Список вопросов для подготовки к поступлению на программу 2017/18 учебного года

 Corporate Finance, Financial Markets and Portfolio Management


1.     What does NPV mean?

2.     What does RRR (required rate of return) mean?

3.     What does IRR mean?

4.     What does WACC mean?

5.     Why cost of debt is usually less than cost of equity?

6.     How do you calculate cost of equity?

7.     Walk me through CAPM

8.     What does efficient frontier mean?

9.     Plot CAL, CML and SML lines

10.  What does risk-free rate mean?

11.  What does beta mean?

12.  How is ERP (equity risk premium) calculated

13.  Describe the difference between Asset beta and Equity beta

14.  Examples of companies with negative beta

15.  How can we calculate cost of equity WITHOUT using CAPM?

16.  Should cost of equity be higher for a $5 billion or $500 million market cap company?

17.  What about WACC – will it be higher for a $5 billion or $500 million company?

18.  What is the relationship between debt and Cost of Equity?

19.  How do you calculate WACC for a private company?

20.  Enterprise value (EV) calculation

21.  EV to Equity value bridge

22.  Should you use the book value or market value of each item when calculating Enterprise Value?

23.  Could a company have a negative Enterprise value?

24.  Could a company have a negative Equity value? What would that mean?

25.  Why do we add Preferred stock to get to Enterprise value?

26.  How do you account for convertible bonds in the Enterprise value formula?

27.  What does Non-controlling interest mean? Why do you need to add the Non-controlling interest to Enterprise value?

28.  Describe the difference between Unlevered (FCFF) and Levered (FCFE) free cash flows

29.  Why do you add back non-cash charges when calculating the Free Cash Flow?

Financial Statements

30.  Walk me through the key three financial statements

31.  Can you give examples of major line items on each of the financial statements?

32.  How do the three statements link together?

33.  If I were stranded on a desert island, only had one statement and I wanted to review the overall health of a company – which statement would I use and why?

34.  Let’s say I could only look at two statements to assess a company’s prospects – which 2 would I use and why?

35.  What is the difference between capital leases and operating leases?

36.  If you were buying a vending machine business, would you pay a higher multiple for a business where you owned the machines and they depreciated normally, or one in which you leased the machines? The cost of depreciation and lease are the same dollar amounts and everything else is held constant

37.  What is the difference between Basic and Diluted EPS?

38.  What is the difference between authorized, issued, treasury and outstanding shares?

39.  Assume equity (common stock) increased by $10. How will it affect three statements?

40. Stock-based compensation. Describe Treasury stock method. What is a difference between call and put option? Does equity-based compensation usually provided in form of call or put option?

41.  Describe the difference between LIFO and FIFO

42.  Assume Inventory decreased by $10. How will it affect three statements?

43.  What is the difference between ETR (effective tax rate) and MTR (marginal tax rate)? Which one would you use for valuation purposes?

44.  What is DTA and DTL?

45.  What is Loss carryforward?

46.  Types of financial investments reported in Balance sheet

47.  Describe Equity method approach used for investments in associates / JVs

48.  Walk me through key components of Operating / Investing / Financing cash flow

49.  How to calculate NWC (Net working capital)?

50.  What does negative Working capital mean? Is that a bad sign?

51.  If Depreciation is a non-cash expense, why does it affect the cash balance?

52.  Where does Depreciation usually show up on the Income statement?

53.  Assume Depreciation increased by $10. How will it affect three statements?

54.  What does 10-K and 10-Q mean?

55.  What is the main difference between IFRS/US GAAP and RAS (Russian accounting standards) in terms of financial disclosure?


56.  What do you actually use a valuation for?

57.  Three main business valuation methods

58.  What other valuation methodologies are there?

59.  When would a Liquidation valuation produce the highest value?

60.  When would you use Sum of the parts analysis?

61.  When do you use LBO analysis as a part of your valuation?

62.  How do you apply three valuation methodologies to actually get a value for the company you’re looking at?

63.  How would you present these valuation methodologies to a company or its investors?

64.  How do you value a private company?

65.  How do you value banks and financial institutions differently from other companies?

66.  What types of discount rate are generally used in financial models? When do you use cost of equity instead of WACC as a discount rate in DCF analysis?

67.  Describe mid-year convention adjustment

68.  Describe growing perpetuity and Exit multiple approaches to Terminal value calculation

69.  What is an appropriate growth rate to use when calculating the Terminal value?

 70.  Why would you use Gordon Growth rather than the Multiples method to calculate the Terminal value?

71.  How do you select the appropriate exit multiple when calculating Terminal value?

72.  How do you know if your DCF is too dependent on future assumptions?

73.  Which has a greater impact on a company’s DCF valuation – 10% change in revenue or 1% change in the discount rate?

74.  What about 1% change in revenue vs. 1% change in the discount rate?

75.  Walk me through sensitivity analysis

76.  Walk me through DDM (Dividend discount model)

77.  Walk me through multiples approach to valuation

78.  How do you select Comparable companies / Precedent transactions?

79.  Why would a company with similar growth and profitability to its Comparable companies be valued at a premium?

80.  How do you take into account a company’s competitive advantage in a valuation?

81.  Do you always use the median multiple of a set of public company comparables or precedent transactions?

82.  Why is P/S (Price-to-Sales) bad multiple?

83.  Why is P/B (Price-to-Book) multiple can be negative?

84.  PEG (Price-to-Earnings-to-Growth) formula

85.  Most common multiples examples

86.  Advantages and disadvantages of multiples

87.  Industry multiples

88.  Two companies have the exact same financial profiles and are bought by the same acquirer, but the EBITDA multiple for one transaction is twice the multiple of the other transaction – how could this happen?

89.  How far back and forward do we usually go for public company comparable and precedent transaction multiples?

90.  Why might we discount the public company comparable multiples but not the precedent transaction multiples?

Consolidated Accounting

91.  What does Goodwill mean?

92.  Why do Goodwill & Other intangibles get created in an acquisition?

93.  Normally Goodwill remains constant on the Balance sheet – why would it be impaired and what does Goodwill Impairment mean?

94.  Why do deferred tax liabilities (DTLs) and deferred tax assets (DTAs) get created in M&A deals?

95.  Why would an acquisition be dilutive?

96.  A company with a higher P/E acquires one with a lower P/E – is this accretive or dilutive?

97.  Walk me through an example of how to calculate revenue / cost synergies

IPO and M&A

98.  Walk me through an IPO process for a company that is about to go public

99.  Walk me through the process of a typical sell-side / buy-side M&A deal

100. Recent / largest IPOs and M&As in Russia / EMEA / Global

101. What is included in a pitch book?