Finance II (Valuation and M&A)

Course Objectives

This course aims to help students learn to use financial knowledge and perspectives and to acquire an entrepreneurial perspective when making management decisions. In other words, it focuses on a study of how CEOs should make managerial choices and decisions with the help of CFOs. The course therefore covers optimal capital structure, merger and acquisition strategies, and initial public offerings, among other topics.
This course assumes that students already have basic knowledge on forecast financial statements learned in Finance, the impacts of business strategies on financing, and fundamental business valuation. The course will be conducted primarily through case studies, and related or applicable topics not covered in the cases will be covered in the lectures to provide students with a systematic understanding of corporate finance.

This course is designed for those aiming to acquire the basics for decision-making to address financial issues as business leaders.


Course Details

Programs: Full-time MBA, Part-time & Online MBA
Discipline: Accounting and Finance
Course Level: Applied Course
Required/Elective Course: Elective Course
Number of Credits: 1.5
Report: Day 4
Hours Per Class: 3 hours
Class Capacity: 35


Recommended Preliminary Courses

- Critical Thinking
- Finance I


Theme/Reading Materials

Day 1
Session A

Analysis Process Design

Investment Decision and Fund Procurement

CASEBusiness Risk and β Value: Cost of Capital
Flash Memory, Inc.
Session B
THEMEInvestment Decision and Fund Procurement (Continued)
CASEFlash Memory, Inc.
Day 2
Session A
THEMEDebt and Optimal Capital Structure Business Characteristics and Financial Policy (Optimal Capital Structure)
CASEDebt and Optimal Capital Structure
A New Financial Policy at Swedish Match
Session B
THEMEBusiness Characteristics and Financial Policy (Optimal Capital Structure) (Continued)
CASEA New Financial Policy at Swedish Match
Day 3
Session A
THEMEValuation Approaches
Business and Financial Strategy in M&A

Enterprise Valuation Methods


Session B
THEMEBusiness and Financial Strategy in M&A (Continued)
CASE・Health Care Manufacturing
Day 4
Session A
THEMEComprehensive Case Analysis 
CASEBuffett's Bid for Media General's Newspapers
Session B
THEMEComprehensive Case Analysis (Continued)
CASEBuffett's Bid for Media General's Newspapers
Day 5
Session A
THEMERisk and Uncertainty
CASERisk and Uncertainty – Valuation Approach under Uncertainties - Snap Inc.’s IPO (A)
Session B
THEMEValuation under Uncertainties (IPO of Emerging Company) (Continued)
CASESnap Inc.’s IPO (A)
Day 6
Session A
THEMELBO (Leveraged Buy-out) and APV and WACC Methods of Valuation Comprehensive Exercise (M&A Utilizing Debt (LBO)) 
CASELBO (Leveraged Buy-out) and APV and WACC Methods of Valuation Valuation of AirThread Connections
Session B
THEMEComprehensive Exercise (M&A Utilizing Debts (LBO)) (Continued)
CASE・Valuation of AirThread Connections


Textbook (Please purchase the following textbook before the course starts.)

Principles of Corporate Finance
11th ed. McGraw-Hill Education
Brealey, Richard A., Myers, Stewart C., Allen, Franklin, 2014


"McKinsey & Company Inc, Tim Koller, Marc Goedhart, David Wessels, 2015. Valuation: measuring and managing the values of companies. 6th ed. Wiley. ("
11th ed. McGraw-Hill Education
Brealey, Richard A., Myers, Stewart C., Allen, Franklin, 2014

ISBN-10: 0077151569
ISBN-13: 978-0077151560


Masaru Hoshino
Masaru Hoshino
Accounting and Finance, Management Philosophy, Specialization
"Welcome to the world of Finance ! In my class, I emphasize how important AND interesting it is to learn Finance as a necessary tool for you to become a business leader. By mastering this exciting subject you will be able to deepen your understanding on how business practice is structured based on Finance concepts. For example, you can understand what a world class automobile firm aims for OTHER THAN improving production efficiency by employing the just-in-time inventory system. Yes, Finance makes you to see the business world in a much more exciting way !"
Yoshitaka Saeki
Yoshitaka Saeki
Accounting and Finance
Finance can be one of the most challenging courses in that it requires extensive quantitative analyses and an accurate output of numbers. At the same time, it is rewarding because finance is an essential tool for managers who want to create values and measure them. Effective managers need to be able to make decisions and communicate in terms of numbers. In my class, I try to bring in real-world settings through vigorous class discussions. The more you are committed, the more you’ll find your learning experiences rewarding.
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