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Principles of Corporate Finance. Session 1 & 2. Unit I: INTRODUCTION. Why study Managerial Finance?. Prepare for the workplace of tomorrow. Broadening expectations of financial knowledge and skills. Use and understand financial terminology and concepts in team communication.

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principles of corporate finance

Principles ofCorporate Finance

Session 1 & 2


why study managerial finance
Why study Managerial Finance?
  • Prepare for the workplace of tomorrow.
  • Broadening expectations of financial knowledge and skills.
  • Use and understand financial terminology and concepts in team communication.
  • Developing cross-functional capabilities.
  • Critical thinking.

Career Opportunities in Finance

Capital Budgeting Analyst

Project Finance Manager

Cash Manager

Banking & Financial Institutions

Personal Financial Planning


Pension Fund Manager

Real Estate


Financial Analyst


What is Finance?

  • Finance is the art and science of managing money.
  • Finance affects all individuals, businesses, and governments in the process of the transfer of money through institutions, markets, and instruments.

Managerial Finance

  • Managerial finance is concerned with the duties of the financial manager in the business firm.
  • The financial manager actively manages the financial affairs of any type of business, whether private or public, large or small, profit-seeking or not-for- profit.
  • Increasing globalization has complicated the financial management function.
  • Changing economic and regulatory conditions also complicate the financial management function.
firm and its legal forms
Firm and its Legal forms
  • A Firm is a transformation unit, which transforms inputs ( 5 M’s) into Outputs (Goods & Services)
firm and its legal forms1
Firm and its Legal forms

Four basic forms of business organization (Firm):

  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Partnerships (general and limited)
  • Corporations
  • Limited liability companies
sole proprietorship
Sole Proprietorship
  • A business form for which there is one owner. This single owner has unlimited liability for all debts of the firm.
  • Oldest form of business organization.
summary for sole proprietorship


Low setup cost

Quick setup

Single tax filing on individual form


Unlimited liability

Hard to raise additional capital

Transfer of ownership difficulties

Summary for Sole Proprietorship
  • A business form in which two or more individuals act as owners.
  • Types of Partnerships
    • General Partnership – all partners have unlimited liability and are liable for all obligations of the partnership.
    • Limited Partnership – limited partners have liability limited to their capital contribution (investors only). At least one general partner is required and all general partners have unlimited liability.
summary for partnership

Can be simple

Low setup cost, higher than sole proprietorship

Relatively quick setup

Limited liability for limited partners


Unlimited liability for the general partner

Difficult to raise additional capital, but easier than sole proprietorship

Transfer of ownership difficulties

Summary for Partnership
  • A business form legally separate from its owners.
  • An artificial entity that can own assets and incur liabilities.
summary for corporation

Limited liability

Easy transfer of ownership

Unlimited life

Easier to raise large quantities of capital


Double taxation

More difficult to establish

More expensive to set up and maintain

Summary for Corporation
limited liability companies
Limited Liability Companies
  • A business form that provides its owners (called “members”) with corporate-style limited personal liability and the federal-tax treatment of a partnership.

The Managerial Finance Function

Relationship to Economics

  • The primary economic principal used by financial managers is marginal analysis which says that financial decisions should be implemented only when benefits exceed costs.

The Managerial Finance Function

Relationship to Accounting

  • One major difference in perspective and emphasis between finance and accounting is that accountants generally use the accrual method while in finance, the focus is on cash flows.
  • The significance of this difference can be illustrated using the following simple example.

The Managerial Finance Function

Relationship to Accounting

  • The Zasloff Corporation experienced the following activity last year:

Sales: $100,000 (50% still uncollected)

Cost of Goods: $ 60,000 (all paid in full under supplier terms)

Expenses: $ 30,000 (all paid in full)

  • Now contrast the differences in performance under the accounting method versus the cash method.

The Managerial Finance Function

Relationship to Accounting



Sales $100,000 $ 50,000

-COGS (60,000) (60,000)

Gross Margin $ 40,000 $(10,000)

-Expenses (30,000) (30,000)

Net Profit/(Loss) $ 10,000 $(40,000)

investment decisions
Investment Decisions

Most important of the three decisions.

  • What is the optimal firm size?
  • What specific assets should be acquired?
  • What assets (if any) should be reduced or eliminated?
financing decisions
Financing Decisions

Determine how the assets (LHS of balance sheet) will be financed (RHS of balance sheet).

  • What is the best type of financing?
  • What is the best financing mix?
  • What is the best dividend policy (e.g., dividend-payout ratio)?
  • How will the funds be physically acquired?
asset management decisions
Asset Management Decisions
  • How do we manage existing assets efficiently?
  • Financial Manager has varying degrees of operating responsibility over assets.
  • Greater emphasis on current asset management than fixed asset management.

Goal of the Financial Manager

  • Profit maximization (profit after tax)
  • Shareholder’s Wealth Maximization
profit maximization

Goal of the Financial Manager

Profit Maximization
  • Maximizing the Rupee Income of Firm
    • Resources are efficiently utilized
    • Appropriate measure of firm performance
    • Serves interest of society also
objections to profit maximization

Goal of the Financial Manager

Objections to Profit Maximization
  • It is Vague
  • It Ignores the Timing of Returns
  • It Ignores Risk
  • Assumes Perfect Competition
  • In new business environment profit maximization is regarded as
    • Unrealistic
    • Difficult
    • Inappropriate
    • Immoral.

Goal of the Financial Manager

Maximize Shareholder Wealth!!!

  • Why?
  • Because maximizing shareholder wealth properly considers cash flows, the timing of these cash flows, and the risk of these cash flows.
  • This can be illustrated using the following simple valuation equation:

level & timing of cash flows

Share Price = Future Dividends

Required Return

risk of cash flows


Goal of the Financial Manager

What About Other Stakeholders?

  • Stakeholders include all groups of individuals who have a direct economic link to the firm including:
    • Employees
    • Customers
    • Suppliers
    • Creditors
    • Owners
  • The "Stakeholder View" prescribes that the firm make a conscious effort to avoid actions that could be detrimental to the wealth position of its stakeholders.
  • Such a view is considered to be "socially responsible."
risk return trade off
Risk-return Trade-off
  • Risk and expected return move in tandem; the greater the risk, the greater the expected return.
  • Financial decisions of the firm are guided by the risk-return trade-off.
  • The return and risk relationship: Return = Risk-free rate + Risk premium
  • Risk-free rate is a compensation for time and risk premium for risk.

The Agency Issue

The Problem

  • Whenever a manager owns less than 100% of the firm’s equity, a potential agency problem exists.
  • In theory, managers would agree with shareholder wealth maximization.
  • However, managers are also concerned with their personal wealth, job security, fringe benefits, and lifestyle.
  • This would cause managers to act in ways that do not always benefit the firm shareholders.

The Agency Issue

Resolving the Problem

  • Market Forces such as major shareholders and the threat of a hostile takeover act to keep managers in check.
  • Agency Costs may be incurred to ensure management acts in shareholders interests.
  • Structure management compensation to make
  • shareholder interests their own