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Corporate Finance (MScF)

  • Teacher(s):   T.Dimopoulos  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2022-2023, 2.0h. course + 2.0h exercices (weekly average)
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  • Related programmes:
    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance, Orientation Corporate Finance

    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance : Financial Entrepreneurship and Data Science

    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance, Orientation Asset and Risk Management
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Objectives

The aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of how corporate financial decisions are made in the presence of economic uncertainty.

In this course we will study the sources of corporate financing and the evaluation of alternative investment projects. This process will involve understanding principles of capital budgeting, measuring and projecting cash flows and computing the firm’s cost of capital. We will examine how taxation and bankruptcy costs affect corporate financing, and how ultimately those decisions shape the cost of firm financing. We will go through a variety of methods for valuing projects, equities or firms.

We will study how investment and financing decisions are distorted when conflicts of interest emerge between creditors and shareholders, or management and shareholders. We will see why valuable projects may not be undertaken, how debt financing may give rise to value destroying investments and excessive risk taking. Furthermore, we will see why firms may be cut off from financing (credit rationing), and how firms can navigate corporate bankruptcy. Finally, we will examine the challenges firms are facing in the contemporary world, as they are planning ahead for a promising yet complicated world.

Contents

  1. Introduction to Finance
  2. Financial Statement Analysis
  3. Time value of money
  4. Capital Budgeting I
  5. Capital Budgeting II
  6. Capital Budgeting III
  7. Valuation I
  8. Valuation II
  9. Bankruptcy and the Trade-off Theory of Capital Structure
  10. Student Presentations
  11. Student Presentations
  12. Agency costs
  13. Asymmetric Information
  14. Payout Policy

References

No single textbook covers the entirety of the topics that we will consider. It is not mandatory for students to buy any textbook, but below I am providing some useful references:

The main textbook for the course is:

Additional readings will be provided in class or electronically.

The following textbooks may also be helpful on some of the topics covered:

  • Tirole, Jean (2005): The Theory of Corporate Finance, Princeton University Press, ISBN-10: 0691125562.
  • Damodaran, Aswath (2008): Damodaran on Valuation: Security Analysis for Investment and Corporate Finance, Second Edition, Wiley & Sons, ISBN-10: 0471751219.
  • Brealy, Richard, Myers, Stewart and Franklin Allen (2019): Principles of Corporate Finance, 13th Edition, McGraw-Hill Irwin, ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1260565553

Evaluation

First attempt

Exam:
Written 3h00 hours
Documentation:
Not allowed
Calculator:
Allowed with restrictions
Evaluation:

  • Final exam format: written, 3 hours, closed book
  • The final grade for the course is:

Grade=0.2*Project Grade Average +0.8*Final Exam Grade.

The Project and the Final Exam are each graded on a 1-6 scale. A grade 0 will be assigned for late submissions/omissions/copying or any other breach of academic integrity.

Retake

Exam:
Written 3h00 hours
Documentation:
Not allowed
Calculator:
Allowed with restrictions
Evaluation:

Retake exam: Integrative exam.



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