MSFS-620 Corporate and Institutional Finance
Spring for 2007-2008
The goal of the course is to provide a solid foundation in the fundamental tools of Financial Analysis and Finance and to gain experience applying them to practical situations. Since this foundation is only meaningful if the student has learned to use and apply these tools, considerable preparation and classroom time will be devoted to exercises and case study that will challenge the student’s grasp of what is being learned.
By the end of the course, students should be able to do the following:
1. Module One: Understand and critically evaluate the financial statements of an enterprise and make an informed assessment of the viability and strength of that enterprise. Understand principles of cost accounting and cash budgeting.
2. Module Two: Understand the capital budgeting process, how to model the financial performance of a firm or project using an excel (or comparable) spreadsheet, how to apply the analytic tools that will be introduced throughout the course to specific situations.
3. Module Three: Understand how different forms of risk impact enterprise valuation, including the use and development of the Weighted Average Cost of Capital and the Capital Asset Pricing Model. Understand scenario building and how to perform various investment sensitivity analyses.
4. Module Four: Understand basic options for structuring debt and equity capital, how to organize and perform a comprehensive financial analysis of an investment project, and how to organize and prepare an investment memorandum utilizing applied qualitative and quantitative analysis.
5. Module Five: The class (time permitting) will read and discuss advanced banking, finance, risk management and investment strategies that can impact how companies raise capital and deal with uncertainty.
As a supplement to the primary objectives of the program, part of each class session will be devoted to a practical case study of a recent investment project transaction. This will involve significant preparation and direct team (guided) participation. The objective is to provide experience in critical analysis, communication, strategic and financial decision making, structuring a financial plan and the preparation of a professional investment decision memorandum.
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