Preface to Financial Management: Principles and Practice

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(Production Note: Preface to
Financial Management: Principles and
Practice
, 3
rd

Edition, by Timothy J. Gallagher & Joseph D. Andrew)



Preface



T
HE
C
HALLENGE


Finance scares some students. There is the fear of numbers that some students have and
the mista
ken belief that the introductory finance course requires high
-
level mathematics.
Also, some students mistakenly believe finance is an area in which they will not need
competency. Finance concepts often seem far removed from daily life. In spite of this
most every major in a college of business, and many majors in other colleges, require the
principles of finance course. As a result, many of the students who find themselves
sitting in finance class on the first day of the semester do not want to be there
.


We do not believe that this needs to be the case. Finance is important, dynamic,
interesting, and fun. The challenge we take head
-
on in
Financial Management:
Principles & Practice

is to convince students of this. In order to learn, students must
want
to learn. If they can see the usefulness of what is presented to them they will work
hard and they will learn.


Our many years of teaching experience has taught us that the introductory financial
management course can be one that students enjoy and that t
hey see as having added
considerable value to their educational experiences. Finance is, after all, central to any
business entity. More CEOs have come up through the finance ranks than any other
discipline. Students need to know that the principles and p
ractices of financial
management apply to any business unit from the very large multinational corporation to
the very smallest proprietorship, including the family. Financial ratios tell a story, they
are not numbers to be calculated as an end unto itself
. Risk is important and can be
managed. Time value of money has meaning and is understood as the central tool of
valuation. Funds have a cost and different sources of funds have different costs.
Financial performance and condition can be assessed. Amo
rtized loan payments, rates of
return on investment, future value of investment programs, present value of payments to
be received from bonds and stocks can be calculated. The opportunities and special
challenges of international operations can be underst
ood.



O
UR
A
PPROACH


We believe that students should walk out of the room after taking the final exam for a
finance course believing that they have learned something useful. They should see a
direct benefit to themselves personally, rather than just th
e belief that some set of
necessary job skills has been mastered, although the latter will be true if the material is
mastered.


In
Financial Management: Principles and Practice
, we start with the student in mind and
then package the finance material so t
hat the students (1) want to learn and (2) learn the
necessary material. We do this because finance is not medicine, and it cannot be
administered as such. Instead, we believe students must be engaged in such a way that
they develop the desire to learn.

There are those who approach the task of teaching
finance with the philosophy, “Here is the finance knowledge you need, learn it!” These
are not the people we had in mind when we wrote this book.


In the third edition we have further integrated the text w
ith the Internet and with
multimedia material. We did this to facilitate the learning experience, not to have bells
and whistles we could point to. There are Interactive Modules that directly tie material in
the text to visually rich interactive material

on the Web. These are not just links. The
Mastering Finance CD that comes with the book has an abundance of multimedia
material that relates the affected chapters to case studies complete with videos and
interactive quizzes.


Two key characteristics of
Financial Management: Principles and Practice

are
theoretical currency and relevance. One of the authors of the text is an academic with
over twenty years of teaching experience and the other is a full
-
time financial practitioner.
This combination of bac
kgrounds results in a text that presents the latest in financial
theory while retaining a strong “real
-
world” connection. No other textbook on the market
enjoys this balance of academic and practitioner perspectives.


There are a few cartoons in this book
. Do not allow their presence to mislead you. This
book is serious about learning and the cartoons serve a serious purpose. They tend to
“lighten up’ the presentation in order to capture the students’ interest. Although our style
is lighthearted, the w
riting itself is substantive, concise, clear, and easy to understand.



