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Business Finance: Course Outline - FIN-301

Business Finance course aims at imparting knowledge about the very basic concepts and tools of Business Finance.

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Course Outline

  • Basics of Business finance; Importance of Financial Decisions
  • Financial environment; Role of Financial Institutions and Intermediaries; Cost of money and its Determinants. Term Structure of Interest rates; Theories and practice.
  • Corporate taxes and their impact on investment and financing decisions
  • Financial Health and Performance Assessment Common- Size Statements
  • Liquidity, Solvency, Asset Management, Profitability, and Market Value Ratios; Du Pont Analysis; Sustainable Growth, PRAT Analysis; Discussion on short cases and Assignment 1
  • Financial planning; Projected Financial Statements
  • Breakeven Analysis; Operating and Financial Leverage Analysis, measures, and significance. Quiz 2
  • Risk and Return Analysis; Risk Diversification for portfolios; CAPM Model; Discussion of Assignment 2
  • Time value of money; Discounted Cash flows, Annuities, and Perpetuities; Loan Amortization
  • Features of Bonds (TFCs); Bond valuation; Calculation of Bond yields
  • Stock valuation; No growth, constant and non-constant growth Stocks; Dividend and Capital Gains Yields
  • Capital Budgeting Projects, Projecting the Cash flows; Evaluation Techniques: Payback, NPV, and IRR
  • Relationships among the Working Capital Accounts; Working Capital Management Policies (Investing and Financing) Quiz 3
  • Cash conversion cycle; Cash Budget; Managing Float (Collection and Disbursement)
  • Receivable Management; Credits standards; Credit terms and collection policy; Evaluating the Credit Policy Changes. Quiz 4
  • Inventory costs (Ordering, Carrying and Shortage); Inventory Management; EOQ Model
  • Case: Discussions and Case-Based Assignment Revision of the semester work

Course outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable the student to evaluate the financial performance of the firm; calculate the measures of risk and return; understand the principles of discounted cash flows; understand the valuation of financial securities and long-term projects, and identify the techniques used to manage the firm’s current accounts so that an acceptable level of net working capital is maintained.

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