UNIT 5 DISCUSSION 1:
Assume that you have been in put in charge of coming up with an acquisition strategy for your firm. What are some of the actions you would take to make the strategy a success for your stockholders?
UNIT 5 DISCUSSION 2:
Synergy takes a long time to reveal itself. Some commentators argue that the reason most studies find no synergy benefits is that they look at post-merger time periods (five years or less) that are too short. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
UNIT 6 DISCUSSION 1:
Is the fact that the EVA is negative necessarily an indication of poor project choices? Why or why not? Share a real experience with a project where this might have been the case.
UNIT 6 DISCUSSION 2:
As your experience with this course comes to a close, offer your thoughts on how you see yourself applying this experience in your professional life. Consider the value of the course project, the learning activities, and the contributions of your peers.
If needed, consider the following topics as a basis for your discussing:
-Analyzing a firm’s profitability relative to sales, asset investment, owners’ equity, and share price.
-The use of book value, market value, liquidation value, and price-earning multiples to determine share values.
-The relevance of market value added (MVA) and economic value added (EVA) techniques for measuring corporate performance.
-Assessing the role of options in corporate performance.