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Case Title:

Infosys and Satyam Computers: Whose Wealth is Maximised?

Publication Month & Year : July 2009

Authors: Fareeda & D. Satish

Industry: Software/IT


Case Code: FM0002

Teaching Note: Available

Structured Assignment: Available

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Woven around Infosys and Satyam Computers CFOs, the primary objective of the case is to analyse the role of a CFO in maximising shareholders’wealth. Every company aims at wealth maximisation of its shareholders’. Inorder to achieve this aim, companies workinline withthe interests of the shareholders’.Even the companies in the most competitive IT industry are striving hard to increase their credibility among the investors by maximising their shareholders’ wealth.

Infosys is one such top notch company that proved that it is very essential to understand the interests of the shareholders’ to be successful.On the other hand, Satyam, in spite of being a top IT company, failed to gain the trust of the shareholders because of its fraudulent ways. Though theCFOs of both the companies have performed their respective duties, one has maximised the wealth of the shareholders’while the other has destroyed it.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To understand the concept of wealth maximisation and the different ways of maximising shareholders’wealth
  • To contrast the way shareholders’ wealth was managed at Infosys and Satyam over years
  • To debate on the role of CFO on maximising shareholders’ value.

Keywords : Wealth Maximisation; Shareholders; IPO; EVA; CFO; Corporate Governance; ADR; Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP); Initial Public Offering; Economic Value added; Chief Financial Officer; Principles of Financial Management; Managerial Finance; Business Finance; Course Case Maps; Course Case Packs; MBA; Financial Management; Corporate Finance; Financial Management Course Case Pack; Financial Management Course Case; Finance for Managers

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