- Like NPV the IRR also helps in making investment decisions.
- NPV formula has several elements that are summed together. The corresponding element for t=0 is called the initial investment or the cash flow when t=0.
- The cash flow at t=0 is denoted with a negative sign since it is an outflow from point of view of the investor.
- The future cash flows correspond to t=1, t=2 and so on till t=N.
- The name 'internal' in IRR refers to the fact that the IRR does not account for external factors like inflation.
- IRR is the discount rate which makes Present Value of t0=Present Value of t1+t2+…+tn. IRR is the discount rate that makes the Present Value of cash inflows equal to the Present Value of cash outflows.
- Equating the Present Value of cash outflows to the Present Value of cash inflows and solving for the discount rate obtain IRR.
- Similarly, the discount rate associated with the Present Value of the future cash flows provides the Required Rate of Return (RRR).
- Companies typically select any investment for which the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is greater than the Required Rate of Return (RRR).
import numpy as np
initialInvestment = -100; # Negative, since it results in an outflow of cash
cashFlows = [initialInvestment, 20, 30, 40, 50];
# Calculate the IRR
irr = round(np.irr(cashFlows),4);
print("Internal rate of return:%3.4f"%irr);
Internal rate of return:0.1283