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herafatima says

Hello, when comparing two projects, agreed we consider the IRR, then we consider how long the return is, in the example, one project is 10% over 15 years while the other is 12% over 2 years, before considering the re-investment of the receipts at IRR, should we not also consider the advantage of the pay back period of each of the projects. Specifically in a scenario which details capital rationing.

John Moffat says

In practice, companies would look at a range of measures and then form an overall judgement.

In the exam, if choosing between projects we us the NPV criteria. IRR’s are irrelevant in the exam (apart from discussion) unless you are specifically asked to calculate them, and, of course, if you are asked to calculate them then you would probably be asked to calculate the MIRR as well (although both IRR and MIRR are not asked often).

Whether or not it is capital rationing makes no difference to my last paragraph 馃檪

herafatima says

Thanks.

John Moffat says

You are welcome 馃檪

Ernest says

Thanks very much. This very clear to me now.

But please is that formula different from this one Terminal Value of Returns(Future Value)/PV of Investment^1/n -1

Will both turn out the same answer and what is the terminal value?

John Moffat says

Both formula give the same result, but since the formula given on the formula sheet is the one that I work through in the lecture, it is rather silly to use the other one!

The terminal value is the value at the end of the project and is arrived at by compounding (i.e. adding on the interest) as opposed to the present value, which is arrived at by discounting (i.e. removing the interest)).

Terminal values are not asked in Paper AFM, but if they interest you then watch the Paper F2 lectures on interest, where they are explained – they can be asked in Paper F2.

Ernest says

Thank you very much. Well explained!

John Moffat says

Thank you for your comment 馃檪

Collins says

Why is the working capital not included in the investment phase?

John Moffat says

It is included!! The 2,000,000 includes the 200,000 working capital.

Have you watched the previous lecture as well?