GB550: Financial Management

The purpose of the assignment research paper is to examine capital structure theory, issues, and debates,while showing how capital structure choices affect a firm’s return on investment (ROE) and its risk profile.
Your assignment is to select a publicly held company and to analyze its capital structure, applying the theories 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 structure
A 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 opportunities
Business 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 paper is intended to be an executive summary of your analysis, and is limited to a maximum of 5–7 pages of 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, andcompleteness of your capital structure analysis, without going into excessive detail.
Please note that there is no assignment due for this project in Unit 1. The first deliverable for the Project is due at the end of Unit 3. Please view a timeline before starting the Final Project.
APA Style Required
The report should adhere to APA format. A minimum of four reference sources are required in addition to the text.
GB550: Financial Management
Looking Ahead
Directions for Submitting the Final Project in Unit 5 Assignment 1:
Compose your research paper in a MS Word document and save it as Username-GB550 Assignment 1- Unit#.doc (Example: TAllen- GB550 Assignment 1-Unit 5.doc). Submit your file by selecting the Unit 5: Assignment 1 Dropbox by the end of Unit 5.
Unit 3: Assignment 2: Final Research Paper Assignment
There are three parts that are due in this unit towards the final research paper that is due in UNIT 5:
Part I – The Abstract
Part II – Table of Contents
Part III – Preliminary reference list
Part I – The Abstract
Research papers, theses and dissertations include an abstract—a short, concise summary of your research. 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 conclusions
The abstract should include, if possible, the keywords of your research. An abstract generally emphasizes the main findings and conclusions of the research study.
Part II – Table of Contents
Submit a brief one page table of contents, outlining the proposed structure, organization, and logic of your graduate research paper.
Part III – Preliminary reference list
Submit your preliminary reference list, detailing your anticipated reference sources. A minimum of four 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 websites are not permitted.
Schedule of Deliverables
Unit 1: Review Final Project in Looking Ahead 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 due in Unit 3 (Nothing to submit)
Unit 3: Complete and submit Assignment 2: Final Research paper— Part I, Part II, and Part III
Unit 4: Work on the draft of your Unit 5 Assignment 1: Final Project (Nothing to submit)Unit 5: Complete and submit the Unit 5 Assignment 1: Final Project (see the rubric below)
Title page, introduction, subheadings, conclusion, and paper length.
Writing style:
Page numbers, paper well organized, grammatically sound, and citation and references in accordance to APA.
Paper content:
As part of your Final Paper, complete and submit all of the following parts by the end of this unit:
Part I: The Abstract
Part II: Table of Contents
Part III: Preliminary reference list
Provides a thorough discussion of the research topic especially as it relates to the course outcome “Evaluate the impact of financial management practices onorganizational decision-making.”
Analysis and Critical Thinking:
The discussion clearly demonstrates knowledge of finance theory.
Provides an executive summary of the analysis of the capital structure of the selected public company conveying the quality, depth, and completeness of your capital structure analysis, without going into excessive detail.
Writing style, APA format and citation style, and correct grammar and spelling in 5–7 pages (using four references) with additional title page, table of contents, graphs, charts, tables, etc.

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