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Corporate Finance

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
1 year, 1-3 module


Rogova, Elena

Course Syllabus


The key aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge and skills in taking corporate financial and investment decisions, develop analytic instruments to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of such decisions, elaborate models of corporate finance and financial strategy
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To make clear the principles of financial management;
  • To provide tools for analysis of a company’s business environment and its impact at investments and financial decisions;
  • To create the knowledge and understanding of key corporate finance concepts;
  • To develop the skills in investment and financial decisions assessment and toolkit for their evaluation;
  • To develop the understanding of the impact of financial decisions at corporate efficiency.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students understand principles of corporate goals and strategy forming, corporate financial policy, the role of financial manager at capital markets, principles of corporate investment and financial decision-taking.
  • Students understand principles of cash flows analysis, financial modeling; the concept of corporate sustainable growth.
  • Students are able to define the sustainable growth rate of a corporation, to calculate the corporate need for external funding.
  • Students understand how to consider capital budgeting constraints at project analysis.
  • Students are able to develop capital budget.
  • Students understand pinciples of portfolio approach, derivation of CAPM, its constraints; alternative models principles, principles of stock valuation, principles of bonds valuation.
  • Students are able to apply CAPM to estimate cost of equity in different frameworks; to calculate the value of stock using DDM; to calculate the cost of debt; to evaluate different types of bonds; to assess the corporate debt; to calculate value of convertible bond and common shares.
  • Students understand the concept of WACC and its role as a barrier cost of capital.
  • Students are able to calculate WACC for a corporation and an investment project.
  • Students understand capital structure theories, make decisions on capital structure.
  • Students understand principles of dividend decisions, the relationship between payouts and companies’ value.
  • Students are able to define the FCFE and amount of dividends, to be paid, to optimize the payout policy.
  • Students understand to consider strategic intents in financial decisions.
  • Students are able to implement principles of value-based management in financial decisions.
  • Students know basic concepts of corporate finance, key financial and non-financial stakeholders, the role of financial and non-financial institutions in a company’s funding, models of asset pricing, capital structure decisions and payout decisions.
  • Students are able to analyze principles of decision-making, to determine the key interests of major stakeholders, to analyse the structure of assets, liabilities and cash flows of a company, to evaluate the efficiency of financial decisions.
  • Students have skills to match financial decisions and a company’s strategy, to analyse investments, to set financial objectives, to apply tools of working capital management; to be prepared for taking ethical and reasonable, data-driven financial and investment decisions, timely and in a persuasive manner.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Goals and Government of the Firm
    Corporate investment and financing decisions; The role of the financial manager and the opportunity cost of capital; Goals of the corporation; Agency problems and corporate governance.
  • Financial analysis and financial modeling. Growth management
    Cash flows, financial ratios and determinants of corporate growth. Principles of financial modeling. Corporate growth strategies and their modeling.
  • Investment Decision Taking
    Project analysis and capital budgeting.
  • Risk and return
    Portfolio theory. Risk and return. CAPM. Stock valuation principles. Alternative approaches to the analysis of costs of equity: APT, BUM; Fama-French model. Dividends discounted model (DDM).
  • Calculation of cost of capital
  • Capital Structure Decisions
    Capital structure concepts. Operating and financial leverages and their relationship with capital structure. Capital structure theories. Modigliani and Miller approach to capital structure optimisation. Signalling models of capital structure optimization.
  • Payout policy
    Dividend decisions. Forms of payouts to shareholders. Dividend policies.
  • Value-based management and strategic financial decisions
    Principles of value-based management. Strategic decisions and their relationships with companies’ value.
  • Strategic financial decisions and their reflection in companies’ efficiency (business game)
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Midterm
  • non-blocking Home assignment #1 (for the first part)
    Small groups, homework based on a real-life task, with follow-up presentation and discussion
  • non-blocking Home assignment #2 (for the first part)
    Individual assignment, homework, project work with follow-up presentation and report
  • non-blocking Tests (for the first part)
    Individual assignment, in-class, close-book
  • non-blocking In-class activities (for the first part)
    Individual participation in discus-sions and problem-solving
  • non-blocking Final exam
  • non-blocking Home assignment (for the second part)
    Individual assignment, homework, open-book
  • non-blocking In-class assignment (for the second part)
    Individual assignment, close-book
  • non-blocking In-class activities (for the second part)
    Individual participation in discussions and problem-solving
  • non-blocking Business game (for the second part)
    Presentation of the results of com-panies’ efficiency evaluation, small groups, open-book
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.05 * Business game (for the second part) + 0.25 * Final exam + 0.05 * Home assignment #1 (for the first part) + 0.075 * Home assignment #2 (for the first part) + 0.1 * Home assignment (for the second part) + 0.025 * In-class activities (for the first part) + 0.05 * In-class activities (for the second part) + 0.05 * In-class assignment (for the second part) + 0.25 * Midterm + 0.1 * Tests (for the first part)


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Vernimmen, P. (2017). Corporate Finance : Theory and Practice (Vol. Fifth edition). Hoboken: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1606902

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Jensen, M. C. (2010). Value Maximization, Stakeholder Theory, and the Corporate Objective Function. Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, 22(1), 32–42. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-6622.2010.00259.x