D
ISTINCTIVE
F
OCUS


Although there are many other introductory financial management books on the market,
none contains the unique style and content of
Financial Management: Principles a
nd
Practice, third edition
. Many texts focus mostly on accounting with little presentation of
the economic theory that underlies the financial techniques presented. Others assume that
the students remember all that was learned in the accounting course th
at is usually a
prerequisite for this course. Still others claim to take a “valuation approach” but present
their topics in a straight accounting framework. In this book we are serious about
focusing on what creates value. We are consistent in this appr
oach throughout the book,
addressing issues such as what creates value, what destroys it, how value is measured,
and how value and risk are related. In so doing we maximize the value of the finance
course to the student.



O
RGANIZATION
O
F
T
HE
T
EXT


The bo
ok is organized into six major parts as follows:


Part I.


The World of Finance

contains chapters on the structure and goals of
firm, the role of financial managers, and an examination of the financial
environment.


Part II.

Essential Concepts in Finance

presents chapters on accounting
statements and their interpretation, forecasting, risk and return, the time
value of money, and security valuation.


Part III.

Capital Budgeting and Business Valuation

contains chapters on
measuring a firm’s cost of capital,

capital budgeting decision methods,
incremental cash flow estimation, and business valuation.


Part IV.

Long
-
Term Financing Decisions

contains chapters on capital structure
basics, corporate bonds, preferred stock, and leasing, common stock, and
dividend
policy.


Part V.

Short
-
Term Financial Management Decisions

includes chapters on
working capital policy, cash and marketable securities, accounts
receivable and inventory, and short
-
term financing.


Part VI.

Finance in a Global Economy

is where internation
al finance topics are
covered, in addition to those international topics that are woven
throughout the book.



S
PECIAL
F
EATURES
I
N
T
HE
T
EXT


Links to Web
-
Based Interactive Material

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These Interactive Modules allow
students to move seamlessly between the text and
visually rich web
-
based learning modules. Students move from the text to the on
-
line
material and back to the text enabling learning that is not possible from a printed page
alone.


Mastering Finance CD A
pplication



This feature allows students to participate in realistic financial decision
-
making situations
through the use of video presentations and interactive quizzes. The videos focus on
CanGo, a fictional Internet startup that retails a variety o
f entertainment products online.
Students watch as a team of young entrepreneurs work together to face challenging
business decisions, both professional and personal, that center around key events in the
life of an e
-
business.


Real world examples


Each c
hapter in
Financial Management: Principles and Practice

begins with a real
-
world
example that illustrates the concept to be addressed in that chapter. This serves to give
the student a reason to learn this material and to show its practical application.
Learning
objectives are clear.


Special Boxes


Three different types of special boxes are integrated into the chapters.
Ethical Issues

boxes identify many financial decisions that have ethical dimensions to them. We don't
give answers, but we don't pull
punches either. Copouts such as, "being ethical is good
business," are avoided. This may be true, up to a point, but sometimes doing the right
thing costs you. We don't avoid that.
Financial Management and You

boxes take
financial management concepts i
ntended for use within a firm and show how these same
concepts can be used by individuals for personal financial decision making. This makes
these topics less distant.
Finance at Work

boxes are designed to demonstrate how finance
relies on, contributes t
o, and interacts with other functional areas of the firm. Not every
student taking this course is a finance major and the understanding of the role of finance
within the firm is important.


Calculator Solutions


Financial calculator solutions to all gene
ral time value of money and specific security
valuation problems are included. This material is presented in such a way that professors’
differing preferences as to the use of financial calculators can be accommodated.


Summaries


The summary for each cha
pter specifically describes how the learning objectives have
been achieved and it also provides a bridge to the next chapter.


Key Terms


Each chapter has
bolded

key terms that are defined in the chapter and in the glossary.
There are self
-
test questions
and problems at the end of chapters, along with their
solutions, so that students can check their grasp of the material presented.


Practice Questions and Problems


Study questions and an abundant number of end of chapter and problems are included in
the a
ppropriate chapters.


