project a good investment? Second, if we have more than one good project, but we can
take only one of them, which one should we take? The main point of this chapter is that
only the NPV criterion can always provide the correct answer to both questions.
For this reason, NPV is one of the two or three most important concepts in finance,
and we will refer to it many times in the chapters ahead. When we do, keep two things
in mind: (1) NPV is always just the difference between the market value of an asset or
project and its cost, and (2) the financial manager acts in the shareholders’ best interests
by identifying and taking positive NPV projects.
Finally, we noted that NPVs can’t normally be observed in the market; instead, they
must be estimated. Because there is always the possibility of a poor estimate, financial
managers use multiple criteria for examining projects. The other criteria provide addi-
tional information about whether or not a project truly has a positive NPV.
This problem will give you some practice calculating
NPVs and paybacks. A proposed overseas expansion has the following cash
Calculate the payback, the discounted payback, and the NPV at a required return
of 10 percent.
Mutually Exclusive Investments
Consider the following two mutually exclu-
sive investments. Calculate the IRR for each and the crossover rate. Under what
circumstances will the IRR and NPV criteria rank the two projects differently?
Average Accounting Return
You are looking at a three-year project with
a projected net income of $2,000 in Year 1, $4,000 in Year 2, and $6,000 in
Year 3. The cost is $12,000, which will be depreciated straight-line to zero over
the three-year life of the project. What is the average accounting return (AAR)?
In the following table, we have listed the cash flow, cumulative cash flow, dis-
counted cash flow (at 10 percent), and cumulative discounted cash flow for the
Answers to Chapter Review and Self-Test Problems
Chapter Review and Self-Test Problems
Net Present Value and Other Investment Criteria