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Kaplan GB 550 (Financial Management) - Unit 1 Final Project




Question;Unit 1 [GB550: Financial Management]Unit 1 Final Project Overview: The Final Project is due at the end of Unit 5.OverviewThe purpose of the Final Project Research Paper is to examine capital-structure theory, issues, anddebates, while showing how capital-structure choices affect a firm?s return on investment (ROI) andits risk profile.DirectionsYour Assignment is to select a publicly-held company and to analyze its capital structure, applying thetheories and principles found in Chapter 15 of the text.The structure of your research paper should include:? A preview of capital structure issues? Business and financial risks related to capital structure? Modigliani and Miller?s [MM] capital-structure theory? Criticisms of the MM model and assumptions? Capital structure evidence and implications? Estimating the firm?s optimal capital structureA firm?s optimal capital-structure is that mix of debt and equity that maximizes the stock price. At anypoint in time, management has a specific target capital structure in mind, presumably the optimal one,though this target may change over time. For example, financial management may choose a 50%equity financing [stock] and 50% debt [bond] financing.Several factors influence a firms? capital structure, including:? Business risk? Tax position? The need for financial flexibility? Managerial conservativeness? Growth opportunitiesBusiness risk is the riskiness inherent in the firm?s operations if it uses no debt.This report is intended to be a capital structure analysis of your selected public company. Your paperis intended to be an executive summary of your analysis, and is limited to a minimum of 5 - 7 pagesof text, excluding the title page, table of contents, graphs, charts, tables, etc.This summary report of your selected company?s capital structure should convey the quality, depth,and completeness of your capital structure analysis, without going into excessive detail. Unit 1 [GB550: Financial Management]Please note that there is no Assignment due for this project in Unit 1. The first deliverable forthe Final Project is due at the end of Unit 3.APA Style RequiredThe report should adhere to APA format. A minimum of 4 reference sources are required in additionto the text.Directions for Submitting the Final ProjectCompose your research paper in a MS Word document and save it as Username-GB550 FinalProject-Unit#.doc (Example: TAllen- GB550 Final Project-Unit 5.doc). Submit your file by selectingthe Unit 5: Final Project Dropbox by the end of Unit 5.Unit 3: Final Project AssignmentThere are three parts that are due in this unit towards the final research paper that is due in unit 5:Part I - The AbstractPart II - Table of ContentsPart III - Preliminary reference listPart I - The AbstractResearch papers, theses and dissertations include an abstract?a short, concise summary of yourresearch. Your abstract should approximate 200 words.The abstract should briefly:? Establish the topic of the research? Articulate the research problem, question, and/or purpose/objective of the research? Indicate the methodology used? Present the expected findings? Present the anticipated conclusionsThe abstract should include, if possible, the keywords of your research. An abstract generallyemphasizes the main findings and conclusions of the research study.Part II - Table of ContentsSubmit a brief one page table of contents, outlining the proposed structure, organization, and logic ofyour graduate research paper. Unit 1 [GB550: Financial Management]Part III - Preliminary reference listSubmit your preliminary reference list, detailing your anticipated reference sources. A minimum offour references are required, excluding the textbook. Sources should be from academic, scholarly,refereed journals. Use of Internet-retrieved and cited sources should be minimized. Wikipedia,dictionaries, encyclopedias or any open source Web sites are not permitted.Schedule of DeliverablesUnit 1: Review Final Project and start working on Part I, Part II, and Part III (Nothing to submit)Unit 2: Continue working on Part I, Part II, and Part III (Nothing to submit)Unit 3: Complete and submit Part I, Part II, and Part IIIUnit 4: Work on the draft of you Final Project (Nothing to submit)Unit 5: Complete and submit the Final Project


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