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Mergers and Acquisitions

Course Name Mergers and Acquisitions
Advanced Module: Diploma Program in Corporate Finance
Schedule October 13, 2018 - October 27, 2018


9:00am - 5:00pm

Price: Php 19,500

Few financial events attract headlines quite the way a protracted battle for control of a large firm does. Events in the recent past, for example, heralding the possible change in the ownership control of the largest electricity retailer in the country spawned varied reactions as well as speculations — both favorable and unfavorable — from investors and stock market players and analysts on the potential outcome of the transaction, sending the firm's stock price to a rollercoaster ride for weeks.  

What motivated the previous owners to give up control of the firm in favor of a particular investor vs. another was an issue that created a big stir in the market. How the transaction would impact the acquiring firm's balance sheet elicited a similar market reaction.

These and other crucial issues/questions underlying business mergers and acquisitions will be discussed in this module. Participants gain a sound appreciation and better understanding of, among other things, the motivations behind these activities, the procedures that make mergers and acquisitions work, and the importance of making a thorough analysis before finalizing merger and acquisition arrangements. The mechanics of leveraged buyouts as a structured form of financing acquisitions will also be discussed.


Successful completion of this module enables the participants to:

1.    Understand why a business acquisition can be analyzed as a
       complex form of capital investment;
2.    Discuss the motives for acquiring/merging businesses;
3.    Explain why diversification, enhanced earnings per share,
       and financial synergy are questionable motives for merging;
4.    Describe how a merger (or stock-for-stock acquisition),
       a purchase of stock and a purchase of assets differ;
5.    Estimate the value of a potential acquisition using the
       comparative analysis, weighted average cost of capital,
       and adjusted present value approaches;
6.    Appreciate the significance of paying for an acquisition with
       common stock;
7.    Explain and illustrate the defensive tactics target firms employ
       to forestall unwanted suitors from acquiring their firms; and
8.    Discuss leveraged buyouts and how these differ from other
       forms of business acquisitions.

Who should attend

This module is highly recommended for investment bankers, business professionals, consultants and entrepreneurs, and other finance practitioners involved, one way or another, in using business acquisitions as a way to create value. Those familiar with or have adequate working knowledge of company valuations, investment banking, and basic business mathematics and statistics will find this module most meaningful and beneficial.


The course, which employs lectures, interactive discussions, case studies, and practical application exercises, covers the following areas:

  •     Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Strategy
  •     History of Mergers and Acquisitions and Motivations
  •     The Mergers and Acquisition Process and Associated Documents

              -    The Search
              -    Pitch or Approach
              -    The Courtship / Mating Season
              -    Formalizing the Transaction

  •     Introduction to Valuation
  •     Specific Issues Relating to Valuation Approaches

              -    Asset Valuation
              -    Discounted Cash Flow
              -    Relative Valuation
              -    Contingent Claims or Options Theory

Resource Speakers
Mr. Reginaldo B. Cariaso

joined BPI Capital in 2013 and is currently the President of the Investment Bank as well as the Chairman of BPI Securities, the brokerage arm of BPI. He serves on the boards of several corporations and is a member of the board of directors of the Investment House Association
of the Philippines (IHAP).

Prior to joining BPI Capital, Mr. Cariaso worked in investment banking for JP Morgan and Nomura International based in Hong Kong covering Asia ex-Japan.

He has extensive experience originating and executing corporate advisory and capital markets transactions, in a variety of industries, including financial institutions, across Asia and the Philippines.  Since joining BPI Capital, the firm has executed a number of landmark transactions in the Philippines including some of the largest debt capital markets deals, innovative project and structured financing, complex advisory assignments, and brought some of the most familiar names to the public equity markets.

Mr. Cariaso was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and received a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.