to elect the directors of the company. it is often suggested that a company should use debt to avoid the loss of control.

The financial plan of the company should be flexible enough to change the composition of the capital structure. 162 . At one time. If somehow it manages to obtain a long-term loan. Small companies. A company should make the best use of its size in planning the capital structure. the market favours debenture issues and at another time. it may not be possible for the company to issue debentures successfully. If the share market is depressed. preference shares and debentures to the public. it may readily accept ordinary share issues. The management thus cannot run business freely. A small company may often find it difficult to raise long-term loans. Marketability may not influence the initial capital structure very much but it is an important consideration in deciding the appropriate timing of security issues. It can obtain loans at easy terms and can also issue ordinary shares. the company has to decide whether to raise funds through common shares or debt. the company should not issue ordinary shares but issue debt and wait to issue ordinary shares till the share market revives. Size of the Company The size of a company greatly influences the availability of funds from different sources. During boom period in the share market. The highly restrictive covenants in loan agreements of small companies make their capital structure quite inflexible. therefore. Therefore. It should keep itself in a position to substitute one form of financing for another to economies on the use of funds. Marketability Marketability here means the ability of the company to sell or market a particular type of security in a particular period of time which in turn depends upon the readiness of the investors to buy that security. Due to the changing market sentiments. A large company has a greater degree of flexibility in designing its capital structure. it is available at a high rate of interest and on inconvenient terms. it should keep its debt capacity unutilised and issue ordinary shares to raise finances. have to depend on owned capital and retained earnings for their long-term a position to redeem its preference capital or debt whenever warranted by future conditions.

The decisionmaking is somewhat complex in the case of joint stock companies. As in any other type of organization. Besides affecting the mood of the present shareholders. Explain the features of an optimal capital structure? Lesson 4 Dividend Policy INTRODUCTION A business organization always aims at earning profits. The decision may mean a higher income. the cost of floating a debt is less than the cost of floating an equity issue. the disposal of net earnings of a company involves either their retention in the business or their distribution to the owners (i. Generally. The utilisation of profits earned is a significant financial decision. namely the board of directors. This may encourage a company to use debt rather than issue ordinary shares. no floatation costs are incurred. This decision does not involve any problem is so far as the sole proprietory business is concerned. Floatation cost generally is not a very important factor influencing the capital structure of a company except in the case of small companies..e. What are the factors effecting capital structure of the company? 2. If the owner¶s capital is increased by retaining the earnings. In case of a partnership the agreement often provides for the basis of distribution of profits among partners. Since a company is an artificial person. the decision regarding utilisation of profits rests with a group of people. or both. lower income or no income at all to the shareholders.Floatation Costs Floatation costs are incurred when the funds are raised. shareholders) in the form of dividend. The main issue here is whether the profits should be used by the owner(s) or be retained and reinvested in the business itself. dividend may also 163 . The decision regarding distribution of disposable earnings to the shareholders is a significant one. HAVE YOU UNDERSTOOD? 1.

lending institutions. shareholders. debenture holders. behavior and responses of prospective investors. but there are also other forms of dividends such as Scrip dividends. Even among the shareholders there may be conflicts as they may belong to different income groups. Hence. employees. Mostly dividends are paid in cash. These are briefly described below: Scrip Dividends Dividends can be paid only out of profits earned in the particular year or in the past reflected in the company¶s accumulated reserves. which influence the determination of dividend policy. SECTION TITLE Forms of Dividend Dividend ordinarily is a distribution of profits earned by a joint stock company among its shareholders. Learning Objectives The objectives of this unit are: To acquaint with the meaning. Disposal of profits in the form of dividends can become a controversial issue because of conflicting interests of various parties like the directors. Property dividends. in unusual circumstances. others may be interested in capital appreciation and capital gains. It needs careful consideration of various factors. In case the company does not have a comfortable cash position it 164 . types and purpose of dividend To highlight the various factors. etc. Profits do not necessarily mean adequate cash to enable payment of cash dividends. formulation of dividend policy is a complex decision.influence the mood. While some may be interested in regular income. Debenture dividends. The decision regarding dividend is taken by the Board of Directors and is then recommended to the shareholders for their formal approval in the annual general body meeting of the company. stock exchanges and financial institutions because of its relationship with the worth of the company which in turn affects the market value of its shares. and. Stock dividends.

its wealth. Certain guidelines. the shareholders acquire the right and this way their marketable equity increases. its subsidiaries which it may like to distribute among its own shareholders. The market value of common stock of a company is influenced by its policy regarding allocation of net earnings into µplough back¶ and µpayout¶.. It may also issue convertible dividend warrants redeemable in a few years. In case the company sells these shares it may have to pay capital gains which may be subject to taxation. the dividend policy should be so oriented as to satisfy the interests of 165 . while the funds continue to remain with the company.may issue promissory notes payable in a few months.. These debentures bare interest and are payable after a prescribed period.e. instead of paying dividend in cash. Property Dividends This form of dividend is unusual. as laid down by the government. Debenture Dividends Companies may also issue debentures in lieu of dividends to their shareholders. If these shares are transferred to its shareholders. A company sometimes may hold shares of other companies. the latter may be capitalized by issue of bonus shares to the shareholders. Such dividend may be in the form of inventory or securities in lieu of cash payment. Ordinarily. They are periodically issued by prosperous companies in addition to usual dividends. Dividend Policy The objective of corporate management usually is the maximization of the market value of the enterprise i. It is just like creating a longterm debt. While maximizing the market value of shares. bonus shares are not issued in lieu of dividends. eg. Thus. They can either retain their bonus shares and thus be entitled to increase total dividend or can sell their bonus shares and realise cash. there is no tax liability. Bonus Shares or Stock Dividends Instead of paying dividends out of accumulated reserves. Such a practice is not common. are applicable for issue of bonus shares in India.

such as: Whether dividend should be paid right from the initial year of operation i.. Irrespective of the quantum of earnings as in case of preference shares. Thus. depending on the quantum of earnings and number of ordinary shares in that year. but is concerned with the continuous course of action to be followed over a period of several years. It is not merely concerned with dividends to be paid in one year. Policy Options Dividend policy options refer to the policy options that the management formulates in regard to earnings for distribution as dividend among shareholders. property dividend or bonus dividend.. However. stable dividends. The dividend policy has to be tailored to the particular circumstances of the company. As such no two companies may follow exactly similar dividend policies.. Whether a fixed percentage of total earnings be paid as dividend which would mean varying amount of dividend per share every year. i. Whether equal amount or a fixed percentage of dividend be paid every year. the aim should be to maximize the present value of future dividends and the appreciation in the market price of shares. 166 .the existing shareholders as well as to attract the potential investors. Dividend.. shareholders opportunity loss.e.e. Dividend Policy Goals There are several factors which influence the determination of the dividend policy. the following aspects have general applicability: Dividend policy should be analysed in terms of its effect on the value of the company.e. Whether the dividend be paid in cash or in the form of shares of other companies held by it or by converting (accumulated) retained earnings into bonus shares.e. i. regular dividends. investment and financing decisions are interdependent and a trade off. Investment by the company in new profitable opportunities creates value and when a company foregoes an attractive investment. Dividend decision involves dealing with several questions. i. a fixed payout ratio.

That. all of them may decide to reinvest the distributed earnings in the same company is another thing. This needs financial planning over a tawny long time horizon.. it would be more profitable for the company to retain earnings than to pay them out as dividends. Role of the Finance Manager The disposal of the earnings. It is the latter whose privilege it is to take the decision. A workable compromise is to treat dividends as a long-term residual to avoid undesirable variations in payout.Dividend decision should not be treated. is an issue of fundamental importance in financial management. Economists. The shareholders can later be compensated by issue of bonus shares. The relevant figures would then appears as follows: 167 . however. Erratic and frequent changes in dividends should be avoided. Reduction in the rate of dividend is a painful thing for the shareholders to bear. Whatever dividend policy is adopted by the company. Suppose the net profit after taxes of a company is Rs. Board of Directors regarding the decision.e. The retention of profits in business helps the company in mobilizing funds for expansion. as a short run residual decision because variability of annual earnings may cause even a zero dividend in a particular year. retention in business or distribution among shareholders. be communicated clearly to investors who may then take their decisions in terms of their own preferences and needs. believe that the entire earnings of a business should be paid to its owners who should then decide where to reinvest them. In case the company has more favorable reinvestment opportunities within it as compared to those offered outside. 1 lakh and is totally distributed as dividend to shareholders. the general principles guiding the dividend policy should. This may have serious repercussions for the company and may exult in the delisting of its shares for the purpose of dealings on any approved stock exchange. Let us illustrate this point by taking an example. The Finance Manager plays an important role in advising the management i. as far as possible. The management will find it hard to convince the shareholders of the desirability of a lower dividend for the sake of preserving their future interests.

000would be available for reinvestment (in the same or any other business). assuming that the stockholders are willing to reinvest their entire dividend income. depending upon the environment prevalent in the capital market. and it does not flagrantly abuse its fiduciary responsibility. its decision cannot be challenged and there is no way to force a dividend by direct legal action. The payment of dividend is not obligatory. they may not appreciate the recommendation (or action) of the Board of Directors for retention of larger amounts in the business. there are some restrictions. However. The dividend policy. 54. on the discretion of the Board of Directors which are as follows: 168 . it is likely that not more than Rs. influences the market value of a company¶s shares. The Finance Manager.It is clear from the above example that if dividends are not paid. Even a majority of shareholders have no right to interfere with the authority of the Board. As such they would be interested in receiving larger dividends. particularly the timing of the declaration of dividend. dictated by law or prudence. should be well-informed about the capital market trends and the tax policies of the government. therefore. Role of the Board of Directors The Board of Directors has the power to determine whether and at what rate dividend shall be paid to the shareholders. as they might perceive it to their detriment. So long as the Board acts in good faith. In case dividends are paid. Rs. 1 lakh of income is available to the company for reinvestment in business. lf better outside investment opportunities are available to the shareholders. acts on the basis of a reasonable policy. besides the rationale behind the investment programme of the company.

The Board is expected to act judiciously in taking a decision on dividends. if it feels this course is necessary. by not declaring dividends). A due provision for depreciation. the class of stockholders to whom dividend is payable. therefore. the management has a commitment to ensure the financial stability of the corporation by withholding dividends (i. in order to enable the company to stand on a firm ground. and the date and mode of dividend payment. The corporate management is an elective management. Factors Affecting Dividend Decision It is possible to group the factors affecting dividend policy into two broad categories: 169 .e. There are certain factors that impinge upon the dividend decision and. the corporate management must satisfy the shareholders by offering them a fair return on their investment by way of dividends. The power of recommending a dividend is delegated by the shareholders to the Board of Directors. The decision has two dimensions. should be made prior to dividend declaration. First. it should be absorbed first before dividends can be declared. depletion. Directors can be used by shareholders. etc. if they have declared any unlawful dividends or have grossly neglected their interests. If there is a loss. The rights of creditors should be taken care of while taking a decision on dividend. should be taken into consideration while deciding a policy in this respect. Dividend declarations which impair the capital strength of a corporation must be discouraged. At times. It is not easy to lay down an optimum dividend policy which would maximize the long-run wealth of the shareholders. Second. Dividend declarations which might lead to insolvency should be discouraged. The Board declares a dividend in its duly convened meeting by a resolution which sets forth the rate of dividend.. The dividend decision thus is a difficult one because of conflicting objectives and also because of lack of specific decision-making techniques.Dividends may be declared out of any inappropriate surplus. the interest of the shareholders may come into conflict with those of the company.

current income. various groups of shareholders may have different desires¶ and objectives. cannot be precisely ascertained. which combine the mix of growth and desired dividends. Ownership Considerations: Where ownership is concentrated in few people. Firm-oriented Considerations Ownership interests alone may not determine the dividend policy. Where.Ownership considerations Firm-oriented considerations. the objective of the maximization of the market value of shares requires that the dividend policy be geared to investors in general. the influence of stockholders¶ interests on dividend decision becomes uncertain because: (a) the status or preferences of stockholders relating to their position. credit-standing and working capital Needs of funds for immediate or future expansion Availability of external capital Risk of losing control of organization Relative cost of external funds 170 . A firm¶s needs are also an important consideration. Further. efforts should be made to ascertain the following interests of shareholders to encourage market acceptance of the stock: Current income requirements of stockholders Alternative uses of funds in the hands of stockholders Tax matters affecting stockholders. Inspite of these difficulties. etc. which include the following: Contractual and legal restrictions Liquidity. ownership is decentralized on a wide spectrum the identification of their interests becomes difficult. there are no problems in identifying ownership interests. Since companies generally do not have a singular group of shareholders. (b) a conflict in shareholders¶ interests may arise. Since. capital gains. investors gravitate to those companies. however. understandably.

a return of the owner¶s investment. a healthy company with an eye on future follows a somewhat cautious policy and builds up reserves. public utilities may be able to establish a relatively fixed dividend rate. Nature of Business This is an important determinant of the dividend policy of a company. which include. The following factors affect the shaping of a dividend policy. If earnings fluctuate and losses are caused during depression. pay dividends with greater regularity than the capital goods industries.Business cycles Post dividend policies and stockholder relationships. may not be able to declare dividends for years. large and mature companies pay a reasonably good but not an excessive rate of dividend. A company which believes in publicity gimmicks may follow a more liberal dividend policy to its future detriment. Excessive dividends may be paid only by µmushroom¶ companies. oil or mines²which get depleted over time. Thus. Industries with stable income are in a position to formulate consistent dividend policies. Generally speaking. may well pursue a policy of gradually returning capital to its owners because its resources are going to be exhausted. Companies with unstable earnings adopt dividend policies which are different from those which have steady earnings. in part. A company with µwasting¶ assets²such as timber. with long gestation period and multiplicity of hazards. the continued payment of dividends may become a risky proposition. But once they get established. Consumer goods industries usually suffer less from uncertainties of income and. Such a company may offer dividends. they might afford to make liberal dividend payments. A firm with a head programme of investment in research and development would see to it-that adequate reserves are built up for the purpose. therefore. Mining companies. on the other hand. Attitude and Objectives of Management 171 .

Composition of Shareholding There may be marked variations in dividend policies on account of the variations in the composition of the shareholding. Those in the high-income brackets may be willing to sacrifice additional income in the form of dividends in favour of appreciation in the value of shares and capital gains. Within these two extremes. Widely held companies have scattered shareholders.¶ some others may be liberal. The tax burden on business corporations is a determining factor in formulation of their dividend policies. Liberal organizations. Though such an approach may easily meet their future needs for funds. In the case of a closely held company. and do not attach much importance to tax considerations. on the other hand. Such companies may take the dividend decision with a greater sense of responsibility by adopting a more formal and scientific approach. Niggardly organizations prefer to conserve cash.While some organizations may be niggardly in dividend payments. is likely to payout a relatively low dividend. when the stock is widely held. it deprives the stockholders of a legitimate return on their investment. Thus. However. a company which is closely held by a few shareholders in the high income-tax brackets. stockholders are enthusiastic about collecting their dividends regularly. a number of corporations adopt several venations. feel that stockholders are entitled to an established rate of dividend as long as their financial condition is reasonably sound. A large number of firms may be found within these two extremes. The attitude of the management affects the dividend policies of a corporation in another way. The directors of a closely held company may take into consideration the effect of dividends upon the tax position of their important shareholders. The shareholders in such a company are interested in taking their income in the form of capital gains rather than in the form of dividends which arc 172 . the personal objectives of the directors and of a majority of shareholders may govern the decision. The stockholders who control the management of the company may be interested in µempirebuilding¶ They may consider ploughing back of earnings as the most effective technique for achieving their objective of building up the corporate as perhaps the largest in the field.

therefore. They may use past profits to pay dividends regularly. and working capital needs. consider it necessary to conserve their cash resources to face future emergencies. repayment of long-term debt. Desire for Financial Solvency and Liquidity Companies may desire to build up reserves by retaining their earnings which would enable them to weather deficit years or the down-swings of a business cycle. it may adopt a conservative dividend policy. it is wise to adopt a conservative dividend policy if the cost of capital involved in external financing is greater than the cost of internally generated funds. Companies sometimes prune dividends when their liquidity declines. On the other hand. Regularity A company may decide about dividends on the basis of its current earnings which according to its thinking may provide the best index of what a company can pay. influence the dividend decision. In the context of opportunities for expansion and growth. even though large variations in earnings and consequently in dividends may be observed from year to year. The past record of a company in payment of dividends regularly builds up the 173 . Investment Opportunities Many companies retain the earnings to facilitate planned expansion. they may adopt a policy for retaining larger portion of earnings. So. Cash credit limits. irrespective of whether they have enough current profits or not. They may. the shareholders of a large and widely held company may be interested in high dividend payout. Similarly. etc. Other companies may consider regularity in payment of dividends as more important than anything else. Companies with low credit ratings may feel that they may not be able to sell their securities for raising necessary finance they would need for future expansion. if a company has lucrative opportunities for investing its funds and can earn a rate which is higher than its cost of capital.subject to higher personal income taxes. capital expenditure commitments.

financial institutions which grant. Established companies often find it easier to distribute higher earnings without causing an adverse effect on the financial position of the company than a comparatively younger corporation which has yet to establish itself. Regularity in dividends cultivates an investment attitude rather than a speculative one towards the shares of the company. The demand for capital expenditure. 174 . Inflation has another dimension. They would thus expect a higher payout ratio. money supply. This is of particular relevance if the assets have to be replaced in near future. undergo great oscillations during the different stages of a business cycle. Restrictions by Financial Institutions Sometimes. A higher payout ratio based on overstated profits may eventually lead to the liquidation of the company.morale of the stockholders who may adopt a helpful attitude towards it in periods of emergency or financial crisis. On account of inflation often the profits of most of the companies are inflated. In the period of inflation. Other Factors Age of the company has some effect on the dividend decision. the firm has to depend upon retained earnings as a source of funds to make up for the shortfall. Consequently. funds generated from depreciation may not be adequate to replace worn out equipment¶. In an inflationary situation. long-term loans to corporations put a clause restricting dividend payment till the loan or a substantial part of it is repaid. Under these circumstances. current income becomes more important and shareholders in general attach more value to current yield than to distant capital appreciation. As a result. the dividend payout ratio will tend to be low. Inflation Inflation is also a factor which may affect a firm¶s dividend decision. dividend policies may fluctuate from time to time. etc.

What is dividend and why is dividend decision important? 2. Explain the statement. Will a company be justified in paying dividends when it has unwritten-of accumulated losses of the past? 5.Have you Understood? 1. What factors a company would in general consider before it takes a decision on dividends? 175 . "Dividend can be paid only out of profits". What policy goals might be considered by management in taking a decision on dividends? 3. Discuss the role of a Finance Manager in the matter of dividend policy. Explain the statement. "While formulating a dividend policy the management has to reconcile its own needs for funds with the expectations of shareholders". What alternatives he might consider and what factors should he take into consideration before finalising his views on dividend policy? 4.

work-in-process and finished goods. Again. Funds can be invested for permanent or long-term purposes such as acquisition of fixed assets. renovation or modernization of plant and machinery. It refers to all aspects of current assets and current liabilities. It can also be regarded as that portion of the firm¶s total capital which is employed in short-term operations. raw material. The management of working capital is no less important than the management of long-term financial investment. diversification and expansion of business. Working Capital refers to a firm¶s investment in short-term assets: viz.UNIT ± IV WORKING CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Lesson 1 Working Capital INTRODUCTION Effective Financial Management is the outcome. Funds are thus blocked in different types of inventory. All the goods which are manufactured in a given time period may not be sold in that period. and research and development. For example. amount receivables (debtors) and inventories of raw materials. that is. The credit sales also involve blocking of funds with debtors till cash is received or the bills are cleared. for current operations of the business. of proper management of investment of funds in business. among other things. if you are managing a manufacturing unit you will have to arrange for procurement of raw material. we can say that working capital is the investment needed for carrying out dayto-day operations of the business smoothly. Learning Objectives 176 .. Hence. payment of wages to your workmen and for meeting routine expenses. In simple words. the whole of the stock of finished goods may not be sold against ready cash.. short-term securities. some goods remain in stock. some of it may be sold on credit. eg. semi-finished (manufacturing-in-process) goods and finished marketable goods. cash. Funds are also needed for short-tem purposes.

The objectives of this unit are to familiarize you with the: Concepts and components of working capital Significance of and need for working capital Determinants of the size of working capital Criteria for efficiency in managing working capital SECTION TITLE Significance of Working Capital One will hardly find an operating business firm which does not require some amount of working capital. Sometimes the available funds may be in excess of the needs for investment in these assets. is the life-blood of a business.. (b) cash to meet the wage bill. Working capital. receivables and minimum essential cash balance. Any surplus may be invested in government securities rather than being retained as idle cash balance. eg. The cycle. inventory. A standard operating cycle may be for any time period but does not generally exceed a financial year. Obviously. (c) the capacity to wait for the market for its finished products. any organization. thus. Operating Cycle The time between purchase of inventory items (raw material or merchandise) and their conversion into cash is known as operating cycle or working capital cycle. a commercial enterprise is virtually good for nothing without merchandise to sell. Similarly. the shorter the operating cycle. of course. A perusal of the operating¶ cycle would reveal that the funds invested in operations are re-cycled back into cash. The longer the period of this conversion the longer is the operating cycle. The channels of the investment are called current assets. As a matter of fact. will not be able to carry on day-to-day activities without adequate working capital. 177 . the larger will be the turnover of funds invested for various purposes. and (d) the ability to grant credit to its customers. The successive events which are typically involved in an operating cycle are depicted in Figure I. Even a fully equipped manufacturing firm is sure to collapse without (a) an adequate supply of raw materials to process. whether profit-oriented or otherwise. takes some time to complete.

similarity can be observed in fixed and current assets so far as both are partly financed by borrowed funds. Gross Working Capital According to this concept. working capital refers to the firm¶s investment in current assets. This concept views Working Capital and aggregate of Current Assets as two interchangeable terms. and are expected to yield earnings over and above the 178 .Concepts of Working Capital There are two types of working capital. To a certain degree. namely Gross and Net working capital. The amount of current liabilities is not deducted from the total of current assets. Profits are earned with the help of assets which are partly fixed and partly current. The proponents of the gross working capital concept advocate this for the following reasons: 1. This concept is also referred to as µCurrent Capital¶ or µCirculating Capital¶.

Net Working Capital The net working capital refers to the difference between current assets and current liabilities. this portion of the working capital should be financed 179 . Logic then demands that the aggregate of current assets should be taken to mean the working capital.interest costs. A weak liquidity position poses a threat to the solvency of the company and makes it unsafe. prompt and timely action should be taken by management to improve and correct the imbalance in the liquidity position of the firm. This needs some explanation. An increase in the overall investment in the enterprise also brings about an increase in the working capital. Excessive liquidity is also bad. Current assets should be sufficiently in excess of current liabilities to constitute a margin or buffer for obligations maturing within the ordinary operating cycle of a business. 2. bills payable. bank overdraft and outstanding expenses. A negative net working capital occurs when current liabilities are in excess of current assets. "Whenever working capital is mentioned it brings to mind. Management is more concerned with the total current assets as they constitute the total funds available for operating purposes than with the sources from which the funds come. Every firm has a minimum amount of net working capital which is permanent. Net working capital can be positive or negative. 3. It may be due to mismanagement of current assets. Current liabilities are those claims of outsiders which are expected to mature for payment within an accounting year and include creditors¶ dues. µNet working capital¶ is a qualitative concept which indicates the liquidity position of the firm and indicates the extent to which working capital needs may be financed by permanent sources of funds. current assets and current liabilities with a general understanding that working capital is the difference between the two". The net working capital concept also covers the question of a judicious mix of long-term and short-term funds for financing current assets. Therefore. Therefore. A positive net working capital will arise when current assets exceed current liabilities.

the need for current assets is felt constantly. Regular or Permanent Working Capital. It is this concept which helps creditors and investors to judge the financial soundness of the enterprise.with permanent sources of funds such as owners¶ capital. Fixed Working Capital The need for current assets is associated with the operating cycle is a continuous process. The magnitude of investment in current assets however may not always be the same. Seasonal. Kinds of Working Capital Ordinarily. there is always a certain minimum level of current assets which is essential for the firm to carry on its business 180 . the gross concept underscores the quantitative. In support of their stand. and Variable. Management must decide the extent to which current assets should be financed with equity capital and/or borrowed capital. Both the concepts have operational significance for the management and therefore neither can be ignored. It helps to ascertain the correct comparative financial position of companies having the same amount of current assets. As such. they state that: In the long run what matters is the surplus of current assets over current liabilities. debentures. Several economists uphold the net working capital concept. It is the excess of current assets over current liabilities which can be relied upon to meet contingencies since this amount is not liable to be returned. Nevertheless. While the net concept of working capital emphasizes the qualitative aspect. It may be stated that gross and net concepts of working capital are two important facets of working capital management. preference capital and retained earnings. long-term debt. The need for investment in current assets may increase or decrease over a period of time according to the level of production. Temporary or Special Working Capital. Fluctuating. working capital is classified into two categories: Fixed.

