Analysts: Down on utilities. Is the party over? That’s the tough question posed in a research note by Wachovia equity research analyst Samuel Brothwell.
service. Therefore, investors are neutral from a net present value perspective between receiving the return of their capital more quickly, through higher depreciation charges, or receiving the return of their capital over a longer time period. As long as the net present value discount rate equals the investor's cost of capital, from a net present value perspective, the depreciation rates used by the Company are irrelevant."
I trust that the explanation provided will shed light on the depreciation process, but not be misconstrued as a criticism of Dr. Beecher's and Dr. Mann's very informative and sound article.
William C. Schaffer
Public Utility Analyst
Delaware Public Service Commission
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