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Preface xiii PART ONE: OVERVIEW Chapter 1: CFO s Place in the Corporation 3 Chapter 2: Financial Strategy 15 Chapter 3: Tax Strategy 48 Chapter 4: Information Technology Strategy 61 PART TWO: ACCOUNTING Chapter 5: Performance Measurement Systems 73 Chapter 6: Control Systems 100 Chapter 7: Audit Function 121 PART THREE: FINANCIAL ANALYSIS Chapter 8: Cost of Capital 137 Chapter 9: Capital Budgeting 153 Chapter 10: Other Financial Analysis Topics 173 PART FOUR: FUNDING Chapter 11: Cash Management and Consolidation 197 Chapter 12: Investing Excess Funds 213 Chapter 13: Obtaining Debt Financing 220 Chapter 14: Obtaining Equity Financing 238 PART FIVE: PUBLICLY HELD COMPANY Chapter 15: Initial Public Offering 265 Chapter 16: Reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission 288 Chapter 17: Investment Community 311 Chapter 18: Taking a Company Private 325 PART SIX: MANAGEMENT Chapter 19: Risk Management General Concepts 333 Chapter 20: Risk Management: Foreign Exchange 348 Chapter 21: Outsourcing the Accounting and Finance Functions 363 Chapter 22: Mergers and Acquisitions 382 PART SEVEN: OTHER TOPICS Chapter 23: Employee Compensation 429 Chapter 24: BANKRUPTCY 437 Appendix A: New CFO Checklist 451 Appendix B: Performance Measurement Checklist 456 Appendix C: Due Diligence Checklist 465 About the Author 474 Index 477
STEVEN M. BRAGG, CPA, has been the chief financial officer or controller of four companies, as well as a consulting manager at Ernst & Young and auditor at Deloitte. He is the author of over forty books primarily targeted toward controllers and their needs. He received a master's degree in finance from Bentley College, an MBA from Babson College, and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maine. He is also the author of Accounting Best Practices and Wiley GAAP, both published by Wiley.