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Investment appraisal

A selection of materials on investment appraisal for capital expenditure projects. Here you can find information on appraisal techniques including net present value and discounted cash flow valuation.


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Valuation: measuring and managing the value of companies

The book concerns the valuation of companies. It includes sections on valuation techniques, analysing and forecasting performance, market values, and the management of organisations.

How to prepare business cases: an essential guide for accountants

Designed to help accountants understand all aspects of a business case so that they can prepare and present it with confidence. It contains chapters on investment decisions, preparing a business case, evaluating risk, stakeholders, business case accounting, and using the business case as a project management tool.

Corporate finance: theory and practice

The book aims to be a comprehensive guide to corporate finance for students and practicing corporate financiers. It covers the basics of financial analysis, the theory of corporate valuation, the major types of financial securities, and the various elements of financial management (including equity capital, M&A, bankruptcy and cash flow management).

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The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

EBITDA challenges: understand valuation methods to avoid manipulation

The article focuses on management approaches for Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA). Topics discussed include assistance of EBITDA in evaluation of corporations value while acquisition approaches through cash flow determination; absence of several values from EBITDA such as capital expenditures (CAPEX) along with tenant improvement conditions; and consideration of working capital along with EBITDA multiple for valuation process.

Oil: What the slump tells us about the global economy

The article explains the causes of the decline in oil prices since 2014, which has forced producers to cut tens of thousands of jobs and billions in operating costs and capital expenditure. It also looks at factors that are preventing the recovery of the global economy and includes the views of influential economists and organizations.

Will deflation sink Hinkley?

EDF is expected to reach its final investment decision on Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project on 27 January. The article discusses why EDF faces a tough decision at a time when deflation and plunging oil prices have had a knock-on effect on wholesale energy prices.

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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected articles and books

Capital investment: a guide to making better decisions 
(CAI, 2013)
An approach to assessing capital investment proposals, written for managers and financial controllers looking who want to make better investment decisions.

Corporate finance- principles and practice 
(Financial Times Prentice Hall, 2013)
An introduction to the core concepts of corporate finance. Includes chapters on investment appraisal methods, application and risk.

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