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Value
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The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance
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An accessible guide to the essential issues of corporate finance

While you can find numerous books focused on the topic of corporate finance, few offer the type of information managers need to help them make important decisions day in and day out.

Value explores the core of corporate finance without getting bogged down in numbers and is intended to give managers an accessible guide to both the foundations and applications of corporate finance. Filled with in-depth insights from experts at McKinsey & Company, this reliable resource takes a much more qualitative approach to what the authors consider a lost art.

  • Discusses the four foundational principles of corporate finance
  • Effectively applies the theory of value creation to our economy
  • Examines ways to maintain and grow value through mergers, acquisitions, and portfolio management
  • Addresses how to ensure your company has the right governance, performance measurement, and internal discussions to encourage value-creating decisions

A perfect companion to the Fifth Edition of Valuation, this book will put the various issues associated with corporate finance in perspective.

An accessible guide to the essential issues of corporate finance

While you can find numerous books focused on the topic of corporate finance, few offer the type of information managers need to help them make important decisions day in and day out.

Value explores the core of corporate finance without getting bogged down in numbers and is intended to give managers an accessible guide to both the foundations and applications of corporate finance. Filled with in-depth insights from experts at McKinsey & Company, this reliable resource takes a much more qualitative approach to what the authors consider a lost art.

  • Discusses the four foundational principles of corporate finance
  • Effectively applies the theory of value creation to our economy
  • Examines ways to maintain and grow value through mergers, acquisitions, and portfolio management
  • Addresses how to ensure your company has the right governance, performance measurement, and internal discussions to encourage value-creating decisions

A perfect companion to the Fifth Edition of Valuation, this book will put the various issues associated with corporate finance in perspective.

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  • McKINSEY & COMPANY is a global management consulting firm that helps leading private, public, and social-sector organizations make distinctive, lasting, and substantial performance improvements. With consultants deployed from more than ninety offices in over fifty countries, McKinsey advises companies on strategic, operational, organizational, financial, and technological issues.

    TIM KOLLER leads the firm's research activities in valuation and capital market issues. He advises clients globally on corporate strategy, capital markets, M&A, and value-based management. Tim is a coauthor of Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies.

    RICHARD DOBBS is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, the firm's business and economics research arm. He advises Korean and other Asian companies and governments on strategy, economics, and M&A issues. Richard is an associate fellow of University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.

    BILL HUYETT advises clients in healthcare and other technology-intensive industries on corporate strategy, M&A, product development and commercialization, and corporate leadership. Bill is active on several not-for-profit boards in basic life sciences research.

Table of Contents-
  • About the Authors ix

    Preface xi

    Acknowledgments xv

    Part One The Four Cornerstones

    1 Why Value Value? 3

    Many companies make decisions that compromise value in the name of creating value. But with courage and independence, executives can apply the four cornerstones of finance to make sound decisions that lead to lasting value creation.

    2 The Core of Value 15

    Return on capital and growth are the twin drivers of value creation, but they rarely matter equally. Sometimes raising returns matters more, whereas other times accelerating growth matters more.

    3 The Conservation of Value 29

    You can create the illusion of value or you can create real value. Sometimes acquisitions and financial engineering schemes create value, and sometimes they don’t. No matter how you slice the financial pie, only improving cash flow creates value.

    4 The Expectations Treadmill 41

    No company can perpetually outperform the stock market’s expectations. When a company outperforms, expectations rise, forcing it to do better just to keep up. The treadmill explains why the share prices of high performing companies sometimes falter, and vice versa.

    5 The Best Owner 51

    No company has an objective, inherent value. A target business is worth one amount to one owner and other amounts to other potential owners—depending on their relative abilities to generate cash flow from the business.

    Part Two The Stock Market

    6 Who Is the Stock Market? 63

    Conventional wisdom segments investors into pigeonholes like growth and value, but these distinctions are erroneous. There’s a more insightful way to classify investors, and doing so culls out those who matter most to the value-minded executive.

    7 The Stock Market and the Real Economy 73

    The performance of stock markets and real economies are typically aligned, hardly ever perfectly aligned, and rarely very misaligned. Executives and investors who understand this are better able to make value-creating decisions.

    8 Stock Market Bubbles 89

    Stock market bubbles are rare and usually confined to specific industry sectors and companies. Knowing why and when bubbles occur can keep management focused on making sound strategic decisions based on a company’s intrinsic value.

    9 Earnings Management 103

    Trying to smooth earnings is a fool’s game that can backfire and, in some cases, destroy value. Creating value in the longer run sometimes necessitates decisions that reduce earnings in the shorter run.

    Part Three Managing Value Creation

    10 Return on Capital 119

    A company can’t sustain a high return on capital in the absence of an attractive industry structure and a clear competitive advantage. Yet it’s surprising how few executives can pinpoint the competitive advantages that drive their companies’ returns.

    11 Growth 139

    It’s difficult to create value without growing, but growth alone doesn’t necessarily create value. It all depends on what type of growth a company achieves and what the returns on that growth are.

    12 The Business Portfolio 153

    A company’s destiny is largely synonymous with the businesses it owns, and actively managed portfolios outperform passively managed portfolios. Sometimes companies can create value by selling even high performing businesses.

    13 Mergers and Acquisitions 169

    Most acquisitions create value, but typically the acquirer’s shareholders only get a small...

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