Corporate Finance

Liquidity and Bankruptcy

Corporate Finance

As investors have learned, like any other investment, cryptocurrency is subject to volatility. The recent bankruptcy filing of crypto exchange FTX shows, this volatility can be extreme. For example, the Ontario Teachers' Pension plan wrote down $95 million due to the collapse.

It's Bobby Bonilla (Edwin Diaz) Day!

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The New York Mets famously deferred $5.9 million in salary payable to Bobby Bonilla in 2000, instead paying the former $1.2 million per year from 2011 through 2035. Now, the Amazing Mets are at it again.


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Furniture Hedging

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Although many people may not consider sports gambling as a hedge, and it a straight bet, it is not a hedge, a Houston furniture store owner successfully used sports betting as a hedge.

Buying An Annuity

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While you now know that, in general, an annuity is an equal payment with a finite number of payments, how do annuities work in the "real world"? To give you an idea, check out Charles Schwab's annuity calculator. Notice, the website shows three different payment options.

The CFO Playbook: How to Decrease Costs & Increase Engagement

Learn how to reduce costs while simultaneously increasing employee morale.

Dollar Strengthens

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Amid high inflation, rising interest rates, and a faltering stock market, one bright spot has been the performance of the U.S dollar.

Chinese Companies Go Dark

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"Going dark" typically means that a company delists its stock from an exchange. Today, three Chinese companies announced plans to go dark from the New York Stock Exchange. What is interesting is that the companies will still be listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

Stock Repurchase Tax

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The Senate recently passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Major components of the Act include spending on climate change, increased IRS spending, and measures to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Bobby Bonilla Day

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Every July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day! You may not be aware that the now retired slugger signed a contract with the New York Mets in 2000 that deferred his $5.9 million salary in exchange for about $1.2 million per year from 2011 through 2035 on July 1st.

Inventory Spikes

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During 2021, much of the talk concerning inventory surrounded shortages due to a variety of factors. In response, many companies increased production and orders to combat supply chain disruptions and increased consumer demand coming out of COVID-19 lockdowns.

Listen Live: $40 Billion Bank Transforms Their Month-End Close

Speaker: Nancy Wu, Head of Sales and Customer Success at SkyStem & Jonna Wall, Financial Analyst at Pinnacle Financial Partners

This session features Jonna Wall, Financial Analyst of Pinnacle Financial Partners, a publicly traded financial institution based in Nashville, TN, that holds over 40B in assets. Join us as we discuss the Bank’s journey to become more efficient during month-end close to spur growth!

Bad Luck Investing

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Hopefully you realize that the best time to invest is when stock prices are low and the worst time is when prices are high. But patience is a virtue and can have rewards. A recent article introduces Betty Badluck, who just happened to invest at the stock market tops during the past 35 years.

TIE Increases

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As we discussed in the textbook, in general, there is no absolute number that is best for a particular financial ratio. However, when the economy is bad or uncertain, it is better if leverage ratios are more conservative to help avoid financial distress.

SEC Sues Vale SA

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In January 2019, the Brumadinho dam in Brazil collapsed, sending a mudflow that killed 270 people. The dam was built by Vale SA to hold tailings from a copper mine.

Rivian Lockup To Expire

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Electric car company Rivian went public on November 9, 2021, which means its lockup, scheduled for 180 days after the IPO, is scheduled to expire next week. A lockup prohibits early investors and corporate insiders from trading the company's stock prior to the lockup expiration.

AFP FP&A Guide: Scenario Planning

Inflexible budgets break; scenario planning is a complementary, structured approach to creating flexibility in planning and operations. This guide presents practical, actionable steps to integrate scenario planning into y

Volatility And IPO Slowdown

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When a company is undertaking an IPO, surprises are not good. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is a measure of the market's 30-day expectation of future volatility. When the VIX is high, the market returns are volatile, which makes pricing an IPO very difficult. When this happens, IPOs slow down.

NPV Analysis

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It is always interesting to see a real-world application of concepts you have learned in class. Recently, Voyageur Pharmaceuticals Ltd. rel eased the results of its capital budgeting analysis of a barium sulfate project in British Columbia, Canada.


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Which automobile company exports the most cars from the U.S.? Most people would probably guess Ford or GM, but for the 8th straight year, BMW is the U.S. auto export leader. During 2021, BMW exported 257,876 cars valued at $10.1 billion from the company's plant in the U.S.

Unexpected Inflation

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As we discussed in the textbook, stock prices move when unexpected news comes to light. Economists expected that inflation for July would be 8.7 percent, lower than June's 9.1 percent. Instead, it was announced today that July's inflation was "only" 8.5 percent. The stock market reacted dramatically as the S&P 500 jumped about 2 percent and both the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 jumped almost 3 percent. And for investors in Disney the news was even better : EPS was $1.09 compared to the $.96

Successful Change Management with Enterprise Risk Management

Speaker: William Hord, Vice President of ERM Services

Join us as we discuss the various tangents of data and the change management process that will help you make better risk-based business decisions to save time and money for your organization.

BTCS Announces Bividend

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Blockchain technology company BTCS became the first Nasdaq-listed company to announce a " bividend." The company will pay each shareholder the equivalent of 5 cents in bitcoin or cash, at the discretion of the shareholder.