Any special advertising campaigns organized for increasing sales or other promotional activities may have to be financed by additional working capital. Figures II and III give an idea about fixed and fluctuating working capital. seasonal. The need for working capital may also vary on account of seasonal changes or abnormal or unanticipated conditions. a rise in the price level may lead to an increase in the amount of funds invested in stock of raw materials as well as finished goods. For example. will fluctuate. Fluctuating Working Capital Depending upon the changes in production and sales. This is the irreducible minimum amount necessary for maintaining the circulation of the current assets. This minimum level of investment in current assets is permanently locked up in business and is therefore referred to as permanent or fixed or regular working capital.irrespective of the level of operations. It is permanent in the same way as investment in the firm¶s fixed assets is. Additional doses of working capital may be required to face cutthroat competition in the market or other contingencies like strikes and lockouts. temporary or special) working capital. The extra working capital needed to support the changing business activities is called as fluctuating (variable. 181 . the need for working capital. over and above the permanent working capital.

figure II. however. but temporary working capital is arranged by the firm to meet liquidity requirements that are expected to be temporary. 182 . Current assets comprise several items. permanent working capital may also keep on increasing over time as has been shown in Figure III. may not always be horizontal. The permanent working capital line. Components of Working Capital It is already noted that working capital has two components: Current assets and Current liabilities. while variable Working capital is fluctuating²sometimes increasing and sometimes decreasing. fixed working capital remaining constant over time It is shown in Figure II that fixed working capital is stable overtime. Both these kinds of working capital²permanent and temporary²are required to facilitate production and sales through the operating cycle. The typical items are: Cash to meet expenses as and when they occur. For a growing firm.

Accounts receivables or sundry trade debtors. The remaining part of the need for working capital may be met from short-term borrowing from financiers like banks. With receivables and inventories tending to grow and with increasing demand for bank credit in the wake of strict regulation of credit in India by the 183 . of the overall corporate management. stores. Advances received from parties against goods to be sold or delivered. Temporary investment of surplus funds which could be converted into cash whenever needed. on account of custom. Typical items of current liabilities are: Goods purchased on credit Expenses incurred in the course of the business of the organization (eg. wages or salaries.) which are not yet paid for. Other current liabilities such as tax and dividends payable. Advance payments towards expenses or purchases. and finished goods. electricity bills. usage or arrangement. Working capital management thus throws a challenge and should be a welcome opportunity for a finance manager who is ready to play a pivotal role in his organization. financial institutions or other parties. Temporary or short-term borrowings from banks. rent. the need for funds to finance the current assets may be met from supply of goods on credit. work-in-process. Neglect of management of working capital may result in technical insolvency and even liquidation of a business unit. Apart from these. of payment for expenses. We must not lose sight of the fact that management of working capital is an integral part of the overall Financial Management and. Inventory of raw materials. as well as external analysts. Importance of Working Capital Management Because of its close relationship with day-to-day operations of a business. a study of working capital and its management is of major importance to internal. ultimately. These items arc collectively called current liabilities. or as short-term deposits. and other short-term advances.. It is being increasingly realised that inadequacy or mismanagement of working capital is the leading cause of business failures. and deferment. interest etc. which are recoverable. supplies and spares.

excessive working capital may pose the following dangers: 10. 5. increasing the chances of inventory mishandling. As a result. 13. Attractive credit opportunities may have to be lost due to paucity of working capital. It may become difficult for the firm to undertake profitable projects due to non-availability of funds. The firm loses its reputation when it is not in a position to honour its short-term obligations. 12. 9. Implementation of operating plans may become difficult and consequently the firm¶s profit goals may not be achieved. causing a higher incidence of bad debts. It may encourage the tendency to accumulate inventories for making speculative profits. 11. thus lowering the rate of return on investments in the process. Excess of working capital may result in unnecessary accumulation of inventories.Central Bank. managers need to develop a long-term perspective for managing working capital. 7. 184 . This has an adverse effect on profits. and theft. Fixed assets may not be efficiently utilised due to lack of working funds. waste. causing a liberal dividend policy which becomes difficult to maintain when the firm is unable to make speculative profits. Growth may be stunted. It may provide an undue incentive for adopting too liberal a credit policy and slackening of collection of receivables. On the other hand. leading eventually to managerial inefficiency. Inefficient working capital management may cause either inadequate or excessive working capital which is dangerous. the firm is likely to face tight credit terms. 8. A firm may have to face the following adverse consequences from inadequate working capital: 4. Operating inefficiencies may creep in due to difficulties in meeting even day-to-day commitments. Excessive working capital may make management complacent. 6.

Nature and Size of Business The working capital needs of a firm are basically influenced by the nature of its business. must carry large stocks of a variety of merchandise to satisfy the varied demand of their customers. Size may be measured in terms of the scale of operations. and construction firms also have to invest substantially in working capital but only a nominal amount in fixed assets. for example. Manufacturing Cycle 185 . Retail stores. therefore. Financial and statistical techniques can be helpful in predicting the quantum of working capital needed at different points of time. Their working capital requirements are nominal because they have cash sales only and they supply services. Determinants of Working Capital Needs There are no set rules or formulas to determine the working capital requirements of a firm. but require a large investment in working capital. The hazards and contingencies inherent in a particular type of business also have an influence in deciding the magnitude of working capital in terms of keeping liquid resources. should maintain the right amount of working capital on a continuous basis. Trading and financial firms generally have a low investment in fixed assets. Thus. The size of business also has an important impact on its working capital needs. The amount of working capital that a firm would need is affected not only by the factors associated when the firm itself but is also affected with economic. Some manufacturing businesses like tobacco. The corporate management has to consider a number of factors to determine the level of working capital. Among the various factors the following are important ones. The working capital needs of most of the manufacturing concerns fall between the two extreme requirements of trading firms and public utilities. public utilities have a limited need for working capital and have to invest abundantly in fixed assets. In contrast. the amount of funds tied up with debtors or in stocks is either nil or very small. monetary and general business environment. not products. A firm with larger scale of operations will need more working capital than a small firm.An enlightened management.

Production Policy If a firm follows steady production policy. because an extended manufacturing time span means a larger tieup of funds in inventories.The manufacturing cycle starts with the purchase of raw materials and is completed with the production of finished goods. Any delay at any stage of manufacturing process will result in accumulation of work-in-process and will enhance the requirement of working capital. Business Fluctuations Seasonal and cyclical fluctuations in demand for a product affect the working capital requirement considerably. If the manufacturing cycle involves a longer period the need for working capital will be more. even when the demand is seasonal. Such firms manufacture their main products during the season 186 . consequently. a fall in the levels of stocks and book debts. financial arrangements for seasonal working capital requirement should be made in advance. a decline in the economy may register a fall in sales and. A firm may follow a policy of steady production in all seasons to utilise its resources to the fullest extent. This will mean accumulation of inventories in off-season and their quick disposal in peak season. involving long manufacturing cycle. Seasonal fluctuations may also create production problems. An upward swing in the economy leads to increased sales. Increase in production level may be expensive during peak periods. The financial plan should be flexible enough to take care of any seasonal fluctuations. Firms whose physical facilities can be utilised for manufacturing a variety of products can have the advantage of diversified activities. especially temporary working capital requirements of the firm. Therefore. attempt to minimise their investment in inventories (and thereby in working capital) by seeking advance or periodic payments from customers. the firm may adopt the policy of varying its production schedule in accordance with the changes in demand. On the other hand. If the costs and risks of maintaining a constant production schedule are high. You may have observed that firms making heavy machinery or other such products. resulting in an increase in the firm¶s investment in inventory and receivables or book debts. inventory will accumulate during off-season periods and there will be higher inventory costs and risks.

logically. The shift in composition of working capital in a company may be observed with changes in economic circumstances and corporate practices. larger amount of working capital will be needed. Though the credit terms granted to customers in a large measure depend upon the norms and practices of the industry or trade to which the firm belongs. The working capital requirements of a firm are also affected by credit terms granted by its creditors. (Refer to Figure 1 on operating cycle).and other products during off-season. production policies may differ from firm to firm. rather than following it. Accordingly. Growth and Expansion Activities As a company grows. Operating Efficiency 187 . Turnover of Circulating Capital The speed with which the operating cycle completes its round raw materials finished product accounts receivables cash plays a decisive role in influencing the working capital needs. Credit Terms The credit policy of the firm affects the size of working capital by influencing the level of book debts. Though it is difficult to state any firm rules regarding the relationship between growth in the volume-of a firm¶s business and its working capital needs. Slave collection procedures may even increase the chances of bad debts. The fact to be recognised is that the need for increased working capital funds may precede the growth in business activities. A firm enjoying liberal credit terms will need less working capital. Thus. A long collection period will generally mean tying of larger funds in book debts. the need for working capital will also vary. yet it may endeavour to shape its credit policy within such constrains. depending upon the circumstances. Growing industries require more working capital than those that are static.

that is. Payment of dividend consumes cash resourse and reduces the firm¶s working capital to that extent. rising price level requires a higher investment in working capital. The cash inflow can be calculated by adjusting non-cash items such as depreciation. The net profit is a source of working capital to the extent it has been earned. The Conventional Approach 188 . Increasing prices for the same levels of current assets need enhanced investment. the policy to retain or distribute profit has a bearing on working capital. With increased operating efficiency application use of working capital is improved Price Level Changes Generally. whereas others may be badly hit by it. A high net profit margin contributes towards the working capital. Outstanding expenses. The firm¶s appropriation policy. be felt differently by different firms. However. firms which can immediately revise prices of their products upwards may not face a severe working capital problem in periods of rising price levels. It is possible that some companies may not be affected by the rising prices. The firm can minimise its need for working capital by efficiently controlling its operating costs. The effects of increasing price level may. losses written off. from the net profit. Approaches to Managing Working Capital Two approaches are generally followed for the management of working carpet (i) the conventional approach and (ii) the operating cycle approach. Other Factors There are some other factors which affect the determination of the need for working capital. etc. If the profits are retained in the business. however. the firm¶s working capital position will be strengthened.Operating efficiency means optimum utilisation of resources.

more emphasis is given to the management of debtors because they generally constitute the largest share of the investment in working capital. but now the practice is shifting in favour of the operating cycle approach. The Operating Cycle Approach This approach views working capital as a function of the volume of operating expenses. Techniques have been evolved for the management of each of these components. commencing with acquisition of raw materials to the realisation of proceeds from debtors.This approach implies managing the individual components of working capital (ii) the inventory. On the other hand. The banks . efficiently and economically so that there are neither idle funds nor paucity of funds. The optimum level of working capital will be the requirement of operating expenses for an operating cycle. In India. Under this approach the working capital is determined by the duration of the operating cycle and the operating expenses needed for completing the cycle.usually apply this approach while granting credit facilities to their clients. payables. The duration of the operating cycle is the number of days involved in the various stages. Measuring of Working Capital Measurement of working capital is dealt in the following illustration. receivables. inventory control has not yet been practiced on a wide scale perhaps due to scarcity of goods (or commodities) and ever rising prices. a newly set up enterprise: a) The proforma cost sheet shows that the various elements of cost bear the undermentioned relationship to the selling price: 189 . In India. The credit period allowed by creditors will have to be set off in the process. Illustration Determine the magnitude of working capital (with the help of the following particulars) for Gujarat Tricycles Limited. most of the organizations used to follow the conventional approach earlier. etc. calculated on the basis of operating expenses required for a year.

k) Allow 20% to computed figure for buffer cash and contingencies. it will be helpful to work out the following basic data a) The yearly production is 6. monthly production will be 500 tricycles. Hence. parts and components is one month. 190 . parts and components 40% Labour 30% Overhead 10% b) Production in 19x 8 is estimated to be 6. Before attempting to calculate the working capital.000 tricycles. g) Credit period allowed by suppliers of raw material.Materials.50% of the overhead consists of salaries of nonproduction staff.000 tricycles. parts and components are expected to remain in the stores for an average period of one month before issue to production. c) Raw material. h) The lag of payment to labor is one month. e) Each unit of production will be in process for half a month on an average: f) Half of the sales are likely to be on credit. The debtors will be allowed two months credit from the date of sale. i) Selling price will be Rs 200 per tricycle j) Assume that sales and production follow a consistent pattern. d) Finished goods are likely to stay in the warehouse for two months on an average before being sold and delivered to customers.

parts and components. Hence. 160 i. labour and overheads) comprise 80% (40%+30%+ 10%) of the selling price.e..b) The selling price per tricycle is Rs. raw material. (200x). The various elements of cost (i. cost of production is Rs. 200.. 191 .e.

the following measures may be applied. Research activities in this regard may be undertaken. with financial assistance provided by the Government and the corporate sector. the cost involved must 192 . Attempts must be made to increase the productivity of the work force by proper motivational strategies. Before going in for any incentive scheme. 15. Greater disciplines in all segments of the production front may be attempted as under: 14. if any. Such a control acquires even more significance in times of inflation.Working Capital Management Under Inflation It is desirable to check the increasing demand for capital for maintaining the existing level of activity. In order to control working capital needs in periods of inflation. The possibility of using substitute raw materials without affecting quality must be explored in all seriousness.

be neutralised if the span of the operating cycle can be i-educed. Only when there is a pressure on working capital does the management become conscious of the existence of slow-moving and obsolete stock. The managed costs should be properly scrutinised in terms of their costs and benefits. Such costs include office decorating expenses. The management tends to adopt ad hoc measures which are grossly inadequate. The payment to creditors in time leads to building up of good reputation and consequently it increases the bargaining power of the firm regarding period of credit for payment and other conditions. either some payments have to be postponed or purchase of some avoidable items has to be deferred. managerial salaries and payments. there should be an efficient management information system reflecting the stock position from various standpoints. they have tended to become partly fixed in nature due to the influence of various legislative measures adopted by the Central or State Governments in recent times. In order to minimise the cost impact of such items. etc. Therefore. The increasing pressure to augment working capital weighed against the benefit to be derived. Projections of cash flows should be made to see that cash inflows and outflows match with each other. Managed costs are more or less fixed costs and once committed they are difficult to retreat. . Efficiency Criteria 193 . a clear-cut policy regarding the disposal of slowmoving and obsolete stocks must be formulated and adhered to. the maximum possible use of facilities already created must be ensured. Though wages in accounting are considered a variable cost. In addition to this. advertising. Greater turnover with shorter intervals and quicker realisation of debtors will go a long way in easing the situation. the management should be vigilant in sanctioning any new expenditure belonging to this cost area. If they do not. Increased productivity results in an increase in value added and this has the effect of reducing labour cost per unit. to some extent. Further.

The adverse effect of ineffective inventory management may not be offset even by the most efficient management of other components of working capital. The finance department has to plan in advance to maintain sufficient liquidity to meet maturing liabilities. Whether adequate credit is obtained from suppliers. The other side of the same coin is receiving credit.Improved profitability of firm. depends on its efficiency in managing working capital. Whether reasonable credit is extended to customers. a reliable index is whether a company can settle the bills on due dates. Whether maximum possible inventory turnover is achieved. Some of the parameters for judging the efficiency in managing working capital are: p. Whether there is enough assurance for the creditors about the ability of the company to meet its short-term commitments on time. It is useful to study the trend of working capital over a period of time. Both depend upon a company¶s strength as a seller and as a buyer. The following indices can be used for measuring the efficiency in managing working capital: Current Ratio (CR) CR =Current Assets/Current Liabilities It indicates the ability of a company to manage the current affairs of business. With coordination of efforts buyers can be in a position to negotiate competitive credit terms even if there is a single supplier and his ability to control the market. to a great extent. It depends upon the company¶s position in relation to its suppliers and the nature of supply market i. 194 . Hence. At times the supplier imposes the credit terms as 100% advance i. r. q. s. negative trade credit. whether there is a single supplier or an oligarchy or a large number of suppliers. This powerful instrument to promote sales should not be misused.e. t.e. A single criterion would not be sufficient to judge or evaluate the efficiency in a dynamic area like working capital. Whether there are adequate safeguards to ensure that neither overtrading nor undertrading takes place..

The relationship of 1:1 between quick assets and current liabilities is considered ideal. Average Collection Period (Debtors/Credit Sales) X 365 This ratio explains how many days of credit a company is allowing to its customers to settle their bills. like current ratio. It is not only the quantum of current ratio that is important but also its quality. this may have to be modified depending on the peculiar conditions prevailing in a particular trade or industry.Though the current ratio of 2:1 is considered ideal. Inventory and sticky debts are generally treated as non-quick assets.e. 195 . the proportion should usually be kept low. Quick Ratio (QR) QR=Liquid Assets/Current Liabilities Liquid assets mean current assets minus those which are not quickly realisable. Sales to Cash Ratio Sales to Cash Ratio=Sales/Average cash balance during the period. it also varies from industry to industry. in order to achieve maximum sales with minimum cash on hand. Cash should be turned over as many times as possible. depending on the peculiar conditions of a particular industry. i. extent to which assets and liabilities are really current. Cash to Current Assets If cash alone is a major item of current assets then it may be a good indicator of the profitability of the organization.. but. as cash by itself does not earn any profit.

Inventory Turnover Ratio (ITR) ITR=Sales/Average Inventory It shows how many times inventory has turned over to achieve the sales. Its symptoms being (I) High Inventory Turnover Ratio (ii) Low Current Ratio. avoid both over-trading and undertrading.Average Payment Period Average payment period=(Creditors/Credit purchases) x 365 It indicates how many days of credit is being enjoyed by the company from its suppliers. therefore. When this ratio is not carefully watched. this ratio helps management in maintaining working capital which is adequate for the planned growth in sales. Working Capital to Sales Usually expressed in terms of percentage. 196 . Inventory should be maintained at a level which balances production facilities and sales needs. Working Capital to Net Worth This ratio shows the relationship between working capital and the funds belonging to the owners. Efficient working capital management should. it may lead to: a) Over trading when the conditions are in the upswing. If any increase in sales is contemplated it has to be seen that working capital is adequate. Its major symptoms are: i) Low Inventory Turnover Ratio ii) High Current Ratio. it signifies that for any amount of sales a relative amount of working capital is needed. or b) Undertrading when the conditions of market are not good. Therefore.

It is a secured loan. Trade credit might be costlier as the supplier may inflate the price to account for the loss of interest for delayed payment. though a commitment charge for utilization may be charged. In the credit system a bill of exchange is drawn on the buyer who accepts and returns the same. accrual accounts. Interest is charged on actual borrowings. Companies can also issue debentures and invite public deposits for working capital which are external long-term sources. There are both external or internal sources. pledge loans. The borrower can deal with the goods. that is advance retirement or extension of credit period can be negotiated. hypothecation loans. public deposits. the limit being subjected to examination and revision year after year. A onetime lump-sum payment is made. The invoice is the basic document.Sources of Working Capital Sources of working capital are many. Cash credit is an arrangement by which the customers (business concerns) are given borrowing facility upto a certain limit. indigenous bankers. Trade credit is an informal and readily available credit facility. Commercial banking system in the country is broad based and fairly developed. loans and advances from directors are external short-term sources. overdrafts and bill purchase and discounting are the principal forms of working capital finance provided by commercial banks. finance companies. Straight loans are given with or without security. while repayments may be periodical or one time. Equity funds may also be used for working capital. Commercial banks are the next important source of working capital finance. The external sources are both short-term and long-term. Pledge loans are made against physical deposit of security in the bank¶s custody. It is a common source. In the former as per business custom credit is extended to the buyer. Either open account credit or acceptance credit may be adopted. Trade credit. The bill of exchange evidences the debt. It is flexible too. commercial banks. advances from customers. The buyer is not giving any debt instrument as such. Here the borrower cannot deal with the goods 197 . It is an important source. It is unsecured. Straight loans. Hypothecation advance is granted on the hypothecation of stock or other asset. Trade credit Trade credit is a short-term credit facility extended by suppliers of raw materials and other suppliers. cash credits.

Public deposits are unsecured deposits raised by businesses for periods exceeding a year but not more than 3 years by manufacturing concerns and not more than 5 years by non-banking finance companies. Here. The rate of interest ceiling is also fixed. They provide services almost similar to banks. Contractors might also demand advance from customers. In certain cases. There are restrictive conditions as to the issue of commercial 198 . Indigenous bankers also provide financial assistance to small business and trades. Bill financing by purchasing or discounting bills of exchange is another common form of financing. Advances from customers are normally demanded by producers of costly goods at the time of accepting orders for supply of goods. the seller of goods on credit draws a bill on the buyer and the latter accepts the same. This form of working capital financing is resorted to by well-established companies. loans from group companies etc. Since 1990 CPs came into existence. Cash rich companies lend to liquidity companies under liquidity crunch. constitute another source of working capital. Accrual accounts are simply outstanding suppliers of overhead service requirements. This is a popular form. advances from customers may be insisted. They charge exorbitant rates of interest by very much understanding. It is a very common form of extending working capital assistance. Where sellers market prevails. to ensure performance of contract an advance may be insisted. Loans from directors. Quantity restriction is placed at 25% of paid up capital + free services for deposits solicited from public is prescribed for non-banking manufacturing concerns. The RBI is regulating deposit taking by these companies in order to protect the depositors. The bill is discounted for cash with the banker. Overdraft facility is given to current account holding customers to overdraw the account upto certain limit. Commercial papers are usance promissory notes negotiable by endorsement and delivery. They provide need-based loans and sometimes arrange loans from others for customers. But timely assistance may be obtained.until the loan is settled. Finance companies in the country About 50000 companies exist at present. Interest rate is higher.

paper. CPs are privately placed after RBI¶s approval with any firm, incorporated or not, any bank or financial institution. Big and sound companies generally float CPs. Debentures and equity fund can be issued to finance working capital so that the permanent working capital can be matchingly financed through long term funds. Tandon Committee Recommendations Tandon committee was appointed by RBI in July 1974 under the Chairpersonship of Shri. P.LTandon who was the Chairman of Punjab National Bank then. The terms of references of the committee were: 21. To suggest guidelines for commercial banks to follow up and supervise credit from the point of view of ensuring proper use of funds and keeping a watch on the safety of advances. 22. To suggest the type of operational data and other information that may be obtained by banks periodically from the borrowers and by the Reserve bank from the lending banks. 23. To make suggestions for prescribing inventory norms for different industries both in the private and public sectors and indicate the broad criteria for deviating from these norms. 24. To suggest criteria regarding satisfactory capital structure and sound financial basis in relation to borrowing. 25. To make recommendations regarding resources for financing the minimum working capital requirements. 26. To suggest whether the existing pattern of financing working capital requirements by cash credit overdraft requires to be modified. If so, Suggest suitable modification. Findings of the committee: The committee studied the existing system of extending working capital finance to industry and identified the following as its major weaknesses: 27. It is the borrower who decides how much he would borrow. The banker cannot do any credit planning since he does not decide how much he would lend. 28. Bank credit, instead of being taken as a supplementary to other sources of finance, is treated as the first source of finance.


29. Bank credit is extended on the account of security available and not according to the level of operations of the borrower, 30. There is a wrong notion that security by itself ensures the safety of bank funds. As a matter of fact, safety essentially lies in efficient follow-up of the industrial operations of the borrower. Commitee Recommendations: The report submitted by the Tandon committee introduced major changes in the financing of working capital by commercial banks in India. The report was submitted on 9th August 1975. Fixation of norms. An important feature of the Tandon Committee¶s recommendations relate to fixation of norms for bank lending to industry. Working Capital Gap 31. In order to reduce the dependence of businesses on banks for working capital, ceiling on bank credit to individual firms has been prescribed. Accordingly, businesses have to compute the current assets requirement on the basis of stipulations as to size. So, flabby inventory, speculative inventory cannot be carried on with bank finance. Normal current liabilities, other than bank finance, are also worked out considering industry and geographical features and factors. Working capital gap is the excess of current assets as per stipulations over normal current liabilities (other than bank assistance). Bank assistance for working capital shall be based on the working capital gap, instead of the current assets need of a business. This type of financing assistance by banks was introduced on the basis of recommendations of Tandon Committee. 32. Inventory and Receivables norms: The committee has suggested norms for 15 major industries. The norms proposed represent the maximum level for holding ventures and receivables. They pertain to the following: gg. Raw materials including stores and other items used in the process of manufacture hh. Stock in process


ii. Finished goods jj. Receivables and bills discounted and purchased. Raw materials are expressed as so many months¶ cost of production. Stock in process is expressed as so many months¶ cost of production. Finished goods and receivables are expressed as so many months cost of sales and sales respectively. iii) Lending norms: The lending norms have been suggested in view of the realization that the banker¶s role as a lender is only to supplement the borrower¶s resources. The committee has suggested three alternative methods for working out the maximum permissible level of bank borrowings. Each successive method reduces the involvement of short-term credit to finance the current assets, and increases the use of long-term funds. The first method provided for a maximum 75% of bank funding of the working capital gap. That is, at least 25% of working capital gap must be financed through long-term funds. The second method provided for full bank financing of working capital gap based on 75% of current assets only. That is,25% of current assets should be financed through long-term funds. 25% of current assets are greater than 25% of working capital gap. Hence 2nd method meant more non-bank finance for working capital. The third method provided for long-term fund financing of whole permanent current assets and 25% of varying current assets. That is bank financing will be limited to working capital gap computed taking 75% of varying current assets only. The three methods are discussed below to show permitted bank funding of working capital:


Today, Tandon committee recommendations are not relevant. Now, banks are flush with funds. But good borrowers aren¶t many. Tandon committee recommendations were relevant when controlled economy prepared. Today, it opens economy. Besides, these recommendations were relevant in those years when money market was tight and capital rationing was needed. Today, the whole environment has changed. Now banks want to provide long-term loans well. Actually from April 15, 1997, all instructions relating to maximum permissible bank finance (MPBF) were withdrawn.


