In this course, Professor Pratt demonstrates how properly managing the key determinants of return on equity (ROE) increases the value of the firm. He first provides a brief summary of the relevant features of time value of money with a special emphasis on internal rate of return, and then he demonstrates what it exactly means to create shareholder value.
The ROE model is then introduced and fit into a value creation framework, followed by an intuitive and straightforward present value analysis that shows how improving ROE can drive up the value of the firm. Professor Pratt then uses a spreadsheet, in which the model has been programmed, to conduct an analysis on the current market value of Best Buy, the well-known electronic equipment retailer. You will then be then guided through some sensitivity analysis designed to highlight which financial metrics are most important to driving up Best Buy’s market value.
The overall theme of this course is that understanding this system provides a guide to identifying where management should focus its attention in its effort to increase the value of the firm, and due to their special understanding of financial statements, accountants are in an excellent position to take full advantage.
Jamie Pratt held the Alva L. Prickett Chair of Accounting at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, for 10 years and in now holds the title of Emeritus faculty. He received his doctorate in business from Indiana University in 1977, and has held faculty positions at the University of Washington (Seattle), the University of Zurich (Switzerland), Northwestern University and INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), returning to Indiana in 1991.
Jamie’s research interests are in financial reporting and analysis, where he has published over 30 articles in the top academic research journals (including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and Issues in Accounting Education), and he has taught courses in financial reporting and analysis at every level (introductory, intermediate, advanced) in every program (undergraduate, MBA, PhD). He has received over 30 teaching awards and recognitions, and also taught executive education courses throughout the world. Research and/or teaching recognitions have also come from the following organizations: American Accounting Association, American Taxation Association, Big 4 accounting firms (KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers), Indiana Society of CPAs, the Universities of Manchester (England), Kwansei Gakuin (Japan) and Kentucky, and Business Week magazine. His resume also includes two textbooks (one in its 11th edition), two computer-based interactive case platforms, a financial analysis case book, and several instructor guides that support these products.
He is now CEO of PRATTedu (www.prattedu.com), which produces and delivers online video-based courses, primarily in the area of financial reporting and analysis.
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