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Methods for the Evaluation of Capital Investment Proposals:

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Following four methods are usually used for the evaluation of capital investment proposals:

  1. The average rate of return method.

  2. The payback period method (also known as cash payback period method).

  3. The net present value method.

  4. The internal rate of return method.

Method 1 and 2 are the methods that do not use the present values. Method 3 and 4 use the present values. So these methods for the evaluation of capital investment can be grouped into tow categories:

Methods that Do Not Use Present Value Methods that Use Present Value
Average rate of return method. Payback period method net present value method internal rate of return method

Methods That Use Present Value:

Methods that use present values (net present value method and internal rate of return method) in the capital investment analysis take into account the time value of money. The concept is that the money has value over time because it can be invested to earn interest income. A dollar in hand today is more valuable than a dollar to be received a year from today. For example, if we invest $5,000 today to earn a 10% interest per year, we will have $5,500 after one year. Thus $5,000 is the present value of $5,500 to be received a year from today if the rate of interest is 10%.

This concept is further clarified by the following calculation:

Today, in hand $5,000
Rate of interest 10% p.a.
After 1 year $5,000 + ($5,000 10/100) = $5,500

Methods That Ignore Present Value:

Methods that do not use the present value (average rate of return method and payback method) are easy to use. Management uses these methods initially to screen proposals. If a proposal meets the minimum standards set by management, it is subject to further analysis otherwise it is dropped from further consideration.

Methods that ignore present values are normally used for the evaluation of capital investment proposals that have relatively short useful lives. In such cases, management focuses on the expected income to be earned from the investment and the total net cash to be received rather than the timing of the cash flows.

Usually a combination of methods is used to evaluate capital investment proposals. According to a survey of different industries the use of capital investment analysis is as follows:

Method Use of net present value Percentage of use
Average rate of return No 46%
Payback period No 71%
Net present value Yes 64%
Internal rate of return Yes 69%

Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some may be more complex than others under various conditions. The problem of complexity can, however, be overcome with the help of modern computers. Sophisticated computer software can be used to develop models that indicate the effect of changes in key estimates on the evaluation of capital investment proposals.

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Methods for the evaluation of capital investment analysis
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Cash payback method
Net present value method
Internal rate of return method
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Future value of a single sum
Future value of an annuity
Present value of a single sum
Present value of an annuity
Qualitative consideration in capital investment analysis
Capital investment analysis and unequal proposal lives
Capital rationing decision process
Difference between simple interest and compound interest
Difference between nominal and effective interest rate
Future value of $1 table
Present value of $1 table
Present value of ordinary annuity table
Future value of ordinary annuity table



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