Following the BP/Amoco merger in December 1998, CFO David Watson asked Bill Young to recommend when and under what circumstances the firm should use external project finance instead of internal corporate funds to finance new capital investments. As part of this assignment, Young and his team must review each firm's current policy regarding project finance and evaluate the various rationales used to justify its use. Following this review, his team created a new policy statement recommending that BP Amoco finance capital expenditures using corporate funds except in three special circumstances: mega projects, projects in politically volatile areas, and joint ventures with heterogeneous partners. Whether the general rule of using corporate funds and whether the specific exceptions to the rule are appropriate for the merged entity are subjects for class discussion.
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