STRATEGIC CORPORATE FINANCE

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Objectives: At the end of the course the student should be able to a) Understand the strategic element involved in financial decision-making; b) Effectively and efficiently manage the both sides of balance sheet, i.e. financing and investing; c) Look alternative ways for growing the organization through mergers and acquisitions.

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ELECTIVES IN FINANCESTRATEGIC CORPORATE FINANCEContext:This course is concerned with the decision-making in the finance sub-system of the enterprise, such that the short-term and long-term needs of the enterprise are effectively met. The enterprise needs to be financially efficient, viable and sustainable. This necessitates looking into the enterprise and the finance function in a larger perspective facing key challenges posed by the global markets.Objectives:At the end of the course the student should be able toa) Understand the strategic element involved in financial decision-making;b) Effectively and efficiently manage the both sides of balance sheet, i.e. financing and investing;c) Look alternative ways for growing the organization through mergers and acquisitions.Content outline1. Financial EnvironmentDetermining financial objectives within the strategic planning process, identify key stakeholders of organizations and the interests of each stakeholder group, corporate social responsibility, its relationship to the objective of maximising shareholder wealth, agency theory and its relevance to financial managers, the professional, regulatory and legal framework relevant to financial management.2. Managing the Left-Hand Side of the Balance SheetThe Cost of Capital: Calculation Pitfalls, Market Risk Premium, Towards a Better Beta, The Riskless Rate, The Cost of Debt, WACC and Hurdle Rates; Issues in designing the capital structure; low vs. high debt,

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