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NPV and Discounted Payback Period

NPV and Discounted Payback Period

PART A: Individual Component (5%)

This is a research assignment and requires the use of independent, academic research. In your group
assignment you have been asked to use Net Present Value analysis to analyse Beaver Tales Pty Ltd.
Why would a financial manager feel more confident using NPV analysis than the discounted payback
period method? Is there potentially a better method to undertake such an analysis?

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Strength and relevance of arguments presented. This will include the persuasiveness (including
    breadth and depth) of the arguments presented. Any material needs to be structured in a logical manner

to enhance your arguments. (3 marks)

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and arguments.

You are required to submit the following:

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NPV and Discounted Payback Period 2

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The payback method is a capital budgeting process where the period taken to recover the initial
amount is calculated. The discounted payback method differs from the payback method as it
utilizes discounted cash flow system in its calculations.
The discounted payback system has limited relationship with wealth maximization concepts. Net
Present Value estimates all the future cash inflows and outflows as it also discounted to the
present value. Positive NPV adds real economic value to the cash flows in a company. NPV is
one of the most reliable capital budgeting techniques presently (Hermanson, Edwards &
Invacevich, 2011).

Beaver Tales Pty Ltd Beaver Tales Pty Ltd
Capital Budgeting Capital Budgeting

Discount rate 15.00000% Discount rate 15.00000%
Year Cash flow Year Expenses
0 -15,609,792 0 0
1 4,470,000 1 7,143,000
2 4,498,000 2 2,267,726
3 4,529,650 3 2,267,726
4 4,565,413 4 2,267,726
5 4,605,807 5 2,267,726
6 4,651,415 6 2,261,264
7 4,702,891 7 2,261,264
8 4,760,966 8 2,261,264

NPV and Discounted Payback Period 3

9 4,826,464 9 2,261,264
10 4,900,302 10 2,261,264
PV for future Earnings $23,085,154.42 PV for future Expenses $15,609,791.75
NPV $7,475,362.67    
The above calculations indicate that the NPV is positive and the project would be profitable and
viable. All positive NPVs represent projects that are viable but projects with negative NPVs
should not be undertaken.

Discounted payback system

PV for Exp 33217430.05


The total expenses for the Beaver Tale Pty ltd amounted to 33,217,430 while the total earnings
for the project for the next ten years would amount to 46,510,906.25. The figures when discounted
at 15% for ten years periodically would amount to 17,607,638.30 as the negative balance under
discounted payback period.
The discounted payback suggests that the project is unviable.

NPV and Discounted Payback Period 4


Hermanson, R.H., Edwards, J.D., & Invacevich, S.D. (2011) Accounting Principles: A Business
Perspective. First Global Text Edition, Volume 2 Managerial Accounting, 37-73.

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