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How important is corporate valuation methods? Why is it important? How could you apply it in your own organization?

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How important is corporate valuation methods? Why is it important? How could you apply it in your own organization?
Corporate valuation methods are very important to know the value of the organization. This helps in determining the fair value of the organization. This assists in raising the money through public issue or by any other way. This also helps in merger and acquisition and also in wealth maximization of the shareholder. Factors affecting valuation of stock
a) Fundamental factors
These factors include the financial performance of the organization such as cash flows, dividend paid, quality of management, Product portfolio, industry prospects etc.

b) Macroeconomic factors
These factors include GDP growth, economic situation, legal regulations etc.

c) Technical factors
Demand and supply, volumes, breadth of market

d) Other factors
Contingency factors such as earth quake, terrorist attack.

In this cash flow is the most important factor because it leads to maximization of shareholder's wealth
Moreover it has following benefits:
1. It indicates the efficiency of the operations of the business; it reflects the cash effects of transactions that create revenues and expenses.
2. It indicates the relationship with the net income.
3. Evaluation on the parameters like liquidity, solvency is done on the cash flow from the operating activity.
I can apply in the following way. Let us discuss certain valuation techniques:

Free cash flow or WACC approach gives the firm's value of assets or stock.
The use of the DCF techniques can be extended to value a business firm. In the valuation of a firm a financial analyst usually assumes a constant debt ratio. The firm can be valued using Free Cash Flows and WACC. (Weighted average cost of capital)
Free cash flows are the funds that can be distributed to investors after the operating costs have been deducted. Operating costs are the costs incurred while running the business and making a product or providing a service. These costs include but are not limited to: materials, labor, rent, taxes, interest, loan payments, etc. The remaining cash or Net Operating Profit after Taxes, can be used to reinvest in the ...

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3) Discuss the three components of a cash flow statement. What is another name for the statement of cash flows and why is the cash flow statement important? How is the statement of cash flows similar or different from a cash budget?

4) Outline the five classes of financial ratios (you do not need to give the formulas). What are the advantages and disadvantage to using ratio analysis? What do you need to be mindful of when doing ratio analysis? What is the DuPont ratio, what are its components, and why is it important?

5) Time value of money

a) What is the difference between compounding and discounting?

b) What are the five variables in a time value calculation?

c) What is the difference between an annuity and a mixed cash flow?

d) What is the difference between an ordinary annuity and an annuity due? Which has a greater future value and why?

e) Give examples where you may use time value in your own life.

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7) What is the capital asset pricing model (CAPM); what does it show; why is it important: and how do you use it? What are some of the practical and theoretical limitations of the CAPM?

8) Describe and compare the zero-growth, constant-growth, and multi-stage dividend growth models for equity valuation. What assumptions must you make? How do changes in the growth rate and the cost of capital affect valuation?

11) Bonds

a) Using a bond price yield curve, discuss in detail the relationship between bond prices and the yield to maturity.

b) How do maturity and the size of the coupon affect the shape of the bond price yield curve? Explain. What does the shape of the bond price yield curve mean for interest rate risk?

c) Assuming no change in interest rates, what happens to the price of a bond as it approaches maturity? Show this graphically for a par, premium, and discount bond.

d) If you expect interest rates to rise (decline), what kind of bond should you buy? Why?

12) Compare and contrast the payback, NPV and IRR techniques for capital budgeting. What are their respective advantages and disadvantages of each? Will they ever give you different recommendations? If so, which would you prefer and why?

13) Draw and label an NPV profile? What does the profile show? How can you use it to assess an individual project or multiple projects? What factor(s) explains the shape of the NPV profile? What other curve does it resemble?

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a) Risk adjusted return

b) Annualized net present value

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d) Sensitivity analysis

e) Capital rationing

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