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seanduffy47 says

Hi Mr Moffat

Thanks to yourself and Open Tuition for the lectures.

A question regarding the answer to example 1(c) if I may (this question was asked by louise06111 back in Feb-12 but, and no disrespect to tameablebunchy, I’m not convinced by the answer given at that time, but I may be missing something).

The answer given to 1(c) in the lecture, is to choose the projects giving the greatest NPV, being A, B and D. However, A, C and D give the highest return per $ invested ($0.113 per $ invested compared to £0.105 per $ invested, if my maths are correct).

Using the same sort of logic, take this example (a spurious one but it’s simply to make the point):

A – cost $10000, NPV $1000

B – cost $2000, NPV $999

Assuming a capital restriction of $11000, and the projects are not infinitely divisible, A has the greater NPV, but B has much better return on investment. Surely B would be the better choice?

What am I missing?

Thanks again for the assistance you provide.

John Moffat says

The NPV is the cash surplus we end up with (after accounting for interest).

To take your examples, if you invest in project A then you end up with a cash surplus of $1000 (the amount not invested earns nothing.

If you take project B, then you end up with a cash surplus of $999 (the remaining $9,000 of the cash available earns nothing).

I would prefer to end up with a surplus of $1000 than a surplus of $999

(If we could invest all our money in B (i.e. 9.5 B’s) then certainly B would be better – we would end up with a much bigger cash surplus. However, that is not the case – we either invest in just one A or just one B)

seanduffy47 says

Mr Moffat, thanks for replying.

Of course, the interest on the source of the capital in the first place (cost of capital) is already being accounted for in coming to the NPV, so choosing to ‘borrow’ the additional capital in the first place is the better option as it gives a greater NPV.

Knew I was missing something.

Thanks again.

Regards

sandra1964 says

What happens when the projects are mutually exclusive/ inclusive

John Moffat says

If the projects were all mutually exclusive, it would mean that you could only do one of them – then you would simply select the project with the higher NPV.

If just 2 of them were mutually exclusive then you need to do the exercise twice. (If, for example, A and B were mutually exclusive, then you would do as normal first as though only A, C and D were available, and then as though only B, C and D were available. Whichever of the two solutions gave the higher NPV would be the best.

There is no such term as mutually inclusive. If they are all available, then it is the normal solution. I suppose what you could have (although extremely unlikely indeed for the exam) was that if, for example, we were to do A then we would be forced to do B. If that did happen, then you would treat A and B as being one project (simply adding them together) and then continue as normal. However, I do not think there is any chance at all of that being relevant for the exam.

sandra1964 says

Thanks John you are a star.

Nelson says

Thank you for the lecture, it is really helpful.

John Moffat says

You are welcome

Ahmed says

Could we in the exam say that the amount of 100$ leftover can be used as working capital in the projects so as to avoid the trap of fast expansion and working capital cash management?

Wadah says

Hey all.

I have a question regarding investment appraisal,

When do I add Working Capital Recovery in DCF?.

I have noticed that some times it is added and sometimes it is just ignored.?

hamzaharoon says

Thank You So much Sir, An Excellent Lecture It Refreshed My memories Learning Limiting Factor Analysis and Throughput Accounting

cecel says

Hi John,

After listening to this lecture I finally fully understand capital rationing! Thank you for simplifying for me!!

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Mahoysam says

I feel am studying F5! It reminded me of key factor analysis and throughput accounting! Feels good that I still remember the stuff after the exam lol!

Tyler says

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prudence7 says

Please assist.. Dec 2009…Q 3. I wanna calculate part a TERP not the way it has been calculated in the answer somebody let me know the other optional method we have..

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louis06111 says

Dear tutor,

Regarding part(c) of Eg1, I am confused.

We choose ABD combination which gives the highest total NPV, but why don’t we analyse the efficiency as we do in part(b)?

ABC: 1400 input, we get 143 output, the efficiency is 10.21%;

ABD: 1500 input, 157 output, 10.46%;

ACD: 1200 input, 136 output, 11.33%;

BCD: 1300 input, 143 output, 11.00%.

(OMG, I hope I’ve made it clear~)

From my view I may think ACD is the most efficient investment combinations and I am wondering whether I got something wrong. Can you please help check my thought? Thx a lot.

tameablebunchy says

@louis06111,

part B is infinitely divisible, this means you can do a fraction of a project, therefore you start with the highest NPV first and so forth what capital is left is invested into a fraction of the project B which 66.6666%.

With part C, capital is restricted to 1600 so you choose the best option that will return highest NPV per project because these projects are non infinitely divisible you have to choose the best option so you only have to borrow or use the amount of cash that is needed.

The key is to find the highest return/NPV for investment

louis06111 says

@tameablebunchy,

Thanks a lot for your time and effort,

It does help!

donhitler says

video lecture notes helpful but sometimes difficult to view.