Computer Spreadsheet Supported Problems

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A number of end
-
of
-
chapter problems are marked with the special computer problem
logo shown above. This indicates that a downloadable Excel spreadsheet template fo
r the
problem is available at the PHLIP
-
Financial Management: Principles and Practice Web
Center. Access the PHLIP on the World Wide Web at
http://myphlip.pearsonmcg.com
.
Once at the Web site, proceed to the applicable text chapter and locate the spreadshe
et
template corresponding to the problem number in the text. Follow the instructions to
download the file to your computer.


Communication Skills


Suggested assignments to build students’ written and oral communication skills are
included in each chapter
.


Cartoons


Cartoons are added for fun, and occasionally to make a financial point.


Color


Color is used for pedagogic effect, not just for looks.



C
HANGES
I
N
T
HE
T
HIRD
E
DITION




Interactive web
-
linked modules have been integrated into the text. The
se modules
lead students from the text to the book’s website where additional material is
presented in a way that is often not possible on a printed page. At the book’s
website, students interact with graphs, view video material, and listen to audio
mater
ial before returning to the text. Students can make changes to key input
variables and see the resulting changes to the visually rich graphs.




Video cases on the Mastering Finance bundled CD are fully integrated into the
text. Using this feature, stud
ents can see and hear how employees and executives
of a company deal with issues directly related to the material in the text.




Coverage on forms of business is expanded in Chapter 1. Descriptions of forms of
business beyond the traditional sole propri
etorship, partnership, and corporation
have been included. Specifically, the rapidly growing use of limited liability
companies (LLCs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) are described.




Coverage of electronic trading of stocks on the NYSE and th
e NASDAQ, has been
added to Chapter 2. The increasing role of electronic communications networks
(ECNs) is also described.




The discussion of the MVA (Market Value Added) was expanded in Chapter 5. N
numerical examples have been added to the text. Ho
mework problems about the
EVA and MVA have been added to the end
-
of
-
chapter material.




On
-
line sources of company information have been included in Chapter 5.




The discussion of Real Options is expanded in Chapters 10 and 11. Numerical
examples ha
ve been added to the text relating to abandonment and expansion
options. Decision trees are described. Homework problems relating to real
options have been added to the end
-
of
-
chapter material.




The Cost of Capital chapter, which was Chapter 12 in the

second edition, has been
moved up to Chapter 9 in the third edition. Covering the cost of capital early in
this fashion prepares students better for the discounting procedures that are
introduced in the capital budgeting decision methods, cash flow estim
ation, and
valuation chapters that follow.




The Stock and Bond Valuation Chapter, which was Chapter 9 in the second
edition, has been moved to Chapter 12 in the third edition and retitled to
“Business Valuation” to reflect the rapidly advancing field o
f business appraisal.
Techniques for valuing complete businesses and individual assets have been
added to the existing stock and bond valuation discussions. A numerical example
of a real
-
world business is included as well as a discussion of the value of
control.




The capital structure material in Chapter 13 has been rearranged to provide a more
easily understood presentation of the subject.




In Chapter 14 the bond refunding material previously covered in an appendix is
now integrated into the basic
chapter, and bond
-
refunding homework problems
have been added. A numerical example of a lease
-
buy decision has also been
included.




There is an updated coverage of international business developments in Chapter
21, particularly the latest events relati
ng to the use of the euro currency.




Coverage of Internet companies has been expanded throughout. Chapter vignettes
have been revised to include Internet as well as conventional “brick and mortar”
companies. Almost all second edition chapter openers w
ere replaced with newer,
real world vignettes or interviews designed to make students want to read the
content of that chapter.




New homework problems were added to each chapter, representing an increase in
the homework problem bank of over 50%. Many o
f the homework problems are
supported with downloadable spreadsheets from the PHLIP website,
http://myphlip.pearsonmcg.com.




The book has been given a newer, more modern look. Artistic photographs related
to the topic matter introduce each chapter and
color has been integrated in such a
way so as to assist the pedagogy and to make the book easy to read.




Suggestions from reviewers, faculty users, and students were incorporated where
practical.




References and examples were updated throughout.





