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Bailout Payback Period

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The bailout payback period considers the time period within which cumulative cash flows are generated by the project after adding cashflows generation from the sale of equipment.

Bailout cash flows are the estimates of cash flows inflows that shall arise on sale of equipment at the end of the project. 

The cash inflows from the sale of equipment reduces / falls every year. Hence, the disposal amount received in year 4 for example shall be lower than amount received in year 3.

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Decision Rule:

A maximum payback period of the project is determined by the company.

If expected payback period from the project is within the period determined by the company, the project is accepted and vice versa.

For more than one projects, the quickest payback period achieving project is selected.


Bailout Payback period explained with example:

A company is considering a new project with initial investment of Rs.200,000 on equipment and working capital of Rs.50,000. The project is expected to earn return of below net cash receipts:

YearAnnual Cash Inflows
New Cash inflow from bailout (Sale of Equipment)
Year 190,000100,000
Year 295,00065,000
Year 365,00030,000
Year 420,000NIL



The Payback period without bailout is as follows:

At year 0 there is investment of Rs.250,000 (investment plus working capital Rs.200,000+Rs.50,000).

Computers and Tabs

YearAnnual Cash Inflows
Cumulative Cash Flow (Rupees)
Year 0(250,000)(250,000)
Year 190,000(160,000)
Year 295,000(65,000)
Year 365,000NIL
Payback period is 3 years.

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Whereas bailout payback period is as follows:

YearAnnual Cash Inflows
Cumulative Cash Flow (Rupees)Bailout Cash (sale of equipment) (Rupees)Cumulative position with Bailout (Rupees)
Year 0(250,000)(250,000)
Year 190,000(160,000)100,000(60,000)
Year 295,000(65,000)65,0005,000

After considering the bailout the payback period has been reduced from 3 years to 2 years.


The article is for students to learn basic concept of bailout payback period and for professionals so that they can revise the topic for usage in practical life. 

Advance topics on payback period:

Payback period

Discounted payback period

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