Century Bonds Issued

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With the threat of an increase in interest rates, it appears to be a good time for borrowers to lock on interest rates for a long time. TTUN is the latest to do so, issuing $1.2 billion worth of century bonds, that is bonds with a 100-year maturity, at a coupon rate of 4.45 percent. At the same time, TTUN issued $800 million of 30-year maturity bonds at 3.5 percent.

Apple Shines

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Moody's recently upgraded its rating on Apple's long-term debt. Apple joins Microsoft and and Johnson & Johnson as the only three U.S non-financial corporations with AAA rated debt. Moody's credits the better credit rating with substantial operating scale, large installed base of products and services, strong customer loyalty, and brand positioning. Chapter 08

American Airlines Fights Acquisition

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Airlines have often suffered losses and were hit particularly hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, American Airlines (AA) has amassed significant losses. In fact, AA has an accrued tax benefit benefit due to $16.5 billion in net operating losses. To help avoid a hostile takeover which would allow the acquirer to claim the tax benefit, as well as a takeover for any other reason, AA has implemented a rights offering.

The Emerging Spend Management Sector: Simplifying Your Accounting Processes

Speaker: Spencer Falbo, Principal at Kong Basile Consulting

In this webinar, Spencer Falbo, principal at Kong Basile Consulting will teach you how Spend Management can help to automate many of your processes, making your job as an accountant more efficient.

Peloton And The City

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In HBO's limited series reboot of Sex and the City , a Peloton bike has a major role. And even though Peloton was aware that the bike would be used, it was unaware (spoiler alert) that a major character would suffer a fatal heart attack after using the bike. And while using a product in a television show is generally more of a Marketing topic, it is also related to Finance as Peloton stock crashed 11.35 percent the day after the show first aired.

A Cold Secondary Stock Offering

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You can own a sports team. The Green Bay Packers are offering 300,000 shares of stock at a price of $300 per share.There are currently a little over 5 million shares of the Packers outstanding. Of course, you will never receive a dividend and have no say in the operations of the Packers.

Zillow Abandons Flips

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On September 13, Zillow Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Wacksman stated that ''We, over time, believe this can be a service that is offered to the majority, to over 50 percent of the housing stock." Wacksman was referring to Zillow's foray into house flipping. Given Zillow's unique data, it should have inside data for the housing market. Instead, Zillow has decided to abandon house flipping , laying off 25 percent of the workforce.

Hamsters Spinning Wheels

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Early critics of the efficient market hypothesis claimed incorrectly that market efficiency meant that a monkey throwing darts at a list of stocks was just as good an investment strategy as any other. Now we have hamsters spinning wheels. Mr Goxx, a hamster, makes cryptocurrency investments by spinning a wheel. Two men in Germany have created a cage in which Mr. Goxx spins a hamster wheel. Where the wheel stops selects the cryptocurrency for investment.

Rockin' In The Free Markets

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Investors have been looking for alternative investments and will be able to invest in a guitar from an alternative metal band. Gibson is using Rally to sell ownership of collectible guitars. The company recently sold 13,000 pieces of a guitar owned by Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash for $5 each. Of course, the company did not cut up the guitar, but sold a fractional share. Other guitars by Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath and Adam Jones of Tool are scheduled for sale.

Bonds May Save Reefs

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Belize is well-known for its coral reefs and scuba diving, including the Great Blue Hole , which Jacques Cousteau called one the five best dive sites in the world. Now, Belize may help save its coral reefs through bonds. Belize has a "superbond" outstanding, which is a combination of previous bond restructurings. The par value of $572 billion is part of Belize's 133 percent debt-to-GDP ratio, which the International Monetary Fund has stated is unsustainable.

SPAC Issuance Slows

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Early in the year, SPACs were all the rage as a way to sidestep the IPO process. In January, 97 SPACs went public compared to 27 IPOs. In July , there were only 32 SPACs compared to 57 IPOs. In fact, many SPAC investors are selling their shares or redeeming shares when a deal is announced. Reasons for the slowdown in SPACs are increased SEC scrutiny and the fact that 438 SPACs that had raised over $130 billion combined have yet to find a merger partner.

Buyback Excise Tax Proposed

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In the textbook, we discussed how buybacks have a tax advantage over dividends because it results in a lower effective tax rate for shareholders. A new law being proposed in the Senate would levy a 2 percent excise tax on all funds used for share buybacks. Although the statement released by the Senator Ron Wyden, who is proposing the buyback tax, essentially argues that buybacks are ill-advised, the evidence is not quite as clear. Chapter 19

Munis Go Green

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The issuance of green muni bonds is a small part of the overall muni bond market, but the segment is growing. In 2012, $2 billion of green munis were issued, but that grew to $234 billion in 2020 and a projected $375 billion in 2021. Although green corporate bonds can be used for a variety of investments, green muni bonds are often used to fund clean power, water, and sewage systems.

Chinese Companies Face Delisting

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China has recently asserted more control over private companies in that country. Now, the SEC is threatening to not approve new company listings for companies based in China and possibly delist currently listed NYSE and Nasdaq companies based in China. Most Chinese companies do give direct ownership, but often use the variable interest entity structure (VIE). In a VIE, a shell company is created in a foreign jurisdiction like the Cayman Islands.