Negative IRR

Negative IRR occurs when the aggregate amount of cash flows caused by an investment is less than the amount of the initial investment. In this case, the investing entity will experience a negative return on its investment. A business that calculates a negative IRR for a prospective investment should not make the investment.

IRR stands for internal rate of return, which is the discount rate that, when applied to a series of cash flows, would result in a present value that matches the amount of the initial investment.