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Fundamentals of Agribusiness Finance


By: R W Battles and R C Thompson


Paperback | Dec 2000 | #122312 | ISBN: 0813820693
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For students and practitioners alike, Fundamentals of Agribusiness Finance is a concise, handy guide, complete with a glossary of terms and an index. The text presents clear, direct explanations of basic concepts and procedures that the successful agribusiness operator must know. Starting with an overview of domestic and international trends, the text moves through the basics of loans such as mortgages and deeds of trust, the time value of money, interest, discounting, calculations and amortization, refinancing, cash budgeting, and graphing loans. Capital budgeting, leases, taxes, financial statements, and statement analysis are included. Formulas are provided for figuring liquidity, solvency, profitability, and repayment capacity. Risk is characteristic of agribusiness, but the risk management outlined here provides some security in an unpredictable environment. The lending industry is the focus of the final chapters. While useful as a guide, the text was designed for teaching. Outlines begin each chapter, and study questions and problems complete each chapter. Key terms are highlighted in the text and defined in the glossary.


Preface 1. Introduction to Agribusiness Finance; Agribusiness Finance; Agribusiness Producers; Flow of Funds in the Economy; Importance of Finance to Agribusiness; Domestic Trends in Agribusiness Finance; International Trends; Questions and Problems 2. Agribusiness Loans: Legal Issues, Terms, and Interest Rates; Promissory Note; Parties to Loan Transactions; Security Agreement; Mortgages Versus Deeds of Trust; Other Loan Terminology; Life Cycle of a Loan; Default and Foreclosure; Determinants of Interest Rates; Questions and Problems 3. Time Value of Money, Loan Calculations, and Analysis; The Time Value of Money; Compound Interest; Intraperiod Compounding; The Process of Discounting; Annuities; Present Value of an Annuity; Basic Loan Calculations; Building an Amortization Schedule; Loan Balance; Determining the Annual Percentage Rate; Refinance Analysis; Cash Budgeting; Graphing Loans; Questions and Problems 4. Capital Budgeting and Leasing; The Cost of Capital; Capital Budgeting Techniques; Income Taxes and Capital Budgeting; Other Considerations Regarding Capital Budgeting; Leases and Leasing; Questions and Problems; 5. Financial Statements; Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the Farm Financial Standards Council; The Income Statement; The Statement of Owner's Equity; The Balance Sheet; The Accrual-Adjusted Income Statement; The Statement of Cash Flows; Questions and Problems 6. Financial Statement Analysis; Liquidity Ratios; Solvency Ratios; Profitability Ratios; Repayment Capacity Ratios; Financial Efficiency Ratios; Loan-to-Value Ratio; Common-Size Statements and Horizontal Analysis; Questions and Problems 7. Risk in Agribusiness; Financial and Business Risk; Attitudes Toward Risk; Sources of Business Risk in Agriculture; Risk Management in Agriculture; Questions and Problems 8. The Agricultural Lending Industry: Commercial Banks and the Farm Credit System; Commercial Banks; The Farm Credit System; Questions and Problems 9. Other Agribusiness Lenders; Vendor/Trade Credit; Life Insurance Financing; Farm Service Agency; Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac) and the Secondary Market; Private Financing; Beyond the Year Two Thousand; Questions and Problems Appendix Glossary Index

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