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Corporate FinanceProjectFinanceMergers And Acquisitions (M&A)

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Learners taking this Course are

  • Auditors
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)
  • Financial Analysts
  • Risk Managers
  • Systems Engineers

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete

Course Overview

1 video (Total 9 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
5 readings
About this Course: Ratings and Reviews10m
About the Discussion Forums10m
Getting to Know Your Classmates10m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz10m
6 hours to complete

Module 1: The Objective of the Corporation and Analysis of Financial Ratios

15 videos (Total 112 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
15 videos
Why Maximizing the Stock Price is a Reasonable Goal For a Company10m
Conflicts Between Stock Price Maximization and Society9m
The Agency Problem and Corporate Governance8m
Balance Sheet Ratios: Introduction4m
Balance Sheet Ratios: Liquidity11m
Balance Sheet Ratios: Solvency12m
Income Statement Ratios: Profitability13m
Cash Flow Statement Ratios10m
Valuation Ratios10m
Module 1 Review2m
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Assignment 1 Overview2m
Assignment 1 Discussion10m
3 readings
Module 1 Overview10m
Module 1 Readings10m
Module 1 Spreadsheets and Other Resources10m
4 practice exercises
Module 1 Practice Quiz 18m
Module 1 Practice Quiz 216m
Module 1 Practice Quiz 316m
Module 1 Quiz30m
5 hours to complete

Module 2: Financial Planning

14 videos (Total 114 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
14 videos
Long-Term Financial Planning5m
Forecasting Income Statements8m
Forecasting Cash Flow Statements9m
Forecasting Balance Sheets8m
Raising Long-Term Financing: Discussion9m
Investments in Working Capital6m
Working Capital Ratios8m
Short-Term Financial Planning: Inventory11m
Seasonality and Receivables10m
Accounts Payable and Liquidity Risk13m
Module 2 Review3m
Assignment 2 Overview2m
Assignment 2 Discussion11m
3 readings
Module 2 Overview10m
Module 2 Readings10m
Module 2 Spreadsheets and Other Resources10m
4 practice exercises
Module 2 Practice Quiz 110m
Module 2 Practice Quiz 210m
Module 2 Practice Quiz 312m
Module 2 Quiz24m
6 hours to complete

Module 3: Making Investment Decisions

15 videos (Total 148 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
15 videos
NPV Example - Speeding Up the Collection of Receivables9m
The Concept of Net Present Value (NPV)15m
Calculating NPV in Excel4m
The Relationship Between NPV and Shareholder Value7m
The Internal Rate of Return (IRR)11m
Using the IRR to Evaluate Investments6m
Problems with the IRR11m
Additional Examples18m
Real Options - Valuing R&D15m
The Option to Wait - Gold Mine Example14m
The Option to Abandon a Project8m
Module 3 Review2m
Assignment 3 Overview2m
Assignment 3 Discussion15m
2 readings
Module 3 Overview10m
Module 3 Readings10m
5 practice exercises
Module 3 Practice Quiz 112m
Module 3 Practice Quiz 212m
Module 3 Practice Quiz 312m
Module 3 Practice Quiz 412m
Module 3 Quiz28m
7 hours to complete

Module 4: Mergers and Acquisitions, Risk, and Performance Evaluation

15 videos (Total 168 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
15 videos
Good and Bad Reasons to Engage in M&A Transactions16m
Synergy Valuation and Deal Pricing12m
Means of Payment and Stock Market Reaction to M&A Deals14m
Leveraged Buyouts17m
Sensitivity Analysis14m
Using Discount Rates to Incorporate Risk Into the Valuation12m
Estimating the Required Return on Equity - The Market13m
Estimating the Required Return on Equity - The Company12m
Estimating the WACC7m
Performance Evaluation: Economic Value-Added (EVA)7m
Using EVA to Measure Performance of a Company's Division13m
Module 4 Review2m
Assignment 4 Overview3m
Assignment 4 Discussion12m
3 readings
Module 4 Overview10m
Module 4 Readings10m
Module 4 Spreadsheets and Other Resources10m
4 practice exercises
Module 4 Practice Quiz 120m
Module 4 Practice Quiz 216m
Module 4 Practice Quiz 312m
Module 4 Quiz30m
7 minutes to complete

Course Conclusion

1 video (Total 7 min)
1 video
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Top reviews from Corporate Finance I: Measuring and Promoting Value Creation

By ASJun 12th 2019

An excellent course and probably one of the finest on offer. Valuable learnings even for finance professionals like me. Highly recommended for all management students and managers.

By SKFeb 12th 2019

In-depth content covering very broad areas of Corporate Finance. Specially the honors assignment makes you think of different scenarios which really makes it interesting and fun.



Heitor Almeida

Professor of Finance, Stanley C. and Joan J. Golder Chair in Corporate Finance
Department of Finance, College of Business

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About the Financial Management Specialization

This Specialization covers the fundamentals of strategic financial management, including financial accounting, investments, and corporate finance. You will learn to evaluate major strategic corporate and investment decisions and to understand capital markets and institutions from a financial perspective, and you will develop an integrated framework for value-based financial management and individual financial decision-making. The Financial Management Specialization is part of the University of Illinois iMBA Program. Each course in this Specialization also fulfills a portion of the requirements for a University of Illinois course that can earn you college credit. When you complete the Financial Management Specialization, you will: · Have a solid foundation in developing an integrated framework for strategic financial decision-making. · Have a thorough understanding of financial statements and the financial information they provide, and be able to critically evaluate and analyze cash flows statements. · Understand the management and evaluation of portfolios and firm valuation techniques. · Understand how to incorporate risk and uncertainty into investment decisions and understand how companies make financing and investment decisions....
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