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Applied Corporate Finance: A User's Manual 2nd Edition

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This hands-on guide provides readers the tools they need to turn corporate financial theory into practical financial analysis. It contains proven-effective analysis models and tools and shows readers exactly how to apply what they have learned to any company they choose! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Convert theory into solutions

Applied Corporate Finance, Second Edition converts the theory and models in corporate finance into tools that can be used to analyze, understand, and help any business. With this hands-on guide, you can find real solutions to real corporate finance problems, using real-time data.

Offering a user perspective to corporate finance, this text poses three major questions that every business has to answer, and provides the tools and the analytical techniques needed to answer these questions.

1. Where do we invest our resources? (The Investment Decision)

The first part of the book shows how to assess risk and develop a risk profile for a firm, and convert this risk profile into a hurdle rate. You’ll also learn basic rules for estimating the returns on any investment.

2. How should we fund these investments? (The Financing Decision)

Firms generally can use debt, equity, or some combination of the two to fund projects. This part of the book examines the relationship between this choice and the hurdle rate for analyzing projects, and shows how to use the financing decision to maximize firm value. You’ll also find a framework for picking the right kind of security for any firm.

3. How much cash can and should we return to the owners? (The Dividend Decision)

The third part of the book establishes a process for deciding how much cash should be taken out of the business and in what form (dividends or stock buybacks).

The final chapter in the book ties the value of the firm to these three decisions, and provides insight into how firms can enhance value.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (March 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471660930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471660934
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not just the best book on corporate finance, but ranks as one of the best technical books I ever read. Extremely well organized with examples not just close to real life but REAL LIFE itself.
The knowledge about brazilian economy is astonishingly accurate.
Forgot to mention the web site that helps the reader. Very useful and updated. A perfect combination.
I Recommend without restrictions.
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This book is one of my best investments I have ever made. It is perfectly suited for 1st year MBA students with no prior exposure to finance. The first principles chart appearing at the beginning of each chapter always drags the students to the basics of why we are doing things. Prof Damodaran seems to be an excellent teacher and makes corporate finance a fun subject. The support web site has wealth of information and most importantly solutions to problems(I have never understood why many books hardly bother to give answers to problems)are given. Don't do a corporate finance course without this book.
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By A Customer on December 14, 2002
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Its easily the best book on corporate finance (yeah! I have read brearley and myers, benninga, ...).
Highly recommended. If you want to MASTER corporate finance. simply buy and read the book. The case studies and excel spreadsheets are very good. Another recommendation for a good financial analysis book is the book by eric helfert - financial analysis. Both books teach finance in common speak which goes a long way in understanding this topic for a new student.
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Damodaran is the greatest professors of all time. At Stern, over 300 students cram to listen to his teachings. This book offers an approach to evaluate what companies and businesses are truly worth and what one can do to turn them around. If you're looking for the book that will redefine Wall Street and boost your company to new heights, this book is definitely the material for you.
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The book covers a number of concepts in a broad swath; while the new finance student will get a decent overview with some applications, seasoned users will get the standard fare dished out in elementary finance texts. Not recommended for anyone with working knowledge of finance.
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By A Customer on December 7, 1998
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This is the best book on finance I have read. It builds a good foundation while providing enough detail and practical advice to make the book extremely useful.
Damodaran's style makes for easy reading and the online support is also very helpful.
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This book is just plain great from top to bottom. Damodaran makes it easy to get both the "bird's eye view" as well as the nitty gritty detail you want in a corporate finance text. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something beyond an elementary understanding of finance.
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