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## HP 12c Platinum Financial Calculator - Net Present Value

Cash flow and NPV calculations
Cash flow analysis is an extension of the basic TVM concepts applied to compound interest problems when payments occur in regular periods and do not have the same value. Any financial investment can be represented as an initial investment of money and a series of cash flows that occur in regular periods of time. Each flow of money can be positive (received) or negative (paid out) and considered as a cash flow. Common cash flow problems usually involve the calculation of the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) or the Net Present Value (NPV).
The NPV expresses the amount of money resulting from the summation of the initial investment (CF0) and the present value of each anticipated cash flow (CFj) calculated to the time of the initial investment. The IRR is the discounted rate applied to all future cash flows that cause NPV = 0.
The expression that calculates the Net Present Value is:
Figure : Expression for calculating the Net Present Value
Cash flow diagrams
The cash flow diagram in Figure 2 illustrates one of the many possible situations that can be handled by the HP 12c Platinum.
Figure : Cash flow diagram
The HP 12c Platinum cash flow approach
In the HP 12c Platinum each cash flow amount is stored in its corresponding register in memory. For each cash flow amount there is a related register to store the number of consecutive occurrences of this amount. This approach is shown below:
Figure : Different cash flow amounts can be stored in its corresponding register
The HP 12c Platinum memory organization allows up to 20 different cash flow amounts plus the initial investment to be stored and handled according to the diagram in Figure 2. If any cash flow amount repeats consecutively, then it can be stored as a grouped cash flow CFj and its corresponding Nj holds the number of occurrences, up to 99. TVM register n is used as an index to control CF operations.
The keys to enter cash flow data are:
 Keystroke Description Stores the number in the display in R0 and sets 'n' to zero. Adds 1 unit to current 'n' contents (j) and then stores the number in the display in Rj. Stores the number in the display in Nj; 'n' contents (j) are not changed.
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The number in the display must be a positive integer from 1 to 99, otherwise returns to the display and no operation is performed.
If the last available register has already been used, adds 1 unit to current 'n' contents and stores the number in the display in TVM register FV. Any attempt to add a cash flow amount with after FV has already been used or when 'n' contents refer to a register that is not available causes to be shown in the display and no operation is performed.
Practice solving NPV problems
Example 1
The cash flow diagram below represents a possible investment and you were chosen to determine if it is feasible. The success of this investment dictates your future in the company, so the analysis must be precise and error free. What is the correct keystroke sequence to fill the HP 12c Platinum registers with this data?
Figure : Values entered in the cash flow diagram
Solution
It is not necessary to clear all registers to start cash flow analysis because only the registers updated with cash flow data are used.
 Keystroke Display Figure : Entering the first set of values
The next cash flow amount occurs three times in a sequence, so it can be entered as a grouped cash flow.
 Keystroke Display Figure : Entering the next set of values
The remaining data is entered with the following keystroke sequence:
 Keystroke Display Figure : Entering the remaining set of values
The keystrokes presented above indicate the correct entries.
Example 2
The cash flow diagram has all of its information used to compose the cash flow data in the HP 12c Platinum memory. How can the entries be checked to ensure they are correct?
Solution
Now that all data is entered, checking for its correctness is possible in two ways. The alternative way is the random check through the use of the key. The procedure for this checking is as follows:
 Keystroke Display Figure : Displaying the number of the last register
This is the number of the last register used to store the cash flow data.
 Keystroke Display Figure : Displaying the amount of CF6
This is the amount of CF6. Now check CF3 and verify N3 as well.
 Keystroke Display Figure : Checking the CF3 value
This is CF3 contents. To randomly check for Nj contents, n register contents must be set to indicate which Nj will be recalled.
 Keystroke Display Figure : Checking for Nj contents
Now check CF2 and CF0.
 Keystroke Display Figure : Checking the contents of CF2 Figure : Checking the contents of CF0
Recall 'n' contents to the display:
 Keystroke Display Figure : Recalling n contents
The entries are correct.
Example 3
The investment is considered attractive if the calculated net present value is positive for a given interest rate. Now that all data is stored and checked, calculate the NPV for a given interest rate of 8%.
Solution
If n had its contents changed, it must be restored prior to calculating either IRR or NPV:
 Keystroke Display Figure : Calculating the Net Present Value
Yes, the investment is attractive based on a net present value of \$11,429.11 for an interest rate of 8%.
How to modify cash flow entries
If it happens that a cash flow entry was wrongly entered, modifying its amount is not difficult. There are two ways to correct entries.
Example 4
Update the amount of CF2 to \$-9,500.00 and compute the new NPV after this change.
Solution 1
Type in the correct amount and store it in R2:
 Keystroke Display Figure : Storing the amount in R2
Solution 2
Set n register to (j-1), type in the correct amount, press , then restore n prior to compute NPV:
 Keystroke Display Figure : Calculating the Net Present Value
To modify a wrongly entered Nj, it is necessary to change the value stored in register n.
Example 5
Now change both N3 and N4 to 2 and calculate NPV again. The cash flow diagram now looks like this:
Figure : Values entered in the cash flow diagram
Solution
For each correction, set n to match j, type in the correct Nj and press . After all corrections, set n to its original value and press .
 Keystroke Display Figure : Calculating the Net Present Value
The newly computed NPV is \$ 6,413.11.

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