Corporate Valuation (Online)

Make informed investment decisions for maximum profitability.

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Course Dates

STARTS ON

September 8, 2022

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

Course Fee

More Accurate Valuations Lead to Better Investment Outcomes

Take your financial acumen to the next level by learning how to value an organization for strategic purposes.

Corporate valuations are sought-after for a variety of situations, including mergers and acquisitions; business restructurings; shareholder disputes; employee stock or share option plans; and leveraged buyouts.

This online program examines the various methodologies that financial professionals use to value organizations, addressing questions such as:

  • Why is it important to determine the present value of an organization's cash flows in valuation?
  • How will different inputs and assumptions affect our valuation?
  • How do liquidity and control impact the value of private organizations?
  • What are the best methods for dealing with different currencies in cross-border deals?

$5.8 Trillion and 62K+ Deals in Mergers and Acquisitions

Global M&A volumes hit a record high in 2021, breaching $5 trillion for the first time and financiers struck 62,193 deals, which is up 24 percent from the same period the year earlier.

(Source: Dealogic, Refinitiv, Reuters )

Key Takeaways

  • Learn how to compute a firm’s value by applying the discounted cash flow (DCF) and multiples methods to inform your decision-making
  • Understand how to apply a framework that appropriately weighs financial and economic factors that influence a firm’s valuation
  • Gain aptitude in comparing different valuation approaches used for M&A, leveraged buyouts, cross-border valuations, and private firms — assessing the potential for creating maximum value in each scenario

Who Should Attend?

While there are no specific prerequisites in terms of content knowledge, this program is designed for those who have familiarity with financial accounting principles and Excel.

Mid- to senior-level finance professionals who are involved in strategic planning, risk management, research, or corporate development, such as:

  • VPs
  • Directors of financial services, risk management, or regulatory affairs
  • Directors of mergers and acquisitions
  • Financial and family wealth advisors
  • Fund managers
  • Private equity investors
  • Investment analysts
  • Trust officers

Individual investors and individuals who are making investment decisions on their own behalf or in non-institutional settings:

  • Individual investors
  • Consultants

Program Modules

Module 1:

Framework for Valuation

Build your foundation: identify the key terms and concepts related to valuation.

Module 2:

DCF Analysis: Cash Flows, Part One

Calculate the free cash flows of an organization, and understand why they are important to the process of reaching an accurate valuation.

Module 3:

DCF Analysis: Cash Flows, Part Two

Choose appropriate financial ratios to estimate the future cash flows of an organization in both the present and long term using the DCF method.

Module 4:

DCF Analysis: The Weighted Average Cost of Capital

Apply knowledge of risk and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) to estimate the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) of an organization.

Module 5:

Valuations of Private Organizations and Cross-Border Valuations

Apply knowledge of the DCF method to value private organizations, calculate cross-border valuations, and identify the different approaches to valuation in these circumstances.

Module 6:

Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts, and Distressed Valuation

Assess the considerations for obtaining accurate valuations of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and distressed valuation.

Module 1:

Framework for Valuation

Build your foundation: identify the key terms and concepts related to valuation.

Module 4:

DCF Analysis: The Weighted Average Cost of Capital

Apply knowledge of risk and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) to estimate the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) of an organization.

Module 2:

DCF Analysis: Cash Flows, Part One

Calculate the free cash flows of an organization, and understand why they are important to the process of reaching an accurate valuation.

Module 5:

Valuations of Private Organizations and Cross-Border Valuations

Apply knowledge of the DCF method to value private organizations, calculate cross-border valuations, and identify the different approaches to valuation in these circumstances.

Module 3:

DCF Analysis: Cash Flows, Part Two

Choose appropriate financial ratios to estimate the future cash flows of an organization in both the present and long term using the DCF method.

Module 6:

Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts, and Distressed Valuation

Assess the considerations for obtaining accurate valuations of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and distressed valuation.

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Program Experience

Case Study

Dedicated Program Support

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Live Webinar

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Mobile Learning App

Peer Feedback

Quizzes and Polls

Real-World Valuation

Recorded Q&A

Weekly Assignments

Program Faculty

Faculty Member Daniel Wolfenzon

Daniel Wolfenzon

Stefan H. Robock Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School

Daniel Wolfenzon received a masters and a PhD in economics from Harvard University and holds a BS in economics and a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research... More info

Certificate

Certificate

Upon completion of this program, participants will receive a certificate of participation from Columbia Business School Executive Education, which also counts toward two days for a Certificate in Business Excellence.

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Your verified digital certificate of completion will be issued in your legal name and emailed to you, at no additional cost, upon completion of the program as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Columbia Business School Executive Education.

FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

    Check back to this program web page or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.



    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on program activities.



    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.


    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email learner.success@emeritus.org.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org with the details of the program you are interested in, and we will assist you.


    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?

    Please email learner.success@emeritus.org with your invoicing requirements and the specific program you’re interested in enroling in.


    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

    Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.

  • What is the policy on refunds and withdrawals?

    You may request a full refund within seven days of your payment or 14 days after the published start date of the program, whichever comes later. If your enrolment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.



    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrolment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrolment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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