**Excel PV Formula** **(Table of Contents)**

## PV Formula in Excel

PV Formula or Present Value formula in excel is used for calculating the present value of any loan amount. By this, we can calculate the amount of loan required to purchase anything or the present value of the asset when we have taken the loan. This is a complete financial formula which will not be seen in any operation calculations.

PV Formula in excel can be used from Insert Function which is situated beside the formula bar by clicking on the icon.

PV Formula in Excel has the following arguments:

**Rate**: It is the rate of interest per compounding period. We can directly use the whole rate of interest or we can divide this with total compounding period let’s say a month and use the interest applied for a single month.**Nper:**It is the total number of payment or the installments being paid in the whole tenure. Payment can be made monthly, quarterly or yearly.**Pmt**: It is a fixed amount which we need to pay in a period.

Above shown are mandatory arguments required in PV Formula. Below are some optional argument as well;

**Fv:**It is the future value of a borrowed asset at the end of all payment of all period are made. If we do not keep this value then in excel automatically it will be considered as 0.**Type:**Use 1 if the EMI is paid at the start of the month, 0 if the EMI is paid at the end of the month. For this also if we do not keep then in excel automatically it will be considered as 0.

**How to Use PV Formula in Excel?**

PV formula in excel is very simple and easy to use. Let’s understand how to use PV Formula in excel with some examples.

### Excel PV Formula – Example #1

We have data where a person wants to borrow a loan for an item which he wants to buy. A bank is offering the loan with the interest rate of 8% yearly. And that person can pay the loan till 10 years with a fixed monthly payment of near about Rs. 1000/-

If we summarize the above data, then we will have;

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As we have discussed the argument above we can keep a rate of interest as it is or we can divide it within the formula or else we can first scrub the argument separately and then use it in the formula. For better understanding, let’s scrub the data separately first. For that, we need a rate of interest applicable for per month which will be our **Rate** and a total number of payment which will be made in the whole tenure of loan which will be our **Nper**.

Now as per Input data which we have seen above, our Rate is calculated by using the formula **=B2/B4**

The Result will be as given below.

Nper is calculated by using formula **=B3*B4**

The Result will be as shown below.

Now we can directly use these parameters in our PV Formula. First, go to the cell where we need the output. Then go to the **Insert function** option located beside the formula bar as shown below.

Once we do that we will get the Insert function box. Now from there under the **Financial** category from **Or select a category** option search PV function from the list. Or else, we can keep the Or select a category as **ALL** and look for required function as shown below. And click on **Ok**.

Now for the selected cell for output E2, we will get an argument box for PV Function. Now from there select the **Rate, Nper, **and** Pmt a**s calculated above.

As we can see for the function argument of PV Formula, we have selected all the necessary cells in excel. At the bottom left of the argument box, we will get the result of the applied function. Here we are getting the result in negative. Which means the borrowed value of loan amount.

If we need to use this data in another form, then we can apply a negative sign (“-“) in **Pmt** argument box to get a positive result. And once we apply negative sign, we will see the formula result in positive in the bottom left of the argument box. Once done, click on **Ok**.

Once we will click on Ok, we will get the result in the selected cell as shown below.

The calculated present value loan amount which is in INR (Indian Rupees) Rs. 82,421.48/- is the final amount which can be sanctioned to that person for 10-year tenure with the interest rate of 8 if that person pays Rs. 1000/- monthly EMI.

### Excel PV Formula – Example #2

Below is another example for which we need to calculate Present Value or a Discounted value.

For this, go to the edit mode of the cell where we need to see the output by typing “**=**” sign **(Equal)**. And search and select PV Formula in excel as shown below.

Here we will directly use the data and crunch it in the formula itself as shown below. Here we have divided the **Rate** with a total number of months of the loan period. And **Nper** is kept 12 because the loan is only for 12 months. And we have considered the compounding period as 30 Year which is our **FV**.

Now press the Enter key to get the result as shown below.

As the obtained value PV is Rs. 4067.80/- which means the present value of loan amount for 30 years of compounding will be Rs. 4067.80/-

**Things to Remember**

- A negative sign used in Example 1 shows the borrowed loan amount.
- Keeping “0” for Type tells us that the payment is done at the end of the month.
- FV is optional but in some cases, where the compound interest rate is applicable, then it is recommended to consider FV (Future value).

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