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Fall 2020: Tu 6-9 PM on the Langone schedule.
Maybe offered in spring 2020 if there is demand (not very likely).
Prerequisite: Modeling Financial Statements aka Financial Statement Modeling
MBA ACCT-GB-3344 specializations:
- Financial Systems and Analytics
Undergrad ACCT-UB-0044 concentration: Accounting
You will learn to model salient corporate events such as acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, public offerings, projects, and securitizations. The course also covers the necessary accounting details.
This course is highly relevant for bankers, private and public equity investors, lenders, corporate finance professionals, project financiers, and consultants. The conceptual, practical, and technical knowledge gained in this course can give you a significant competitive edge during your interviews, internships, and jobs.
Prerequisites and system requirements
- Modeling Financial Statements or Financial Statement Modeling
- You need to be in the following systems before the start of the first class:
- NYU Classes
- If you are a non-Stern student, then Stern automatically creates a Stern account for you when you register for a Stern course. All class emails are sent to your Stern email, not NYU email. Please forward your Stern email to your NYU email.
- I do not control your access to dgode.stern.nyu.edu. It is linked to
whatever Stern has entered in the class roster. I cannot override it.
- Only registered students can attend. This is a school rule that I am not allowed to override.
- Please bring a computer to every class with Excel 2010 or above. I recommend that you use Office 365, which is free for students. I will NOT be pointing out how to do replicate Excel Windows on Excel Mac.
Help and Office
- Me: firstname.lastname@example.org,
212-998-0021, Office: KMC 10-86.
- Teaching assistant: Please check NYU Classes
- Administrative assistant: Justin Pilozo email@example.com 212-998-4143, Office: Suite 10-185A, KMC 10th Floor, left-hand corne as you enter the department.
Materials and Course Design
- I use my own materials. I will distribute them electronically.
- The assignments count towards 20% of your grade. Doing them carefully will prepare you well for the final.
- The assignments appear as tests on Almaris. I may update the deadlines as the course progresses. The deadlines shown at Almaris are the correct deadlines.
- Some assignments are short, others are long. Please manage your time.
- NO EXTENSIONS will be granted for any reason except medical or family emergencies. If you have religious or personal conflicts, please submit the assignments early. The related materials are covered well in advance of the assignments. Please do not email me to request extensions unless you have a medical or family emergency.
- You can learn concepts from others, but you must work on the actual
assignment alone. You may be called upon in class to explain your answer to the assignments.
- All assignments are mandatory. After the first day of class, you can view the on-line assignments at http://www.almaris.com/assess/ using your official Stern email (no aliases) and most recent password emailed to you by Almaris. The Almaris password is different from the Stern password. To retrieve the password, use your Stern email id as it appears in the registrar's records.
- Assignments are marked “late” if you do not meet or exceed the passing score described below before the deadline. There is no additional penalty for lateness other than the low score.
- Assignments have a “passing score” of either 100% or less than 100%.
- I set the passing score at 100% if I believe that you should be able to ace the assignment. In reality, there is no passing grade. Whatever you get on your last attempt is your final score. That is, you are graded on accuracy but not the number of attempts. If you are allowed five attempts, and you use them, then your score on the fifth attempt is your final score for the assignment. There is a difference between “passing” and getting full credit. If you get 70/100 on your fifth attempt, you “pass” but you don't score a 100.
- On a few assignments, I set the passing score to be less than 100% if I believe that you may not be able to get every question right. Any score above that score is rounded up to 100%. For example, if the passing score is set at 90%, and you get 93%, then your score is rounded up to 100%. I do the rounding up in a separate spreadsheet. You will see only the raw score on line.
- Almaris is not affiliated with Stern in any way. It is offering these tests to Stern at no charge to Stern.
- Almaris staff is not authorized to extend deadlines under any circumstances. Only my TAs can do that. Almaris staff will reply to your emails only if they pertain to technical issues with the Almaris system. You should contact Stern IT for technical issues with your network.
Exams and Grading
- If you have a qualified disability and will require academic accommodation during this course, please contact me directly. I will arrange a separate room/time for you.
- Assignments: 50%. It is not necessary for you to get a full score on the assignments; any score above 80% is considered a passing score.
- Final exam: 50%
- Your exam will constitute of one or more spreadsheets. Your score on each spreadsheet will be max(attempt1, attempt2 - 7, attempt3 - 14, attempt4 - 21, attempt5 - 28).
- In case you are unable to complete a spreadsheet or are unable to debug it, and want us to manually grade your spreadsheet, you must submit the spreadsheet online (NO EMAILS) at NYU Classes (look for File Drop in the left hand menu bar) within FIVE MINUTES of the end of the exam. If you submit a spreadsheet for manual grading, your maximum score on that spreadsheet can only be 72/100. This is because someone else who takes five attempts to ace the spreadsheet will get only 72/100 because of the penalty for multiple attempts. Thus, if you submit the spreadsheet for manual grading, you would be considered to have used up your five attempts.
