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Corporation Finance FI 3300 Fall 2010. Instructor - Ryan Williams. My information. Ryan Williams Email: Website:, Ulearn , Office location: RCB #1217, 12 th floor. Office phone: 404-413-7316 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Corporation Finance FI 3300 Fall 2010

Corporation FinanceFI 3300 Fall 2010Instructor - Ryan Williams

My informationRyan WilliamsEmail: rwilliams83@gsu.eduWebsite:, Ulearn, http://www.ryanwilliams7.comOffice location: RCB #1217, 12th floor.Office phone: 404-413-7316

OFFICE HOURS: Mondays at 2:00-4:00 pm or by appointment. (may be late because of traffic).Todays AgendaQuick summary of syllabusDiscussion of courseMy expectationsMath SkillsChapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 Income Statement and Balance Sheet

Syllabus Important HighlightsAttendance policy Department-wide!On this you are allowed to miss two weeks of class. That means only TWO classes.I reserve the right to pass the attendance sheet at any point in time.Exam 1 9/27/2010Exam 2 11/1/2010Final Exam 12/11/2010 at 3:45-6:15Grading PolicyTwo midterms: 25% eachOne Final Exam: 40%Quizzes: 6%Resume: 2%Problem Set: 2%

We will have 5 quizzes and I will drop the lowest 2. If you miss a class you will receive a 0% for the quiz.

TextsMain text: Lectures in Corporate Finance, 5th ed., by Jayant Kale and Richard Fendler.

Optional: 12-week subscription to The Economist, cheap student rates. Go to and use Faculty ID code 6105.

CalculatorTexas Instruments BA II Plus

HP also makes a version

Can use NO calculator with a memory

We have used calculators available for $20. First come, first serve. Contact Prof. Genna Brown

Course OutlineSplit into 3 sections:

1) Blending Accounting and FinanceFinancial Statements, F.S. Analysis, Fin. Mngt

2) Valuation from an Investors point of viewTime value of money, valuing stocks, valuing bonds

3) Valuation from a CFOs point of viewCapital BudgetingClassroom rulesCellphones OFF If your phone rings, I get to answer it. (Also true for me).

No texting. If I see you texting you will be asked to solve a problem on the board.

I prefer no laptops. However, if you take notes on the laptop, please sit near the back of the classroom so you do not distract students behind you.Final words of wisdomThis class is hard, however:

You may have heard the class requires a lot of math formulas, but everything is based on ONE FORMULA not much memorization

This class rewards thinking, not arithmetic.

Math TestChapter 1- IntroductionWhy are you here?Learning ObjectivesIdentify the three main subject areas in financeKnow the different forms of business organization and discuss the agency problemDefine the goal of corporate financial managementCompare/contrast finance and accountingUnderstand how cash affects valueWhy is finance important?A horrible product (usually) dooms a business.

A great product is not enough - horrible financial management coupled with a great product (usually) also dooms a business.

3 subfields of financeFinancial markets and institutions (or Banking) = Middleman

Investments = Surplus (they invest money in stock, bonds, and savings accounts)

Corporate Financial Management (or Corporate Finance) = Deficit (they take money from investors and buy stuff)

*Identifying, managing, and valuing risky cash flows is the goal of finance*

Basic forms of Business OrganizationSole proprietorship



Advantages/Disadvantages?Ownership structuresTypeOwnershipAbility to Raise CapitalLiabilitySole Proprietorship100% owned by a single individualOwner usually manages companyDifficultUnlimited personal liabilityPartnershipTwo or more individualsLess difficult than Sole ProprietorshipSimilar to Sole ProprietorshipCorporationTypical separation of owners and managersThe least difficult of all formsLimited to owners initial investmentAlso taxation and liquidity differencesAgency ProblemGetting the agent (the person running the business) to act in the interest of the principal (the shareholders who own the business).Financial managers goalMaximize value of the firm.

Same as maximizing stock price.

NOT the same as maximizing profits. Why not?

She accomplishes this goal by two basic decisions: How to get money (raise capital), and what to do with it (real investment).Accounting and FinanceAccounting USUALLY deals in Book Value (i.e. cost)

Finance USUALLY deals with Market Value (what someone would pay you for it today).

Accounting is historical data (annual reports, 10-K filings, etc).

Finance attempts to project future data BUT YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND ACCOUNTING TO DO THIS

Cash and ValueValue = all future expected cash flows discounted by their riskiness (we will slightly refine this definition later).

CASH is the only thing that matters here! This may seem counterintuitive right now, but should be more clear when we look at Stock Valuation in Chapter 9.Class Summary Why should you care?After the introductory accounting chapters, this entire class is associated with VALUE.

Specifically, how to value a bond, a stock, or a new project for a company.

Next Monday:You owe me:

Resume, upload picture to MyRobinson

Prepare for Quiz 1: Introduction, Income Statement and Balance Sheet


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