Payback Period

The Payback Period is the length of time required to recover the initial cash outlay on project. The payback period of the investment tells us the number of years required to cover our initial cash outflow. The major short coming of the payback period is that it fails to consider the cash flows after the payback period.


Illustration 1: Calculate the Payback Period?

payback period example


If Cash inflow is constant than we can apply this equation:

payback period formula


Illustration 2: If Cash Outflow is $200,000 and constant cash inflow will be $50,000 per year what will be Payback Period?

payback period solved example


Illustration 3: Which one of the following Investment is best?

payback period question and answer

(Acceptance Criterion: The shorter the Payback Period, the more desirable the project)