Answer in Accounting for Nkosana #148464

Project A

Year Cashflows (Rs) Cumulative cashflows (Rs)

0 (50,000) –

1 26,200 26,200

2 12,200 38,400

3 12,200 50,600

4 5,000 –

Project B

Year Cashflows (Rs) Cumulative cashflows (Rs)

0 (50,000) –

1 14,200 14,200

2 14,200 28,400

3 14,200 42,600

4 14,200 56,800

Payback period for project A

The project gets the R50,000 in the 3rd year. The balance that remains in the 2nd year is R50,000 – R38,400 (the cumulative cashflow). The balance is R11,600 that should come from 3rd year’s cashflow of R12,200.

If R12,200 = 12 months

R11,600 = X

“X = frac{ R11,600}{ R12,200} times 12months= 11.41 months”

But, 1 month = 30 days, therefore, 0.41 months = Y days

“Y = frac{0.41}{1} times 30 days = 12 days”

Hence, Payback period for project A = 2 years, 11 months, and 12 days.

Payback period for project B

The project gets the R50,000 in the 4th year. The balance that remains in the 3rd year is R50,000 – R42,600 (the cumulative cashflow). The balance is R7,400 that should come from 4thyear’s cashflow of R14,200.

If R14,200 = 12 months

R7,400 = X

“X = frac{ R7,400}{ R14,200} times 12 months = 6.25 months”

But, 1 month = 30 days, therefore, 0.25 months = Y days

“Y = frac{0.25}{1} times 30 days = 8 days”

Hence, Payback period for project A = 3 years, 6 months, and 8 days.

From the calculations above, project A has the shortest payback period.

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