|Module / ECTS / Path / Specialisation||Module :Corporate Finance : 9 ECTS.|
|Open for visitors||yes (3 ECTS)|
|Working language :||English|
|Volume of contact hours :||22 h|
|Workload to be expected by the student :||66 h|
Track : Attendance
The lecture aims to offer students a comprehensive overview about the complex investment and financing decisions of firms. After an introduction, class participants will deal with major investment decision methods and discuss their respective strengths and weaknesses. Will be presented, in a second step, techniques to transform accounting numbers into free cash flows. The chapter will be completed with an in-depth presentation of risk-princing methods and the estimation of a firm's cost of capital. The following chapter will be focused on capital structure decisions. After a recall of possible financing solutions, students will discover the assumptions of Modigliani & Miller in a perfect market. Based upon this knowledge, the scope of the financial leverage and its limits will be introduced and discussed in a next step whereas a particular focus will be set on the question of an optimal capital structure. The last part of the course adresses the question of value creation. Will be introduced and compared for this purpose the most frequently used performance indicators for measuring performance. The class finishes with a synthesis of possible payout policies and their consequences for shareholders. To bridge the gap between theory and practice, students will do a couple of exercises throughout the lecture and are expected to hand-in a group work based estimation of the cost of capital of a given corporation.
- Describe the key idea of corporate governance and explain its link to corporate finance.
- Summarize the most frequently applied investment decision methods by focusing on their respective strengths and weaknesses.
- Employ the net present value method by conducting a project's incremental earnings forecast and the transformation of it into free cash flow expectations.
- Compute the cost of equity, cost of debt and cost of capital of listed firms by using their respective accounting / financial documentation and a spreadsheet software.
- Compare a firm's major financing solutions under a risk-return perspective.
- Point out the key determinants of the financial leverage effect and a firm's chosen capital structure.
- Synthesize the most commonly applied indicators for measuring a firm’s value creation.
- Evaluate possible payout policies from a shareholder wealth perspective.
I General introduction (½h)
1. Raison d'être of firms
2. Corpoate finance put in a nutshell
II Investment decisions (10h)
1. Net present value method and internal rate of return
2. Alternative selection methods
3. Practice of capital budgeting or the transition from profit numbers to free cash flows
4. Risk pricing and cost of capital
III Capital structure decisions (7h)
1. Funding sources and financing solutions
2. Capital structure in a perfect market
3. Market imperfections and limits of debt use
4. Optimal capital structure
IV Value creation and payout policy (4h)
1. Measuring wealth creation for investors
2. Payout policy choices
V General conclusion (½h)
- Fundamentals of accounting (Financial statements & related principles)
- Fundamentals of corporate finance (Financing sources & underlying principles)
- Basic knowledge in economics
- BERK, Jonathan / DE MARZO, Peter / HARFORD, Jarrad (2014): Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Prentice Hall, 3rd ed. (or previous editions)
- HILLIER, David / ROSS, Stephen / WESTERFIELD, Randolph / JAFFRE, Jeffrey / JORDAN, Bradford (2016) : Corporate Finance, McGraw Hill, 3rd ed.
- BREALEY, Richard / MYERS, Stewart / ALLEN, Franklin (2013): Principles of Corporate Finance, McGraw Hill, 11th ed.
- DAMODARAN, Asworth (2015) : Applied Corporate Finance, John Wiley & Sons, 4th ed.
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