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Mergers and Value Enhancing Strategies (FNCE90012)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeFNCE90012
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject covers mergers and acquisitions and other value enhancing policies. Topics to be covered include: valuation techniques, mergers and acquisitions (introduction, motives, corporate control, strategic issues, offensive and defensive strategies and ploys); demergers (equity carve outs and spin-offs); other value enhancing strategies including redesigning dividend policy and capital structure to create value, corporate restructuring, EVA, and case studies.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the various corporate valuation techniques;
  • Explain how changes in investment, dividend policy and financing mix of firms can help create value;
  • Discuss mergers and acquisitions as a value enhancing tool;
  • Analyse the strategic issues involved in mergers and acquisition;
  • Examine the merits of alternative funding mechanisms;
  • Evaluate and solve case-based problems in corporate finance;
  • Critically evaluate certain value enhancing problems.

Generic skills

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Collaborative learning
  • Problem solving
  • Team work
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Application of theory to practice
  • Interpretation and analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Synthesis of data and other information
  • Evaluation of data and other information
  • Using computer software
  • Accessing data and other information from a range of sources

Last updated: 11 January 2018