Postgraduate Course: Corporate Finance (CMSE11342)
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to the core concepts and skills in corporate finance. It considers the main financial decision facing a company, reviews current academic thinking on how these decisions are made and introduces analytical tools that can assist in financial decision-making.
1. Companies and projects: discounted cash flow
2. Discounted cash flow continued, and other applications of interest rates
3a. Equity, debt and the cost of capital
3b. Cost of capital continued
3c. Cost of capital: a case study
4. Real options
5. Managing currency and interest rate risk
6. Corporate governance, dividend policy and debt policy
7. Corporate investment decisions in practice
8. Mergers and Acquisitions (1 & 2)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| For Business School PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% exam assessing all Learning Outcomes.
||Formative feedback is provided through weekly seminars and discussion board. Students are strongly encouraged to ask questions and participate in group discussions. There will be general feedback on the exam performance.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Corporate Finance (CMSE11342)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understanding of the core concepts and methods of analysis in corporate finance.
- Understanding and applying discounted cash flow analysis to value projects, including effect of gearing, estimation of the cost of capital, and assessment of the credibility of a valuation.
- Understanding of currency risk and interest-rate risk, and the use of financial products to manage these risks.
- Understanding of real options, and simple valuations of real options.
- Understanding of the main theories to explain a company's gearing, capital structure, and dividend policies, as well as the valuation principles and practices of Mergers and Acquisitions.
|The main text is:|
- Brealey, R.A., Myers, S.C & Allen, F., Principles of Corporate Finance, 12th edition, 2017, McGraw-Hill
Other good corporate finance texts (which will not be used) include:
- Hillier, D. et al., (2014) Corporate Finance, 2nd European Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill Education
- Damodaran, A. (2015) Applied Corporate Finance, 5th Edition, New York, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
- Berk, J. & DeMarzo, P., Corporate Finance, Pearsons
- Megginson, W.L., Smart, S.B & Gitman, L.J., Corporate Finance, Thomson South-Western
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and understanding
After completing this course, students should understand:
- the core concepts and methods of analysis in corporate finance;
- how to conduct a discounted cash-flow analysis to arrive at an estimate of net present value (NPV), including how to allow for uncertainty;
- how the NPV framework of analysis relates to the assumed aim of value maximisation;
- the use of discounting and rates of return in financial calculations more broadly;
- the nature of equity and debt, the concept of the weighted average cost of capital (WACC), and the effect of gearing on WACC and on the cost of equity;
- how the cost of capital is estimated in practice;
- the strategic and product-market requirements for a large positive (NPV) to be credible;
- how a company can use the main techniques and financial products available to manage currency risk and interest-rate risk;
- what determines in simple terms the price of certain financial products used by companies, such as interest-rate swaps;
- the concept of real options, and how to conduct simple valuations of real options;
- the main theories to explain a company's gearing and dividend policies
- introduction to mergers and acquisitions and the 5-stage model;
- motives for mergers and acquisitions, acquisition strategies & alternative perspectives.
After completing this course, students should:
- have better awareness of finance thinking and reasoning;
- have improved their ability to reason, solve problems, perform calculations, and explain concepts;
- understand (parts of) finance textbooks, and use them to promote good analysis and decision-making.
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- calculate the NPV of an investment project, assess what might affect a project's value, and assess how reliable the estimated value is;
- estimate the cost of capital for a company or a project;
- assess exposure to currrency risk and interest-rate risk, and use financial products to manage these risks;
- identify real options available to a company, and know how to conduct a simple valuation of a real option;
- explain how finance contributes to company decision-making (such as capital structure, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions), and explain some of the main activities of the finance or treasury department in a company.
|Course organiser||Dr Leonidas Barbopoulos
|Course secretary||Ms Rhiannon Pilkington
Tel: (0131 6)50 8072