Chore Committee Recommendations Following the Tandon Committee the Chore Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri. IC.B.Chore, of RBI, was constituted in April 1979. The terms of reference were: 37. To review the working of cash credit system 38. To study the gap between sanctioned and utilized cash credit levels 39. To suggest measures to ensure better credit discipline 40. To suggest measures to enable banks to relate credit limits with output levels. The recommendations of the committee were: 41. To continue the present system of working capital financing, viz., credit, bill finance and loan 42. If possible supplement cash credit system by bill and loan financing 43. To periodically review cash credit levels 44. No need to bifurcate cash credit accounts into demand loan and cash credit components. 45. To fix peak level and non-peak level limits of bank assistance wherever, seasonal factors significantly affect level of business activity. 46. Borrowers to indicate before commencement requirement of bank credit within peak and sanctioned. A variation of 10% is to be tolerated. 47. Excess or under utilization beyond 10% tolerance level is to be considered as irregularity and corrective actions are to be taken up. 48. Quarterly statements of budget and performance be submitted by all borrowers having Rs.50 lakh working capital limit from the whole of banking system. 49. To discourage borrowers depending on adhoc assistances over and above sanctioned levels. 50. The second method of financing of working capital as suggested by the Tandon committee be uniformly adopted by banks. 51. To treat as working capital term loan the excess of bank funding when the switch over to the second method bank financing is adopted and the borrower is not able to repay the excess loan.


Marathe Committee Recommendations Later Marathe Committee was appointed to suggest meaningful credit management function of the RBI. The recommendations of the committee include: 52. The second method of financing Tandon committee should be followed. 53. Fast-track system of advance releasing upto 50% of additional credit required by borrowers pending RBI¶s approval of such enhanced credit authorization. 54. The bank should ensure the reasonableness of projections as to sales, current assets, current liability, net working capital by looking into past performance and assumptions of the future trend. 55. The current assets and liabilities to be classified in conformity with the guidelines issued by the RBI. For instance current liability should include any liability that needs to be retired within 12 months from the date of previous balance sheet. 56. A minimum of 1.33 current ratio should be maintained. That is, 25% current assets should be financed from long-term funds. 57. A quarterly information system (QIS) giving details as to projected level of current assets and current liabilities be evolved such that the information is given to the banker in the week preceding the commencement of the quarter to which the data is related and adopted. 58. A quarterly performance reporting system giving data on performance within 6 weeks following the end of the quarter to which the data is related and adopted. 59. A half yearly operating and fund flow statement to be submitted with in 2 months from the close of the half-year 60. The banker should review the borrower¶s accounts at least once a year HAVE YOU UNDERSTOOD? 61. Discuss the concept of working capital. Are the gross and net concepts of working capital exclusive? Explain. 62. Distinguish between fixed and fluctuating working capitals. What is the significance of such distinction in financing working needs of an enterprise?


74. 75. 68. What is operating cycle? Explain its significance in the context of estimation of working capital and ensuring efficient management of working capital. Bring out the kinds and concepts of working capital and the nature and significance of each type of working capital 71.63. 76. How would you judge the efficiency of the management of working capital in a business enterprise? Explain with the help of hypothetical data. Do you think this pattern of financing would be in the interest of the firm? Support your answer with a cogent argument. What are the recommendations of Chore Committee? Explain them. What factors a Finance Manager would ordinarily take into consideration while estimating working capital needs of his firm? 66. How would you as a Finance Manager control the need of increased working capital on account of inflationary pressures? Narrate some real-life examples you might have come across. Lesson 2 Accounts Receivables Management 205 . 77. 73. 69. A firm desires to finance its current assets entirely with short-term loans. How would you plan the working capital requirements of a manufacturing undertaking. Discuss clearly the factors affecting the size and composition of working capital. Explain the different sources of working capital finance. Discuss the significance of working capital management in a business enterprise. Give the impact on financing of working capital. Discuss the terms of reference and recommendations of the Tandon Committee. What is an operating cycle and how a close study of the operating cycle is helpful? 67. What do you mean by working capital management? What approaches would you adopt to ensure effectiveness? 72. What shall be the repercussions if a firm has (a) shortage of working capital and (b) excess working capital? 64. 65. Define working capital and describe its components 70.

the purchases made on credit basis are accounted for as sundry creditors (SCs) also known as Trade Creditors (TCs). etc. after the company¶s investment in plant and machinery. while the cash sales get represented in terms of cash in hand or in bank or some assets purchased on cash basis. But. But. Accounts Payables (APs) and Bills Payable (BPs). Further. and stocks of inventory (mostly in that order). you will be conversant with: Meaning and computation of receivables Credit policy of organization Purpose and cost of maintaining receivables Causes for high sundry debtors Caridecations for formulation credit policy Education of credit worthiness of customers Decision tree for credit granting Monitoring of receivables 206 . the entire sales (both on cash and credit bases) are recorded as sales in the profit and loss account. with a view to fully understand and appreciate the high need for effective monitoring and follow-up of sundry debtors.are also known as Trade Debtors (TDs). Therefore. the sundry debtors constitute the third largest and most important item of assets of the company. Bills Receivable (BRs) on the assets side of the balance sheet. the credit sales are reflected in the value of sundry debtors (SDs) (as referred to in India). Learning objectives After reading this lesson. This is what happens in the books of the seller.Introduction When the finished goods are sold on credit. it may be very pertinent to mention here that generally speaking. Accounts Receivable (ARs). in the books of the buyer. the imperative need of effective monitoring and control of all the items of Sundry Debtors assume a highly important and strategic position in the area of Corporate Financial Management.

steps and strategies that can be adopted to achieve the desired goal of keeping the sundry debtors at the minimal level. or even category C parties. Steps and Strategies 207 .SECTION TITLE Credit Policy While formulating credit policies. on the basis of their integrity and ability (both intention and strength) to pay in full and in due time. if the performance of a particular party in category A seems to be declining. instead. we should vary the quantum and period of credit. in terms of promptness in payment. about the various ways and means. party-wise. such an exercise should not be taken as just a onetime exercise. Such classifications must. similarly. and some urgent remedial measures (of applying some restrictions or liberalization) could be affected. For this purpose. in detail. Category B. Accordingly. be reviewed periodically. such that all the sundry debtors of the company may remain under continuous observation and scrutiny. we may broadly classify our parties (customers. We would now discuss. these may be classified as under: Category Degree of Risk A No risk B Little risk C Some risk D High risk But. before it becomes too late. and revised upward or downward. I am saying so. as the case be. if some perceptible improvement is observed in some category B. And. That is. these could as well be promoted to Category A and B respectively. as per the company¶s records. based upon the past performance. as the case may be. clilentele) under four different categories. it could well be brought down from Category A to say.

Because. in despatching the goods of the agreed quality only. i. whatever.. such that no relevant particulars may be lost sight 208 .Step 1 Prompt despatch of goods and invoice: The very first step towards effective supervision and follow-up of sundry debtors is that the goods must be despatched promptly.comprehensive proforma of its invoices. Step 3 Avoid disputes: Extra care and due precaution must be taken by and at all times. Step 2 Correct and unambiguous invoicing: It is of crucial importance that the order number. meticulously and correctly). Thus. due to the avoidable correspondence and the resultant delay in payment. Step 4 Standard (printed) invoice porforma with a tear-off portion: With a view to ensuring that all the relevant particulars have been incorporated in the invoice. it would augur well if the company takes care to evolve an all . howsoever all. the 15th day or 60th. as also the relative invoice. can be counted only after the day one begins. may result in a significant financial loss. ways.e. particulars (quality and quantity) of goods. (of course. (not even a shade less or more). Any error in these particulars. sometimes. and such other details are incorporated in the invoice correctly. so that may keep all the possible disputes avoided. a slight delay of even a day or two delays the payment of the sundry debtors at least by so many day(s). so as to facilitate the buyer company to connect the matter appropriately. when the goods invoice have been despatched.

on a day-to-day basis. 15 days. in serial order.It will be better still. the buyer company. an acknowledgement slip could also be provided as a tear off portion of the relative forwarding letter itself. would have to just put its rubber stamp (not even signature) on the acknowledgement slip. 180 days. That is. So. etc. the companies may maintain a Master Register. 60 days. B and C (presuming that the parties falling under the category "D" being the high risk will not be given any credit. And. because this may facilitate the company¶s effective followup programme in a scientific and systematic manner. 75 days. 45 days. as also the full and correct postal address of the seller company. 209 .1 at the end of the Chapter. 90 days. that is it. whatsoever). have been duly received by the party. When the efforts of typing acknowledgement letter are involved. wherein all the relevant particulars details of the various documents. Besides. A specimen proforma of the suggested forwarding letter along with the tear off portion containing the acknowledgement slip. are computer-printed at the appropriate place. if separate sub-sections are also maintained for parties falling under different categories like A. To facilitate calculation of the due dates of payment. separate sections in the register (or separate files in the computer) should be maintained for parties enjoying the credit for different periods. they just do not send any acknowledgement. This way. viz. and so on. at the receiving end. is placed in Annexure 5.of.. Step 5 Entries in the (i) Master Register (all comprehensive) and (ii) Ledger Accounts (partywise): With a view to exercising effective control on all the Working Capital Management sales effected. whatsoever. wherein all the particulars of all the sales effected on a particular day may be entered. whereby the quantum of pressure and frequency and rigour of monitoring could be gradually increased in the cases of B (as compared to A) and C (as compared to B) categories of sundry debtors. mostly the buyer companies are found to be adopting the easiest course of action. on the basis of the ABC analysis. 30 days. with a view to ensuring that the invoice. along with the relative bill of exchange and such other documents. and to slip the (acknowledgement) slip in the window envelop and post it.

That is. a routine type of computer printed reminder could be sent. and a copy thereof may be endorsed to the Sales Officer/Sales Representative for necessary follow-up action. too much of close follow-up may not be required until their payment pattern calls for their degradation from category A to category B. Step 3 210 . The idea behind having different sections or registers (or different folios in the computer) is that the actual due date can easily be calculated from the date of sale. as the same section / file will have the same due date for the same date of sale. the due date will be 30 days after the date of sale and so on. if the bill does not appear to have been paid even after a week or a fortnight. in a section / file of 30 days credit period. while those under category C may require a still closer and more frequent follow-up measures as also a constant watch and vigil over the payment pattern. beyond any remedy. Similarly. followed by some special strategies to be evolved for some special and specific cases. desiring special attention and specific treatment. Step 1 By way of a general follow-up. usually a week before the due date of payment. in case of category A. That is. the parties under category B may require somewhat closer follow-up. A General Pattern of Follow-up Measures A general pattern of follow-up of sundry debtors are discussed hereafter. of the stipulated due date. such that the situation may not get worsened and go out of control. a second reminder may be sent with a slightly firm language used. Step 2 Further. and so on. so as to decide whether some restrictions are required to be imposed on their credit terms.

including the telephone operators. As has already been stated earlier. so as to avoid the situation of accumulation of some huge over. Step 5 Similarly. in the mean time. but only as a demonstration of strong will that mean business. facilitate the review and revision of the categorization of each party periodically. would be incorporated. if even such strict and firm dealings do not bestir (activate) the parties. depending upon the review data. date of payment or return of the bills. and creating some sense of fear. to personally follow-up the matter with the party concerned. legal notice(s) may have to be served on some of them. during their immediately next visit to the area. though not with the intention of bringing it to its logical conclusion. etc. Step 4 And. any call coming for such enquiries may invariably be put through to the right person.amounts. Streamlined Enquiry Systems Due care must be taken by the companies to identify one specific official to attend to all the enquiries pertaining to sundry debtors. even civil suits may be filed. the goods despatch section may be instructed to suspend the supply of goods to such party . at the earliest. so that they (and even other buyers) may not get an impression that they may go scot free so easily. just as test cases. in turn. must know it and know it well. by chance. in some cases. the companies must also maintain a separate ledger account for each party. you will be able to form an opinion regarding each party which may. and adopting specific strategies for the continuation of the terms of the credit sales or otherwise. and even if. and all the other officials of the company. Thus. with a copy thereof endorsed to the Sales Officer/Sales Manager concerned. till further fuctions. This way. so as to obtain the payment. And. along with the master register. wherein the date of sale. a third strict reminder may have to be sent. revealed by the ledger account of the party concerned. even such reminder does not evoke the desired results. it gets connected to 211 .If. just by way of setting an example. particulars of sale.

for clarification of any doubt or for replying to any query pertaining to the bills with great ease. an opportunity to introspect and improve upon. this will also enable the official of the company to raise some of his own queries or else to seek some clarification or even to remind of some long over-due payments. in one go. price. instead of the call being tossed over from one person to the other. quality control. Incidentally. with the press of a button on the computer. in almost all the companies. it may be mentioned here that such enlisting of various complaints received on different counts. Age-wise/Party-wise analysis and vigorous follow-up. Besides.some wrong number. the study and analysis may throw-up some light on how to streamline the proforma invoice or such other systems. all the relevant particulars will be available to the person. care must be taken that you praise your query only after all the queries of the caller have been answered to his entire satisfaction. etc. the official concerend would do well if he could note down all the queries made by various sundry debtors so that when all these are listed category-wise. Further. therefore. the person concerned would be able to transfer the call to the right person. 212 . treat all the complaints as a free and frank feed back. delayed despatch. IC-2 Delay in the despatch of the documents / goods. etc. so that much of the queries could be eliminated. Now. We should. etc. IC-3 Lack of effective monitoring of Sundry Debtors like. Main Causes High Sundry Debtors [A] Internal Causes (IC) IC-l Ambiguous/Incorrect invoicing regarding quantity. etc. But. may also be used to enable us to take some suitable remedial measures pertaining to after-sales service.

completion of the project. e. IC-9 Overbilling regarding excise duty/sales tax etc. IC. IC-6 Defective supplies. (regarding credit period/cash discount. e. causing further delays. IC-7 Relevant documents and/or information not readily available for vigorous follow-up. [B] External Causes (EC) (S). please specify).g. (please specify) EC. etc.11 Any other internal cause (s).). IC-8 Ambiguity/deficiency in the terms and conditions. valid purchase Order. fixation/re-fixation of prices. IC-5 Goods despatched with insufficient documents. expiry of the warranty period and such other mutually agreed terms and conditions. pending installation and commissioning.IC-4 Lacunae in the Monitoring Mechanism! Credit Policy. etc. IC-10 Holding back of 5 to 10 per cent of the amount of the bill. etc. noncompliance of the terms and conditions of the purchase take delivery of the documents from the bank 213 . due to the changes in the Acts.1 Damage/Loss during transit EC-2 Lack of co-ordination in the buyers¶ organizations EC-3 Lack of liquidity with the buyers EC-4 Buyer¶s insolvency/liquidation EC-5 Buyers¶ reluctance. especially regarding excise duty/sales tax. sub-standard quality/quantity. and such unresolved issues. etc. insufficient after-sales services.g.

81. demmurages.7 Instalments collected but not remitted by the collecting agent forcredit of the company¶s account EC-8 Any other external cause (s). etc. (please specify). insurance. Miscellaneous causes (MC 1 to 3) where the causes are such which do not fall under any of the aforesaid three categories. Internal causes (IC 1 to 11) where the reasons could be the negligence or slackness on the part of some in-house staff 79. disallowed/deducted by the buyers.EC-6 Instalments due but not collected by the collecting agent EC. with code numbers given in the parentheses. Dispute being the cause (DC 1 to 5) where the dispute regarding quality and/or quantity or such other factors may be the main causes. External causes (EC 1 to 8) where the reasons lie somewhere outside the company and its staff. The added advantage of the listing of the causes. [C] Dispute Being the Cause (DC) DC-1 Buyers¶ unreasonable rejections on untenable grounds of deficiency in the quality/quantity of goods supplied DC-2 Buyers unduly delaying the inspection of finished goods. would be. before despatch DC-3 Charges like freight. bank charges. 78. and are being contested by DC-4 Litigation [D] General Comments Sundry Debtors may be dividend into four categories. to facilitate all the different departments to submit the periodical performance reports 214 . postage. 80.

mostly in general terms. mainly in terms of the quantum of interest gained or lost. in consultation with the lower levels of regard to the sundry debtors. we must first try to understand and appreciate the financial implications of such a stand taken. This can be best understood by taking some illustrative examples. The µday¶s sales outstanding¶ at a given time "t" may be said to be the ratio of sundry debtors outstanding at the material time to the average daily (credit) sales [not total sales] during the preceding month or two months period or quarter. or MC1. promptly and well in time. by way of the code numbers only. instead of the usual practice of giving some causes or the other. before taking a decision about the period and quantum of giving cash discount. may go a long way in evolving some appropriate remedial measures. like 1C3. this practice may facilitate the analyses of the various causes of high sundry debtors. It may be represented as under: 215 . But. EC5. or say 30 days. 60 days and 90 days. at a price. or such other suitable period. as they are expected to have the real feel and first-hand experience and information about the market trends as also about the traders and the competitors. Day¶s Sales Outstanding (DSO) There is yet another method of monitoring and follow-up of sundry debtors. such list may force the departmental heads concerned to identify the specific reasons to be quoted in their periodical reports. Therefore. Formulation of Credit Policy Credit policies need to be formulated by the top management. of course. which did not convey much sense. quoted at the appropriate places. in turn. Besides. which. DC2 etc. with the specific reasons. Cash Discount Cash discount is a very common mechanism of effecting and encouraging speedy payments but of course. commonly known as "Day¶s Sales Outstanding" (DSO).

with a view to assessing and evaluating the credit-worthiness and financial stability and strength of each company under consideration. one by one. (i) Or vice versa. which differ from case to case.e. a category B (or even category C) customer may be erroneously classified as A category one. 216 . right from the point of sales on credit to the point of final realization of the proceeds of the credit sales. in several areas. which are discussed hereafter. middle level and junior level. They are: (i) Either a class A category of customer may be classified as category B or even C. i. Credit Policy Formulation of credit policy comes within the purview of the top management. DECISION . It comprises various aspects of credit policy. by the personnel at different levels: top level. A. While assessing the extent and quantum of credit risks involved.DSOt = Sundry Debtors at time "t" I Average daily (Credit) Sales. Assessment of credit-worthiness of the sundry debtors This decision is the most crucial one to make.. one must guard against some usual types of errors of judgement that may take place sometimes. This may involve various facets of enquiries and studies. also the main problem area is to take a decision while selecting a new party for dealings for the first time. as it is the starting point of the whole chain of events.MAKING Sundry debtors management requires a lot of decision-making exercises. Let us try to understand this method / tool better with the help of an illustrative example. Here.

But. hopefully well in time. related with the extra sales effected. most suited under the given circumstances. It may be categorised under three broad types: (i) Liberal Credit Policy: A credit policy may be termed as liberal wherein some other concessions and facilities are granted to the buyers. all such inter-related facts and factors must be duly considered while taking a decision regarding adoption and execution of a specific credit policy. eating into its profitability. In such cases. Types of Credit Policy Different dimensions of the credit policy may vary in different degrees and shades. and thereby rectifying the error. Such errors may take place but only in some cases. Therefore. as also the resultant higher blockage of funds in sundry debtors. the minimum possible concessions and relaxations are granted to the customers. at the same time. and not in general. And. resulting from the extra sales achieved therewith. such liberalization may as well lead to some additional quantum of bad debts. as a result thereof. the decision should be based on the trade-off position of the positive and negative factors. with the expectation that this way the sales may pick up. provided due care is taken at the time of the evaluation of the credit-worthiness of the parties. and a higher cost of collection. Thus. if any. too. the cost of extra concessions granted can well be taken care of. the risk of bad debts may as well be minirnized. (ii) Strict Credit Policy: Under such credit policy. But then. and so will be the extent of blockage of funds in sundry debtors and the collection efforts and expenses. the sales may get somewhat adversely affected. the periodical review of the payment pattern of the respective parties may be helpful in reclassification of some parties. (and the financial gains therewith). (iii) Medium (Moderate) Credit Policy: Such credit policy adopts the middle of the road approach whereby a balance is tried to be struck in such a way that both the quantum of 217 . and thereby. or the company may accumulate some more bad debts.And. by the additional yield. both these errors may prove a little costly in that either a good business may be lost. as against the liberal one. too.

Let us discuss all these four different parameters of credit policy one after the other. is referred to as the 218 .. Standard of Credit The main and most important question that may arise. (ii) Period of credit. both these steps are generally not advisable unless either the company enjoys the envious privilege of being in the sellers¶ market or else it is in such a disparate situation that its sales may drastically drop down unless a very liberal credit policy is adopted. with a view to accepting or rejecting a customer for credit sales. (iii) Cash discount. etc. 60 days.. strict or medium (moderate) credit policy may broadly be classified under four different parameters. They are: (i) Standard of credit. representing the cost of the goods.additional sales and the resultant risk of bad debts may be kept at the optimal levels. ranging from µnone¶ to µall¶ and to "some only". the company has a variety of choices. neither too high nor too low. of offering credit sales. to make the payment of the bill. is what standard could be considered as the most appropriate and optimal one. Collection Efforts}.e. i. 45 days. supplied on credit. The first two options. or else may run the high risk of the quantum of bad debts. as these may either adversely affect the volume and value of the sales. (B) Period of Credit The duration of time (say 30 days. while arriving at the credit policy decision. A. Parameters of Credit Policy The various dimensions on the basis of which a company may be said to be adopting a rather liberal. but in about just the right measure.) allowed to the customers.e. Thus. and (iv) Effective monitoring and follow-up {i. do not seem to be right. obviously. Here.

Now. We must. it means that the buyer will get a discount of 2 per cent. or else he will have to pay the full amount of the bill. pay the bill on the very last day. that is being paid by the seller. Example (A) From the point of view of the seller: 219 . appreciate that to obtain an early payment of the bill.e. it may be even 90 days. it is usually represented. And. And. We are here." To say it again. if he makes the payment well before the usual credit period granted. for making an early payment. or even more. which means that there is a price to be paid to obtain an early payment. 180 days. to the buyer. let us compute the price. invariably. some discount is being given. if he makes the payment within 10 days from the date of the bill. It has generally been seen that the credit period ranges from 15 days to 60 days or even period. (eg. therefore. as per the prevailing practice. the term of payment will be such that the buyer will get a cash discount at a certain percentage (say 2%). only on the 10th day (and not earlier) so as to reap the maximum benefit out of the cash discount offered. on the 30th day only. as "2/10 net 30. not to avail of the cash discount. Under such arrangement.. while the usual credit period granted is say.. as it. if they were to decide. 30 days). in effect. in the case of government departments. if he pays within 10 days. is the interest only). they would. presuming that all the buyers are prudent enough to pay the bill. varies mainly on two considerations: (i) The trade practices in the particular line of business. however. i. The credit period. If such would be the stipulation. and (ii) The degree of trust and credit-worthiness on the part of the customers concerned (C) Cash Discount Cash discount is given by some companies with a view to giving some financial incentive to the customers so as to reduce them to pay the bills well before the usual credit period granted. (or the rate of interest. if the payment is made after 10 days but within 30 days.

