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Chapter 1 : 

Chapter 1 The Role of Financial Management © Pearson Education Limited 2004 Fundamentals of Financial Management, 12/e Created by: Gregory A. Kuhlemeyer, Ph.D. Carroll College, Waukesha, WI

After studying Chapter 1, you should be able to: : 

After studying Chapter 1, you should be able to: Explain why the role of the financial manager today is so important. Describe "financial management" in terms of the three major decision areas that confront the financial manager. Identify the goal of the firm and understand why shareholders' wealth maximization is preferred over other goals. Understand the potential problems arising when management of the corporation and ownership are separated (i.e., agency problems). Demonstrate an understanding of corporate governance. Discuss the issues underlying social responsibility of the firm. Understand the basic responsibilities of financial managers and the differences between a "treasurer" and a "controller."

The Role of Financial Management : 

The Role of Financial Management What is Financial Management? The Goal of the Firm Corporate Governance Organization of the Financial Management Function

What is Financial Management? : 

What is Financial Management? Concerns the acquisition, financing, and management of assets with some overall goal in mind.

Investment Decisions : 

Investment Decisions What is the optimal firm size? What specific assets should be acquired? What assets (if any) should be reduced or eliminated? Most important of the three decisions.

Financing Decisions : 

Financing Decisions What is the best type of financing? What is the best financing mix? What is the best dividend policy (e.g., dividend-payout ratio)? How will the funds be physically acquired? Determine how the assets (LHS of balance sheet) will be financed (RHS of balance sheet).

Asset Management Decisions : 

Asset Management Decisions How do we manage existing assets efficiently? Financial Manager has varying degrees of operating responsibility over assets. Greater emphasis on current asset management than fixed asset management.

What is the Goal of the Firm? : 

What is the Goal of the Firm? Maximization of Shareholder Wealth! Value creation occurs when we maximize the share price for current shareholders.

Shortcomings of Alternative Perspectives : 

Shortcomings of Alternative Perspectives Could increase current profits while harming firm (e.g., defer maintenance, issue common stock to buy T-bills, etc.). Ignores changes in the risk level of the firm. Profit Maximization Maximizing a firm’s earnings after taxes. Problems

Shortcomings of Alternative Perspectives : 

Shortcomings of Alternative Perspectives Does not specify timing or duration of expected returns. Ignores changes in the risk level of the firm. Calls for a zero payout dividend policy. Earnings per Share Maximization Maximizing earnings after taxes divided by shares outstanding. Problems

Strengths of Shareholder Wealth Maximization : 

Strengths of Shareholder Wealth Maximization Takes account of: current and future profits and EPS; the timing, duration, and risk of profits and EPS; dividend policy; and all other relevant factors. Thus, share price serves as a barometer for business performance.

What companies say about their corporate goal* : 

What companies say about their corporate goal* Cadbury Schweppes: “governing objective is growth in shareowner value” Credit Suisse Group: “achieve high customer satisfaction, maximize shareholder value and be an employer of choice” Dow Chemical Company: “maximize long-term shareholder value” ExxonMobil: “long-term, sustainable shareholder value” *Refer to text for additional details

The Modern Corporation : 

The Modern Corporation There exists a SEPARATION between owners and managers. Modern Corporation Shareholders Management

Role of Management : 

Role of Management An agent is an individual authorized by another person, called the principal, to act in the latter’s behalf. Management acts as an agent for the owners (shareholders) of the firm.

Agency Theory : 

Agency Theory Agency Theory is a branch of economics relating to the behavior of principals and their agents. Jensen and Meckling developed a theory of the firm based on agency theory.

Agency Theory : 

Agency Theory Incentives include, stock options, perquisites, and bonuses. Principals must provide incentives so that management acts in the principals’ best interests and then monitor results.

Social Responsibility : 

Social Responsibility Wealth maximization does not preclude the firm from being socially responsible. Assume we view the firm as producing both private and social goods. Then shareholder wealth maximization remains the appropriate goal in governing the firm.

Corporate Governance : 

Corporate Governance Corporate governance: represents the system by which corporations are managed and controlled. Includes shareholders, board of directors, and senior management. Then shareholder wealth maximization remains the appropriate goal in governing the firm.

Board of Directors : 

Board of Directors Typical responsibilities: Set company-wide policy; Advise the CEO and other senior executives; Hire, fire, and set the compensation of the CEO; Review and approve strategy, significant investments, and acquisitions; and Oversee operating plans, capital budgets, and financial reports to common shareholders. CEO/Chairman roles commonly same person in US, but separate in Britain (US moving this direction).

Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 : 

Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX): addresses corporate governance, auditing and accounting, executive compensation, and enhanced and timely disclosure of corporate information Imposes new penalties for violations of securities laws Established the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to adopt auditing, quality control, ethics, disclosure standards for public companies and their auditors, and policing authority Generally increasing the standards for corporate governance

Organization of the Financial Management Function : 

Organization of the Financial Management Function Board of Directors President (Chief Executive Officer) Vice President Operations Vice President Marketing VP of Finance

Organization of the Financial Management Function : 

Treasurer Capital Budgeting Cash Management Credit Management Dividend Disbursement Fin Analysis/Planning Pension Management Insurance/Risk Mngmt Tax Analysis/Planning Organization of the Financial Management Function VP of Finance Controller Cost Accounting Cost Management Data Processing General Ledger Government Reporting Internal Control Preparing Fin Stmts Preparing Budgets Preparing Forecasts

Texas Instruments BAII+ : 

Texas Instruments BAII+ Integrated throughout the Chapters A Useful Financial Tool Does NOT replace financial understanding

Change Display Setting : 

Change Display Setting Change the decimal places displayed from “2” to “Floating” Press: 2nd Format 9 ENTER 2nd QUIT

Change Periods per Year Setting : 

Change Periods per Year Setting Change the periods per year from “12” to “1” Press: 2nd P/Y 1 ENTER 2nd QUIT

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