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Corporate Finance: A Focused Approach 6th Edition

Michael C. Ehrhardt | Eugene F. Brigham

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Overview

Focus on the financial concepts, skills, and technological applications most critical for MBA students in today's workplace with Ehrhardt/Brigham's CORPORATE FINANCE: A FOCUSED APPROACH, 6th Edition. This in-depth, yet streamlined treatment of essential corporate finance topics is ideal for one-semester courses. Through its engaging presentation and numerous examples, students learn the latest financial developments and how to maximize a firm's value in today's business world. They also master the features and functions of spreadsheets with chapter Excel® activities, build-a-model problems, and mini cases that encourage "what-if" analysis. Optional online resources include MindTap® Finance, CengageNOW, and the best-selling Aplia Finance.

Michael C. Ehrhardt, University of Tennessee

Dr. Michael C. Ehrhardt is a Professor in the Finance Department and is the Paul and Beverly Castagna Professor of Investments. He completed his undergraduate work in Civil Engineering at Swarthmore College. After working several years as an engineer, he earned his M.S. in Operations Research and Ph.D. in Finance from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Ehrhardt has taught extensively at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels in the areas of investments, corporate finance, and capital markets. He has directed and served on numerous dissertation committees and is a member of the team that developed and delivered the integrative first year of the MBA program. Dr. Ehrhardt teaches in Executive Education Programs and consults in the areas of corporate valuation, value-based compensation plans, financial aspects of supply-chain management, and the cost of capital. He has been awarded the Allen G. Keally Outstanding Teacher Award, the Tennessee Organization of MBA Students Outstanding Faculty member, the College of Business Administration Research & Teaching Award, and the John B. Ross Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Business. Much of his research focuses on corporate valuation and asset pricing models, including pricing models for interest-rate sensitive instruments. His work has been published in numerous journals, including The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, The Financial Review, The Journal of Financial Research, and The Journal of Banking and Finance. He has also authored or co-authored several books addressing various areas of finance.

Eugene F. Brigham, University of Florida

Dr. Eugene F. Brigham is Graduate Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, where he has taught since 1971. Dr. Brigham received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining the University of Florida, Dr. Brigham held teaching positions at the University of Connecticut, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California-Los Angeles. Dr. Brigham has served as president of the Financial Management Association and has written many journal articles on the cost of capital, capital structure, and other aspects of financial management. He has authored or co-authored ten textbooks on managerial finance and managerial economics that are used at more than 1,000 universities in the United States and have been translated into 11 languages worldwide. He has testified as an expert witness in numerous electric, gas, and telephone rate cases at both federal and state levels. He has served as a consultant to many corporations and government agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the U.S. Office of Telecommunications Policy, and the RAND Corporation. Dr. Brigham continues to teach, consult, and complete research in addition to his academic writing. He spends his spare time on the golf course, enjoying time with his family and dogs, and tackling outdoor adventure activities, such as biking through Alaska.

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  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THEORY AND TRENDS HIGHLIGHTS THE ROLE OF FINANCE TODAY. The authors clearly illustrate the application of concepts and theories throughout the book’s proven presentation, wealth of actual business examples, thought-provoking problem sets, and integrated mini-cases. Comprehensive Mini Cases at the end of each chapter further demonstrate applications with corresponding PowerPoint slides and spreadsheets as well as solutions on the instructor’s password-protected companion site.
  • RELEVANT EXAMPLES THAT REFLECT TODAY’S GLOBAL ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT. Updated, timely real examples throughout almost every chapter demonstrate the impact of today’s financial crisis in all areas of business and life. “Global Economic Crisis” boxes in many chapters highlight specific finance issues related to today’s economic environment.
  • EXCEL TOOL KITS ENSURE STUDENT SPREADSHEET PROFICIENCY. Actual screen captures from the Excel Tool Kit models that correspond with each chapter appear within this edition, allowing students to clearly and more closely follow the models in analysis.
  • END-OF-CHAPTER SPREADSHEET PROBLEMS GUIDE STUDENTS THROUGH BUILDING A MODEL. Partially completed, end-of-chapter spreadsheets contain financial data and instructions on how to “build a model.” This structure guides the student through the problem, minimizes unnecessary typing and data entry, and makes it easy to grade the work because all student answers appear in the same location on the spreadsheet.
  • UNMATCHED AUTHOR EXPERTISE ENSURES CLEAR, CONTEMPORARY APPROACH. This premier authorship team combines the extensive teaching background and more than 30 years of text writing experience of Dr. Gene Brigham with the contemporary scholarship and practical, professional expertise of Dr. Mike Ehrhardt. Together, these authors deliver a consistent, accurate and innovative approach that will keep your students first in finance.

Corporate Finance: A Focused Approach

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I: FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF CORPORATE FINANCE.
1. An Overview of Financial Management and the Financial Environment.
Web Extensions 1A: An Overview of Derivatives; 1B: A Closer Look at the Stock Markets
2. Financial Statements, Cash Flow, and Taxes.
Web Extensions 2A: The Federal Income Tax System for Individuals.
3. Analysis of Financial Statements.
PART II: FIXED INCOME SECURITIES.
4. Time Value of Money.
Web Extensions 4A: The Tabular Approach; 4B: Derivation of Annuity Formulas; 4C: Continuous Compounding.
5. Bonds, Bond Valuation, and Interest Rates.
Web Extensions 5A: A Closer Look at Zero Coupon Bonds; 5B: A Closer Look at TIPS: Treasury Inflation Protected Securities; 5C: A Closer Look at Bond Risk: Duration; 5D: The Pure Expectations Theory and Estimation of Forward Rates.
PART III: STOCKS AND OPTIONS.
6. Risk, Return, and the Capital Asset Pricing Model.
Web Extensions 6A: Continuous Probability Distributions; 6B: Estimating Beta with a Financial Calculator.
7. Stocks, Stock Valuation, and Stock Market Equilibrium.
Web Extensions 7A: Derivation of Valuation Equations.
8. Financial Options and Applications in Corporate Finance.
PART IV: PROJECTS AND THEIR VALUATION.
9. The Cost of Capital.
Web Extensions 9A: The Required Return Assuming Nonconstant Dividends and Stock Repurchases.
10. The Basics of Capital Budgeting: Evaluating Cash Flows.
Web Extensions 10A: The Accounting Rate of Return (ARR).
11. Cash Flow Estimation and Risk Analysis.
Web Extensions 11A: Certainty Equivalents and Risk-Adjusted Discount Rates.
PART V: CORPORATE VALUATION AND GOVERNANCE.
12. Financial Planning and Forecasting Financial Statements.
Web Extensions 12A: Advanced Techniques for Forecasting Financial Statements Accounts.
13. Corporate Valuation, Value-Based Management and Corporate Governance.
PART VI: CASH DISTRIBUTIONS AND CAPITAL STRUCTURE.
14. Distributions to Shareholders: Dividends and Repurchases.
15. Capital Structure Decisions.
Web Extensions 15A: Degree of Leverage.
PART VII: MANAGING GLOBAL OPERATIONS.
16. Working Capital Management.
Web Extensions 16A: Secured Short-Term Financing.
17. Multinational Financial Management.
APPENDIXES.
A. Solutions to Self-Test Problems.
B. Answers to End-of-Chapter Problems.
C. Selected Equations and Data.
D. Values of the Areas under the Standard Normal Distribution Function.
Glossary.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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