CORPFIN 7039MELB - Equity Valuation & Analysis (M)
Melbourne Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 7039MELB Course Equity Valuation & Analysis (M) Coordinating Unit Finance and Banking Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Melbourne Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites ACCTING 7019 and CORPFIN 7005 Assumed Knowledge CORPFIN 7033, COMMERCE 7033, ECON 7200 Restrictions Available only to University of Adelaide College Melbourne Campus students Course Description This course analyses companies from a fundamental perspective in order to derive the intrinsic value of stocks. Topics include fundamental analysis and determination of growth; discount cash flows models including dividend discount models and free cash flow models; relative valuation models including price-earnings and price-book multiples; estimating the discount rate; valuation of firms in financial distress, investment in other firms, and mergers and acquisitions.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jane LuoDr. Jane Luo
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Conduct valuations based on the discounted cash flow method.
2. Perform a relative valuation for a company.
3. Utilise the techniques in valuing mergers and acquisitions.
4. Apply the methodologies in valuing firms in financial distress and equity investment in other firms.
5. Critically analyse publicly available information and write a business valuation report.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Text Book(s) not compulsory
Damodaran, 2006, "Damodaran on Valuation" 2nd ed, John Wiley & Sons ; Damodaran, 2012. "Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques for Determining the Value of Any Assets" 3rd ed, John Wiley & Sons. (available online/physical copy in library)
Lecture notes will follow chapters 1-9 and 12 from Damodaran's textbook plus a few additional topics.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is taught via seminar-based classes, reinforced through class participation in problem-solving.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
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 (over 12 weeks) to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 108 hours (9 hours x 12 week) for a three-unit course of private study outside of your seminars. Students are expected to attend all seminars.
Learning Activities SummaryTopics
1. An introduction to valuation & financial maths
2. Relationship between earnings and capital: Understanding financial reports
3. Market based valuation: Price Multiples
4. Free cash flow models
5. Fundamental analysis and forecasting
6. Estimating the discount rate
8. Financial distress and cross shareholding
9. Technical trading and other aspects of valuation
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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.
Assessment Task Due Weighting Learning Outcome
Mid-Semester Test TBC 15% 1
Assignment TBC 25% 5
Final Exam During exam period 60% 1,2,3,4
Assessment Related RequirementsNotes on Assessment
1. To gain a pass for this course, a total of at least 50% overall is required. Neither the test nor the assignment is redeemable.
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 if markers cannot understand answers due to 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.
Assessment DetailTest: 15 %
Details: Further information regarding the test will be provided during the semester.
Details: The assignment is compulsory and will be made available on the 'myuni' website. The assignment is non-redeemable.
Final Exam: 60%
More details will be provided closer to the date.
Assignments are compulsory and will be posted on the ‘MyUni’ website.
The assignment must be submitted electronically, by the group leader. Further details regarding the assignment will be provided during the semester.
PRESENTATION OF ASSIGNMENTS
• Please retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
• The group assignments must be attached to a ‘Group Assignment Cover Sheet’, which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.
Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments that do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.
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A copy of the Postgraduate Programs: Communication Skills Guide will have been given to you at the beginning of your program. This guide will assist you to structure your assignments. A copy of the guide can also be downloaded from http://www.business.adelaide.edu.au/current/mba/download/2009MBACommSkillsGuide.pdf
This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations, etc.
In preparing any written piece of assessment for your postgraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)
The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide.
Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors. The contact details are provided on page 6 of the Communication Skills Guide.
LATE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION
Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 20% mark reduction for each day that it is late. Assignments are non-redeemable.
RETURN OF ASSIGNMENTS
Lecturers aim to mark and publish the assignment score to students within two weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students are responsible for viewing their assignment scores on the "myuni" website.
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
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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