The Power Point slides accompanying the text were enhanced and updated.




A new multi
-
level quality control program was implemented for the text and
supplements. The program is designed to eliminate any and all errors.



F
EATURES
R
ETAINED
F
ROM
T
HE
S
EC
OND
E
DITION




The book is still written in the student friendly style that was extremely popular in
the first edition. The concise, easy to understand presentation loved by student
users is maintained.




The book still maintains the level of rigor pro
fessors demand. When professors
gets past the friendly style, they find all the rigor and all the mainstream topics
they expect in a book of this type. For example, if you are not already a G/A user,
does your book:




Cover real options including numeric
examples?



Cover EVA, MVA, and EBITDA?



Use a value added (NPV) approach to the inventory and accounts receivable

investment coverage rather than the outmoded return on investment ratio

approach?



Have supplements that were not “farmed out” to subcontractor
s but that
instead have the authors’ hands
-
on participation?




Attempts to expand the book, and to make it longer, have been resisted. The
topics that professors actually teach are here. Those that are most likely to be
taught in the second course in f
inancial management are left out. Students don’t
have to buy more than what they need.



T
HE
L
EARNING
P
ACKAGE


Financial Management: Principles and Practice

is one component of a complete
learning package carefully put together by the Prentice Hall team.

This package includes
the optional Finance Center CD which contains the FinCoach tutorial program and
multimedia material on careers in finance, a dedicated World Wide Web site, a
computerized test bank, a study guide/workbook, Power Point
©

slides, and vi
deotapes of
real
-
world stories to name a few.


The dedicated World Wide Web site, called Prentice Hall Learning on the Internet
Partnership, or PHLIP (at http://myphlip.pearsoncmg.com), is not just another website. It
is a gateway to an enormous amount of

well
-
organized real world information. If an
important news item occurs that relates to the topics covered in the text, it will probably
be found on PHLIP with multiple related links to related sites. Students can download
Excel
©

spreadsheet templates f
or designated end
-
of
-
chapter problems and Power Point
©

slides to complement lecture notes. Professors can download full
-
solution Excel
©

spreadsheet files and the solutions manual for all end
-
of
-
chapter problems in the
password protected area of PHLIP set
aside for them.


For The Student




FinCoach



This optional Finance Center CD contains a computer program that is
like an enhanced study guide. Students can choose from 5 million problems to
practice quantitative skills. Help is available with needed
formulas appearing
when requested, text explanations, and a built in calculator. Problems may be
chosen according to the level of difficulty desired. Problems may be saved and
printed. It is like having an infinitely patient tutor at your disposal. Als
o on this
CD are multimedia presentations that describe many of the different jobs finance
people do.




PHLIP



the Prentice Hall Learning on the Internet Partnership


can be accessed
at http://myphlip.pearsoncmg.com. Once the site has been reached and

the student
has logged in, the on
-
line resources connected to this text can be accessed by
clicking on the photograph of the Gallagher & Andrew book cover. Inside
students will find current news items relating to text material, Excel spreadsheet
files co
ntaining templates that facilitate solving computer icon designated end
-
of
-
chapter problems, finance career information, and study skills help.




Mastering Finance CD Application



This feature allows students to participate
in realistic financial decisi
on
-
making situations through the use of video
presentations and interactive quizzes. The videos focus on CanGo, a fictional
Internet startup that retails a variety of entertainment products online. Students
watch as a team of young entrepreneurs work tog
ether to face challenging business
decisions, both professional and personal, that center around key events in the life
of an e
-
business.




Lecture Notes



Power Point
©

files may be downloaded from the PHLIP and used
as lecture notes so that students can

focus on what their professor is saying without
having to simultaneously take copious notes. These have been carefully updated
and enhanced.




Student Workbook and Study Guide



This is an item that may be purchased
separately from the bookstore. Chap
ters are outlined, key points and terms are
explained, and additional problems are presented for practice.



