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Unformatted text preview: amp; Poor’s 500 Index. Despite the U.S. economic slowdown in 2001, the company expects to keep its growth perking over the next five years. Although some fear that Starbucks has saturated the domestic market, same-store sales keep rising as the company introduces new products. Starbucks has even become quite successful in unexpected markets, such as Japan. Accomplishing its business objectives while building shareholder value requires sound financial management—raising funds to open new stores and build more roasting plants, deciding when and where to put them, managing cash collections, reducing purchasing costs, and dealing with fluctuations in the value of foreign currency and with other risks as it buys coffee beans and expands overseas. To finance its growth, Starbucks went public (sold common stock) in 1992, and its stock trades on the Nasdaq national market. Its next securities offering was the sale of convertible bonds, debt securities that could be converted into common stock at a specified price. Those bonds were successfully converted into common stock by 1996, and today the company has almost no long-term debt. Like Starbucks, every company must deal with many different issues to keep its financial condition solid. Chapter 1 introduces managerial finance and its key role in helping an organization meet its financial and business objectives. S 3 4 PART 1 Introduction to Managerial Finance LG1 1.1 Finance and Business The field of finance is broad and dynamic. It directly affects the lives of every person and every organization. There are many areas and career opportunities in the field of finance. Basic principles of finance, such as those you will learn in this textbook, can be universally applied in business organizations of different types. What Is Finance? finance The art and science of managing money. Finance can be defined as the art and science of managing money. Virtually all individuals and organizations earn or raise money and spend or invest money. Finance is concerned with the process, institutions, markets, and instruments involved in the transfer of money among individuals, businesses...
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