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DETAILED PROJECT OUTLINE WINTER 2001 Instructor: Dr. Thomas Cottrell Students will form groups of 4 or 5 to perform an analysis of a Canadian or US merger/takeover that has occurred within the past 5 years. The selected takeover must be approved by the professor on a first-come, first-served basis. During the last few weeks of classes, students will make a 15-20 minute presentation on the takeover. Students will hand in presentation materials and a brief 5-page summary as part of the project. The overall project (the presentation and the 5-page summary report) will be evaluated on the following equally weighted criteria: Strategic Analysis : a synthesis of all the relevant information concerning the takeover/merger. This involves reviewing the corporate disclosure data and news articles to identify the announcement date for the event, and to identify other significant information that was revealed around the time of the takeover/merger.
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Unformatted text preview: The project should identify the stated motivation for the merger/takeover, and look for evidence of corporate governance problems with either the acquiring firm or the target. Valuation : The report should value the target and bidder firms. The group should identify and explain any deviations between the traded and the estimated value of these firms. Consideration will be given for the sophistication of the valuation approach taken. Event Study : The project will benchmark the stock returns for the bidder and target firms involved in the takeover/merger, and explain any major stock price adjustments. Stronger consideration is given for projects demonstrating an understanding and estimation of the statistics and estimates used in the project. Writing and presentation style (25%): for the professional quality (in writing and presentation, not in binding or color graphics) and conciseness of the project....
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