(to the seller) by way of interest. find it out. 36.. 98/. as compared to the seller. does it mean that the percentage of savings made by the buyer is also the same (as the percentage of the cost incurred by the seller). it means that a discount of 2 per cent is to be given if the bill is paid earlier. in the case of "1/15 net 45". based upon the very first illustrative example.(i) 2/10 Net 30 In effect. 100 . will be: (1 x 360) / [100 x (45-15)1 = 360/3000 = 0. (to the seller) by way of interest. the cost.5/15 net 60" would mean: ( 20 days period. given above. in the case of "2/9 net 45". Here. because. 30 less 10 = 20 days). "2/10 net 30". So. Thus.666 percent or say.12 or 12 % (B) From the point of view of the buyer: But.e.only. 220 . 2/-) = Rs. he stands to gain Rs.12 or 12 % (iii) And.Rs. 2/.36 or 36 % (ii) Similarly. from the point of view of the buyer. 98/. That is. 2 when he has to actually pay (Rs. by way of interest. That is. on an annualized basis. the cost. we see that the buyer is a gainer by a slightly higher percentage. Thus. to the seller (on Rs. 100) for 20 days is 2 per cent. on an investment or payment of Rs. or else it is a little more or less? Let us. would be: (2 x 360) / [100 (45-9)] = 720/3600 = 0.5 x 360) / [100 (60-15)] = 540/4500 = 0.67 percent. "1. the rate of interest per annum (presuming 360 days to a year) would come to: (2 x 360) / [100 (30-10)1 = 720/2000 = 0.only (instead of Rs. That is. the loss. he stands to gain(2 x 360) / 98 x 20 = 36. just by 20 days only (i. the buyer gains the same amount by investing or paying a little lesser amount than Rs. 100).20 or 20% (iv) And. he stands to gain Rs.

ranging from 0 day to 60 days or even 90 days. he gets a little less. to be followed by the operating staff.i.(i. in too general terms. For example. 98/-.100). a company. Management of Sundry Debtors (Bills Receivable or Accounts Receivable) in India We have so far discussed about the various principles of management and control of sundry debtors. 981. which is privileged to be in the seller¶s market. For the purpose of the study we shall take up the issues under three broad categories: (A) Credit Policy (B) Assessment of Credit-worthiness of the customers (present and prospective). may not give a single day¶s credit.e. For example. and (C) Monitoring and Control of Sundry Debtors.e.e. 100/. in the example under consideration.only). instead of getting Rs. it does not convey much as a guideline or guiding principle of any practical use and utility.. generally being followed by the various companies in India. may insist on cash down payments. (ii) In some of the companies. In most of the cases these are made on an ad hoc basis and mostly remain as unwritten conventions and practices. (A) Credit Policy (i) Very few companies have been found to have systematically formulated and documented their credit policies. in general terms. Now.e. while some of the companies. while the companies like Premier Motors or Daewoo Motors may offer a much longer credit period. to boost up the sales.. the credit policy and philosophy have been stated. we would like to critically examine as to what are the actual practices and policies that are. if a company states its credit policy.. Rs. 100/-. i. i. the loss of the seller is on the full Rs. which do not signify any specific stand or standard. Further. (iii) The credit period offered by various companies differs to a very great extent. Rs. But. like "Our credit policy aims at maximising the growth of sales with the minimal bad debt risks". manufacturing consumer products (with the exception of textile and garment manufacturing companies) may give nil or a limited 221 .

to see through the elements of window dressing. (iv) Besides. of inventories or bad debts).both present and prospective. There does not seem to be any systematic and scientific study made. but the credibility and dependability of their credit ratings may be a little doubtful. etc. Some companies attempt to get the opinion of the bankers on the prospective customers from the letters¶ bank. other companies may have to give a much longer credit period. 84. though 222 .credit period. two or three references. but their assessment had proved to be totally wrong and contrary to facts. 83. their opinions. if any. The credit rating agencies had given satisfactory credit rating to µMS Shoes¶ and µCRB Finance Company¶. and other developed countries. to determine the creditworthiness or financial strength and stability of the customers . ICRA. of late. Prospective customers are required to give. It has hardly been observed that some companies have asked for some break-ups of certain items (say. at least. appeared on the scene like CRISIL. 86. the financial position of the present customers should also be reviewed and revised on a regular basis. Independent credit rating agencies have. with a view to making a realistic assessment and appraisal of their financial position. based upon out: own experiences of their past performance and dealings with us. Besides. but no serious attempt seems to have been made by most of the companies to verify the position from such references. as has already been observed earlier. No serious and sincere effort seems to have been made to meticulously analyse the balance sheet and profit and loss account of the companies. the practice of seeking professional help from such credit rating companies to ascertain and assess the financial position of the prospective customers does not seem to be very common. (B) Assessment of Credit-Worthiness of Customers 82. In fact. as opposed to the conditions prevailing in the USA. the practice of offering cash discount (with a view to ensuring early payments) does not seem to be very popular in Indian business scenario. 85. but. But this seldom seems to have been resorted to. in most of the companies. to be able to sell their products. by using different tools and techhiques..

The modem factor has specialized in credit collection and financial services. It is a method of converting a non-productive. factors acted as selling agents. cash may become a scarce resource if it takes a long time to receive payment for goods and services supplied by them. the function of factors in olden days included stocking. meaning to make or do. marketing and distribution as well as administration and financing of credit. very few companies have been found to have evolved some systematic mechanism of effective monitoring and follow-up of sundry debtors on some sound. They facilitated the flow of merchandise from the manufacturers to customers. Factoring Factoring is a unique financial innovation. in fact. it is much better to sell that asset for cash which can be immediately employed in the business. Originally. The functions of a factor included finding out customers for the manufacturer¶s products. etc. (C) Effective Monitoring and Control of Sundry Debtors Though the various tools and techniques. Such a current asset in the balance sheet is. but not party-wise. are written in such general and vague terms that these do not seem to be of much help and practical utility. of effective monitoring of sundry debtors. leaving the marketing and distribution functions to the manufacturer. The term factor has its origin in the Latin word µfacere¶. systematic and scientific lines. stock his goods. systems and strategies.. inactive asset (i. illiquid and serves no business purpose. Thus. or to get things done. They may do the ageing analysis but only in absolute terms and not in terms of percentage.given in strict confidence and without any obligation. Some companies have been found to be working out the average collection period. hook debts) into a productive asset (viz. A lot seems to have been left to be desired.e. It is both a financial as well as a management support to a client.¶ For a number of companies. sell them and finally collect sales proceeds and remit them to the manufacturer. A "facto?¶ makes the conversion of receivables into cash possible. cash) by selling book debts (receivables) to a company that specialises in their collection and administration.. are very well known to the executives of most of the companies. 223 .

he is better position to develop appropriate strategy to guard against possible defaults. competition and customers and helps them to determine the credit worthiness of customers. 89. Financial assistance Often factors provide financial assistance to the client by extending advance cash against book debts. Customers of "clients" become debtors of a factor and have to pay to him directly in order to settle their obligations. Credit collection and protection When individual book debts become due from the customer. so that collections could be made on due date or before.Factoring Services While purchase of book debts is fundamental to the functioning of factoring. 88. Credit administration A factor provides full credit administration services to his clients. the factor undertakes all collection activity that is necessary. The factor maintains an account for all customers of all items owing to them. Factoring thus involves an outright purchase of debts. the factor provides the following three basic services to clients: 87. He makes a systematic analysis of the information regarding credit for its proper monitoring and management. Credit collection and protection against default and bad-debt losses. allowing full credit protection against any bad debts and providing financial accommodation against the firm¶s 224 . He also provides full or partial protection against bad debts. He helps and advises them from the stage of deciding credit extension to customers to the final stage of book debt collection. Financial accommodation against the assigned book debts. Because of his dealings with the variety of customers and defaults with different paying habits. Sales ledger administration and credit management. and supplies them to clients for their perusal and action. He helps clients to decide whether or not and how much credits to extend to customers. He provides clients with information about market trends. He prepares a number of reports regarding credit and collection.

(iii) assisting the client in managing its liquidity and preventing sickness. charges a fee from the client. and (iii) reserve that the factor requires covering bad-debts losses. Thus the client obtains advance cash against the expected debt collection and does not incur a debt. collection and protection.A factors provide many other services. Other services In developed countries like the U.S. In the U. In view of the services provided by a factor. Factoring provides flexibility as regards credit facility to the client. It is also a means of short-term financing. It provides protection against the default in -paying for book debts. factoring involved the purchase of a client¶s book debts with the purpose of facilitating credit administration. Factoring is a unique mechanism. (v) providing facilities for opening letters of credit by the client etc. however. (iv) financing acquisition of inventories. Thus factoring has a cost. The amount of reserve depends on the quality of factored receivables and usually ranges between 5 to 20 per cent in the U. (ii) interest on advance. Factoring and Short-Term Financing Although. They include: (i) providing information on prospective buyers.A.S. Factoring and Bills Discounting 225 .S. which not only provides credit to the client but also undertakes the total management of client¶s book debts. (ii) providing financial counselling. as and when he needs cash such flexibility is not available from formal sources of debts. factoring provides short-term financial accommodation to the client.. the maximum advance a factor provides is equal to the amount of factored receivables less the sum of (i) the factoring commission.A. it differs from other types of short-term credit in the following manner: Factoring involves sale of book debts. He can obtain cash either immediately or on due date or from time to time. the factor. For these services.

95. What are the ramifications of enhancing and reducing the credit period? Explain. bill discounting is a method of financing. 96. Non-notification factoring HAVE YOU UNDERSTOOD? 94. like factoring. There are several terms of payment prevalent in the business world. Factoring is of bills discounting plus much more. However. What do you mean by (i) liberalizing and (ii) restricting the credit policies. Thus. Types of Factoring The factoring facilities available worldwide can be broadly classified into four main groups 90.Factoring should be distinguished from bill discounting. Full service recourse factoring 92. in terms of the following: - 226 . Full service non-recourse (old line) 91. by citing some illustrative examples. Bills discounting has the following limitations in comparison with factoring: Bills discounting is a sort of borrowing while factoring is the efficient and specialized management of book debts along with enhancement of the client¶s liquidity. Bills discounting is not a convenient method for companies having large number of buyers with small amounts since it is quite inconvenient to draw a large number of bills. Bulk/agency factoring 93. Explain the effects of liberal and strict credit terms. Distinguish between (i) liberal and (ii) strict credit standards by citing suitable examples in each case. it falls short of factoring in many respects. 97. Bill discounting is always µwith recourse. and as such the client is not protected from bad debts. and then discounted it with bank for a charge. Bill discounting or invoice discounting consists of the client discounting bills of exchange for goods and services on buyers. in each of the cases separately. Name the major terms of payment in practice and briefly describe each of them separately. The client has to undertake the collection of book debts.

suffer from several deficiencies. and d. 99. a. Cash discount c. Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer. while assessing the credit risks? Explain each of them by citing suitable illustrative examples. 104. Credit standards. What are the main shortcomings and limitations connected with obtaining bank references and what are the pragmatic approaches for overcoming them? 101. Explain and illustrate. Bank reference is considered to be one of the major factors for assessing the credit-worthiness of a prospective customer. Collection efforts. a. b. 103. Credit management practices. Not only "Period-wise". but also "Party-wise".a. However. in Indian Companies.) but also in "percentage terms". 98. What are the specific suggestions that you would like to make with a view to streamlining and strengthening the present practices of management of credit (Sundry Debtors) by the industries in India? 102. Is the credit policy that maximizes expected operating profit an optimum credit policy? Explain. 100. it is desirable to do the ageing analysis: i. "Ageing Analysis" is an effective tool for monitoring and follow-up of sundry debtors. Proper assessment of credit risks is considered to be one of the most crucial factors in the area of management of credit. ii. by using suitable examples. Explain the objective of credit policy? µWhat is an optimum credit policy? Discuss. What are the two main types of error that may creep in. 227 . Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer. and Not only in "absolute terms" (of Rs. What are these and what are the adverse effects of each of them in actual practice? b. for better results. Period of credit b.

Define factoring. The general economic conditions slacken. What benefits and costs are associated with the extension of credit? How should they be combined to obtain an appropriate credit policy? What is the role of credit terms and credit standards in the credit policy of a firm? What are the objectives of the collection policy? How should it be established? What shall be the effect of the following changes on the level of the finn¶s receivables: . 107. c. second only to the items of plant and machinery. What is factoring? What functions does it perform? Explain the features of various types of factoring. 110. How would you monitor book debts? Explain the pros and cons of various methods. net 30. 109. 106.¶ Discuss under what conditions thiscriticism may not be justified. a. Production and selling costs increase. 113. How does it differ from bills discounting and short-term financing? Lesson 3 Inventory Management INTRODUCTION The importance and imperative need for effectively managing and controlling all the items of inventory in a company can be judged from the fact that generally these comprise the largest component of the total assets of a company.105. 115." µThe credit policy of a company is criticised because the bad debt losses have increased considerably and the collection period has also increased. 112. Interest rate increases. 114. net 30" to "3/10. What credit and collection procedures should be adopted in case of individual accounts? Discuss. 108. 111. b. all the three components of 228 . The firm changes its credit terms from "2/10. In terms of percentage of the total assets of a manufacturing company.

117. generally account for around 25 to 30 per cent of the total assets of the company. Determination of EOQ and Economic production quantity. The finished goods. They are: 116. you will be conversant with: The nature of inventory and its role in working capital management Purpose and compenents of inventories Types of inventories and costs associated with it. however.inventory. comprise the end products. ready for sale in the market. one by one. in turn. Raw materials (also consumable stores and spares). Work-in-process (also known as stock-in-process. Thus. 121. is the intermediary stage that comes after the stage of raw materials. Work-in-process. taken together. 119. but just before the stage of finished goods. and Finished goods. 120. process). which are used to manufacture the finished products. the importance of effectively managing and controlling the inventory of a company can hardly be over-emphasised. Let us now discuss all these three items. 118. that is. Raw Materials are those basic inputs. the goods at their final stage of production. Inventory planning Various methods of pricing inventories Special techniques like ABC analysis and VED analysis Section Title Components of Inventories The term µinventory¶ comprises three components. 229 . Learning objectives After reading this lesson.

like the breads alone. etc. 230 . Thus. And. In this case. which in turn. understand the basis of the mechanism and its overall implication in regard to the control of various items of inventory. And. but also of the purchase department. baking powder. in financial terms. and marketing department. Here. while the policy pertaining to the raw materials is to be formulated by the purchase department. it may be pertinent to mention that the task of inventory management and control is the joint responsibility of the purchase department. Further. work-in-process and finished goods. with a view to ensuring that the inventory management and control are being exercised effectively at the various stages and departments. are placed in the furnace. this stage is known as the work-in-process stage. and for that matter. inventory comprises raw materials. That is why it is said that the management of inventory. comprise the inventory for a retail trader. of course. the role of finance manager can be said to be the central coordinating role. in coordination with the materials and production departments. the policy in regard to the inventory of finished goods is to be formulated by the production department in coordination with the marketing department. The policy in regard to the work-in-process. as we have already seen earlier. as these have direct effect on the financial gains of the company. comprise the items of inventory for the manufacturing concerns. And. selling breads. at least. while all the three components. is finalised by the production department alone. the inventory comprises only the finished goods. the wheat flour. production department. the management of working capital as a whole. on the desired lines. keeping in view the vital importance of inventory management and control. it comprises the finished goods of the company. when the flour is put in the relative moulds. only the finished goods.Supposing. It may be noted that in the case of manufacturing companies. is not the responsibility of the finance manager alone. after being wrapped in the packing paper. while in the case of trading concerns or trade merchants or retail traders. production department and marketing department. a company is in the business of production of breads. the main responsibility of the finance manager comprises apprising the non-finance executives so as to.. as aforesaid. Here. would comprise the raw materials. materials department. materials department. among all the aforesaid four different departments. when the bread is fully baked and is ready for sale. however.

as the production process involves several stages of production. would be: 250 units x 10 days = 2500 units. the aggregate quantum and value of the raw materials. ten days. a company is manufacturing iron nails. 1000 x 10 days = 10. comprise the stocks of process inventory. if the entire process (from the raw material stage till the stage immediately preceding the finished goods stage) takes say. as per the aforesaid formula. to be transferred from the factory to the company¶s godowns. warehouses. these thinner n rods will be cut into pieces of the required length of the nails. the other end may be flattened to become the head of the nail. till these reach the final stage. and its basic raw material is iron rods. multiplied by the time days required to complete all the processes. these may become thinner and thinner in three to four processes. if the average daily sales at the company¶s sales depot are 250 units and the transit time (for transporting the finished goods from the factory to the sales depots) is 10 days. Movement Inventories Movement inventories are usually referred to the inventories of finished goods.e. and the average production of the item is 1000 units per day. or 231 . i. while one end may be made pointed. Then. And then. when these may come to the required diameter. Thus. the average quantity of such process inventories would be equal to: Average stocks-in-process.. these rods may be drawn total time required for completing all the involved processes (stretched) and. lying at the various stages of production. Supposing. after all these required processes are completed in full. the stocks of finished goods are ready for transportation (movement) to the godown(s) or to the company¶s sales outlets. Thus. thus. the average movement inventories. thus. And. And. In the drawing machine. lying at the different stages of production.Process Inventories These inventories comprise the various items of raw materials. all taken together.000 units. or sales depots. to become the finished goods.

could be that if the inventory carrying cost is so huge and material to affect the profitability of the company. a natural question. while the production department may just give its production schedule to the purchase department. comprise the items of raw materials and finished goods stored and stocked in the company¶s godowns. why should the companies. to be managed by the respective experts in each department. Thus. That is. 12. are included in the Working Capital process inventories (though these raw materials may actually be put into the production process a little later).250 units x Rs. Here. unsold). the purchase department may even purchase the materials in much larger quantity than required by the production department (just for a fortnight or a month). too. This also facilitates bifurcation of the functions of purchase of raw materials and production plan into two separate departments. at all. or in the movement inventories (even if the stocks of the finished goods may be lying in the company¶s show-rooms.x 10 days = Rs. as and when they would requisition for the required number. etc. is very simple and logical. 5/.500/Organization Inventories Organization inventories. too. it may be mentioned that the moment the stocks of raw materials and finished goods are issued from the company¶s godown(s). even more free and flexible. of the specific items of raw materials and finished goods. volume. that may arise. in turn. weight.. Now. And. have organization inventories. on the other hand. if the stocks sometimes are available at a cheaper price during the harvesting seasons of the respective agricultural products. favourably or unfavourably. the answer. inaddition to the process inventories and movement inventories. Decision could as well be taken by the purchase department whether to go in for such purchases 232 .. etc. That is. these items are excluded from the organisation inventories and these. to make the decision-making process of planning (of purchases of raw materials and level of stocking of various items of finished goods) and scheduling of successive operations of production. respectively. it would be the sole responsibility of the purchase department to decide about the quantum of such purchases and the stockists to purchase them from. to be supplied to the factory or to the sales depots.

of course. taking into account the quantum of inflation. and delinking the purchase functions and the production functions.). expiry of shelf life. Similarly. It is a well known fact that. Similarly. 233 . too. keeping the overall interests and requirements if the other departments. to be made in this regard. rate of inflation and the total inventory carrying costs. in an inflationary condition. by enabling the experts different departments. Now. companies have to keep some items in ready stock so as to be able to supply these to the customers from the shelf. to meet the immediate demands of production. the purchase department may make purchases for a week only locally. by that time. Thus. to plan things in such a way that the profitability of the company could be optimized and each departmental experts can concentrate on their respective work. companies may be able to optimise their profitability.. by virtue of having some organisation inventory of finished foods. inasmuch as all the departments inter-dependent with each other. the purchase people may exercise their prudence and expertise to make the purchases of a larger quantity than required. Further. and the balance to be supplied in a week¶s time or so. That is. at least to meet their immediate requirements. or to avail of the cash discount. This much about the rationale behind keeping the organisation inventory of stocks of raw materials. the companies are able to delink the production schedule from marketing activities. etc. as also production activities from marketing avail of the bulk discount. etc. it would augur well if the purchase people could as well know the fundamentals of cost-benefit analysis. whenever offered. bulk purchases may be made available at a much cheaper rate. in the fore front. in order to have some edge over the competitors. This is important because keeping huge numbers of items in ready stock is fraught with grave risks of obsolescence. if. etc. let us discuss about the rationale behind keeping organization inventories of finished goods. we can very well appreciate that by delinking the purchase activities and production activities. etc. as also as to what factors should be taken into consideration (like time-value of money. if such purchases are going to be sufficiently cheaper today.

(ii) (Inventory) carrying costs. naturally.e. 234 .. as regards the rationale behind keeping the in-process inventory. which may ultimately result in delay in production and non utilisation of the installed capacity at the optimum possible level. clarify that though the in-process inventory refers to work-in-process inventory only. it is different from the process or movement inventory. i. Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) In regard to the management of inventories (specially the inventories of raw materials) two primary questions naturally arise.At this stage. it may be mentioned here that it provides some flexibility and latitude in the scheduling of production. Now. what should be the ideal size of the order? (b) Order Level. at what level of the stocks should the next order be placed? But. will culminate in adversely affecting the financial gains of the company. Let us.. They are: (a) Order size. at the very outset. some bottlenecks may be caused sometime somewhere in the production process. and (iii) Shortage costs. let us first try to understand the distinguishing features of the three types of costs involved in the management of inventories: (i) Ordering costs. Further. i. it may be quite pertinent to examine the rationale behind keeping the in-process inventory. so as to ensure efficient production schedule and higher capacity utilisation of plant and machinery. even though a part of the work-in-process inventory may represent process or movement inventory. These factors. before deliberating to find out the answers to the above questions. (though these do not constitute a part of organization inventory. discussed earlier. in case there is no stock of in-process inventory. too.e. as such). too.

. in case of items manufactured in-house (i. etc) (iii) Cost of sending reminders to get the dispatch of the items(s) expedited (iv) Cost of transportation of goods (v) Cost of receiving and verifying the goods (vi) Cost of unloading of the item(s) of goods (vii) Storage and stacking charges. one by one. These include the expenses in respect of the following items: (i) Cost of requisitioning items(s) 1. etc.e. typing. by the same company). However. drafting. the ordering costs would comprise the following costs: (i) Requisitioning cost (ii) Set-up cost (iii) Cost of receiving and verifying the items (iv) Cost of placing and arranging/stacking of the items in the store. These include the expenses in respect of the following items: (i) Cost of requisitioning the items(s) (ii) Cost of preparation of purchase order (i. in detail.e.Ordering Costs Ordering costs pertain to placing an order for the purchase of certain items of raw. Carrying Costs (of inventories) 235 . 2. despatch.Let us now discuss these costs. postage. etc.

out of the existing stocks. or the shortage of certain items of finished goods to meet the immediate demands of the customers.Inventory carrying costs include the expenses incurred on the following items: (i) Capital cost (i. which may not be as efficient and economical. is relatively very difficult to actually measure the shortage cost when it results due to the failure to meet the demands of the customers instantaneously. etc. be mentioned here that the carrying costs usually constitute around 25 per cent of the value of inventories held. It may. however. 236 . Shortage of inventories of raw materials may affect the company in one or more of the following ways: (i) The company may have to pay somewhat higher price. (ii) The company may have to compulsorily resort to some different production schedules. 3. connected with immediate (crash) procurements. Shortage Costs (or costs of stock out) Shortage costs or costs of stock out are such costs which the company would incur in case of shortage of certain items of raw materials required for production.e. may result in the dissatisfaction of the customers and the resultant loss of sales. however. however. interest on capital locked up in inventories) (ii) Storage cost (iii) Cost of insurance (fire and theft insurance of stocks) (iv) Obsolescence cost (v) Taxes. It. Stock out of finished goods..

That is. prefer to order larger quantities. i. Besides. throughout the period. if the company decides to carry a safety stock of inventory so as to mitigate or reduce the stock out costs. Further. 124. one of the simplest inventory models.This is so because such costs may have ramifications. There are. both in the short-term as also in the long term. and thereby the inventory carrying costs also go up. To achieve this end result. these costs are somewhat intangible in nature.. pertaining to management of inventory. are minimal. with a view to reducing total ordering costs. there is no likelihood of 237 . would go up further.e. the item of inventory can be supplied immediately on the receipt of the order itself. in turn. The usage (demand or consumption of the various items of inventory) is equal (even). 123. total ordering costs plus total inventory carrying costs. at the minimum level. There is no lead time involved. which are given hereunder: 122. Consequently. it is to clarify here that we are going to discuss only the basic EOQ model. Thus. depending upon various variables and assumptions. Assumptions of the Basic EOQ Model It may further be clarified here that the basic EOQ model is based on various assumptions. we may have to arrive at the optimal level where the total costs. It has also been observed that some of the companies. and consequently difficult to assess quantitatively. or shortage costs. there being virtually no time lag between placing of an order and the receipt of the goods. a large number of other inventory models. with a view to keeping the total costs. we may have to work out the Economic Order Quantity (EOQ). But. The estimate of usage (demand or consumption) of the item of inventory for a given period (usually one year) is known accurately. this way the level of inventory becomes higher. in fact. its carrying costs. Basic Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) Model At the very outset.

stock out. some discount is given by way of an incentive to the buyers to order for a larger quantity so as to avail of some bulk discount. the cost of every order remains uniformly the same. 238 . This implies that the incidence of inflation has not been taken into account. And. 127. 125. viz. irrespective of the size of the order. the shortage cost (or stock out cost) is not being taken into account. Economic Order Quantity (EOQ)and Inflation The EOQ analysis presumes that the cost price per unit is constant. there remain only two distinct costs involved in computing the total costs. Therefore. howsoever large the order size be. Thus. Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) and Optimum Order Quantity (OOQ) The standard EOQ analysis is based on the assumption that no discount is given. as if it is nil. that the inventory carrying cost is a fixed percentage of the average value of inventory. we should try to modify the standard EOQ formula so as to find out the EOQ as also to assess whether it would be economical to avail of the bulk discount or not.. in most of the cases. 126. and (ii) By use of a definite formula (discussed thereafter). Further. finally. But. a) Ordering cost. Eoq Formula vs Trial and Error Method It may be observed that the EOQ can be ascertained in two distinct ways: (i) By trial and error method (discussed immediately hereafter). to first substract the rate of inflation from C (the annual inventory carrying cost. Trial and Error Method Let us understand the "trial and error" method with the help of an illustrative example. Thus. In order to account for inflation. what we have to do is. and (b) Inventory carrying cost. pertaining to inventory. at any stage.

