Capital Asset Investment: Strategy, Tactics and Tools by Anthony F. Herbst

By Anthony F. Herbst

Supplying a balanced and functional method of capital administration and budgeting, this ebook covers the complete spectrum of capital investments, from the fundamentals during the most up-to-date thoughts. it truly is aimed toward managers who're inquisitive about capital funding judgements: environment corporation capital funding coverage; appearing undertaking analyses; and drafting concepts. these in most sensible administration will take advantage of discussions of robust and susceptible issues of varied tools and concepts.Included within the arsenal of capital funding instruments during this publication are recommendations of confirmed usefulness, reminiscent of the MAPI approach, not to be had in different works relating to capital budgeting, and different subject matters now not coated somewhere else, akin to abandonment research.

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If our major project is a division of the firm composed of one or more buildings, each housing 100 or more items of capital equipment, what meaning can we attach to physical deterioration of the project? The answer is none; at least this is true if component projects are added and replaced as time goes on. On the other hand, if our division is based on operation of one dominating item of capital, such as a toll bridge or a carwash or parking garage, it may well be meaningful to refer to physical deterioration of the major project.

This is especially true during times of rapid inflation. Unless the firm has tax losses larger than it can use to offset taxable income, it will charge the maximum allowable depreciation in the early years of a capital investment’s life. Given that money has time value, to do otherwise would not be in the best interests of the owners of the enterprise. The more rapid the rate of price inflation, the more incumbent it is to charge the maximum depreciation in the early years for tax purposes. However, for management control purposes the firm may use the depreciation schedule that is considered to match most closely the actual economic deterioration in the capital project from year to year.

In this example the firm could, under the GG, switch to straight-line depreciation in year 6. In this year straight-line depreciation of the remaining balance yields the same dollar depreciation as the double-declining-balance method. However, in years 7, 8, and 9 the amount charged to depreciation is larger with straight line. In no case may the firm depreciate below salvage value. This means that if an asset costs $C, and is expected to have a salvage value of $S, no more than $(C – S) may be depreciated.

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