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  Tichakunda Gumbo

Comment on payback period Tecnique

Your payback period calculation formular is somehow too generalised in that it assumes that all projects will have equal annual cashflows.What about those with different annual cashflows.?

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Payback Period if annual cashflows vary?

In case the annual cashflows are not the same, the formula is still valid.
Suppose the same project is costing $200.000, but now the annual cashflows are: $30.000 (yr 1), $40.000 (yr 2), $50.000 (yr 3), $40.000 (yr 4), $20.000 (yr 5), $20.000 (yr 6), and $50.000 (yr 7).
After 6 years the total of all cash inflows equals the costs (investments) in the project. Therefore the Payback Period of our project is 6 years.

  Peter Hansen

Good resource

I found that this was a very useful website with relevant explanations and examples. Keep up the good work!

  Herson Deleon

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Payback period is a great method but if you are co (...)

  Mukela Namushi Mubano
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  Azzam Ali
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  Aser T. Alas, Jr.

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