In an inflationary condition. will also be higher. etc. flood and such other natural calamity insurance. Components of Inventory Carrying Costs Inventory carrying costs comprise various items. to some extent. To bring home the point. some of which are given hereunder: (i) Storage Costs That is. there is a usual tendency to consume more than what is actually required. etc. the rental payable will be proportionately higher as more space would be required to store higher level of inventory. (iv) Wastages It has generally been observed that if more than sufficient stocks of inventory are stored. let us take a common place example. at the time of receipt of the goods. 239 . (iii) Insurance Premium Similarly. people may take care not to waste a single form. be used even as paper plates. these may. etc. if these proforma were in short supply. handling charges like unloading and stacking charges. that why at all do we substract the rate of inflation from C? The reason is simple enough. offset the inventory carrying cost.expressed as a percentage) and apply the standard EOQ formula with this simple modification only... the purchase price of inventory will also go up and this will. the amount of insurance premium payable. when higher stocks will be stored. But. Supposing there is a huge stock of medical bills proforma. theft insurance. and rightly so. you may ask. resulting in extra avoidable wastages. But. may also go up. (ii) Handling Charges That is. involving man power. for fire insurance. at times.

the pace of goods and commodities becoming obsolete has become fast enough. loss of interest and opportunity cost. Advantages of High Inventories But. at the same time. more than necessary stocks run the risk of becoming obsolete and consequently of much lesser value and use. more than necessary funds. blocked in inventory. Bulk Purchase For example. like the whiteness of papers gets diminished (it turns yellowish) with the passage of time. there is every chance that the goods may deteriorate in quality. you may get bulk discount. But then. above all. thus. where after these may turn useless. Stocks of cement. (vii) Blockage of Funds And. damages and deterioration. It may as well involve some loss by way of payment of interest as also opportunity costs. Some chemicals or medicines also have limited shelf-life. in such a case. are fraught with grave risk of turning into stones. Thus. in rainy season. one should not lose sight of the fact that. it may be argued that there are several reasons which may justify stocking of higher level of inventories of raw materials and finished goods. there are several inventory carrying costs involved (like wastages. making the average costs of the stocks much cheaper. may pose liquidity problems to the companies.) which may offset the advantages of bulk purchases. etc. and. (vi) Technical Obsolescence In the modern age of technological advancements. Lead Time What is meant by lead-time? 240 .(v) Damage and Deterioration In the event of storing more than required level of stocks of raw materials and finished goods. becoming useless.

Order Point This can well be done by ensuring that the order is placed when sufficient balance of stock is still left to take care of the lead-time. too. Safety Stock But then. Order Point = Lead time (in days) x Daily Usage. in actual practice. the possibility of some error. And. while computing EOQ. we should decidedly take into account the lead-time. one can neither estimate the lead time nor the daily usage so accurately and exactly. too. But. for doing so accurately. we may have to know the rate of usage of materials as also the lead-time. Thus. etc.e.Lead-time is the time lag that takes place between the placement of an order and the actual supply/delivery made in the company¶s godown. an order is processed at our end and is placed to the supplier today. The supplier¶s office will also take its own time in processing the order plus loading. the order can well be placed when the inventory level comes to zero. howsoever small. the standard EOQ model presumes as if there is no lead-time involved. we should. This can well be done by introducing a slight modification in the standard EOQ analysis to arrive at a realistic ordering point. 241 . at best. But. i. the lead-time would be said to be 16 days. Supposing. We can. we should always keep some safety stock with us to meet such eventualities. so as to take care of the lead time involved and thereby to mitigate the risk of shortage of stocks. the factual position is otherwise. But. around 15 days in completing all these processes and the goods are delivered and stored in our godown(s) on the 16th day. can hardly be eliminated completely. in the instant case. make some reasonable estimates. Accordingly. as seen earlier. And. In that case the ordering level would simply be as under: Lead time (in number of days for procurement) multiplied by average usage per day. supposing it takes say. transportation and unloading. exactly and in definite terms. Therefore. to be on the safer side. therefore. in that case. And thus. take into account the element of such uncertainty. involving stock out costs. But.

but "just right". However. the order point should be computed by adding the quantum of sufficient safety stocks. Therefore. Thus. too. we have. They are: 1. It may. This. while taking a particular decision.. either.And. and incur the avoidable expenses relating to such crash purchases. in the nick of time.. in the preceding pages. as such. or even medium. we may be able to arrive at a nearly optimal level of safety stocks. does not mean that we should try to cut it too fine.). it is a managerial decision and. it is easy said than done. it would always be prudent enough to consider the following variable factors. as also by fixing some ceiling on the maximum amount that could be advanced against the security 242 . in due course of time.neither "too much". therefore. Other Variable Factors Affecting EOQ In finding out the EOQ or order level or safety stock. accordingly. though in the real world they do. be high or low. in regard to keeping the safety stock. maize. may resort to some changes in their Selective Credit Control Policies. made certain assumptions that some other factors do not vary. etc. would ideally be . the considered opinion that. however. how to compute the safety stock? In fact. a lot of the valuable time of the Materials Manager and the Purchase Department would get wasted in the fire-fighting operations in procuring the materials. the order point can well be computed as: EOQ + [lead time (in days) x daily usage] + safety stock But. Restrictions Imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Government: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI). like food grains (rice. etc. and the Government of India. too. with a view to arresting inflation or steep rise in the prices of certain essential commodities. Otherwise. by some trial and error method. wheat. it largely depends upon the inventory policy as also the organisational culture of the company. But. nor "too little". instructing the banks to retain higher percentage as margin on the stocks advanced against. etc. onion. The best policy.

Such statutory restrictions exercise limitation on the companies in formulating their inventory policy.e. accordingly. a very small percentage of the total number of items of inventory (say 10%) may account for a much larger percentage (say 65%) in terms of value. it would be a prudent policy to stock a larger quantity of such material so as to avoid the stock-out risk. Abcanalysis (or Ved Analysis) ABC analysis is a very effective and useful tool for monitoring and control of inventories. to a single borrower. respectively. And. so as to restrict hoarding. as also to fix a lower ceiling on the holding of such stocks by a single party. it would augur well if only a percentage of the market requirements could be kept in the ready stock. instead of having a huge ready stocks of such finished goods. Fluctuating Prices: Sometimes the price of certain commodity is expected to rise or fall. in the modern age of technological advancements and stiff global competition. 4. Risk of Obsolescence: Certain items of raw materials may become obsolete with the passage of time. and consequently the steep rise in the price. to be supplied to the customers immediately. Expected Scarcity: In case certain material is expected to be in short supply in the near future. Such stocks should naturally be kept at the minimal possible level. in cases of certain other items of inventory. a very large percentage of the 243 . and adjusted accordingly. the company may meet the competitive challenges.. This way. As against this.of some commodities specified. as also avoid the risk of obsolescence. 2. Here. in the near future. retaining higher or lower levels of such inventory. jute packing has since been replaced by polythene matting in the carpet industries. generally speaking. i. the stocks of inventory of such items should be kept flexible. 3. as far as possible. it may be emphasised that even if the policy of meeting the customers¶ demand immediately is taken to be the company¶s marketing strategy. For example. and the balance quantity could be produced on an emergency basis and supplied in a week¶s time or so. The risk of obsolescence may be even higher and costlier in the cases of the finished goods. As you must have observed.

and serially number them. We may put the aforesaid statements in a tabular form as under: The main (or even sole) purpose of classifying the inventories into these three categories. in a sequential order: Step 1 Rank all the items of inventory. based upon their annual usage value. The procedure involves the following steps. in a descending order. a medium percentage of some items (say 20%) may account for a medium percentage (say 25%) in terms of their total value. the monitoring and control of say. B. These are classified as category A. in the case of "B" category of items. and C. ABC analysis is also referred to as VED (Vital. and C. 10% of the items of category "C". To put it differently. A. let us see how do we usually proceed to classify the various items of inventories into the three categories viz. is to vary the pressure and intensity of control. of the items in category "A" must be very closely monitored and controlled. the monitoring and control of say 25% of the item alone may be taken as number of items of inventory (say 70%) may account for a much smaller percentage (say 10%) in terms of their total value. Categorization of Items for Abc Analysis Now. while the entire stocks (say 100%). from I to n. in terms of the value of the items of inventory.. B and C respectively. And. likewise. A. Essential and Desirable) analysis. And. could be considered enough to serve the purpose. 244 . B.

(ii) The lead-time (i. in accurate term. only two costs are involved: (a) Ordering Cost. with the laid down principles and objectives of the ABC analysis (or VED analysis). (ii) The usage is usually uniform throughout the year. B. in the desired manner. b) At the same time. Step 3 a) Observe the percentage column and find out the cut off point where the difference between the two successive percentages is rather significant and marked. either. (iv) Therefore. That is. Basic EOQ Model It is based on the following assumptions: (i) The quantum of the usual annual usage of the items of inventories is known. too. Step 4 We may finalise the classification of the items of inventory into A. there is no risk of stock-out. the stock-out cost is NIL. time gap between ordering and receiving) is NIL.Step 2 Record the totals of annual consumption values of all the items separately and store them as a percentage of the total value of consumption. (v) Thus.e. giving the number of units of inventory and their values in percentage terms. and 245 . comprises a reasonable number of items of inventory. under all the three categories. please do bear in mind that the cut off point so arrived at. and C categories.

EOQ Vs. 000 will be the EOQ or the quantity eligible for bulk discount. when bulk (quantity) discount is available]. 000 (Optimal Order Quantity): [That is. then EOQ itself will be the 000. The formula. (vi) Further. irrespective of the order size. makes the procedure rather simple enough. if it is higher than EOQ. however.e. depending upon which one of these two will be beneficial [i. an Economic Order Range (EOR). There is. too.(b) Inventory Carrying Cost. In Practice: There is no single Economic Order Point (EOP). and (b) The Inventory Carrying Cost is a fixed percentage of the average value of Inventories. Trial and Error Method: Trial and Error Method is a very cumbersome and time-consuming process. (a) When the quantity discount is available at a lower level than the EOQ. instead. EOQ Formula vs. A New Clue to EOQ: 246 . when the resultant difference will be a positive (+ve) figure]. (b) But. (a) Ordering Cost is uniform..

but the delivery and payments are to be made in phases. 247 . and opportunity cost connected therewith. It is an optimal strategy). Besides. at this stage. Based on this figure as the number of orders. etc. (v) Savings of ordering cost and the connected hazels of loading and unloading. Components of Inventory Carrying Costs: (i) Storage Cost (ii) Handling Charges (iii) Insurance Charges (iv) Wastages (v) Damage/Deterioration (vi) Technical Obsolescence. it may be gainful. should be converted into the nearest integer number.That is. Advantages of High Inventory: (a) High Stocks of Raw Materials (i) Bulk purchase at cheaper rate with quantity discount. we should bear in mind the concepts of EOP and EOR. Blockage of funds and cost of capital. (iv) In inflationary economy. (ii) Seasonal purchases. we should find out the number of orders. which will be the EOQ in real terms. [Better. if bulk annual purchase is ordered. being cheaper and sure. (iii) No Stock-out cost and risk. this again. after finding out the EOQ in terms of the nearest integer figure. too. to the mutual advantages of both the parties. And. we should calculate the EOQ.

it would be a better business sense to have some safety stock. 17. at the point in time. Have you understood? 1. 16. better to have only a small ready stock and the rest to be produced on receipt of the order. too. too. the "Golden Mean" is the most basic management mantra. we should place the next order well in advance. to have an edge over the competitors. Safety Stock And. so as to take care of some possible fluctuations in both (i) the lead-time. just about right. as a prudent manager. nor too low. 248 . when there is some stock left. just slightly. thus. This could as well be taken into account by modifying the EOQ formula. on priority basis]. the safety stock should not be too high. (ii) the order point. (ii) Thus. (a) Name the three main components of inventory.(b) High Stocks of Finished Goods: (i) It may facilitate instant delivery. Lead Time It represents the time lag between placement of order and the actual receipt of goods. pertaining to the management of inventory. and. being sufficient enough to take care of the lead time. Order Point will be = EOQ + [Lead-time (in days) x Daily Usage] + Safety Stock. It should be sufficient enough. Estimating and ascertaining the safety stock is a managerial judgement² decision & discretion. But. Thus. [But. and accordingly. out of the shelf. Order Point Thus. 15.

Explain. are we required to keep stocks of inventories of (a) Raw materials. (a) Distinguish between. The basic EOQ model is based on several assumptions. in your considered view. (b) Inventory carrying costs. What do you understand by the terms? (a) Ordering cost. 8. 9. (c) Shortage costs or stock-out costs? Clarify your points. (a) Explain the following terms with the help of some illustrative examples: 249 . in each case. Why. 2. need to be made in the basic EOQ model to take care of the elements of inflation? 7. (b) What is the rationale behind keeping stocks of "organization" inventories of both raw materials and finished goods? 4. What are they? 5. at all. by citing suitable illustrative examples. woollen suit lengths and Maruti 800 cars are raw materials or finished goods? Give specific reasons for your answer. What adjustments of modifications. The basic EOQ model does not take into account the elements of inflation. citing illustrative examples to bring home your points of view. how the formula has been derived? 6. What are the various factors) elements involved in the inventory carrying costs? Explain with the help of some illustrative examples. Write down the formula for EOQ. "process or movement" inventories. and (b) finished goods? 3. and "organization" inventories. ceiling fans.(b) Whether bond papers.

Distinguish between EOQ and OOQ (Optimum Order Quantity) when quantity discount is available. monitoring.(i) Lead time. should be adopted by any company? Give reasons for your answer. Distinguish between JIT (Just In Time) and JIC (Just In Case) approaches towards inventory management and control. The state of affairs in the area of management of inventory in most of the Indian companies leaves a lot to be desired. 13. 10. management and control? Explain. (b) What purpose does ABC Analysis serve in the context of inventory policy. (b) How is the reorder level ascertained? Explain with the help of an illustrative example. the procedure adopted for doing the ABC analysis. (c) In what other two areas (other than the area of inventory management) can the ABC Analysis be used with immense advantage? Name them and explain each of them with the help of some illustrative examples. 14. (ii) Which one of the above noted two approaches. and (iii) safety stock. Elucidate your point by citing suitable illustrative examples. in your considered opinion. (a) What are the various factors responsible for such dismal state of affairs? (b) What corrective steps would you suggest to streamline and improve the system of inventory management and control in India? 12. (a) What do you understand by the term "ABC Analysis"? Explain with the help of illustrative examples. (ii) order point. (a) What are the comparative advantages and disadvantages of carrying too high or too low stocks of inventories of: 250 . 11. with the help of some suitable illustrative examples. (i) Cite suitable illustrative examples to clarify your point.

The cash available with the organization should neither be short nor too excessive. therefore. Lesson 4 Cash Management INTRODUCTION In the previous unit. with the help of some illustrative examples. Cash denotes the liquidity of a business enterprise and plays an important role in nurturing and improving the profitability of an organization. (b) What. Cash to business is like blood stream in human body. learning Objectives The objectives of this unit are to acquaint you with the: Importance of maintaining adequate liquidity Concept of optimum cash balance Importance of cash management and the usefulness of cash budgeting as a technique of liquidity planning SECTION TITLE 251 . essential to make a proper estimate of the cash needs and plan for it so as to avoid technical or legal insolvency. in your considered view. and (ii) finished goods? Explain.(i) Raw materials. It was explained that current assets form an important aspect of working capital management. In fact. It is. effective management ensuring adequate cash is necessary. each current asset requires a detailed treatment to understand the issues related to the need and method of its management. would be the right approach in this area? Give convincing reasons for your answer. various issues regarding management of working capital were discussed. In this unit we shall discuss the planning and managing of cash. Hence.

for example. the transaction motive.Why is Cash Needed? The demand for liquid assets like cash. Retail trade. keeping additional cash for speculative purpose is not common in business. every organization. the precautionary motive and the speculative motive. The speculative motive for holding cash is concerned with availing the opportunities arising from unexpected developments. differs from business to business and from firm to firm depending on the frequency of cash transactions. however. and of taking advantage of other favorable opportunities. has to determine the appropriate or optimum cash balance that it would need. The transaction motive for holding cash is helpful in the conduct of everyday ordinary business such as making of purchases and sales. whether by individuals or firms.g. Higher the predictability of cash. lower is the amount needed against emergencies or contingencies. The precautionary motive is concerned with predictability of cash inflows and outflows. viz. It may even lead to loss of credit-worthiness on account of default in paying liabilities when the same becomes due. Hence. However. requires a higher ratio of cash to sales and of cash to total assets. irrespective of its size and nature. is normally attributed to three behavioral motives. e.. an abnormal increase in prices. 252 . A minimum reservoir of cash must always be kept in hand to meet the unexpected payments and other contingencies. as idle cash does not earn any income. The amount of cash needed. This motive for holding cash is also influenced by the ability of the firm to obtain additional cash on short notice through short-term borrowings. Similarly shortage of cash may deprive the business unit of availing the benefits of cash discounts. Determining Optimal Cash Balance Holding of excessive cash is a non-profitable proposition. Firms having seasonal business will need greater amount of cash during the season.

b) Holding of cash means that it cannot be used to offset financial risks from the short-term debts. no problem is involved. which will be determined by the actions of creditors on account of postponing their payments or non-availing of cash discounts. Opportunities for such investments may be lost if a certain minimum cash balance is held. Ordinarily. c) Excessive reliance on internally generated liquidity can isolate the firm from the short-term financial market. You are aware that cash is needed for various transactions of the organization. however. Now the Finance Manager should understand the benefits and the opportunity costs for holding cash. receipts may be more than disbursements or vice versa. or for purchasing securities. Hence. At any point of time a firm¶s (ending) cash balance can be represented as follows: Ending balance=Beginning Balance + Receipts ² Disbursements If receipts and disbursements are equal for any unit of time. Maintenance of a cash balance however has an opportunity cost in the following ways: a) Cash can be invested in acquiring assets such as inventory. The violation of maintaining a minimum cash balance will create shortage costs.A firm¶s cash balance. the existence of the minimum balance is justified by institutional requirements such as credit ratings. minimum and average cash needs over a designated period of time. he must proceed to work out a model for determining the optimal amount of cash. First of all. may not be constant overtime. the ending balance will 253 . Apart from risk aversion. It would therefore be worthwhile to investigate the maximum. generally. checking accounts and lines of credit. Thereafter. Critical minimum cash balance should be conceived below which the firm would incur definite and measurable costs.

keep on fluctuating. Suppose. has to be regulated according to needs. Cash is used to purchase materials from which goods are produced. In actual practice. particularly in case of firms having seasonal activities. The cycle continues repeating itself. The entire process of this cash flow is known as Cash Cycle. Cash management involves two main questions 128. This has been illustrated in Figures III and IV. Cash Management Cash. The firm thus receives cash immediately or later for the goods sold by it. being a sensitive asset. Goods produced are sold either on cash or credit. Any deficits (or inadequacies) should be rectified and any excess amount be gainfully invested. and how should any temporary idle cash be invested in interest earning assets? Managing Collections and Disbursements The Cash Cycle In order to deal with the problem of cash management. the receipts and disbursements are not synchronized but the variation is predictable. Production of these goods involves use of funds for paying wages and meeting other expenses. In the latter case the pending bills are received at a later date. then the main problem will be that of minimizing total costs. 254 . receipts and disbursements do vary. How should the collection and disbursement of cash balances be managed? How should the appropriate cash balance be determined. 129. we must have an idea about the flow of cash through a firm¶s account.

the distance of time between points B to D). The material is converted into goods for sale in 37 days (15+2+20) from point B received (i. If there are more than one collection centers. Speeding up Collections In order to minimize the size of cash holding. The payment for material purchased can be deferred to 17 days (15+2) after it is Raw material for production is received 10 days after placement of order. Normally. Compared to a single collection center.The diagram in above figure only gives a general idea about the channels of flow of cash Managing Cash in a business. in order to improve the efficiency. The recovery of cash spent till point D is made after 56 days (20+30+2+2+2) as shown between points D to H. top speed. aaaaaa. The magnitude of the flow in terms of time is depicted in the diagram given in Figure IV. cccccc. all cash receipts should be remitted to the main account with. Yet. the time gap between sale of goods and their cash collection should be reduced and the flow be controlled. All cash collected should be directly deposited in one account.e. The following information is reflected by Figure IV: zzzzz. to E. dddddd. assuming that it takes 2 days for collection of payment of the cheque. bbbbbb. certain factors creating time lags are beyond the control of management. The amount of the bill for goods sold is received 36 days (32+2+2) after the sale of goods as is depicted by duration of time between point F to H. attention should be paid to the following. the aggregate requirement for cash will be more when 255 .

The dues can be withheld till the last date. Investment of Idle Cash Balances Two other important aspects in cash management are how to determine appropriate cash balance and how to invest temporarily idle cash in interest earning assets or securities. In this system the post boxes are hired at different centers where cash/cheques can be dropped in. The first part relating to the theory of determining appropriate cash balance has already been discussed earlier. Some firms may like to take advantage of cheque book float which is the time gap between the date of issue of a cheque and the actual date when it is presented for payment directly or through the bank. The time lag between the dispatch of cheque by the customer and its credit to our account with the bank should be reduced. This will reduce the requirement for holding large cash balances. It may however be useful to reduce the amount blocked in receivables by seeing to it that they do not become overdue accounts. Controlling Disbursements Needless to assert that speeding up of collections helps conversion of receivables into cash and thus reduces the financing requirements of the firm. is a constant follow-up action for the recovery of dues. Recovering Dues After sale of goods on credit. In order to minimize time front banks may be asked to devise methods for speeding up the collection of cash. Concentration of collections at one place will thus permit the firm to store its cash more efficiently. either on account of convention or for promoting sales. receivables are created. The local banker can daily collect the same from the lockers. 256 . Similar kind of benefit can be derived by delaying disbursements.there are several centers. The collecting bank is paid service charges. This will improve position of cash balance. Incentive in the form of discounts for early payment may be given. More important than anything else. Some firms with large collection transactions introduce lock box system. Trade credit is a costless source of funds for it allows us to pay the creditors only after the period of credit agreed upon.

are: Government Securities.e. it should be invested in such a way that it would generate income and at the same time ensure quick re-conversion of investment in cash. 257 . technological changes. If the future cash flows are not properly anticipated.Now we shall discuss the investment of idle cash balances on temporary basis. While doing this. unexpected failure of products. Bankers¶ Acceptances and Commercial Paper. that is. Cash Budgeting Planning cash and controlling its use are very important tasks. plan the cash needs and uses. Cash by itself yields no income. While choosing the channels for investment of any idle cash balance for a short period. it is likely that idle cash balances may be created which may result in unnecessary losses. Marketability refers to the ease with which an asset can be converted back into cash. the asset will be regarded as highly marketable and highly liquid. whether predictable or unpredictable. the risk involved due to the possibility of default in timely payment of interest and repayment of principal amount. Investment Criteria When it is realized that the excess cash will remain idle. The Finance Manager should therefore. Cash budget is a useful device for this purpose. strikes and variations in economic conditions make it difficult to predict cash needs accurately. which largely satisfy the aforesaid criteria. If an asset can be sold quickly in large amounts at a price determinable in advance. If we know that some cash will be in excess of our need for a short period of time. The carrying of extra cash may be necessitated due to its requirement in future. we must invest it for earning income without depriving ourselves of the benefit of liquidity of funds. and (iii) the investment has adequate marketability. we must weigh the advantages of carrying extra cash (i. it should be seen that (i) the investment is free from default risk. more than the normal requirement) and the disadvantages of not carrying it. Marketability has two dimensions price and time-which are inter-related. It may also result in cash deficits and consequent problems. The experience indicates that cash flows cannot be predicted with complete accuracy. (ii) the investment shall mature in a short span of time. Competition. The assets.

Some common elements of each are as follows: Cash Inflows . a quarter or a half-year. Each business establishment has its own credit policy for promoting sales. purchase of marketable securities and tax payments. issue of new securities. Comment. sale of marketable securities.Cash budget basically incorporates estimates of future inflows and outflows of cash over a projected short period of time which may usually be a year. weekly or even daily basis. payments of bills and accounts payable. In both these components there are two types of flows. receivable collections.(a) Operating: cash sales. What strategy should the Finance Managers develop to solve this problem? 137. 136. Have you understood? 135. Cash Outflows -(a) Operating: wage payments. credit sales are quite common. operating cash flows and financial cash flows. What are the three motivations behind holding cash? Explain briefly. viz. Preparing a Cash Budget There are two components of a cash budget²cash inflows and cash outflows. redemption of securities. Sales Work Sheet Sales bring in a major part of cash inflows. "In managing cash. All sales may not be against cash. loan repayments. interest payments. Even when care is taken to ensure that credit sales do not exceed the permitted percentage of total sales and that debtors do not default in paying bills in time. (b) Financial: interest receipts. and capital expenditure (b) Financial: dividend payments. it is a common experience that the total amount of sales is recovered over a period of time. 138. What is optimum cash balance and how can it be arrived at? What is cash cycle and how can it be reduced? 258 . the Finance Manager faces the problem of compromising the conflicting goals of liquidity and profitability". Effective cash management is facilitated if the cash budget is further broken down into monthly.

