The internal rate of return is the annual rate of return an investment is expected to generate. You could use the IRR function to assess a number of investments and find the most effective investment.

## Syntax

The IRR function has two different syntaxes. The syntax that applies depends on whether you use more or less than two arguments with the function.

### IRR with time scale

`IRR(Cash flow [, Estimate])`

### IRR with dates

`IRR(Cash flow, Dates, Transactions [, Estimate])`

## Arguments

### IRR with time scale

Argument | Data type | Description |

Cash flow (required) | Number | A line item that contains a series of positive and negative values that represent cash inflow and outflow. The line item used for this argument must have a time scale. |

Estimate | Number | An estimate of the IRR. This argument uses percentage format, so 0.1 is equal to 10%. This argument is optional and helps the IRR function to calculate a result more quickly. |

### IRR with dates

Argument | Data type | Description |

Cash flow (required) | Number | A series of positive and negative values that represent cash inflow and outflow. Must have the list used for the |

Dates (required) | Date | The date associated with each value of the Cash flow argument. |

Transactions (required) | List | A list of transactions, which must be a common dimension of the Cash flow and Dates argument. |

Estimate of rate | Number | An estimate of the IRR. This argument uses percentage format, so 0.1 is equal to 10%. This argument is optional and helps the IRR function to calculate a result more quickly. |

The IRR function returns a number.

## Additional information

### How IRR is calculated

IRR is the iterative solution to this equation:

In this equation:

- N is the number of payments in and out from the start of the first period
- P
_{i}is the payment in the i^{th}period - d
_{i}is the number of days from the start of the first period

### Use IRR with the Users list

You can reference the Users list with the IRR function. However, you cannot reference specific users within the Users list as this is production data, which can change and make your formula invalid.

## Constraints

The *Cashflow* argument must contain at least one positive and one negative value.

## Calculation engine functionality differences

Most financial functions are currently unavailable in Polaris. Learn more about the differences between Anaplan calculation engines.

## Excel equivalent

## Related Anaplan functions

## Examples

### Example of IRR with time scale

This example uses two modules. The first module, *Annual cash flow*, contains *Cash flow* line item with a **Time Scale** of **Year**. The *Cash flow* line item contains both a positive and negative value.

FY20 | FY21 | FY22 | |

Cash flow | -100,000 | 0 | 130,000 |

The second module contains a single **Percent** format line item, which contains a formula that uses IRR with the *Cash flow* line item from the first module. As the IRR function returns a single value, the result does not need a time dimension.

IRR of annual cash flow
| 14.0% |

### Example of IRR with dates

In this example, two modules are used. One source module, *Plant Transaction Data*, is dimensioned by the *Transactions* and *Plants* lists. *Transactions* is on rows, and *Plants* is on pages, with *Plant 1* selected.

The *Plant Transaction Data* module contains the values of transactions, dates of transactions, and a description for some transactions.

Description | Cash flow | Date | |

Transaction 01 | Land purchase | -100,000 | 1/1/2011 |

Transaction 02 | Turbine purchase | -850,000 | 1/1/2012 |

Transaction 03 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2013 |

Transaction 04 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2014 |

Transaction 05 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2015 |

Transaction 06 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2016 |

Transaction 07 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2017 |

Transaction 08 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2018 |

Transaction 09 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2019 |

Transaction 10 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2020 |

Transaction 11 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2021 |

Transaction 12 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2022 |

Transaction 13 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2023 |

Transaction 14 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2024 |

Transaction 15 | Energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2025 |

Transaction 16 | Final energy generation revenue | 200,000 | 1/3/2026 |

Total | 1,850,000 |

The second module uses the data from the *Plant Transaction Data* module with the IRR function to calculate the internal rate of return for each plant. The column for *Plant 1* contains the internal rate of return for data displayed in the *Plant Transaction Data* module.

Plant 1 | Plant 2 | Plant 3 | Plant 4 | |

Internal Return Rate for Plant
| 18.1% | 12.2% | 13.8% | 9.2% |