Corporate Finance

15 Credits: Finance


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Corporate Finance

Course Level
CPE Credits

15 Credits: Finance

Course Description

Navigating the complex world of corporate finance is a daunting challenge for professionals in today’s dynamic business environment. Managing funds, optimizing capital structure, and mitigating financial risks are crucial yet intricate tasks that require deep understanding and strategic planning. Our Corporate Finance course offers a comprehensive solution to these challenges. It covers essential aspects such as fundraising, cash management, investment strategies, and risk management for foreign exchange and interest rates. The course also delves into the nuances of developing an optimal capital structure and exploring diverse funding sources. By integrating theory with practical solutions, this course equips finance professionals with a robust toolkit to manage corporate finances effectively and make informed decisions that drive business success.



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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this section of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Identify the players involved in the practice of corporate finance, the different roles that they play, and services that are routinely provided.

Chapter 2

  • Recognize the components of capital structure, identifying key terms, common characteristics, and situations that may call for its revision.
  • Cite an example of a tax shield and a common loan covenant.
  • Identify key elements of a debt maturity structure, noting which businesses should be concerned with this issue.

Chapter 3

  • Identify the methods used to construct financial plans, noting key characteristics, terms, and measurements associated with each method.

Chapter 4

  • Recognize the methods available for obtaining early-stage funding, noting the characteristics and structure of each.
  • Cite possible negative aspects associated with venture capital.

Chapter 5

  • Specify reasons for and against an initial public offering.
  • Identify the steps to prepare and undergo an initial public offering.
  • Cite public auditor registration requirements and the restrictions placed on a business during an initial public offering.

Chapter 6

  • Identify the different techniques available for selling shares outside of an initial public offering, citing key features, filing requirements, advantages, and restrictions associated with their use.

Chapter 7

  • Recognize terms associated with different types of debt financing, citing their characteristics and components.

Chapter 8

  • Recognize the concept behind leasing, including the elements analyzed in a lease versus buy decision.
  • Cite advantages and disadvantages of lease financing.

Chapter 9

  • Identify the formula components for cost of capital measurements.
  • Identify key characteristics associated with cost of capital and its derivations, noting variations, adjustments, and threshold value.
  • Determine the cost of capital given a set of circumstances.

Chapter 10

  • Identify the different discounted cash flow concepts, noting their defining characteristics and how they are used.

Chapter 11

  • Recognize the impact of working capital on corporate finance, identifying the techniques used to control the amount of funds invested in working capital.

Chapter 12

  • Recognize the alternatives available for determining the worthiness of proposed capital expenditures, identifying key components, characteristics, usage, and outcomes.

Chapter 13

  • Identify the different investment strategies, noting their key characteristics.
  • Identify different types of investments, citing the characteristics of the more common financial instruments.
  • Recognize the defining characteristics of primary and secondary markets, effective interest rates, and the discounted investment formula.

Chapter 14

  • Identify the components in a dividend payout formula, the implications of a high ratio, and the impact on investors when dividends are first issued.

Chapter 15

  • Identify the different types of acquisition strategies, citing key elements, requirements, and usage for each type.
  • Recognize the various methods that can be used to assess the valuation of a target company, identifying key components and proper usage.
  • Recognize the implications of making different types of payment offers to the owners of an acquisition target.

Chapter 16

  • Recognize terms associates with foreign exchange risk, identifying hedging techniques used to mitigate foreign exchange risk.
  • Identify types of foreign exchange hedges, noting their defining characteristics and proper usage.

Chapter 17

  • Cite the hedging techniques used to mitigate interest rate risk.
  • Identify various types of interest rate hedges, noting the requirements for each type.

Chapter 18

  • Identify the elements of supply chain financing, noting conditions under which this type of financing is most likely to be accepted by suppliers.

Chapter 19

  • Recognize the financial metrics ratios used to measure the ability to pay, noting the contents of the ratio formulas and what the metrics indicate.
  • Specify instances in which ratios can give misleading results.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
January 3, 2024

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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Compliance Information

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Meet The Experts

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 300 business books and courses. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast. Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and …