141. what advice would you render to the firm? 140. The rate of financial intermediaries. Learning Objectives on going through this lesson. 259 . (ii) financial intermediaries/institutions and (iii) financial markets. The functioning of financial market.139. The main elements of the financial system are a variety of (i) financial instruments/assets/securities. you will be conversant with: The nature of financial assets. What is a cash budget and in what way can it be helpful in liquidity planning? How would you judge the efficiency of cash management of a company? UNIT ± V LONG TERM SOURCES OF FINANCE: LONG TERM SOURCES OF FINANCE Lesson I Indian Capital and Stock Market INTRODUCTION Capital markets are a sub-part of the financial system. the financial system includes a complex of institutions and mechanisms which affects the generation of savings and their transfer to those who will invest. It may be said to be made of all those channels through which savings become available for investments. If a firm estimates that it will have some idle cash balances from time to time. Conceptually.

The derivative instruments include options and futures. The indirect securities offer to the individual investor better investment alternative than the direct/primary security by pooling 260 . an instrument may be (i) debt (security) such as bonds. units of mutual funds).g. Indirect assets are claims against financial intermediaries (e. As institutional source of finance. Financial Intermediaries Financial Intermediaries are institutions that channelise the savings of investors into investments/loans. term loans. The securities issued by manufacturing companies are direct assets (e. the security may be (1) direct (2) indirect and (3) derivative. shares/debentures). The functions of stock exchange. They are a claim on a stream of income and/or particular assets. Based on the type of issuer. which results in institutionalisation of personal savings. they act as a link between the savers and the investors. The issue mechanism followed in Indian markets. debentures. SECTION TITLE Financial Assets A financial asset/Instrument/security is a claim against another economic unit and is held as a store of value and for the return that is expected. machines. The entity/economic unit that offers the future cash flows is the issuer of the financial instrument¶ and the owner of the security is the investor¶. Their main function is to convert direct financial assets into indirect securities.The relationship between new issue markets and stock exchange. Depending upon the nature of claim/return. dividends and so on. furniture vehicles and so on. The prevalence of a variety of securities to suit the investment requirements of heterogeneous investors. While the value of a tangible/physical asset depends on its physical properties such as buildings. (ii) equity (security) shares and (iii) hybrid security such as preference shares and convertibles.g. a financial asset represents a claim to future cash flows in the form of interest. offers differentiated investment choice to them and is an important element in the maturity and sophistication of the financial system.

The services/benefits that tailor indirect financial assets to the requirements of the investors are (i) convenience. The main consideration underlying the attractiveness of indirect securities is that the pooling of funds by the financial intermediary leads to a number of benefits to the investors. maturities on units would conform more with the desires of the investors than those on primary securities. Lower Risk The lower risk associated with indirect securities results from the benefits of diversification of investments. For instance. Expert Management Indirect securities give to the investors the benefits of trained. indirect security of a different maturity. 261 . Convenience Financial intermediaries convert direct/primary securities into a more convenient vehicle of investment.which it is created. Low Cost Low cost is the benefits of investment through financial intermediaries are available to the individual investors at relatively lower cost due to the economies of scale. In effect. units of mutual funds. (ii) lower risk. as a result of the redemption/repurchase facility available to unitholders of mutual funds. financial intermediaries place the individual investors in the same position in the matter of expert management as large institutional investors. (iii) expert management and (iv) lower cost. for example. They divide primary securities of higher denomination into indirect securities of lower denomination. In effect. experienced and specialised management together with continuous supervision. the financial intermediaries transform the small investors in matters of diversification into large institutional investors as the former shares proportionate beneficiary interest in the total portfolio of the latter. They also transform a primary security of certain maturity into an.

Unlike financial intermediaries. It exists because investors (i. At the same time. mutual funds. A focal point of intervention by the central bank (e. suppliers in the financial market know where their funds are being lent/invested.The major financial intermediaries are banks. other entities/ organisations find themselves in need of seasonal/ temporary financing. While the loans and investments of financial intermediaries are made without the direct knowledge of the suppliers of funds (i. they are not a source of funds but are a link and provide a forum in which suppliers of funds and demanders of loans/investments can transact business directly. business entities. and A reasonable access to the users of short-term funds to meet their requirements at realistic/ reasonable cost and temporary deployment of funds for earning returns to the suppliers of funds. investors).e.term liquid funds.e. non-banking financial companies and so on. The broad objectives of money market are three-fold: An equilibrating mechanism for evening out short-term surplus and deficiencies in the financial system. government and financial institutions) have temporarily idle funds that they wish to place in some type of liquid asset or short-term interest-earning instrument. Financial Markets Financial markets perform a crucial function in the financial system as facilitating organisations. Money Market The money market is created by a financial relationship between suppliers and demanders of short-term funds which have maturities of one year or less. The two key financial markets are the money market and the capital market. Reserve Bank of India) intervention for influencing liquidity in the economy.g. individuals. both life and non-life/ general. insurance organisations. Capital Market 262 . The money market brings together these suppliers and demanders of short.

NIM and stock market. on the other hand. that is. funds with maturities exceeding one year) to make transactions. in 263 . namely. it approaches the investing public. derives its name from the fact that it makes available a new block of securities for public subscription. (ii) Nature of financing and (iii) Organisation. The stock exchanges. It is a market for long-term funds. The relationship between these parts of the market provides an insight into its organisation. Thus. is a market for old securities which may be defined as securities which have been issued already and granted stock exchange quotation. therefore. The securities thus floated are subsequently purchased and sold among the individual and institutional investors. The stock market. the capital market comprises of (I) stock/security exchanges/markets (secondary markets) and (2) new issue/primary market [initial public offering (IPO) market]. securities which were not previously available and are.e.The capital market is a financial relationship created by a number of institutions and arrangements that allows suppliers and demanders of long-term funds (i. The market. to subscribe to its issue of capital. There are. They have some similarities also. The usual procedure is that when an enterprise is in need of funds. therefore. Differences The differences between NIM and stock exchanges pertain to (i) Types of securities dealt. Relationship Between New Issue Market (NIM) and Stock Exchange The industrial securities market is divided into two parts. New vs Old Securities The NIM deals with new securities. offered to the investing public for the first time. both individuals and institutions. provide a regular and continuous market for buying and selling of securities. therefore. The backbone of the capital market is formed by the various securities exchanges that provide a forum for equity (equity market) and debt (debt market) transactions. Included among long-term funds are securities issues of business and Government. One aspect of their relationship is that they differ from each other organisationally as well as in the nature of functions performed by them. Mechanisms for efficiently offering and trading securities contribute to the functioning of capital markets which is important to the long-term growth of business.

purchased and sold continuously among the investors without any involvement of the companies whose securities constitute the stock-intrude except in the strictly limited sense of registering the transfer of ownership of the securities. The NIM has neither any tangible form any administrative organisational set up like that of stock exchanges. Their role regarding the supply of capital is indirect. it provides additional funds to the issuing companies either for starting a new enterprise or for the expansion or diversification of the existing one and. therefore. In contrast. lend liquidity and marketability. however. while secondary market covers the second stage of the dealings in securities. physical existence and are located in a particular geographical area. the secondary markets can in no circumstance supply additional funds since the company is not involved in the transaction. The existence of secondary markets which provide. organisationally speaking. The stock exchanges have. play an important part in the process. In the first stage. The usual course in the development of industrial enterprise seems to be that those who bar the initial burden of financing a new enterprise. in the second stage. The NIM is not rooted in any particular spot and has no geographical existence. to that extent. the securities are acquired from the issuing companies themselves and these are.other words. Since the primary market is concerned with new securities. its contribution to company financing is direct. The section of the industrial securities market dealing with the first stage is referred to as the NIM. Nature of Financing Another aspect related to the separate functions of these two parts of the securities market is the nature of their contribution to industrial financing. institutional facilities for the continuous purchase and sale of securities and. It is recognised only by the services that it renders to the lenders and borrowers of 264 . does not mean that the stock markets have no relevance in the process of transfer of resources from savers to investors. This. pass it on to others when the enterprise becomes well established. Organisational Differences The two parts of the market have organisational differences also. nor is it subjected to any centralised control and administration for the consummation of its business. two stages involved in the purchase and sale of securities.

The practice of listing of new issues on the stock market is of immense utility to the potential investors who can be sure that should they receive an allotment of new issues. one of the conditions to which a prospectus is to conform is that it should contain a stipulation that the application has been made. they will subsequently be able to dispose them off any time. encourage holdings of new securities and. the new issues of securities which seek stock quotation/listing have to comply with statutory rules as well as regulations framed by the stock exchanges with the object of ensuring fair dealings in them. in spite of organisational and functional differences. the stock exchanges would refuse listing facilities to them. for instance. Economic Interdependence 265 . The precise nature of the specialised institutional facilities provided by the NIM is described in a subsequent section. Control The stock exchanges exercise considerable control over the organisation of new issues. thus. In India. Similarities Nevertheless. The facilities provided by the secondary markets. The absence of such facilities would act as some sort of psychological barrier to investments in new securities. In terms of regulatory framework related to dealings in securities. widen the initial/primary market for them. therefore. the NIM and the stock exchanges are inseparably connected. This requirement obviously enables the stock exchange to exercise considerable control over the new issues market and is indicative of close relationship between the funds at the time of any particular operation. Stock Exchange Listing One aspect of this inseparable connection between them is that the securities issued in the NIM are invariably listed on a recognised stock exchange for dealings in them. If the new issues do not conform to the prescribed stipulations. or will be made in due course for admitting the securities to dealings on the stock exchange.

The markets for new and old securities are. The stock exchanges are usually the first to feel a change in the economic outlook and the effect is quickly transmitted to the new issue section of the market. The securities market represents an important case where the stock-demand-and-supply curves. Functions of Stock Exchanges (Secondary Markets Stock exchanges discharge three vital functions in the orderly growth of capital formation: (i) Nexus between savings and investments. The savings of the community are mobilised and channelled by stock exchanges for investment into those sectors and units which are favoured by the community at large. The quantitative predominance of old securities in the market usually ensures that it is these which set the tone of the market as a whole and govern the prices and acceptability of the new issues. appreciation of capital. and so on. an integral part of a single market² the industrial securities market. (ii) Market place and (iii) Continuous price formation. The second dimension of the mutual interdependence of the two parts of the market is that the prices of new issues are influenced by the price movements on the stock market. Their mutual interdependence from the economic point of view has two dimensions. they are the nexus between the savings and the investments of the community. One.1 This is because the two parts of the industrial securities market are susceptible to common influences and they act and react upon each other. that 266 . which is reflected in the share price. its responses to capital issues: Activity in the new issues market and the movement in the prices of stock exchange securities are broadly related: new Issues increase when share values are rising and vice versa. Nexus between Savings and Investment First and foremost. exert a dominant influence on price determination. the behavior of the stock exchanges has a significant bearing on the level of activity in the NIM and. the flow of new savings into new securities is profoundly influenced by the conditions prevailing in the old securities market²the stock exchange. as distinguished from flow-demand-and-supply curves. economically. therefore. Thus. It is the preference of investors for individual units as well as industry groups. on the basis of such criteria as good return.

as also offers for sale of existing securities. inter alia. shuffling their investment portfolios to gear up for the ever changing market situations. who may be buying them today to sell them at a later date for a variety of considerations like meeting their own needs of liquidity. and (ii) as underwriters. Market Place The second important function discharged by stock markets/exchanges is that they provide a marker place for the purchase and sale of securities. Stock companies also provide a forum for trading in rights shares of companies already listed. a seller has a ready purchaser and a purchaser has a ready seller at a price which can he said to be competitive. by and large. with a multiplicity of buyers and sellers at any point of time. This quite often results in their being required to nurse new issues till a time when the new ventures start making profits and reward their shareholders by declaring reasonable dividends when their shares command premiums in the market. thereby enabling their free transferability through several successive stages from the original subscriber to the neverending stream of buyers. Continuous Price Formation 267 . by ensuring that the various requisites of listing (such as offering at least the prescribed minimum percentage of capital to the public. Since the point of aggregate sale and purchase is centralised. keeping the subscription list open for a minimum period of days.decides the mode of investment. try to procure subscription from investors spread all over the country. Exchanges also assist in the flotation of new issues by acting (i) as brokers. They themselves administer the same. offered through prospectus. and so on. This guarantees saleability to one who has already invested and surety of purchase to the other who desires to invest. allotting the shares against applications on a fair and unconditional basis) are duly complied with Members of stock. making provision for receiving applications at least at the prescribed centres. Stock exchanges render this service by arranging for the preliminary distribution of new issues of capital. thereby enabling a new class of investors to take up a part of the rights in the place of existing shareholders who renounce their rights for monetary considerations. in an orderly and systematic manner. in which capacity they.

be conceived as exclusively serving the purpose of raising finance for new capital expenditure. altered.F. The securities issued by companies for the first time either after the incorporation or conversion from private to public companies are designated as initial issues. the NIM should not. Henderson. with today¶s prices being yesterday¶s prices. The process is an unending one. The NIM is a complex of institutions through which funds can be obtained directly or indirectly by those who require them from investors who have savings. however. and tomorrow¶s values being again today¶s values altered. by constantly measuring its progress or otherwise. corrected. Functions of New Issues/Primary Market The main function of NIM is to facilitate the transfer of resources from savers to entrepreneurs seeking to establish new enterprise or to expand/diversify existing ones. and adjusted. 268 . thereby evening out wide swings in prices.The third major function. The distinction between new also called initial and old also known as further. does not bear any relation to the age of the company. at any point of time. and those by whom they are applied to productive uses. the organisation and facilities of the market are also utilised for selling concerns to the public as going concerns through the conversion of existing proprietary enterprises or private companies into public companies. the value of the investments and plan his personal needs accordingly. The ever changing demand and supply conditions result in a continuous revaluation of assets. New issues can be classified in various ways. This classification was first suggested by R. The collective judgement of many people operating simultaneously in the market. corrected and adjusted. Such facilities are of crucial importance in the context of the dichotomy of funds available for capital uses from those in whose hands they accumulate. The first of new issues are by new companies and old companies. resulting in the emergence of a large number of buyers and sellers at any point of time. has the effect of bringing about changes in the levels of security prices in small graduations. discharged by the stock exchanges is the process of continuous price formation. closely related to the second. An investor can always have his eyes turned towards the stock exchanges to know. Stock exchanges thus act as a barometer of µthe state of health of the nations economy. In fact. Conceptually.

namely. are referred to as further or old. either by public issue or by rights to existing shareholders. second. Henderson was interested only in the latter. on the other. This is to ensure that 269 .while those issued by companies which already have stock exchange quotation. namely. The term new money issues refers to the issues of capital involving newly created shares. Origination The term origination refers to the work of investigation and analysis and processing of new proposals. The institutional set-up dealing with these can be said to constitute the NIM organisation. and. bonus/ capitalisation issues which represent only book-keeping entries.5 new money refers to the sum of money equivalent to the number of newly created shares multiplied by the price per share minus all the administrative cost associated with the issue. In other words. economic. The new issues by corporate enterprise can also be classified on the basis of companies seeking quotation. Henderson uses the term in a rather limited sense so that it is the net of repayment of long-term debt and sums paid to vendors of existing securities. According to Merrett and others. the channelling of investible funds into industrial enterprises. This money may not be used for additional capital investment.(ii) Underwriting. it may be used wholly or partly to repay debt. can be split from the operational stand-point. financial. on the one hand. new money issues and no new money issues. and legal aspects of the issuing companies. The general function of the NIM. no new money issues represent the sale of securities already in existence and sold by their holders. the NIM facilitates the transfer of resources by providing specialist institutional facilities to perform the triple-service function. The differences in the approaches by Merrett and others. and Henderson. These two functions8 are performed by the specialist agencies which act as the sponsors of issues. However. arise because of the fact that while the concern of the former is with both flow of funds into the market as well as flow of money. and (iii) Distribution. exchange issues by which shares in one company are exchanged for securities of another. two types of issues are excluded from the category of new issues. The new money issues provide funds to enterprises for additional capital investment. into three services (i) Origination. First. One aspect is the preliminary investigation which entails a careful study of technical.

That adequate institutional arrangement for the provision of underwriting is of crucial significance both to the issuing companies as well as the investing public cannot be overstressed. has good market prospects. In the process of origination. guarantee the success of an issue. The importance of the specialised services provided by the NIM organisation in this respect can hardly be overstressed in view of its pivotal position in the process of flotation of capital in the NIM. Thus. some services of an advisory nature that go to improve the quality of capital issues. the sponsoring institutions render. Underwriting The origination howsoever thoroughly done. It is a specialist job. (iii) methods of warrants the backing of the issue houses in the sense of lending their name to the company and. thus. will not. is only a stopgap arrangement to guarantee the success of an issue. These services include advice on such aspects of capital issues as: (i) determination of the class of security to be issued and price of the issues in the light of market conditions. however. therefore. to a large extent. the second specialist service²underwriting²provided by the institutional setup of the NIM takes the form of a guarantee that the issues would be sold by eliminating the risk arising from uncertainty of public response. give the issue the stamp of respectability. the allocative efficiency of the market. the NIM is a complex of institutions through which funds can be obtained by those who require them from investors who have savings. in the ultimate analysis. to satisfy themselves that the company is strongly based. by itself. and so on. On the thoroughness of investigation and soundness of judgement of the sponsoring institutions depends. To ensure success of an issue. as a second function. which can best be performed by brokers and dealers in securities. The ability of the NIM to cope with the growing requirements of the expanding corporate sector would depend on the presence of specialist 270 . depends on the issues being acquired by the investing public. and (iv) technique of selling. who maintain regular and direct contact with the ultimate investors. is well-managed and is worthy of stock exchange quotation. (ii) the timing and magnitude of issues. Distribution Underwriting. The sale of securities to the ultimate investors is referred to as distribution.

(ii) Existing and proposed activities. the issuing companies themselves offer directly to the general public a fixed number of shares at a stated price. which in the case of new companies is invariably the face value of the securities. from whom application forms along with copies of prospectus can be obtained. (viii) Minimum subscription. Another feature of public issue method is that generally the issues are underwritten to ensure success arising out of unsatisfactory public response. inter alia. It also provides both civil and criminal liability for any misstatement in the prospectus. (v) Authorised. (iv) Location of the industry. (ix) Names of underwriters. if any. underwriters. The methods by which new issues are made are: (i) Public issue through prospectus. include: (i) Name and registered office of the issuing company. Under this method. subscribed and proposed issue of capital to public. social. underwriting and distribution. on the issue mechanism. political.agencies to perform the triple-service-function of origination. 271 . partly. (ii) Tender/Book building. (vii) Name of broker. and others. Public Issue through Prospectus A common method followed by corporate enterprises to raise capital through the issue of securities is by means of a prospectus inviting subscription from the investing public. it may sometimes include a premium amount. along with a statement that in the opinion of the directors. and in the case of existing companies. if any. The foundation of the public issue method is a prospectus. The contents of the prospectus. the minimum contents of which are prescribed by the Companies Act. (iii) Board of directors. 1956. (vi) Dates of opening and closing of subscription list. Issue Mechanism The success of an issue depends. and economic environment. Additional disclosure requirements are also mandated by the SEBI.the degree of development and specialisation of market organisation. (iii) Offer for sale (iv) Placement and (v) Rights issue. as they are determined partly by history and partly by the particular legal. While the nature of the services provided by an organised NIM is the same in all developed countries. the resources of the underwriters are sufficient to meet the underwriting obligations. the type of institutions found and the actual procedures followed differ from country to country.

The issues are. The public issue method through prospectus has the advantage that the transaction is carried on in the full light of publicity coupled with approach to the entire investing public. A serious drawback of public issue. legal charges. The issuing company incorporates all the details of the issue proposal in the offer document on the lines of the public issue method including the reserve/minimum price. The investors are required to quote the number of securities and the price at which they wish to acquire. Under this method. Tender/Book Building Method The essence of the tender/book building method is that the pricing of the issues is left to the investors.and (x) A statement that the company will make an application to stock exchange(s) for the permission to deal in or for a quotation of its shares and so on. travelling expenses. filling of document charges. thereby contributing to the prevention of concentration of wealth and economic power. It would ensure that the share ownership is widely diffused. In view of the high cost involved in raising capital. The modus operandi of the offer of sale is akin to the public issue method in that 272 . thus. it offers through the intermediary of issue houses/merchant banks/investment banks or firms of stockbrokers. as a method to raise capital through the sale of securities. the public issue method is suitable for large issues and it cannot he availed of in case of small issues. The cost of flotation involves underwriting expenses. mortgage deed registration fee and postage and so on). The administrative cost includes printing charges of prospectus. bank charges. brokerage. Offer for Sale Another method by which securities can be issued is by means of an offer for sale. accountancy charges. instead of the issuing company itself offering its shares directly to the public. registration charges. advertisement/publicity charges. and other administrative expenses. stamp duty. widely distributed and the danger of an artificial restriction on the quantity of shares available is avoided. Moreover. is that it is a highly expensive method. listing fee. a fixed quantity of stock has to be allotted among applicants on a non-discriminatory basis.

and so on. But the mechanism adopted is different. In the case of public method. The securities are sold to the investing public usually at a premium. and a known quantity of shares are distributed to the applicants in a nondiscriminatory manner. like the public issue method. Placement Method Yet another method to float new issues of capital is the placing method defined by London Stock Exchange as "sale by an issue house or broker to their own clients of securities which have been previously purchased or subscribed". but instead of being subsequently offered to the public. The margin between the amount received by the company and the price paid by the public does not become additional funds. the issues are underwritten to avoid the possibility of the issue being left largely in the hands of the issuing houses. represents the remuneration of the issuing houses. the issuing company sells the securities to the issuing houses or stockbrokers at an agreed fixed price and the securities. by the issuing houses to the ultimate investors. One additional advantage of this method is that the issuing company is saved from the cost and trouble of selling the shares to the public. The sale of securities with an offer for sale method is done in two stages. but usually the issuing houses¶ remuneration in offer for sale is the turn¶ out of which they also meet subsidiary expenses such as underwriting commission. The difference between the sale and the purchase price. but it is pocketed by the issuing houses or the existing shareholders. securities are acquired by the issue houses.the prospectus with strictly prescribed minimum contents which constitutes the foundation for the sale of securities. In the first stage. they 273 . in the second stage. the cost of advertisement and prospectus. the issuing houses receive a fee based upon the size and the complications involved in supervision as they act as agents of the issuing companies. Although this is theoretically possible. it suffers from another serious shortcoming. Apart from being expensive. Under this method. The securities are offered to the public at a price higher than the price at which they were acquired from the company. whereas these are borne by the companies themselves in the case of public issue method. are resold. The offer for sale method shares the advantage available to public issue method. as in offer for sale method. technically called as turn. Moreover. thus acquired by the sponsoring institutions.

the stock exchange requirements relating to contents of the prospectus and its advertisement are less onerous in the case of placing. Moreover. the placing letter and the other documents. both individual and institutional investors. Its weakness arises from the point of view of distribution of securities. the flotation of the securities involves two stages: In the first stage. they are made available to their investor-clients. constitute a prospectus/offer document and the information concerning the issue has to be published. As the securities are offered only to a select group of investors. shares are acquired by the issuing houses and in the second stage. that is. and so on are avoided. is its relative cheapness. Each issue house has a list of large private and institutional investors who are always prepared to subscribe to any securities which are issued in this manner. Thus. the method is officially known as stock exchange placing. many of the items of expenses in public issue and offer for sale methods like underwriting commission. They endeavour to ensure the success of the issue by carefully vetting the issuing company concerned and offering generous subscription terms. as a method of issuing new securities. The securities are usually in small companies but these may occasionally be in large companies. they may arrange the placing in return for a fee and act merely as an agent and not principal. though rarely. The issue houses usually place the securities at a higher price than the price they pay and the difference. Placing of securities Securities that are unquoted is known as private placing. When the securities to be placed are newly quoted. This is partly because. when taken together. it may lead to the concentration of shares into a few hands who may create artificial scarcity of scrips in times of hectic dealings in such shares in the market.are placed with the clients of the issue houses. The main advantage of placing. In this method. the turn is their remuneration. Another feature of placing is that. expense relating to applications and allotment of shares. Alternatively. 274 . no formal underwriting of the issue is required as the placement itself amounts to underwriting since the issue houses agree to place the issue with their clients.

