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Amoco Corporation

This case is one of a pair of cases used in a merger negotiation. It is designed to be used with "British Petroleum, Ltd." (UVA-F-1263). One-half of the class prepares only the British Petroleum (BP) case, and one-half uses this case. BP and Amoco are considering a merger, and are in the process of negotiating a merger agreement. Macroeconomic assumptions, particularly forecasting future oil price ...

AtHomeCare, Inc.: Health Care Services Rollup

In mid-April 2010, Clark McCullough, a partner at Ardent Capital, reviewed the final investment memorandum concerning a possible $110 million investment in AtHomeCare, Inc., a private company providing home health care services. Over the course of the previous year, Ardent Capital had completed preliminary due diligence, and in the fall of 2009, it had signed a letter of intent (LOI) and had been ...

Bear Stearns and the Seeds of its Demise

This case is suitable for courses on corporate finance at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level that cover banking, financing, security design, capital structure, or capital markets. The case covers the events that led to the collapse of Bear Stearns's (Bear's) hedge funds in July 2007 and traces management's response to the situation through January 2008. These events include macroeconomic ...

Bidding For Hertz: Leveraged Buyout

This case and its companion, UVA-F-1561, were awarded the 2012 Wachovia Award for Excellence in Teaching Materials - Innovative Case. In August 2005, The Carlyle Group and its partners (Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity) must finalize the terms of a bid to purchase the Hertz Corporation. The Ford Motor Company had put Hertz, a wholly owned subsidiary, up for sale in ...

British Petroleum, Ltd.

This case is one of a pair of cases used in a merger negotiation. It is designed to be used with "Amoco Corporation" (UVA-F-1262). One-half of the class prepares only the Amoco case, and one-half uses this case. BP and Amoco are considering a merger, and are in the process of negotiating a merger agreement. Macroeconomic assumptions, particularly forecasting future oil prices in an uncertain envir ...

CalPERS versus Mercury News: Disclosure Comes to Private Equity

In November 2002, a California state court required the California Public Employees' Retirement Systems (CalPERS) to publicly report its returns on private-equity investments. This case examines the controversy surrounding the disclosure of private-equity returns mandated by this court decision. It includes discussions of the reaction of general and limited partners and the issues surrounding the ...

Capital Structure Theory: A Current Perspective

Finance scholars' approach to capital-structure issues reflects a progression of thought over time. This note provides an overview of the current state of capital-structure theory. One perspective on capital-structure choice is to view it as posing trade-offs among five elements: (1) the tax benefits of financing, (2) the explicit costs of financial distress, (3) the agency costs of debt (includi ...

Cengage Learning: Can Apax Partners Salvage This Buyout?

This case investigates the issues involved in a private equity (PE) firm's decision to invest in the debt of a distressed leveraged buyout. The analysis has been purposefully simplified to involve only two classes of outstanding debt, senior debt and junior debt, so that students do not need to have detailed knowledge of the bankruptcy process to complete the analysis. The main analytical task req ...

Concierge Club: Series A Round

Concierge Club is an early-stage company looking to raise $6 million of additional funding in a Series A financing in December 1999. Mary Naylor, the founder and CEO of Concierge Club, is a dynamic and energetic leader who has previously received backing from a Washington, D.C.-based angel investor group. She established her business in 1987 as an on-site "brick and mortar" concierge service provi ...

Debt Financing, Firm Value, and the Cost of Capital

This note is suitable for an introductory MBA course in corporate finance. It explores how managers determine the proper amount of debt financing to use to fund a firm's operations. It examines the fundamental differences between debt financing and equity financing and the factors that drive the choice between them. ...

Diva Shoes, Inc.

This case examines the exchange rate risk of a U.S.-based manufacturer of women's luxury shoes that has recently introduced its product in Japan. Students are asked to evaluate the extent of the firm's exposure to currency risk and whether hedging via forward contract or currency option is advisable. ...

DuPont Corporation: Sale of Performance Coatings

In January 2012, Ellen Kullman, CEO and chairman of DuPont, must decide whether to retain or sell the company's Performance Coatings (DPC) division. This is an introductory case on valuing a leveraged buyout. The case focuses on a publicly listed corporation's decision to divest a large division and asks students to compare the division's value if it remains under DuPont's control or is sold to an ...
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