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Residual Value

In accounting, an estimate of the value of an asset at the end of its depreciation. For example, a firm's computer depreciates each year. When it breaks down or becomes obsolete, it has a residual value; it is calculated by the best guess of the net cash inflow when it is sold at the end of its life. It will never be above the blue book value.

In price regulated industries, the residual value may be a negative value because it includes the net cash outflow in removing the asset from where it was used. For example, nuclear energy plants must store the nuclear waste at the end of their useful life. This cost is a contributing factor in the residual value. It is also called the salvage value or scrap value. See also: Absolute Physical Life, Obsolescence.


A fee paid to an actor or other performer for a rerun of a program in which he/she was part of the cast. An advertiser or a broadcaster may pay the fee, which is set in a union contract. It is also called a residual fee.




(1) An amount remaining from an investment after payment of all operating expenses, debt service, reserve funds, and income taxes. The residual remains for payment to the investor.

(2) The value of leased personal property at the end of the lease term. Under an operating lease, a lessee may be given the right to purchase the property for the previously agreed upon residual value.Car leases,copier leases,and heavy equipment leases all work on this principle.

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Residual spray applications to salt-marsh and jungle vegetation for control of mosquitoes.
He said, if larva was found at anywhere inside a house during the surveillance, Inter Residual spray (IRS) was conducted while in case it is found outside, fogging was carried out.
He informed that indoor residual spray has been conducted in 1180 houses.
argentipes may be due to prolonged use of DDT for indoor residual spray since 1976 in vector control activities targeting kala-azar.
The mainstay of malaria control programmes are insecticides either used in indoor residual spray (IRS) programmes or as bonded to the fibres of long-lasting insecticide treated nets.
By means of active case finding and tracking the patients daily from the addresses obtained from the hospitals of the Islamabad for quick targeted operation through fumigation and residual spray.
DDT Indoor residual spray, still an effective tool to control Anopheles fuviatilis-transmitted Plasmodium falciparum malaria in India.
He apprised Member Administration that as preventive and precautionary measures Internal Residual Spray (IRS) has been carried, especially in 15 those houses, and their surroundings, where last year dengue cases were reported.