This underscores the relevance of this method from the viewpoint of the market. This offer is made by circular to µexisting shareholders¶ only. In the case of companies whose shares are already listed and widely held. The experience of these companies has been that underwriters were not called upon to take up shares in terms of their obligations. It is. Rights issues are not normally underwritten but to ensure full subscription and as a measure of abundant precaution. Advertising expenses have to be incurred only for sending a letter of rights to 275 . dispense with this requirement by passing a special resolution to the same effect. The usual expenses like underwriting commission. Rights Issue The methods discussed above can be used both by new companies as well as by established companies. therefore. new issues can be floated by small companies which suffer from a financial disadvantage in the form of prohibitively high cost of capital in the case of other methods of flotation as well as at times when conditions in the market may not be favorable as it does not depend for its success on public response. Thus. The chief merit of rights issue is that it is an inexpensive method. these have to be first offered to the existing shareholders with a right to renounce them in favour of a nominee. the existing shareholders are offered the right to subscribe to new shares in proportion to the number of shares they already hold. A company can.The placement method is advantageous to the issuing companies but it is not favorably received by the investing public. Section 81 of the Companies Act. however. The method is suitable in case of small issues which cannot bear the high expenses entailed in a public issue. In India. This is called rights issue. with the placement method. and also in such issues which are unlikely to arouse much interest among the general investing public. 1956 provides that where a company increases its subscribed capital by the issue of new shares. either after two years of its formation or after one year of first issue of shares whichever is earlier. brokerage and other administrative expenses are either non-existent or are very small. Under this method. a few companies have resorted to underwriting of rights shares. observed that such underwriting serves little economically useful purpose in that "it represents insurance against a risk which is (i) readily avoidable and (ii) of extremely rare occurrence even where no special steps are taken to avoid it. shares can be offered to the existing shareholders.

shareholders. Explain briefly financial assets/instruments. 5. HAVE YOU UNDERSTOOD? 1. 4. The above discussion shows that the available methods of flotation of new issues are suitable in different circumstances and for different types of enterprises. Long-term capital is used to fund the acquisition of fixed assets and part of current assets. The issue mechanism would vary from market to market. What are the similarities between the NIM and the stock market? 7. Briefly discuss the functions of the NIM. 6. Discuss the main elements of the financial system. The management of applications and allotment is less cumbersome because the number is limited. Explain briefly the two key financial markets. What are the different methods of flotation of issues in the primary market? Lesson 2 Long . 2. What are the functions of the stock exchanges? 8.Term Sources of Finance INTRODUCTION Long-term capital is capital with maturity exceeding one year. Write a brief note on the differences between the new issue market and the stock exchanges. As already mentioned. this method can be used only by existing companies and the general investing public has no opportunity to participate in the new companies. The preemptive right of existing shareholders may conflict with the broader objective of wider diffusion of share-ownership. Public limited companies meet their long-term financial requirements by issuing shares and debentures and through borrowing and 276 . 3. 9. Describe briefly the functions of financial intermediaries.

public deposits. Internal sources consist of depreciation provision. debenture capital. SECTION TITLE Sources of Capital Broadly speaking. Different modes of capital issues SEBI Guidelines on public issues. general reserve fund or free reserve ² retained earnings or the saving of the company. Internal sources refer to sources from within the company External sources refer to outside sources. Internal and external. Raising capital through issue of shares. Share capital is considered as ownership or equity capital whereas debentures and loans constitute borrowed or debt capital. a company can have two main sources of funds. Long-term sources of finance consist of ownership securities y shares and preference shares) and creditor-ship securities (debentures. 277 . LEARNING Objectives On going through this lesson. The required fund is to be mobilized and utilized systematically by the companies. you will be conversant with: The various sources of long term capital The different types for long term capital instruments Merits and demerits of equity and preference share capital Different types of debentures and their merits and demerits. Short-term sources of finance consists of trade credit. loans and advances (short term loans from commercial banks and other creditors. debentures or bonds is known as primary capital sourcing. Otherwise it is called new issues market. short-term loans from banks and financial institutions and public deposits. towing from the financing institutions and lease finance). long term loans from finance corporations and other creditors). External sources consists of share capital.

The equity share capital is the backbone of any company¶s financial structure. are instruments of debt or borrowed capital. Equity capital represents ownership capital. unlike the liability of the owner in a proprietary concern and the partners in a partnership concern. Retained earnings also constitute owned capital. Equity shareholders collectively own the company. Ownership Securities Ownership securities consist of shares issued to the intending investors with the right to participate in the profit and management of the company. Creditor-ship Securities Creditor-ship securities consist of various types of debentures which are acknowledgements of corporate debts to the respective holders with a right to receive interest at specified rate and refund of the principal sum at the expiry of the agreed term. is limited to their capital subscription and contribution. Capital raised through creditor-ship securities is known as µborrowed capital¶. They enjoy the reward of ownership and bear the risk of ownership. bonds. Advantages of Equity Share Capital 278 . The capital raised in this way is called µowned capital¶.Long-Term Capital Instruments Corporate securities also known as company securities are said to be the documentary media of raising capital by the joint stock companies. and Creditor-ship securities. The equity shareholders¶ liability. commercial papers etc. Equity Shares Equity shares are instruments to raise equity capital. These are of two classes: Ownership securities. notes. Equity shares and securities like the irredeemable preference shares are called ownership securities. The equity share capital is also termed as the venture capital on account of the risk involved in it. Debentures.

It is repayable only in the event of company¶s winding up and that too only after the claims of preference shareholders have been met in full. the higher the ability of the company to secure debt capital. Cost of issue of equity shares is high. Payment of dividend to equity shareholders depends on the availability of profit and the discretion of the Board of Directors. In general. 2. Unlike interest" paid on debt capital. rising up issue cost.1. The cost of servicing equity capital is generally higher than the cost of issuing preference shares or debenture since on account of higher rise. Equity share capital strengthens the credit worthiness and borrowing or debt capacity of the company. Equity shares attract only those classes of investors who can take risk. dividend tax is paid. unlike debt capital which is risk-burdening. Equity shares do not create any charge on the assets of the company and the assets may be used as security for further financing. 4. as the limited group of risk. It represents permanent capital. 3. other things being equal. Equity dividend is payable from post-tax earnings. further rising cost of equity share capital. 6. brokerage costs and other issue expense¶ are high for equity capital. 5. Disadvantages of Equity Shares capital 1. underwriting commission. Equity capital is the risk-bearing capital. Hence cost of equity is high Sometimes. It is the µheart¶ to the business. Equity share capital constitutes the µcorpus¶ of the company. Conservative and cautious investors do not subscribe for equity issues. 2. Equity capital market is now expanding and the global capital market can be accessed. Equity share capital does not involve any fixed obligation for payment of dividend. 3. dividend is not deductible as an expense from the profit for taxation purposes. 279 . Hence. 7. there is no problem of refunding the capital. the larger the equity base.seeking investors need to be attracted and targeted. the expectation of the equity shareholders is also high as compared preference shares or debentures.

The preference shareholders are entitled to receive the fixed rate of dividend out of the net profit of the company. Cumulative preference shares 2. Cumulative convertible preference shares 280 . Redeemable preference shares 8. Only after the payment of dividend at a fixed rate is made to the preference shareholders. dividends on equity shares reach low be which leads to drastic fall in their market values. The excessive use of equity shares is likely to result in over capitalization of the company. The rate of dividend preference shares is mentioned in the prospectus. The issuing of equity capital causes dilution of control of the equity holders. Excessive reliance on financing through equity shares reduces the capacity of the company to trade on equity.4. Non-convertible preference shares 7. the balance of it will be used for paying dividend to ordinary shares. Preference Shares Preference shares are those which catty priority rights in regard to the payment of dividend and return of capital and at the same time are subject to certain limitations with regard to voting rights. Similarly in the event of liquidation the assets remaining after payment of all debts of the company are first used for returning the capital contributed by the preference shareholders. Ir-redeemable preference shares 9. Convertible preference shares 6. These are: 1. Participating preference shares 4. 5. Non-participating preference shares 5.In times of depression. Non-Cumulative preference shares 3. Types of Preference Shares There are many forms of preference shares.

The promoters of the company can retain control over the company by issuing preference shares. 3. Preference shares have variety and diversity. unlike equity shares. Usually preference shares carry higher rate of dividend than the rate of interest on debentures. Preference shares add to the equity base of the company and they strengthen the financial position of it. The public deposit of companies in excess of the maximum limit stipulated by the Reserve Bank can be liquidated by issuing preference shares. 10. 3. Preference shares are particularly useful for those investors who want higher rate of return with comparatively lower risk. Preference shares are entitled to a fixed rate of dividend and the company may declare higher rates of dividend for the equity shareholders by trading on equity and enhance market value. If the assets of the company are not of high value. Hence the company prefers to tap market with preference shares. since the preference shareholders have only limited voting rights. In the case of redeemable preference shares. 2. 281 . 2. arrears of dividend accumulate. The preference shares have the merits of equity shares without their limitations. Companies thus have flexibility in choice. In the case of cumulative preference shares. 9. 6. 4. Additional equity base increases the ability of the company to borrow in future. 5.Merits of Preference shares 1. It is a permanent burden on the profits of the company. unlike debt interest. preference share capital is a very expensive source of financing because the dividend paid to preference shareholders is not. Compared to debt capital. debenture holders will not accept them as collateral securities. 8. Demerits of Preference Shares 1. a taxdeductible expense. 7. there is the advantage that the amount can be repaid as soon as the company is in possession of funds flowing out of profits. Issue of preference shares does not create any charge against the assets of the company.

perhaps combines the benefits of equity and debt. It is an acknowledgement of the company¶s indebtedness to its debenture-holders. 1956. They are: 1. bonds and any other securities of company whether constituting a charge on the assets of the company or not" Debenture-holders are entitled to periodical payment of interest agreed rate. 6. Not even 1% of total corporate capital is raised in this form.4. Redeemable debentures 282 . 1956. Debenture holders are the creditors of the company. Registered debentures 2. preference shares may be disadvantageous because they do not carry voting rights. Unsecured debentures 5. From the investor¶s point of view. Debentures A debenture is a document issued by a company as an evidence of a debt due from the company with or without a charge on the assets of the company. the term debenture includes "debenture stock. Preference shares have to attraction. Types of debentures Debentures can be various types. Secured debentures 4. Usually debentures are secured by charge on or mortgage of the assets of the company. Bearer debentures or unregistered debentures 3. 5. In India. Instead of combining the benefits of equity and debt. Debentures are instruments for raising longterm debt capital. No voting rights are given to debentureholders. according to the Companies Act. They are also entitled to redemption of their capital as per the terms. preference share capital. Their interest may be damaged by equity shareholders in whose hands the control is vested. Under section 117 of the companies Act. debentures with voting rights cannot be issued.

which do not have charge on the assets of the company. They are transferable by mere delivery and registration of transfer is not necessary. Transfer of ownership of these types of debentures cannot be valid unless the regular instrument of transfer is sanctioned by the Directors. Equitable debentures 11. Registered debentures are not transferable by mere delivery. Bearer debentures are negotiable. Zero coupon debentures 16. Partly convertible debentures 10. Preferred debentures 13. Irredeemable debentures 7. value and types of debentures held by the debenture-holders.6. Fully convertible debentures 8. Fixed rate debentures 14. Unsecured debentures: Unsecured debentures are those. Legal debentures 12. The names of the debenture-holders are not recorded in the register of debenture-holders. Foreign currency convertible debentures Registered debentures: Registered debentures are recorded in a register of debenture-holders with full details about the number. Registered debentures are not negotiable. The payment of interest and repayment of capital is made to the debenture-holders whose names are entered duly in the register of debenture-holders. Secured debentures: The debentures which are secured by a mortgage or change on the whole or a part of the assets of the company are called secure debentures. 283 . Non-convertible debentures 9. Bearer or Unregistered debentures: The debentures which are payable to the bearer are called bearer debentures. Floating rate debentures 15.

one time be payment) or periodic repayment debentures. Floating rate debentures: Floating rate debentures carry floating interest rate coupons. They are al known as perpetual debentures.e. Convertible debenture-holders get an opportunity to become shareholders and to take part the company management at a later stage. Redeemable debentures may be bullet repayment debentures (i. Legal Debentures: Legal debentures are those in which the legal ownership of property of the corporation is transferred by a deed to the debenture holders. 284 . The rates float over some benchmark rates like bank rate. Irredeemable debentures can be redeemed in the event of the company¶s winding up. The debentures have priority over other debentures Fixed rate debentures: Fixed rate debentures carry a fixed rate of interest Now a days this class is not desired by both investors and issuing institutions. Equitable debentures: Equitable debentures are those which are secured by deposit of title deeds of the property with a memorandum in writing to create a charge. Irredeemable debentures: The debentures which are not repayable during lifetime of the company are called irredeemable debentures. LIBOR etc. Convertibility adds a µsweetner¶ to debentures and enhances their appeal to risk seeking investors.Redeemable debentures: The debentures which are repayable after a certain period are called redeemable debentures. Partly convertible debentures: Partly convertible debentures appeal to investors who want the benefits of convertibility and non-convertibility in one instrument. Preferred debentures: Preferred debentures are those which are paid first in the L time of winding up of the company. Fully convertible debentures: Convertible debentures can be converted into equity shares of the company as per the terms of their issue. Non±convertible debentures: Non-convertible debentures are not convertible They remain as debt capital instruments. security for the loans.

Zero-coupon debentures: Zero-coupon debentures are merest coupons. Demerits of Debentures 1. 4. 285 . debenture issue is advantageous. which entail a fixed monetary commitment for interest and principal repayment. the company can avoid overcapitalisation by refunding the debt when the financial needs are no longer felt. In a period of rising prices. Interest on these is paid on maturity called as deep-discount debentures. ADR or plain equity. The post-tax cost of debt is thus lowered. the company can appropriately adjust its financial plan to suit its requirements. 7. Later these are converted into equity. Hence. Debentures enable company to take advantage of trading on equity and thus pay to the equity shareholders a dividend at a rate higher than overall return on investment. Debenture interest and capital repayment are obligatory payments. Interest paid to debenture-holders is a charge on income of the company and is deductible from computable income for income tax purpose whereas dividends paid on shares are regarded as income and are liable to corporate income tax. since debenture holders are not entitled to vote. decreases in real terms as the price level increases. Debentures provide funds to the company for a specific period. Failure to meet these payment jeopardizes the solvency of the firm. Since debentures are generally issued on redeemable basis. Debentures provide funds to the company for a long period without diluting its control. The burden of servicing debentures. Even institutional investors prefer debentures for this reason. Foreign Currency convertible debentures: Foreign currency convertible debentures are issued in overseas market in the currency of the country where the flotation takes place. either GDR. 3. 2. 6. 5. Debentures are suitable to the investors who are cautious and who particularly prefer a stable rate of return with no risk. Merits of debentures 1.

It becomes a great burden on the finances of the company. In the case of debentures. Debenture financing is cheaper since the rate of interest payable on it is lower than the dividend rate of preference shares. iii. ii. (ii) if equity is preferred by the market forces. Debentures offer variety and in dull market conditions only debentures help gaining access to capital market.deductible. (iv) if debt capacity is low and (v) dilution of control isn¶t a problem or does not rise. In case of such company raising funds through debentures. Generally the debenture-holders cannot interfere in the management of the company. 3. may lead to considerable fluctuations in the rate of dividend payable to the equity shareholders. 5. Interest on debentures is allowed as a business expense and it is tax. Convertible Issues 286 .2. This is done by placing call option in the debentures. interest has to be paid to the debenture holders irrespective of the fact whether the company earns profit or not. When assets of the company get tagged to the debenture holders the result is that the credit rating of the company in the market comes down and financial institutions and banks refuse loans to that company. v. iv. Financing Through Equity Shares and Debentures Comparison A company may prefer equity finance (i) if long gestation period is involved. 4. Debentures are particularly not suitable for companies whose earnings fluctuate considerably. Debenture financing enhances the financial risk associated with the firm. (iii) if financial risk perception is high. This may increase the cost of equity capital. A company may prefer debenture financing compared to equity shares financing for the following reasons: i. Debentures can be redeemed in case the company does not need the funds raised through this source. vi. Generally a company cannot buy its own shares but it can buy its own debentures. since they do not have voting rights.

Once converted into common stock. the convertible security will be priced higher than its conversion value. The ratio of exchange between the convertible issues and the equity shares can be stated in terms of either a conversion price or a conversion ratio. So. but market wants equity. a company 287 . In addition. At the time of issue. Issue of convertible preference shares and convertible debentures are called convertible issues. Significance of convertible issues: The convertible security provides the investor with a fixed return from a bond (debenture) or with a specified dividend from preferred stock (preference shares). being a residual claimant of the company. The difference between the issue price and the conversion value is known as conversion premium. The convertible debentures are not likely to have a good investment appeal.A convertible issue is a bond or a share of preferred stock that can be converted at the option of the holder into common stock of the same company. the stock cannot be estranged again for bonds or preferred stock. debentures are issue. Convertible debentures: Convertible debentures provide an option to their holders to convert them into equity shares during a specified period at a particular price. as the rate of interest for convertible debentures is lesser than the non-convertible debentures. Convertible debentures help a company to sell future issue of equity shares at a price higher than the price at which the company¶s equity shares may be selling when the convertible. The convertible facility provides a measure of flexibility to the capital structure of the company to company which wants a debt capital to start with. The issue of convertible preference shares must be duly authorized by the articles of association of the company. are called convertible preference shares. Convertible preference shares: The preference shares which carry the right of conversion into equity shares within a specified period. convertible issues add sweeteners to sell debt securities to the market which want equity issues. The convertible preference shares and convertible debentures are converted into equity shares. the investor gets an option to convert the security (convertible debentures or preference shares) into equity shares and thereby participates in the possibility of capital gains associated with. By convertible debentures.

When there is over-subscription.e. till the debentures are converted. the company goes on promoting the issue. low risk and potential capital appreciation. So. money payable at the time of application for the shares/debentures usually 20 to 30% of the issue price of the shares/debentures.. When there is over-subscription a part of the excess subscription. i.gets relatively cheaper financial resource for business growth. convertible debentures prove an ideal combination of high yield. Private placement. pro-rata allotment (proportionate basis allotment. From the investors¶ point of view. shares and debentures can be issued to the market by adopting any of the four modes: Public issues. The company has to issue a prospectus as per requirements of the corporate laws in force inviting the public to subscribe to the securities issued. Prior to issue of shares/debentures and until the subscription list is open. Let us briefly explain these different modes of issues. may be equity shares. Rights issues and Bonus issues.e. namely. i. the issue has to be scrapped. Debenture interest constitutes tax deductible expenses. say when there is 200% subscription. A company must receive subscription for at least 95% of the shares/bonds offered within the specified days. for every 200 share applied 100 shares allotted) may be adopted. Convinced public apply to the company for specified number of shares/debentures paying the application money. For good companies coupled with better market conditions. can be retained and allotment proceeded with. This is called as green-shoe option. In under subscription public subscribes for less number of shares/debentures offered by the company. preference shares or debentures/bonds. If the public applies for more than the number of shares/debentures offered. A private company cannot adopt this route to raise capital. over ²subscription results. Otherwise. Different Modes of Capital Issues Capital instruments. the company gets a tax advantage. usually upto 15% of the offer. In the western countries such kind of promoting the issue is called µroad-show¶. The prospectus shall give an account of the prospects of investment in the company.. the situation is called over subscription. 288 . Public Issues Only public limited companies can adopt this issue when it wants to raise capital from the general public.

This is required in India under section 81 of the Companies Act. This right is known as µpre-emptive right¶ and such offered shares are called µRight shares¶ or µRight issue¶. SEC in USA and so on) etc. Economy. it has to be offered in the first instance to the existing shareholders on a pro-rata basis. at the date of the offer. pro-rata allotment for some applicants. However. in finalizing mode of allotment. Right Shares Whenever an existing company wants to issue new equity shares. to the capital paid on those shares at that date. partially or fully. the shareholders may by a special resolution forfeit this right. And good price for the share¶ and competitive interest rate on debentures are quite possible. Under section 81 of the Companies Act 1956. Public issues enable broad-based share-holding. A right issue involves selling securities in the primary market by issuing rights to the existing shareholders. Thus the existing shareholders have a pre-emptive right to subscribe to 289 . or at any time after the expiry of one year from the allotment of shares being made for the first lime after its formation. whichever is earlier. General public¶s savings directed into corporate investment. Usually the company co-opts authorities from stock-exchange where listing is done. fill scale allotment for some applicants and nil allotment for rest of applicants can also be followed. company and individual investors benefit. to enable the company to issue additional capital to public. are holders of the equity shares of the company. from securities regulatory bodies (SEI3J in Indian. where at any time after the expiry of two years from the formation of a company. When a company issues additional share capital.Alternatively. then such further shares shall be offered to the persons who. it is proposed to increase the subscribed capital of the company by allotment of further shares. The company management does not face the challenge of dilution of control over the affairs of the company. 1956. Gentrally the Articles or Memorandum of Association of the Company gives the right to existing shareholders to participate in the new equity issues of the company. in proportion as nearly as circumstances admit. the existing shareholders will be potential buyers of these shares.

The number rights required to subscribe to an additional share is determined by the issuing company. The development rebate reserves or the investment allowance reserve is considered as free reserve for the purpose of calculation of residual reserves only. 3. Rights issue gives the existing shareholders an opportunity for the protection of their prorata share in the earning and surplus of the company. while issuing bonus shares. There is more certainty of the shares being sold to the existing shareholders. shall be taken into account in the calculation of the residual reserve. 4. This right has at its root in the doctrine that each shareholder is entitled to participate in any further issue of capital by the company equally. The number of rights that a shareholder gets is equal to the number of shares held by him. ensure the following: 1. 2. Rights can be exercised only during a fixed period which is usually less than thirty days. All contingent liabilities disclosed in the audited accounts which have bearing on the net profits. The bonus issue is made out of free reserves built out of the genuine profits and shares premium collected in cash only. Bonus Issues Bonus issues are capital issues by companies to existing shareholders whereby no fresh capital is raised but capitalization of accumulated earnings is done.the new issues made by a company. 5. 4. 7. Significance of rights issue 1. Reserves created by revaluation of fixed assets are not capitalized 3. 2. 6. but accumulated earnings fall. If a rights issue is successful it is equal to favourable image and evaluation of the company¶s goodwill in the minds of the existing shareholders. The holder of rights can sell them fully or partially. The price of rights issues is generally quite lower than market price and that a capital gain is quite certain for the share holders. The shares capital increases. so that his interest in the company is not diluted. Rights are negotiable. A company shall. 290 .

9. Consequent to the issue of bonus shares if the subscribed and paid-up capital exceed the authorized share capital. No bonus shall be made which will dilute the value or rights of the holders of debentures. 14. 12. The residual reserves after the proposed capitalisation shall be at least 40 per cent of the increased paid up capital. 30 percent of the average profits before tax of the company for the previous three years should yield a rate of dividend on the exp capital base of the company at 10 percent.5. etc. a resolution shall be passed by the company at its general body meeting for increasing the authorized capital. and if not the company shall pass a resolution at its general body meeting making decisions in the Articles of Association for capitalisation. 11. 10. 8. 15. There should be a provision in the Articles of Association of the Company for capitalisation of reserves. A company which announces its bonus issue after the approval of the board of directors must implement the proposals within a period of six months from the date of such approval and shall not have the option of changing the decision. convertible fully or partly. Sebi General Guidelines for Public Issues 291 . if any existing. The company shall get a resolution passed at its generating for bonus issue and in the said resolution the management¶s intention regarding the rate of dividend to be declared in the year immediately after the bonus issue should be indicated. 6. The declaration of bonus issue. in lieu of dividend is not made. 7. 13. The capital reserves appearing in the balance sheet of the company as a result of revaluation of assets or without accrual of cash resources are capitalized nor taken into account in the computation of the residual reserves of 40 percent for the purpose of bonus issues. The company ² a) has not defaulted in payment of interest or principal in respect of fixed deposits and interest on existing debentures or principal on redemption thereof and (b) has sufficient reason to believe that it has not defaulted in respect of the payment of statutory dues of the employees such as contribution to provident fund. gratuity or bonus. The bonus issue is not made unless the partly paid shares. are made fully paid-up.

Rights and Indian public should not exceed 30 days. SEBI shall have right to issue necessary clarification to these guidelines to remove any difficulty in its implementation. Define µdebenture¶ and bring out its salient features as an instrument of corporate financing. What are right shares? Explain the significance of the same from the company¶s and investors¶ view point. shall not exceed the amount specified in the prospectus/letter of offer. Critically evaluate equity shares a source of finance both the point of (i) the company and (ii) investing public. except the special case of exercise of green-shoe option. Within 45 days of the closures of an issue a report in a prescribed form with certificate from the chartered accountant should be forwarded to SEBI to the lead managers. Discuss the features of preference shares and evaluate preference share capital from the company¶s point of view.. 292 . The provisions in the Companies Act. 3. 7. Any violation of the guidelines by the issuers/intermediaries will be punishable by prosecution by SEBI under the SEBI Act 9.1. 6. The quantum of issue. enhance the quality of disclosures and to bring about transparency in the primary market. 2. No retention of over subscription is permissible under any circumstances. 2. 4. The gap between the closure dates of various issues eg. Subscription list for public issues should be kept open for at least 3 working days and disclosed in the prospectus. whether through a right or public issue. 4. Have you understood? 1. Discuss the sources of long-term finance of a company. 3. 1956 and other applicable laws shall be complied in connection with the issue of shares and debentures. SEBI will have right to prescribe further guidelines for modifying the existing norms to bring about adequate investor protection. Rights issues shall not be kept open for more than 60 days. 5. 5. 8.

