FINA510-18A (HAM)

Financial Theory and Corporate Policy

15 Points

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Waikato Management School
Te Raupapa
School of Accounting, Finance and Economics

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Paper Description

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This paper covers capital budgeting, capital structure and working capital management. Three key important questions are answered in this course: What long-term investments should the firm take on? Where will the firm get the long-term financing to pay for the investment? How will the firm manage the everyday financial activities? The paper will also covers the effects of biases and heuristics on financial management decisions and present the behavioral case for market inefficiency and related evidence pro and con.

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Paper Structure

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Provide quick access to the whys and how of dealing with the three most important questions in finance: Capital Budgeting, Capital Structure and Working Capital Management.

Provide easy-to-understand information, including equations and examples that can be quickly applied to most problems of corporate finance.

Provide knowledge about the difference between accounting income and cash flow as well as how to determine a firm’s cash flows.

Provide knowledge about how to make capital budgeting decisions.

Provide knowledge about how to determine a firm’s cost of capital.

Provide knowledge about how to manage a firm’s daily financial activities.

There will a 3-hour lecture and 1-hour workshop in each week. Students should get prepared before attending the lectures and tutorials.

Note: workshops start from the second week i.e. Week starting Monday 5 March 2018. Each workshop deals with learning materials from the previous week's lecture. Students are required to enrol in one of the workshop groups during the first week of lectures.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Developing Deep Understanding with Corporate Finance [LO1]
    Evaluate the role of financial manager and goals of financial management. Appraise the key aspects of financial management environment.
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  • Estimation of Project Cash Flows; Estimation of Risk and Return [LO2]

    Identify the difference between accounting income and cash flow. Realize how to determine a firm’s cash flows. Be aware of where to find the information to calculate cash flow.

    Estimation of Risk and Return [LO2]

    Understand how to calculate risk and return and the relation between them. Develop the security market line with an intuitive approach that bypasses much of the usual portfolio theory. Realize the CAPM model and discuss beta estimation.

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  • Cost of Capital and Capital Structure [LO3]

    Understand how to determine a firm’s cost of equity capital, cost of debt and overall cost of capital. Explain the effects of financial leverage on cash flows and the cost of equity. Identify the impacts of taxes and bankruptcy on capital structure choice.

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  • Cash and Liquidity Management [LO4]

    Understand how to compute the operating cycle and the cash cycle. Identify the differences between a flexible short-term financing policy and a restrictive one. Explain the pros and cons of each.

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  • Behavioral Finance [LO5]
    Understand the effects of biases and heuristics on financial management decisions. Presents the behavioural case for market inefficiency and related evidence pro and con.
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Assessment

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The assessment includes both individual and group components.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment Set I
28 May 2018
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Mid-term Test
5 Apr 2018
3:00 PM
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Assignment Set II
28 May 2018
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Textbook: Fundamentals of Corporate Finance by Ross, Westerfield, and Jordan. Standard 11th Edition

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Recommended Readings

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Ross, S. A., Westerfield, R. W. and Jaffe, J. (2010), Corporate Finance, 8th Edition, USA: McGraw Hill.

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Online Support

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PPT, marking guideline and related teaching materials will be available in Moodle.

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Workload

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The course has about 48 (4X12) contact hours (lectures and tutorials). The rest of the 200 hours expected workload in this 20-point paper can be distributed as follows: 40 hours to complete the two Assignments, 42 hours to prepare for and attend the Mid-term Test and 70 hours to prepare for and attend the Final Exam.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: ECON204 and FINA201 or equivalent

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: FINA311

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