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Jul 15, 2011

Applied Corporate Finance: A User's Manual By Aswath Damodaran


Book Description
Convert theory into solutions
Applied Corporate Finance, Second Edition converts the theory and models in corporate finance into tools that can be used to analyze, understand, and help any business. With this hands-on guide, you can find real solutions to real corporate finance problems, using real-time data.
Offering a user perspective to corporate finance, this text poses three major questions that every business has to answer, and provides the tools and the analytical techniques needed to answer these questions.
1. Where do we invest our resources? (The Investment Decision)
The first part of the book shows how to assess risk and develop a risk profile for a firm, and convert this risk profile into a hurdle rate. You'll also learn basic rules for estimating the returns on any investment.
2. How should we fund these investments? (The Financing Decision)
Firms generally can use debt, equity, or some combination of the two to fund projects. This part of the book examines the relationship between this choice and the hurdle rate for analyzing projects, and shows how to use the financing decision to maximize firm value. You'll also find a framework for picking the right kind of security for any firm.
3. How much cash can and should we return to the owners? (The Dividend Decision)
The third part of the book establishes a process for deciding how much cash should be taken out of the business and in what form (dividends or stock buybacks).
The final chapter in the book ties the value of the firm to these three decisions, and provides insight into how firms can enhance value.
From the Publisher
This hands-on guide provides readers the tools they need to turn corporate financial theory into practical financial analysis. It contains proven-effective analysis models and tools and shows readers exactly how to apply what they have learned to any company they choose! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.






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