The applicant concerned include the following should have obtained industrial license or should have made some kind of commitment. The applicant should have obtained the approval of the Government regarding the terms of technical and/or financial collaboration agreement. if any.6. 7. Explain the different types of debentures that may be issued by a company. List out the SEBI guidelines for issuing bonus shares. merits and demerits of public deposits The regulations of RBI regarding public deposits. The applicant should have obtained/applied for permission of the Securities and Exchange Board of India to issue capital. wherever necessary 3. Lesson 3 Lending Procedures of the Term Lending Financial Institutions INTRODUCTION Under this head we shall see the lending procedure practiced by long-term finance Learning Objectives After reading this lesson. where necessary 2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of debenture finance to a company? 8. 293 . you will be conversant with: The different types of appraisal used by term lending institution for financing The conditions for financial assistance The various schemes of assistance of financial institutions The concept. SECTION TITLE Essential Requirements: The essential requirements insisted upon by the financial institutions before taking up a request for financial assistance for consideration are: 1.

financial. The applicant should have a clearance from the Capital Goods Committee in respect of the machinery proposed to be imported 5. water. power. 8. Another important feature of technical appraisal relates to the technology to be adopted for the project. Adequacy of the plant and machinery and their specifications 4. Arrangements for securing technical know-how. the project is appraised by a team of technical. managerial and social. skilled and unskilled labour and in relation to the market to be served by the product/service. 2. financial and economic officers of the Corporation from several angles ² technical. Feasibility of the selected technical project and its suitability in Indian conditions.Technical Appraisal The technical appraisal of the project involves a critical analysis of the following: 1. Whether the process proposed for selection is technically sound up-to-date etc.Economic Appraisal 294 . 3. if necessary 6. The applicant should have selected a site for the location of the factory and has prepared a detailed µproject report¶. transport. attention is to be paid to the terms and conditions. Appraisal by Financial Institution: 1. In case of new technical processes adopted from abroad. Availability of skilled and unskilled labour and arrangements for training for the labourers. Provision for the disposal of factory effluents and utilisation of byproducts if any. Adequacy of the plant layout 5. After the receipt of the filled up application in triplicate in the case of non-corporate units and quadruplicate in the case of corporate bodies. 2. Location of the project in relation to the sources and availability of inputs ² raw materials. economic.4. 7.

Projects break-even level of operation and time required to reach that level of operation. if any. payback period. 3. 4. 3. 2. 5. down stream and upstream projects. Scrutiny of the project in relation to the import and export policies of the Government and various other factors like regulatory controls. Financial plan with reference to capital structure. direct and indirect 4. 3. the licensed and installed capacity. debt-equity ratio and the availability of other resources. debt-service coverage and projected dividends on share capital. abandonment value at the end of different levels of milestones or years of operation. Internal rate of return. 5. A critical study of the existing and future demand for the products proposed to be manufactured.Financial Appraisal Financial appraisal of the existing concern deals with an analysis of its working results. Projections of cash flow.The economic appraisal of a project involves: 1. 1. Employment potential. Consideration of natural and industrial property of the project and contribution to the national economy of the country in terms of contribution to GDP. prices and raw materials. Estimation of future profitability in the light of competition and product service obsolescence. Estimated cost of the project 2.Managerial Appraisal 295 . in regard to production. the level of competition etc. promoter¶s contribution. Savings in foreign exchange or prospects of exports. both during the construction and the operation periods. balance sheets and cash flow for the past years/projected future years and an examination of the following aspects in all cases. Crucial examination of the investments made outside the business and justification therefore. 4. 6. 7.

Therefore. etc. the declaration of dividend is made subject to the institution¶s approval. which provide large employment opportunities and canalize the income of the agricultural sector for productive use. The social cost of pollution consumption of scarce resources. 4. 5. integrity and resourcefulness of the management are well established. 5. 296 . 2.Social Appraisal The social objectives of the project are considered keeping in view the interest of the general public. The social benefits are more. The projects. etc. Conditions for Assistance from Financial Institutions Different financial institutions stipulate different kinds of conditions depending on the nature of the project. clearance from pollution control board. is also to be weighed. it has been remarked that appraisal of management is the touch stone of term credit analysis. As long as the loan is outstanding. The expertise. Where the technical competence. The term loan agreement may stipulate the debt-equity ratio to be followed by the company. The borrower (applicant) has to obtain all relevant Government clearances such as licensing. For consortium loan. import license. The main conditions of a term loan are as follows: 1.The confidence of the lending institution in the repayment prospects of a loan is largely conditioned by its opinion of the borrowing unit¶s management. Concurrence of the financial institution is necessary for repayment of any existing loan or long-term liabilities. effectiveness and excellence of the project. the loan application gets the most favourable consideration. administrative ability. the borrower etc. the borrower has to satisfy all the institutions participating in lending 3. projects located in totally less developed areas and projects that stimulated small scale industries are considered to serve the society well. experience and earnestness of the management tells in the efficiency. capital goods clearance for imported machines.

consultancy. periodical submission of statements etc. The growth of public deposits has been considerable. 10.6. The promoters cannot dispose their shareholders without the consent of the lending institutions. the borrowing company need not mortgage or 297 . Once the loan agreement is signed. the fixed deposits from the public are unsecured. the availability and volume of bank credit are restricted by considerations of margin. Of these the more important one are the deposits accepted by trading and manufacturing companies. the cost of deposits to the company is less than the cost of borrowings from bank. public deposits are a major source of finance to meet the working capital needs. public deposits came handy as working capital funds for the businesses. research and development. The financial institutions may appoint suitable personnel in the areas of marketing. While to the depositor the rate offered is higher than that offered by banks. from the banks. any major commercial agreements such as orders for equipment. restricting credit. The borrower is not permitted to create any additional charge on the assets without the knowledge of the financial institutions. The credit available to companies through public deposits is not affected by such consideration. This is stipulated for keeping the promoters involved as long as the institutions are involved in the business. Since. 7. Puplic Deposits Deposits with companies have come into prominence in r cent years. 9. selling agency agreement etc. From the company¶s point of view. Moreover. security offered. collaboration agreement. So. Due to the credit squeeze imposed by the Research Bank of India on bank loans the corporate sector during 1970s 1980s and also due to the recommendations of the Tandon Committee. There is no problem of margin or security. and further expansion need the concurrence of the term lending institution. 8. depending upon the nature of the project. The Indian Central Banking Enquiry Committee in 1931 recognized the importance of public deposits in the financing of cotton textile industry in India in general and at Ahmedabad in particular. The term lending institution reserves the right to nominate one or more directors in the management of the company. many companies were not getting as much money in the 1980s as they are used to getting in the past.

No questions are asked about the uses of public deposits.hypothecate any of its assets to raise loans in this form. Even a slight rumour about the inefficiency of the company may result in a rush of the public to the company for getting premature payments of the deposits made by them. The company can get advantage of trading on equity since the rate of interest and the period for which the public deposits have been accepted are fixed. This mode of financing. RBI Regulations for Public Deposit The RBI regulation of public deposits has six main aspects: i. Easy availability of fund encourages lavish spending. because of less restrictive covenants governing this as against bank credits. Merits of Public Deposits The merits of public deposits are as follows: 1. 3. Public deposit is a less costly method for raising short-term as well as medium term funds required by the companies. 5. sometimes. Demerits of Public Deposits The main demerits of the public deposits are as follows: i. 4. Public deposits are unsecured deposits and in the event of a failure of the company. There is a ceiling on the quantum of deposits in terms of paid-up capital and reserves by the company because undue accumulation of short-term liabilities in the form of deposits 298 . ii. iii. 2. Tax leverage is available as interest on public deposits is a charge on revenue. depositors have no assurance of getting their money back. There is no need of creation of any charge against any of the assets of the company for raising funds through public deposits. These deposits are available for comparatively longer terms than bank credit. puts the company into serious financial difficulties.

ii. respectively. However such statements are not filed and the Reserve Bank¶s action to prevent a defaulting company from accepting any deposit fails to afford any protection to the existing depositors. The Reserve Bank has made obligatory on the part of the companies accepting deposits to regularly file the returns. The Reserve Bank has stipulated that while issuing newspaper advertisements (or even the application forms) soliciting such deposits. companies were prohibited from accepting deposits for a period of less than 12 months. Similarly. But the 1973 amendment reduced the period to less than 6 months. Now the term deposit covers "an money received by a non-banking company by way of deposit or loan or in any other form but excludes money raised by way of share capital or contributed as capital by proprietors". giving detailed information about them. iii. thereby giving a wrong impression that these deposits are actually governed by the Reserve Bank. certain specified information regarding the financial position and the working of the company must accompany. their repayment. The Reserve Bank has entrusted the auditors of the companies with additional responsibilities of reporting to it that the provision under the Act has been strictly followed by the company. v. so that the Reserve Bank can verify whether the companies adhere to the restrictions. etc. The short-term deposit is now pegged down to 10 per cent of the garagate of the paid-up capital and free reserves of the company while secured and unsecured deposits shall not exceed 15 per cent and 25 per cent. iv. Formerly. the catalogues and handouts issued by brokers stating that the companies mentioned therein had complied with Reserve Bank directives would also attract the penal provision.can lead a company into financial difficulties. In the beginning the definition of deposits was quite narrow and excluded unsecured loans accepted from the public and guaranteed by the directors. in order to avoid direct competition with short-term public deposits. The second aspect of the Reserve Bank¶s regulation is the limit on the period of such deposit. 299 . This clause is often mis-ued as much advertisement often carried words like "as per Reserve Bank directive". Now such advertisements would be illegal and attract penal provision prescribed in this behalf. of the paid-up capital and free reserves.

The bank has reiterated that the deposits or loans are fully protected or are absolutely safe merely because the companies claimed to have complied with the RBI directives and that they should not presume that the Reserve Bank can come to their rescue in the event of failure of a company to meet its obligations. 1973. The success of any organization mainly depends on how well financial resources are being used. Finance is required for all types of project and non-profit organizations. to carry out their regular activities to achieve their objectives. Hence. Have you understood? 1. But during the 90s the country faced severe balance of payments crisis. agricultural and service sector growth was found. Narasimha Rao¶s government with a view to bring inflation under control and to restore normalcy.V. Nationalization of commercial bank. Explain the types of appraisal to be made in sanctioning project finance. Lesson 4 Venture capital Financing INTRODUCTION In present day economy. 2. In the early 60s both primary and secondary market were functioning on traditional basis and were inactive and unorganised. finance is defined as the provision of money at the time when it is required. establishment of IDBI have contributed greatly to the growth of primary and secondary markets. Later FERA Act. In the economy introduced the new industrial policy was introduced. high inflationary pressures and set back in industrial and finance In the year 1991. 300 . What do you mean by Public Deposits? Explain their merits and demerits. The same trend continued even in the 80s. The financial services in India have undergone drastic changes in the last 50 years. The Reserve Bank has issued a broad "RBI Directives on Company Deposit in order to clarify its role in protecting the depositors. Sri P. it is considered as lifeblood of economic activities. From 1970 on wards an uninterrupted rise in the industrial. This led to the introduction of different types of financial instruments in the market.

All these attracted the financial sector. The new import and export policy brought series of changes in the economic environment. Both primary and secondary markets started functioning as per the requirements of the market. foreign investment. you will be conversant with Definition and meaning of venture capital Characteristic features of venture fund Venture capital investment process Stages of financing Types of organizations Venture capital financing in India Guidelines on venture funds capital Present scenario of venture capital financing The new financial instrument µVenture Capital¶ is discussed in detail. Learning objectives On going through this lesson.. disinvestment of public sector units and MRTP Act amendments were introduced. Technology in banks and customer service have improved. Leasing. Venture capital etc. foreign technology agreements. Hire-purchase Factoring.Liberalization in industrial licensing. 301 . Competitive financial market was created focusing on needs of customers. This resulted in the witnessing of new financial instruments in the market Viz. New financial products were introduced. SECTION TITLE Definition Venture Capital It is defined as long-term funds in equity or semi-equity form to finance hi-tech projects involving high risk and yet having strong potential of high profitability. Global Depository Receipts. Forfeiting..

Capital investment may assume the form of either equity or debt or both as a derivative instrument. Meaning Venture Capital means many things to many people Jane Koloski Morris. It is a partnership with the entrepreneur in which the investor can add value to the company because of his knowledge experience and contract base. The investment is made through the private placement with the expectation of risk of total loss or huge returris. Risk is associated with such capital investment and as such it is termed as venture capital. High technology industry is more attractive to venture 302 . editor of the well known industry publication. Equity investment enables the investor to the investment into cash when required. Steven James Lee. Generally. warrants. The risk associated with the enterprise could be so high as to entail total loss or be so insignificant as to lead high gains. defines Venture capital as long-term equity investment in novel technology. Venture Economics. which carries elements of risk and insecurity and the probability of business hazards. defines Venture capital as µproviding seed. The 1995 Finance Bill. defines it as actual or potential equity investments in companies through the purchase of stock. Venture capital is a long-term investment discipline that often requires the venture capitalist to wait five or more years before realising a significant return on the capital resource. venture capital implies an investment in the form of equity for high risk projects with the expectation of higher returns. options or convertible securities.The term µVenture Capital¶ refers to capital investment made in a business or industrial enterprise. It is investment for the medium or long-term seeking to maximize medium or long-term return for both parties. The European venture capital association describes it as risk finance for entrepreneurial growth oriented companies. start-up and first stage financing¶ and also funding the expansion of companies that have already demonstrated their business potential but do not yet have access to the public securities market or to credit oriented institutional funding sources Venture capital also provides management in leveraged buy out financing". Hence. based projects which display potential for significant growth and financial returns. the investment is made in the form of equity with the prime objective being capital gains as the business prospers.

capital because of high returns. Industry and wait for 5. The business consists of five important feasibility reports namely. The formal application in duplicate will be submitted to venture capital investor. Financial. Preliminary Evaluation: After the preliminary evaluation of the report is completed. Detailed Approval: In addition to the close discussion with the management team. (stock exchange). venture capital investor normally discusses the investment plan for the project with the banker. · Venture capital investor does not interfere in the day-to-day business affairs but closely watch the performance of the business unit. Venture Capital Investment Process Financing of a High tech.. Marketing and Socio-economic feasibility. · Investments are made in innovative projects with new technology with a view to commercialise the know how through new products\services · The claim over the management is decided on the basis of proportion to investments. · Venture capital funds need not be repaid in the course of business units. to implement the project. Managerial. This can be done with the help of auditor.7 years to reap the benefit of capital gains. with his know how prepares a project report establishing there in the possibility of marketing a commercial product. a detailed appraléal of project is undertaken. During this stage close net work is expected from the management team. 3. 2. They are: 1. Establishment of contact between the entrepreneur and the venture capitalist: The Prospective entrepreneur. Characteristic Features · Investments are made in equity in high tech. professional or a merchant banker. Techno-economic feasibility will be examined by involving 303 . Technical. project under venture capital has following steps. The main object of investing equity is to get high capital profits at saturation stage. but they are realised through exist route.

the life time technology and the possible competition in the business will be looked into.the executives of the Venture capital Investor and the management professional. decision-making and planning. Sensitivity analysis helps the evaluators to predict the probable risks and returns associated with the project. 5. profile of the business. They may µbe in the form of: 1. 6. Early-stage financing 2.. This formally clears the project for investment. A formal agreement is entered between the technocrat and investor stating therein the role of and share of management in the new project. Later stage financing (1) Early-stage financing This stage of financing is done to the new project or to the new technocrat who wishes to commercialize his research talents. project in the form of venture capital financing is done in several stages. Monitoring the Project and post investment support: The venture capitalist role begins with financing the project. The process of interaction with the technocrat increases the healthy environment in carrying the day-to-day business affairs. The risks and threats will be evaluated by using sensitivity analysis. The executive director assists the project in developing strategies. 4. As the technocrat is well versed only with know how and not 304 . Investment in the project: The terms and conditions of venture capital assistance will be finalised according to the requirement of the project. Sensitivity Analysis: The Forecasted results of sales and profits are tested and analysed. If required they may even consult the experts In the similar field to take a decision. It is a general practice of the Investor to appoint an executive director to have closer look in to the project. Stages of Venture Capital Financing The financing of high-tech. The amount of funds required.

Therefore external equity in preferred. In. Hence. The reasons could be due to internal or external factors. On the other hand. time and finance is needed. trade marks. (b) Start-up stage financing: At this stage innovator requires finance to commercialize the product. (a) Seed capital: Seed capital financing includes the implementation of research project. Because the entrepreneur made an effort to the maximum to meet the market potentiality. The total investment required commercializing the product and time required to get suitable returns etc. At 305 .. the research must also be done to evaluate the probable opportunities to exploit the market. it is not advisable for young entrepreneurs to go in for such loans. venture capitalists assists the firm in general administrative activities and allow the technocrat to concentrate on production and marketing. starting from all initial conceptual stage. The main instruments used for such financial assistance would be in the form of equity contribution. This stage requires more time to complete the process. venture capital investor evaluates the projects carefully and negotiate the terms and conditions with the entrepreneur with regard to sharing the management. unsecured loans and optionally convertible securities. possible threats of new technology in the near future. Once the financing is done. the obligation to repay the loans along with interest starts immediately with lending. (c) Second round of financing: This type of financing is required when the project incurs loss or inability to yield sufficient profits.. Different aspects of the product life cycle. start-ups and second round financing. other means of financing. This stage of venture capital financing consists of seed capital. Therefore. it requires more time in getting different elements ie. Hence.with capital. This stage is not simple to execute. All these components are very essentially needed to launch the product effectively. They have depend mainly on equity stoke so that the risk of repayment does not arise equity financing permits the young entrepreneurs to commercialize and earns profits out of the investment. The key factors that influence equity financing at this stage are: The technology used in the project. going for debt at this stage increases the risk of entrepreneur and affect the health of the business unit. (patent rights. design and copy rights) which are very essential to bring the product in the market.

He may also wish to increase his holding by buying more number of equity shares. the promoter may prefer to buy the entire equity stake of the project by approaching some other financiers. (b) Replacement capital): Under this stage. management buy out and turn around capital. replacement capital.. (a) Expansion finance: Later stage financing is executed to expand the market. or he may seek the support of new investor. venture capitalist help the management of a company to buy or take over the ownership of the business. if the venture capitalists is fully aware of the genuine reasons for the loss. (2) Later Stage Financing Later stage financing is considered to be the easy means of assistance. This would help the management to reshuffle or reengineer the entire project. Lot of bargaining has be done to coordinate the financing with original investor and with the technocrat or promoter. This means of is also known as expansion finance.this stage. Export trade activities may also be considered for financing the project. he should decide on second round financing. If the company is unlisted. 306 . tilt then replacement capital can be obtained in the form of convertible preference shares from the second financier. µManagement buy out¶ or µManagement buy int. production or to establish warehouses etc. (c) Management Buy out (MBO): This may be offered in two ways namely. The real problem associated at this stage is entrepreneur not be willing to give majority of his stake to the venture capitalists but may accept for more number of executive directors in the board. In management buy out. getting capital gains on the fresh issues needs more time. The reason being. the product launched has not only reached the boom period but also indicator further expansion and growth. This is a complex process as the original investor may express his inability to further finance the project or entrepreneur must have lost the confidence with the original investor or he may wishes to broad base the investment pattern. Hence it is a easy means of financing with low risk profile. Replacement capital) is normally preferred at the time of public issues.

The assistance will be given to promoter at the initial stages to complete research and developmental activities. All these venture capital investors perform their activities independently. rather than regular income of dividends. venture capital financing for MBO and turnout are rarely seen. The parental institutions supply funds for venture capital assistance e.g. Types of Venture Capital Organizations On the basis of ownership. The amount invested in the project will be realised through the exist route. To avail such benefits the product innovated should be of national importance. This means of financing is risky in nature and the investor may ask for major changes in the management. management and rising of funds. In India.In management buy in strategies. Independent Venture Capital Funds: All these funds are raised by group individuals venture capitalists. 307 .) Government Funds: These venture capital organizations are wholly owned by the government. RCTC used the funds of UTI and IFCI. TDIC uses the funds for venture capital which is supplied by UTI and ICICI. These funds are close-ended with minimum capital base and equity oriented instruments. This means of financing is less risky. venture capital organization are categorised on the following groups: Captive Venture Capital Funds: These organizations are wholly owned by financial institutions and are operated as subsidiaries. it is not considered as venture capital and has wide criticism. 25. 1DBI used captive funds to assist venture capital. (d) Rescue Capital: Rescue capital is also known as turnaround capital offered with a view to help the technocrat or the business unit to come out of difficulties. provides Rs..000 for the technocrat who commercializes his know how by obtaining a patent right. The investor in such contribution expects huge capital gains. outsides prefers to buy the existing business. as the majority of the investor prefers to invest only in later stages. (Promoter and venture capitalists prefers to go for primary market to sell the shares and distributes the realised amount as per the terms and conditions of the agreement. Government of Karnataka through the Central Government scheme. the Commissioner of industrial development is authorised to release this fund through Karnataka Council of Technological upgradation scheme.

This process not only help the entrepreneur but also the investor in different ways. which may affect the profitability. the commercial banks and financial institutors will forward to offer different types of loans. As the company is going for public issue. The company must also disclose part a considerable ar1t of information at the time of issuing the shares. In addition to this. There are alternative routes of disinvestment practiced in a real life situation. The public issues provides another opportunity for the business firm to list its shares in the stock market. Once the shares are listed. going public is not an easy route to exit or venture capital assisted units because. The expenditure incurred during the course of the issue in also substantially high. If the firm wishes to raise additional capital for expansion and growth. its social responsibility 308 . it could be done easily through the public issue. (If it were sold through private placements). The exit route will be well thought by the investor at the stage of marking investments. it increases and attracts efficient persons to work in the organization. it has to observes several legal for¶ of stock exchange. The main benefit of going public increases the liquidity of the business firm. Exit means realization of investment through the issue of equity shares to the public.Exit Route of Venture Capital The main aim of venture capitalist is to realise the investment with huge profit after the completion of successful efforts with the promoter in launching or commercialising the product. this could be a sales threat with the global competition. They are: Going public Sale of shares to entrepreneurs Sale of the company to another company Finding a new investor Liquidation (a) Going Public: Most of the venture capital assisted firms prefers to go in for public issue to recover their investments with profits. However. it increases the image of the organization. Employees may ask for better comfort with huge hike in the salaries and perks. The main motto of venture capitalist is find exit at µmaximum profit or if it is unavoidable with µminimum loss¶. This liquidity will increase the percentage returns over the private placements. In addition to this.

the total average sale of the industry is taken into consideration. He may even buy the shares with the help of his own group-even the employees are allowed to do so at an agreed price for buying such shares. With all these demerits or bottlenecks going public for exit route is widely used in seal life situations. (iii) Percentage of sales method: Pricing under P/E ratio is popular only when the earnings are low or the company anticipated losses in the coming years PIE ratio is not suitable. Hence it is considered to be a better method when compared to PIE ratio and percentage on sales method. (iv) Multiple of cash flow method: According to this method. assisted may be done as several methods. If the sales figures are highly volatile. Viz. (b) Sale of shares to entrepreneur: Some times. which burdens the financial affairs of the company. an entrepreneur himself prefers to buy the entire shares. promoter may prefers to have exit route through. If necessary.. the value of the business is determined by multiplying the cash flow of the business by a multiplies which is similar to the industry. The price of the share is determined as the basis of multiplying the price earning ratio to earning per share. the price is fixed on the basis of book value method or a predetermined multiple applied to determine the book value (ii) Price-earning ratio: This method is widely in practice. On such circumstance. C. In certain circumstances. The price at which the stake of the V. (i) Book value method: According to this method.increases and they have to be accountable to all the organs of the society.C.T. percentage of sale method is used. 309 . Over The Counter Exchange by entering into bought out deals with the member of O. He may purchase the shares with a view of entering in to the primary market at the later stage. the entrepreneur may approach financial institutions for loans.

(c) Sale of a company to another company: On many occasions. The reasons could be many viz. stiff competition. venture capitalist and the entrepreneur decides to close down the operations.. This is a traditional and simple method.(v) Independent Valuation: Sometimes. Define the term µVenture Capital¶ 2. At the time of managerial difficulties he may search for a new company which is having similar line of business. venture capitalist and the entrepreneur may agree together to sell the business unit to some other company. when a firm performs very badly.. This provides an opportunity to exploit and can have economies of large scale operations (e) Liquidation: This is a lender of last resort. the nature of venture. the task of determining the value of business is assigned to professionals like CAs or Merchant Bankers.. in other words if it incurs continuous cash loss over the years. HAVE YOU UNDERSTOOD? 1. The reason for such a exercises would be many viz. poor management by the entrepreneur etc. He may find it difficult to operate the business profitably. The modalities of such a sale will be made on the basis of level of operations and. the entrepreneurs may prefer to undertake some other new company. They may use either p/eratio method or a traditional method for assessing the value of the assets. (Realisable value) (vi) Agreed to this method: Venture capitalist and the entrepreneur follow the price that was determined mutually at the time of launching business. Explain the process Venture Capital investment. 3. (d) Finding a new investor: Under this method. 310 . technological failure. Hence. the venture capitalists and the investor may decide to sell the unit to another new investor who may be a venture capitalist or a corporate who is having similar line of business. it takes the firm to liquidation. which may be acceptable to both the parties. What is early stage financing? Explain. Mention the different characteristic features of Venture Capital 4. But buying venture from others and buying company may increase their operation and profitability.

5. What is later stage financing? Explain. 311 .

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