Investment decisions are the decisions taken in respect of the big capital expenditure projects. Such expenditures may involve investment in plant and machinery, vehicles, etc. Common characteristic of such expenditures is that they involve stream of cash inflows in future and initial cash outflow or a series of outflows.
Financial management is not only concerned with sourcing of funds, effective utilization of such funds is equally important to successfully achieve the corporate objective of ‘wealth maximization’. Effective utilization of funds can be achieved by investing them in productive activities or assets. Such decisions of selecting the right avenue of investment for relatively longer term are called investment decisions.
A steel manufacturer considering investment in new plant and machinery, a service oriented company thinking of introducing new and improved organization wide software, a pharmaceutical company thinking of buying patents for certain drugs. Such circumstances involve big investment decisions. A wrong decision at any of these stages can make thing worse than one can expect. Such decisions are very long term decisions and involve huge investment of money, human resource and other assets. So, it’s not a frequent situation for a business and right decision making is very essential. Else, circumstances can be horrible for all concerned with them.
Now, the question is how to make sure that the decision is correct and rational. In a profit oriented organization, it is simple to decide on to the objective of investing. The decision would be considered appropriate if it is a profitable investment and enhances wealth of the shareholders. Capital budgeting techniques are utilized to do investment appraisal for such investments.
Discounting Cash Flow Criteria:
Discounting cash flow criteria has three techniques for evaluating an investment.
- Net Present Value (NPV)
- Benefit to Cost Ratio
- Internal Rate of Return
Non-Discounting Cash Flow Criteria:
Non-discounting cash flow criteria have two techniques for evaluation of investment.
- Payback Period
- Accounting Rate of Return
- Advantages and Application of Ratio Analysis
- Return on Equity (ROE)
- Functions of Financial Management Aimed to Achieve the Goal of Profit and Wealth Maximization
- Common Size Financial Statements
- Capital Structure Theory - Modigliani and Miller (MM) Approach
- Capital Structure Theory - Traditional Approach
- Capital Structure Theory - Net Operating Income Approach