Course description

Applied Valuation


The central objective of this course is to establish a framework that puts you in a position to make managerial decisions based on an understanding of corporate value creation, corporate value destruction, and on how to enhance the former while avoiding the latter. Case discussions and visitors will be used to illustrate how corporate valuation is related to managerial decision making.

Course content

  • Four lectures on discounted cash flows, use of valuation result in competitive markets, free cash flow calculation, cost of capital (debt and debt equivalents), multiples valuation, and core value drivers, recognition of off-balance sheet assets and liabilities, tax related cash flows, working capital management, and capital investment decisions.

  • Six classes using business cases. The cases are used to explore issues related to corporate valuation in settings that includes initial public offerings, large investment projects, mergers and acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts/management buyouts/private equity/venture capital, managerial flexibility and real options.
  • Two classes with visiting speakers from the private equity industry and/or major consulting firms.

Learning outcome knowledge

The course builds on the valuation concepts and skills developed in the Corporate Finance course. We will revisit all the valuation techniques that you were exposed to in the core course and introduce some new techniques. The emphasis will be to establish a good understanding of when one valuation technique works better than another.
To accomplish this, we will examine corporate valuation in a variety of settings: Initial Public Offerings, large investment projects, mergers and acquisitions, emerging markets, and private equity. The main insights will emerge from the process of making and defending your decisions based on the corporate valuations you will be doing throughout the course.

Throughout the course we discuss the following list of classical finance issues and put them in perspective of valuation framework:

  • Time Value of Money
  • Simulation Analysis
  • Analysis of Principal Financial Statements
  • Analysis of Taxes
  • Analysis of Off-Balance-Sheet Assets and Liabilities
  • Analysis of Business Combinations
  • Ratio and Financial Analysis
  • Analysis of Inventories and Long–Lived Assets
  • Analysis of Debt
  • Analysis of Inter–Corporate Investments
  • Financial Reporting System
  • Capital Investment Decisions
  • Working Capital Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring
  • Corporate Governance       
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital Valuation

Exam organisation

  • Class participation: 20%
  • Written assignment: 20%
  • Written exam: 20%
  • Written exam: 40%