Corporate Finance: (MBA 807)

This course focuses on the primary tasks of the corporate treasurer, showing students how to use ratio analysis to assess corporate performance and project financial statements and cash needs for both projects and whole companies. It introduces students to financial asset valuation models – specifically bonds and stocks. The trade-off between risk and returns in asset selection, investment decision, and other financial decision-making is introduced in this course. It devotes substantial time to the question of how much debt is optimal in a firm's capital structure. It then introduces discounted cash flow and shows how to estimate a weighted average cost of capital to use as a discount rate appropriate to a particular company or project. By the end of the course, students have all the tools necessary to value a company by projecting its free cash flow and discounting it at an appropriate rate.