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WorksheetFunction.Vdb Method (Excel)

Published: July 16, 2012

Returns the depreciation of an asset for any period you specify, including partial periods, using the double-declining balance method or some other method you specify. VDB stands for variable declining balance.

expression .Vdb(Arg1, Arg2, Arg3, Arg4, Arg5, Arg6, Arg7)

expression A variable that represents a WorksheetFunction object.

Parameters

Name

Required/Optional

Data Type

Description

Arg1

Required

Double

Cost - the initial cost of the asset.

Arg2

Required

Double

Salvage - the value at the end of the depreciation (sometimes called the salvage value of the asset). This value can be 0.

Arg3

Required

Double

Life - the number of periods over which the asset is depreciated (sometimes called the useful life of the asset).

Arg4

Required

Double

Start_period - the starting period for which you want to calculate the depreciation. Start_period must use the same units as life.

Arg5

Required

Double

End_period - the ending period for which you want to calculate the depreciation. End_period must use the same units as life.

Arg6

Optional

Variant

Factor - the rate at which the balance declines. If factor is omitted, it is assumed to be 2 (the double-declining balance method). Change factor if you do not want to use the double-declining balance method. For a description of the double-declining balance method, see DDB.

Arg7

Optional

Variant

No_switch - a logical value specifying whether to switch to straight-line depreciation when depreciation is greater than the declining balance calculation.

Return Value

Double

  • If no_switch is TRUE, Microsoft Excel does not switch to straight-line depreciation even when the depreciation is greater than the declining balance calculation.

  • If no_switch is FALSE or omitted, Excel switches to straight-line depreciation when depreciation is greater than the declining balance calculation.

All arguments except no_switch must be positive numbers.

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