Corporate investment management: from beginner to expert.
What you'll learn
- You will learn the rol that financial managers play and the investment trade-offs they need to make.
- You will learn how to use the net present value (NPV) rule to assess whether to invest in a project.
- You will be able to estimate free cash flows (FCFs).
- You will be able to calculate the weighted average cost of capital (WACC).
- You will learn Markowitz' mean-variance portfolio approach, the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), the arbitrage pricing theory, the Fama and French (1992) three-factor model and the Carhart (1997) four-factor model to estimate beta and the cost of equity
- You will learn what agency problems of equity are and how to solve them with.
- You will learn what agency problems of debt (overinvestment and underinvestment problem) are and how to solve them.
- You will learn investment analysis techniques like the present value index, the profitability index, the accounting rate of return, the internal rate of return, the payback period and the discounted payback period.
- You will learn the economic value added (EVA) and market value added approach (MVA)
- You will be able to value bonds and the theory of interest rates.
- You will be able to estimate / predict interest rates when these are not readily available.
- You will learn how to value companies using the comparable companies approach, the dividend discount model, and the discounted cash flow model.
- You will learn the major theories on capital structures (i.e. trade-off theory, pecking-order theory, Jensen's FCF theory, and behavioral finance theories)
- You will be able to assess the optimal amount of cash to maintain.
- You will learn about financial benchmarks like Euribor, Eonia and €ster.
- You will learn about private equity and buyout investments.
- You will be able to value options using the Black & Scholes valuation model.
- You will be able to use binomial models (real options analysis) to assess investment projects.
- Basic mathematics knowledge (although the main concepts are refreshed)
- Basic statistical knowledge (although the main concepts are refreshed)
Do you want to understand the financial press?
Do you want to start a career in finance?
Or do you want to improve your knowledge to become an expert in how to create stakeholder value?
This course will make sure that you can respond to the answers positively in a very fast pace!
Being able to assess whether an investment project is worth executing, it is of crucial importance to master the right techniques. When the investment project is another company to be taken over, failing to making a proper analysis could destroy substantial value.
This course includes 10 chapters in the areas of corporate investments:
Goals and governance of the firm
Investment vs financing decisions
Role of the financial manager
The investment trade-off
Economic rents and competitive advantage
The investment decision
Positive NPV-rule (including constant growth perpetuity and annuity calculations)
Estimation of free cash flows
Estimation of the discount rate
Weighted average cost of capital
Project WACC vs. company WACC
Capital structure decisions
Cost of debt
Cost of equity
Capital assets pricing model (CAPM)
Markowitz' mean-variance approach
Estimating and interpreting beta
Arbitrage pricing theory
Fama and French (1992) free-factor model
Carhart (1997) four-factor model
Why financing decisions matter
Taking inflation into account
sensitivity checks, scenario analysis and simulations
Agency problems of equity
Agency problems of debt
Other investment techniques
Present value index
Accounting rate of return
Internal rate of return
Method of the typical year
iscounted payback period
Economic value added and market value added
Comparing EVA, MVA and NPV
Valuing bonds and the theory of interest rates
Corporate vs government bonds
Valuing a simple bond
Term structure of interest rates
Credit risk driving yields
Book value vs. market value vs. intrinsic value
Comparable companies approach
Dividend discount model
Discounted cash flow model
Capital structure theories
Jensen's FCF theory
Behavioral finance theories
WACC in case of multiple sources of financing
Adjusted present value approach
Importance for coporate finance analyses
The benchmark ecosystem
Euribor and Eonia as well as their reforms
Private equity, venture capital and buyout investments
Venture capital vs. buyouts
Types of buyouts (leverage buyouts, management buyouts, secondary buyouts, family buyouts, divisional buyouts, etc.)
Syndication of buyout investors
Buyouts: value creation?
Real options analysis
Difference with traditional investment analysis
Financial options analysis
Valuation using the Black & Scholes formula
Value of a company
Binomial models (method of the replicating portfolio, neutral probabilities approach, etc.)
Disadvantages of real options analysis
Each of the chapters contains examples and practical advantages and challenges are discussed.
Who this course is for:
- This course is for everybody (from beginner to expert).
- This course is for people that are interested in corporate finance and financial markets.
Randy Priem is an adjunct professor at United Business Institutes (in partnership with Middlesex University London) where he teaches international financial management, fintech and financial markets to BA (hons) and MBA students. He is also a guest researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven where he used to teach corporate finance courses. He conducts research in the area of financial markets, private equity investments, and mutual funds. He is also a research associate at the Université Saint-Louis in Brussels. He published in several international journals such as the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and European Management Review. He presented his work at various international conferences in e.g. Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Brussels, Paris, London, Istanbul, Vallendar, Porto, Nottingham, and Houston.
Randy Priem holds a Ph.D. in business economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and worked as a visiting researcher at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto (Canada).