Date: Thursday, 27th July 2017
Venue: Microsoft, auditorium
PDUs: 2 (Technical)
Project Financial Feasibility
1. What are the talk objectives?
Project Financial Feasibility study focus the investigation of the overall financial situation
around the project i.e. to assess and prove the economic viability of the business idea.
Based on cost projections, the study can greatly assist Organizations to understand the
following areas (by periods) such as:
o Project Assumptions
o Overall Project Costs
o Interest During Construction (IDC)
o Costs during Operations
o Revenue expectations during the Operations phase
o The Depreciation of Assets during Construction
o Expected project profits
o The cash flow projections
o Determining the crucial ratios such as Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and Net Present
Value (NPV) to support project feasibility
o Using the Net cash Flows to Understand the Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR)
hich is important metric for project Financing
o Sensitivity Analysis performed on important variables
o Possible sources of project financing
2. How this training relevant to your job?
Using the computed IRR, NPV and DSCR as guides, a decision can be then be made whether
the project is economically viable.
While most of us understand the IRR, NPV and DSCR, it must be noted that computing
these metrics require further understanding of financial statements such as Income
Statement, the Balance Sheet and the Cash Flow Statement.
The presenter will touch on the overall process on developing a Project Finance Model and
the knowledge and skillset required for performing this important task.
3. Describe the value / benefits to the job / company needs?
Organizations benefit by:
Being provided with quality information for decision making
Understanding the reasons why the Project is favourable or not.
Being able to address challenging factors (risks) early thus enhancing the probability
of project success
Being provided with documentation highlighting that the project was thoroughly
Using the Finance Model developed as a basis to secure funding from lending
institutions and equity investment
Arul has been working in the Self-Service industry for the last 35 years. For those who are
unfamiliar with Self-Service Banking, it is about ATMs, Cash Deposit Machines, Cash
Recyclers, Solutions around these Machines, Self-Service networks and not mentioning the
Sales and Service of these devices.
Just for your knowledge, the money dispensed by the devices in Malaysia/year exceeds the
reserves in Bank Negara (in excess of US$100 Billion)…… thus making it a very serious
business. He has been with NCR who is the leading player in this space for 28 years and now
is an independent consultant. His assignments at NCR saw in work in the Philippines, India
and around the Asia-Pacific region for over 20 years. His last position at NCR was the Country
Head and Director, NCR Malaysia.
Today, his organization – ARULC CONSULT is a recently enrolled R.E.P.. He himself is a
PMP, PMI-RMP and certified in Microsoft Project. Additionally he is a NCR , Microsoft and
HRDF certified Trainer. He is also probably the only PMI Malaysian Chapter retiree member.
On today’s topic, it is believed many certified project managers focus their energies on
technical feasibility and project delivery. On the Financial feasibility and the use of metrics
such as IRR, NPV, DSCR, DCF etc, while many of us broadly understand these terms, we
shy away from engaging in this important decision-making area and model preparation.
Computation of these ratios require some understanding of Financial Statements which many
feel it is difficult to grasp and thus not engaging in this important activity – Project Finance
This evening he will focus on an area related to Financial Project Feasibility and developing
Project Finance models.
Shaun Lim is Senior Solution Specialist and champion of the Microsoft PPM (Project Server and Project Online) solution at Microsoft for South East Asia.
He has more than 25 years’ project management experience with wide industry knowledge in both the IT and non-IT sectors.
In his current role, he is responsible for growing the PPM business in South East Asia and is the subject matter expert and go-to person for Sales and partners.
Prior to joining Microsoft, he has headed PMO offices in Engineering and
Construction companies and as well as various senior leadership roles in
IT Professional Services and Sales organizations.
With his many years’ experience either in the capacity as Services Lead
or Sales advocate, Shaun has been influential in helping many customers
explore and continuously improve their usage to realize the full benefit of
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2 PDUs (Technical)