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Athens Ring Road (Attiki Odos)

The case examines one of the most significant infrastructure projects in southeastern Europe during a time when the legal and financial environment for project financing was in its infancy (early to mid-1990s). Athens needed a ring road to support its bid to host the 2004 Olympic Games. The road was technically?as well as logistically?complex, involving 33 municipalities and construction that invo ...

Aurora Textile Company

This case asks the student to decide whether Aurora Textile Company can create value by upgrading its spinning machine to produce higher-quality yarn that sells for a higher margin. Cost information allows the student to produce cash-flow projections for both the existing spinning machine and the new machine. The cash flows have many different cost components, including depreciation, the number of ...

AutoZone, Inc.

The case can be taught in an introductory corporate finance course or to more experienced students or executives to spur a discussion about share repurchases and corporate financial strategies in general. If used in an introductory course, the case is most effective if preceded by a traditional dividend class. It follows a portfolio manager of Johnson & Associates, Mark Johnson, who is reviewing h ...

Avnet Computer

A financial manager is faced with a variety of purchase plans for obtaining new computing equipment: a traditional operating lease, the straight purchase of the equipment, and a new leasing product called TMMS (Technology Management Maintenance Service). The case can be used in an introductory finance course with a focus on the proper discount rate and cash flows, or in an elective course with an ...

Best Buy: Investing in Language Learning

After observing customer interactions in a Best Buy in Dallas, the regional HR manager considers training sales representatives in a second language. Considering that the store's regional customer base ranges between 13% and 30% Latino, she believes it may be a prudent option and immediately thinks of Rosetta Stone software as a cost-effective approach. Yet she still must translate her instincts i ...

Briggs & Stratton, Inc.

The student's task is to develop a comprehensive strategy for Briggs & Stratton, which is facing severe competition and margin pressures. A major component of the strategy to be considered is whether to implement economic value added (EVA) as a new performance measurement for management. The case is designed to serve as an introduction to how to compute and use EVA. It emphasizes the importance of ...

Burlington Northern Railroad Company: Equipment Leasing

The director of equipment finance at Burlington Northern Railroad Company must decide if a leveraged-lease proposal is acceptable. The case emphasizes the importance of the lessee's tax status to the value of the lease and how the perception of residual value affects the valuation for both the lessee and lessor. To value the lease properly, the student must identify the relevant cash flows and the ...

Centennial Pharmaceutical Corporation

This case presents a challenging discounted-cash-flow (DCF) problem associated with the valuation consequences of changes made to an earnout agreement. The task of the student is to conduct a DCF analysis to compare the values of the original earnout and the amended earnout. The case is designed to be taught in an introductory course as an application of DCF principles, in particular, the choice o ...

Chocolate Confections Company

The purpose of this case is for the student to build and evaluate a cash flow analysis of an investment proposal in an IT project. A central issue is the determination of the relevant costs for the analysis. The case also allows for the estimation of cost of capital for the company, which is decidedly less than the hurdle rate dictated for the project. The case provides information about the capit ...

Cost-of-Capital Exercises

These cost-of-capital exercises stress the weighted-average cost of capital, beginning with a simple capital structure and extending to a company with a complete balance sheet, including four separate debt issues. The problems demand that several different estimates of cost of equity be computed using the CAPM, earnings capitalization, and the dividend-growth model. ...

Delphi Corporation

This case is suitable for students just beginning to learn finance principles but is also appropriate to use in courses with experienced students and executives. In January 2008, Delphi Corporation (Delphi) had been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy for more than two years but appeared to be on the brink of approving a plan of reorganization (POR) that would allow it to emerge from bankruptcy with a signif ...

Delta Beverage Group, Inc.

Delta Beverage is facing severe cost control problems. In addition to the high interest expense, the cost of aluminum cans and PET containers have risen substantially during the past year. The student must decide whether the CFO should hedge aluminum to avoid the risk of violating a loan covenant. The case works well as an introduction to risk management. ...
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