For The Professor




Instructor’s Manual



This provides the professor with chapter outlines and
suggestions for alternative ways too present th
e material. Key points are identified
and a variety of types of assistance for class preparation are presented.




Solutions Manual



Detailed solutions, not just final answers, are presented for
each end
-
of
-
chapter question and problem. These have all
been personally
checked by the authors, in addition to two other levels of checking, for accuracy.




Test Item File



Available in both hardcopy and computerized versions, multiple
-
choice, short
-
answer, and essay questions are available for each chapter.

The
computerized version allows for complete customization of an exam according to
chapters covered, type of problem, and level of difficulty.




Power Point Slides



Animated slides covering all main topic areas in the text are
available to assist the
professor during class. These have been expanded, triple
checked for accuracy, and have special features added since the previous edition
PP slides were prepared.




PHLIP

Faculty Website


There is an area of PHLIP that is password controlled
and availa
ble only to faculty. Excel spreadsheets with full solutions to end
-
of
-
chapter problems may be downloaded. So too may the Power Point and Solutions
Manual files. There is also a faculty chat room, a lecture material archive, and an
area with computer usa
ge advice.




Color Transparencies



All figures and tables in the text are available as full
-
color acetate transparencies.




Author Access



Both authors are accessible to respond to individual questions
that may come up. Tim Gallagher may be reached
at tim@gallagher.com and Joe
Andrew at josephandem@aol.com.



I
N
C
ONCLUSION


We believe that students will understand the very important finance concepts, and master
necessary problem solving skills, when they complete the course in which this text is
used
. “Students first” is our philosophy and this belief shows up throughout the text.
Professors who have more enthusiastic students and who grasp the important content,
both conceptual and problem solving, will find their classroom experiences more
rewardi
ng too. If we have helped to make this happen we have succeeded in achieving
our vision for
Financial Management: Principles and Practice, third edition
.



A
CKNOWLEDGEMENTS


The authors gratefully acknowledge

the contributions of the many people who contr
ibuted

to this endeavor. Without their expertise and talent this book and the supplemental
materials would not have been possible.


We are particularly indebted to a number of colleagues and key reviewers who
contributed to this third edition. They are
Dianne Morrison, Zhenhu Jin, Denise
Letterman, Gary Greene, John Armstrong, Vickie Bajtelsmit, Sue Hine, Rob Schwebach,
Joe Brocato, Sheryl Anderson, Erin Edelen, and Ethel and Randy Liverpool.


The Prentice Hall team is the best there is. Special thanks
go
to Mickey Cox: Executive
Editor, who
brought to the third edition some great new ideas. We couldn’t have moved
forward in the very positive ways we have in this third edition without her.
PJ Boardman,
Editor
-
In
-
Chief, has been hands on from the begi
nning and she knows what goes into a
great book. Victoria Anderson, Project Media Manager, is the best at creating state of the
art media learning tools. Kathleen McLellan, Marketing Manager, knows how to
communicate the message. Carol Samet, Production

Editor, kept everything on schedule,
including us. Melanie Olsen, Editorial Assistant, put out many fires. Kevin Hancock,
Editorial Assistant, is always on top of the important details. Elena Picinic, Marketing
Coordinator, played an important role in
executing our marketing plan. Beth Romph,
Assistant Editor, was always there.
Previous editors Maureen Riopelle, Paul Donnelly,
and Jill Lectka have made their marks on this book in lasting ways.



Finally, we would like to give special thanks to our f
riends and business colleagues who
suffered through the often hectic development process, and often worked extra hours to
take up the slack when we were occupied with producing the book. These include Jerome
Fowlkes, Camilla Jensen, and Y. Jinnie Lee at BI
A Financial Network, and Lorraine
Gilbertson at Webster University. Last, but not least, we are most especially grateful for
the assistance and support of our family members, Susan Shattuck, Emily Adams, Emily
Andrew, Brad Ford, Denise Andrew, and the Cyb
ulskis.