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Girish Jain
Girish Jain

Director Sales
Dun & Bradstreet India

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Deciphering the TEV Report: Your Key to Smart Project Funding Decisions

Business environments are closely linked with the changes in financial investment. Whether it''s catalyzing a startup, fueling the expansion of an established enterprise, or sustaining daily operations, the quest for funding is a continuous journey. Traditional avenues like internal cash reserves or business loans may suffice for some. However, many companies venture further, tapping into external investor funding. The domain of investment, while lucrative, carries inherent risks – risks that can lead to financial loss and tarnish an investor''s reputation. In this high-stakes environment, the key to making wise, informed decisions lies not just in conventional financial reports for companies, but in a powerful yet often overlooked instrument – the Techno-Economic Viability (TEV) report.

What is a TEV Report?

To demystify TEV, let''s dissect the term.

Techno indicates technical or technological aspects of a project or business. It includes determining the costs associated with developing, manufacturing, commercializing a technology and the relevance of the technology used/deployed and thus comments on the overall technical viability/feasibility assessment of the project.

Economic indicates the financial feasibility/viability of a project and if it has the potential to generate sufficient Returns on Investment (ROI).

Viability/feasibility means the ability to succeed or be sustained.

Thus, TEV provides valuable insights for lenders to make informed decisions about funding projects and mitigating potential risks.

This triad forms the cornerstone of the techno-economic viability report, offering a panoramic view of a project''s strengths and vulnerabilities and guiding lenders and investors through a decision-making labyrinth lined with uncertainties and opportunities.

Significance of the Techno-Economic Viability Report

The value of a TEV report extends far beyond mere number crunching. It serves as a beacon, guiding investors through:

  • Examining various factors such as market demand, technological feasibility, and financial projections
  • Providing a systematic approach to assess projects based on concrete data and analysis
  • Anticipating challenges within the supply chain and associated costs, financial losses, or credit risks
  • Forecasting production capabilities and quality management
  • Creating periodic financial projections to balance income, expenditure, and investment
  • Creating transparency of business operations and financial returns for investors
  • Providing risk management solutions for anticipated challenges
  • Serving as an objective evaluation tool rather than solely relying on subjective opinions

TEV Checkpoints for Businesses

A TEV report can help understand the situation of a business better. Here are some common checkpoints in every business that investors must be aware of:

  • Assessment of the overall estimated project cost as factored in the project report. Whether the estimated project cost is inflated and higher or is it realistic.
  • Assessment of the projected market demand, projected cash flows, operational efficiencies basis the technology deployed, availability of critical resources and raw material for the manufacturing plant and the logistical aspects for the manufactured goods.
  • Procuring original parts, spares, hardware, software, or subscriptions to cloud technology can be a significant investment. The more authentic the basic parts are, the more reliable the final product and its quality will be.
  • Payouts to vendors and suppliers can also be a glitch for businesses, creating a cash flow deficit.
  • Appointment of consultants, experts or advisors is often necessary to ensure compliance with technological norms and legal regulations.
  • Often, businesses may successfully manufacture the product but struggle with making the creation known to their customers, creating a financial bottleneck. Financial profits may also depend on whether the business deals with volume-selling or niche products.
  • Creating a solid marketing strategy and brand presence is a huge investment and quite a complex process involving constantly evaluating and meeting market demands.
  • Financial deficits may also be created due to lesser or delayed collection from customers.

Investors can ask businesses for action plans or contingencies to counteract challenges in the supply chain, sustenance, and make a profit. When a business submits a detailed project report, investors, in turn, are able to create a credibility report for the business.

Creating a Clear Picture

Embracing a TEV report is not merely a procedural step; it''s a strategic decision that benefits borrowers and lenders alike. It''s about delving into the depths of technical feasibility, market readiness, and financial soundness. The meticulousness of a TEV report can mirror the thoroughness of business owners in anticipating and planning for various contingencies. For investors, it becomes a measure of assurance, aligning them with ventures that are not only genuine but also deeply committed to fostering mutually beneficial relationships.

In the final analysis, a TEV report transcends its role as a document. It becomes a guiding light in the complex journey of project funding. For investors, it provides clarity and confidence, and for businesses, it stands as a testament to their credibility and foresight. Indeed, to TEV is to navigate the intricate dance of investment with eyes wide open, ensuring every step is taken with informed precision and strategic insight.

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