Jul 12, 2017 8:14:00 AM by: Scott Morgan

Although there are very sound arguments against it, some customers are very adamant about wanting to own the telecom and technology equipment they use.

Unfortunately, many of these customers do not realize that paying cash is usually the most expensive way for them to achieve ownership. Why? 

As an example, let's consider a law firm that wants to buy (and own) a $12,000 Mitel phone system. They can write the upfront check for $12,000 or they can lease to own the solution for $252 per month over a 60 month $1 Buyout lease.

Make 60 payments of $252, totaling $15,120 or make a single payment of $12,000. The math doesn't lie, right? The upfront payment is obviously less than the total of lease payments.

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In terms of nominal dollars (the actual amount paid), YES.

BUT, in terms of the true cost and the actual value of those dollars when factoring in the Time Value of Money (TVM) and the accounting and tax implications that financial decision makers will evaluate, NO. 

Sparing you the financial, tax, and accounting calculations, true cost is measured as After Tax Net Present Value (ATNPV). In this example, the ATNPV for the upfront purchase is about $8,800 and the ATNPV for the lease payments is about $6,300. In this illustration, the law firm would actually save about $2,500 by leasing to own the system versus paying for it up front. 

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It is true that the total lease to own payments is almost always more than a single upfront cash payment. However, and more importantly, when measuring the real cost, the After Tax Net Present Value cost, leasing to own is almost always less costly than a cash purchase if customers truly want to own a telecom or technology solution.

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