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About the course
Value creation is a core operating principle for many of today's most successful and admired companies. But consistently achieving this outcome is not always simple or straightforward. To understand the potential sources of value for a corporation, a business leader needs an objective framework in order to analyze and evaluate the opportunities and risks that lie ahead.
Corporate Valuation provides that framework. This program helps leaders master the advanced financial tools needed to compute the impact of strategic decisions on the value of their organizations. Armed with this insight, participants in this program will increase their ability to confidently take action in ways that will produce superior financial performance and generate market-leading results for their companies.
Program Highlights & Benefits
In Corporate Valuation, you will:
- Calculate corporate valuations across a range of situations and for multiple purposes
- Evaluate the financial implications of strategic decisions in different settings, including merger and acquisition targets, and leveraged buyout opportunities
- Analyze financial statements to better understand opportunities and risks
- Recognize the limitations of different valuation techniques
- Learn how to communicate to colleagues, investors, lenders, and others a clear financial strategy that will generate sustained, superior financial performance
Experience & Impact
In Corporate Valuation, you will learn how to analyze and evaluate the financial implications of strategic and operating decisions. You will learn the correct way to do financial modeling and how to identify and avoid potential pitfalls and common mistakes. The result will be better decision-making and a better understanding of your organization.
By exploring the drivers behind value creation, you will acquire the requisite knowledge and tools to understand the impact of strategic, operational, and financial decisions on your organization’s ability to create value. You will gain increased clarity around the potential consequences of these decisions and leave this program equipped to apply this knowledge immediately to the business challenges facing your organization today.
Having such financial insight can be particularly crucial if your organization is seeking a new infusion of investment capital or is at the crossroads of a major business decision such as a merger, an acquisition, a business restructuring, or a buyout. The tools in this program will help you develop a better understanding of the opportunities and risks inherent to some business decisions.
Additionally, this program will help you become more effective at articulating to key stakeholders the implications of these decisions for your organization’s performance, competitive position, and opportunities for growth. As a result, you will be better able to communicate with chief financial officers, investment bankers, accountants, and other corporate finance professionals.
Corporate Valuation blends Wharton’s world-class academic rigor and quantitative analysis with practical, real-world applications. The program employs a host of instructional modalities to enhance the learning experience: in-class discussions, case work, small group breakout sessions, and role-playing.
Overall, this program will provide you with a structured and highly engaging learning environment in which you will apply to real-world scenarios the concepts and tools presented by Wharton’s renowned finance faculty and distinguished speakers.
Session topics include:
- Cost of Capital
- Customer-Based Corporate Valuation
- Financial Modeling
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Strategic and Financial Acquisitions
This program is also eligible to be part of the Wharton General Management Program. The General Management Program (GMP) is a unique opportunity for successful executives to accelerate their potential by infusing new knowledge and to prepare for new challenges ahead. With the help of our professional executive coaches, the program allows you to tailor your learning journey to your specific needs. The General Management Program consists of six open-enrollment programs, including two electives. GMP is designed to be completed over two years, but you may complete it in only two trips to Wharton's Philadelphia campus by enrolling in multiple programs. At the completion of your program, you will receive a certificate to acknowledge your distinguished accomplishment as well as Wharton alumni status.
Who should attend
Corporate Valuation is an advanced finance program designed for senior leaders already familiar with such concepts as net present value (NPV), internal rate of return (IRR), free cash flow, discounted cash flow analysis, return on investment, and cost of capital. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel is expected.
Participants include senior-level executives, as well as those executives moving into roles with greater responsibility who need to strengthen their financial acumen and improve their ability to make strategic, operational, and financial decisions that generate value. Executives who are responsible for acquisitions, mergers, buyouts, divestitures, restructuring, budgeting, and planning will find this program curriculum particularly relevant and beneficial.
Job titles or roles may include:
- Strategic planning and/or business development executive
- CEO, COO, or president of an entrepreneurial or fast-growing company
- Controller or other corporate finance position
- General manager, vice president, executive director
- Investment analyst or investment manager
- Leader of a privately owned business, especially one that is negotiating with lenders or investors
- Lawyer or accountant
Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton executive education programs unless otherwise indicated.
To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.
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Education PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 2001; MA, University of California at Berkeley, 2001; BA, University of California at San Diego, 1992 Academic Positions Held Wharton: 2004present. Previous appointments: Duke University, Fuqua School of Business; University of California at...
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