**Payback Period**

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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.

**Example 1:**

Calculate the Payback Period?

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

**Example 2:**

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

**Example 3:**

Which one of the following Investment is best?

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

**Related Topics**

**Capital Budgeting Problems**

**Further Readings**

**References**

Financial Management: Theory and Practice, Dr Eugene F Brigham & C Micheal Ehrhardt

Fundamentals of Financial Management: Concise Edition, Brigham Houston

The Economist Guide to Financial Management, John Tennet

Financial Management: Core Concepts, Raymond M Brooks

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