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Corporate finance- Introduction

In this module, you will gain an understanding of the key components of the capital structure of a business. A range of capital structure theories are explored, including: Modigliani and Miller irrelevance theory of capital structure, the trade-off theory and the pecking order theory. The module then explores the difference sources of available to company such as debt, equity, long-term and short-term sources of finance. Subsequently, the module explains various theories of dividend such as: dividend irrelevance hypothesis, bird-in-the-hand hypothesis. Lastly, you will gain an understand of mergers and acquisitions, as well as the advantages and challenges associated with them.

The learning objectives of this module are:

  • To gain an understanding of the different capital structure theories
  • To appreciate the difference sources of finance available to companies, their advantages and disadvantages.
  • To gain an understanding for the different dividend theories and policies
  • To understand the use and motives of using mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a way to increase firm value
  • To appreciate the benefits and limitations of pursuing an M&A strategy

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