Sources of Value is a comprehensive guide to financial decision making suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. It treats financial decision making as both an art and a science and proposes a comprehensive approach through which companies can maximise their value. Beginners will benefit from its initial financial foundation section which builds strong basic skills. Practitioners will enjoy the new insights which the eponymous Sources of Value technique offers - where values come from and why some companies can expect to create it while others cannot. The book also introduces several other techniques which, together, spell out how to combine strategy with valuation and an understanding of accounts to make a fundamental improvement in the quality of corporate financial decision taking. Sources of Value is written in a readable conversational style and will appeal to those already working in companies as well as those studying on a business course.
Simon Woolley is a Fellow of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and Managing Director of Sources of Value Ltd. He has had a long career with the oil major BP, working in a number of roles related to investment valuation and financial training, culminating in the position of Distinguished Advisor - Financial Skills.
List of figures; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. The Financial Building Blocks: 1. Economic value; 2. Financial markets; 3. Understanding accounts; 4. Planning and control; 5. Risk; Part II. The Three Pillars of Financial Analysis: Overview; 6. Modelling economic value; 7. Sources of value; 8. What sets the share price? Where from, where to?; Part III. Three Views of Deeper and Broader Skills: 9. Cost of capital; 10. Valuing flexibility; 11. When value is not the objective; Overall conclusions; Appendices: I. Suggested answers to individual assignments; II. Bibliography; III. Glossary; IV. Index; V. Annotated bibliography.