Important computer tips for the final
- DO NOT WORK ON A SPREADSHEET WITHIN A BROWSER. Save the spreadsheet to your desktop, work on it, and save it periodically. If you work on a spreadsheet in a browser and then navigate away from a page, ALL YOUR WORK WILL BE LOST.
- Restart your computer before the exam. This will close all other applications besides the browser and Excel and greatly minimize chances of computer problems.
- Bring an external mouse with a scroll wheel. It does speed up test taking. I have been using computer-based exams for seven years. I am always amazed at how much time students waste trying to use the track pad or the internal mouse.
- Maximize screen space by hiding the ribbon at the top of the Excel and menus at the top of your browsers. The more of the screen you see, the faster and more accurate you are.
- Bring a computer with as big a screen as possible.
- Organize your computer files and designate a directory where you will be saving your exam files.
- Don�t get an unfamiliar computer.
- A detailed document listing the sequence of topics, related pages from the materials, related spreadsheets, and related assignments is provided in the course materials. The outline below is a brief summary.
1. Acquisitions: Identifying and modeling synergies
- Joint customers
- Joint channels
- Complementary products
- Access to new geographic markets
- Speed of build out
- Shared branding
- Marketing talent
- Blocking competitive entry
- Redundant resources
- Improved capacity utilization
- Management talent
- Access to cheaper debt
- Tax synergies: Covered briefly; details covered in the tax course
2. Acquisitions: Modeling consideration paid and acquired assets
- Components of purchase consideration
- Cash paid
- Debt assumed
- Equity issued
- Contingent consideration: Equity-classified and liability-classified earnouts
- Replacement stock awards issued to employees
- Premium paid
- Understanding premium over book value versus premium over market value
- Modeling control premium
Modeling acquired assets
- Trading, available-for-sale, and held-to-maturity securities: Difficulty of valuing Level III securities
- Receivables and allowances: Misleading days sales, and allowance ratios after an acquisition
- Raw materials, work-in-process, and finished goods inventories: Misleading gross margin and days of inventory ratios after an acquisition
- PP&E: Distorted accumulated depreciation to gross PP&E ratios after an acquisition; distorted PP&E turnover after an acquisition
- Favorable leases and contracts
- Intangible assets
- Brands and trademarks
- Customer relationships
- Deferred tax assets are covered in the next section
Modeling acquired pre-tax liabilities
- Accounts payable and accrued expenses: Misleading days payable after an acquisition
- Deferred revenues: Understated future revenues, misleading days of deferred revenues
- Unfavorable contracts
Modeling deferred tax liabilities and assets
- Book basis versus tax basis in acquisitions and resulting deferred tax assets and liabilities
3. Acquisitions: Drivers of accretion and dilution
- Modeling the effect of fresh-start accounting on post-combination financial statements
- Drivers of EPS accretion/dilution
- Relative pricing
- Accounting step ups
- Integration costs
- Commonly used non-GAAP measures and their pitfalls
4. Leveraged buyouts: Modeling changes in capital structure
Identifying LBO targets
- Borrowing capacity
- Superior managements and cost controls
- Capital structure optimization and investor groups with higher risk tolerance
- Debt market considerations
- Target pricing
Modeling sources of financing and their waterfall
- Bank debt
- ABL facilities
- Revolving credit facilities
- Term loans A, B, and C; Balloon, bullet, and amortizing loans
- 2nd Lien loans
- Public debt
- Senior notes
- Senior subordinated notes
[See advanced structures such as PIKs and converts below]
- Equity contribution
- Cash on hand
Modeling exit strategies and multiples
- Exit via an IPO
- Sale to a strategic buyer
5. LBO: Modeling advanced debt and equity structures
- Modeling Payment-in-Kind bonds
- Applicable High Yield Discount Obligation (AHYDO) Rules
- Modeling convertible debt
- Modeling interest rate and currency swaps
- Modeling fresh start accounting and new capital structure after a bankruptcy
- Modeling cancellation of debt income
- Modeling tax attributes after a bankruptcy
- Reduction in tax basis
7. Step acquisitions and non-controlling interest
- Equity method investments
- Gaining control
- Non-controlling interests
- Transactions with non-controlling interests
8. Modeling corporate breakups
- Equity carve outs
- Leveraged spin-offs
- Cash-rich split-offs
9. Modeling project finance
- Modeling project finance and non-recourse loans
- Modeling YieldCos
10. Modeling tax efficient structures
- Sale leasebacks
- Inverted lease
- Partnership flip
11. Modeling securitizations
- Why companies securitize
- Variable interest entity rules
12. Final exam
For Langone classes (evening), the final exam is in the last class. For day classes, the final exam is as per the time set by the registrar. Please check the registrar's website.