CORPFIN 7039 - Equity Valuation & Analysis (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 7039 Course Equity Valuation & Analysis (M) Coordinating Unit Business School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites COMMERCE 7033, ACCTING 7019 & CORPFIN 7005 Corequisites ECON 7200 Course Description The course analyses companies from a fundamental perspective in order to derive an intrinsic value for stock. Topics: Fundamental analysis, determination of growth, discount cash flows models including dividend discount models, free cash flow models and residual income models; relative valuation models including price-earnings and price-book multiples; valuation of private companies, estimating the discount rate, mergers and acquisitions and valuation issues.
Course Coordinator: Mr Graeme Gould
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesBy the end of this course students should be able to:
1. Understand and execute various valuation models
2. Analyse financial statements and extract relevant information
3. Recognise and appreciate limitation as well as benefits of valuation models
4. Appreciate the level of subjectivity involved
5. Acquire good research skills
6. Demonstrate good interpersonal communication skills
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3 & 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5 & 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3,4,5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,2,3,4,5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2,3,4,5
Required ResourcesStudy guide, lecture notes & Additional readings. Please read study guide and lecture notes in advance of lectures
Text Books (s) not compulsory, either
Pinto, Henry, Robinson and Stowe, Equity Asset Valuation, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
This can be used as a reference book rather than a text.
Damodaran, Aswath ‘Investment Valuation: Tools and techniques for determining the value of any asset’ 2nd edition, 2002, John Wiley & Sons.
Students can use these texts as reference books.
Recommended ResourcesBenninga, Simon Z and O.H Sarig, Corporate Finance: A Valuation Approach, International Edition, 1997, McGraw-Hill.
Lonergan, W., 2000, The Valuation of Business, Shares and Other Equity, 3rd Edition.
Lundholm, R. and R.Sloan. 2007. Equity Valuation and Analysis. 2nd Edition.
Reilly, Frank K. and K.C. Brown, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, 7th Edition, 2002.
JASSA (The Finsia Journal of Applied Finance) Australian professional/ academic publication
Financial Analysts Journal. US professional/ academic publication
Arzac, E.R., Valuation for Mergers, Buyouts, and Restructuring, 2005, John Wiley & Sons.
Copeland, T., T.Koller and J.Murrin, Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 3rd Edition, 2000.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 13 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular classes. Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures (2 hour) throughout the semester plus one tutorial class (1 hour) each week.
Learning Activities Summary
Week Number W/B Topic Number Topics Study Guide Tute Number 1 March 2 1 An introduction to valuation & financial maths Chp 1 2 March 9 2 Understanding financial reports Chp 2 1 3 March 16 2 Understanding financial reports Chp 2 2 4 March 23 3 Market based valuation (Assignment Part 1 due) Chp 6 3 5 March 30 3 Estimating the discount rate Chp 5 4 6 April 6 4 Estimating the discount rate (Test) Chp 5 April 13 Mid-semester Break April 20 Mid-semester Break 7 April 27 5 Discounted cash flow models Chp 3 5 8 May 4 5 Discounted cash flow models Chp 3 6 9 May 11 6 Fundamental analysis and forecasting Chp 4 7 10 May 18 7 Takeovers Chp 7 8 11 May 26 7 Takeovers Chp 7 9 12 June 1 8 Financial distress, cross shareholding and private firms (Assignment Part 2 due) Chp 8 10 Closing thoughts and overview 13 June 8 To be advised
Please consult the Study Guide for appropriate text references on each topic.
Supplementary Reading: For Topic 2: Understanding financial reports, please consult text & notes for Accounting Concepts and Methods (M) and any introductory accounting text. For other topics readings are indicated in the Study Guide for interested students.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assesment Due Date and time Weighting Related Learning Outcome Assesment 1 Monday, March 24th, 4 pm 5% 1-6 Assesment 2 Monday, May 26th, 4 pm 15% 1-6 Mid-Term test Week beginning, April 7th 15% All Final Exam 65% All
Assignment Part 1: 5 %Details: The assignment is compulsory and is available on the ‘myuni’ website. Assignments can be done individually. The assignment is non-redeemable.
Assignment Part 2: 15 %Details: The assignment is compulsory and is available on the ‘myuni’ website. Assignments can be done individually. The assignment is non-redeemable.
Mid-semester test: 15%Short- answer questions covering topics 1-3. Closed book.
Held week beginning, April 7th Bonython Hall (time to be confirmed)The final exam will be of 2.5 hours duration. A formula sheet will also be provided with the exam paper (see end of course outline).
Final Exam: 65%
Assessment Related RequirementsNotes on Assessment
1. To gain a pass for this course, a mark of at least 45% must be obtained on the examination as well as a total of at least 50% overall. Students not achieving the minimum exam mark will be awarded no more than 49.
2. Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
3. Assessment marks prior to the final exam will be displayed on the course website. Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the Lecturer-in-Charge of any discrepancies.
4. Students in this course are permitted to take a DICTIONARY (English) into the examination and calculator. A formula sheet will be provided in the exam (see attached).
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Assignments are compulsory and will be posted on the ‘myuni’ website.
Electronic submissions must be submitted for Assignment 1.
Hard copies must be submitted for Assignment 2. Electronic submissions will not be accepted without receiving prior permission from the Lecturer in Charge.
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• Please attach an ‘Assignment Cover Sheet’, which is signed and dated by you before submission for Assignment 2.
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This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc.
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LATE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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