CORPFIN 4039 - Equity Valuation & Analysis (H)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 4039 Course Equity Valuation & Analysis (H) Coordinating Unit Business School Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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: Dr 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 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.
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Lecture notes, tutorial materials & the study guide provided on myuni website. Please go over the lecture notes and the relevant chapters in advance of lectures.
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.
Recommended ResourcesPinto, Henry, Robinson & Stowe (2010) Equity Asset Valuation (2nd ed)
Ross, S., R. Westerfield, J. Jaffe, and B. Jordan, 2019. 'Corporate Finance', (12th ed).
Lonergan, 2003. ‘The Valuation of Businesses, Shares and Other Equity’ (4th ed)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents are required to attend lectures or access to lecture recordings and attend tutorials.
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
Topics Study Guide Tute Number 1 1 An introduction to valuation & financial maths Chp 1 2 2 Relationship between earnings and capital: Understanding financial reports Chp 2 1 3 2 Relationship between earnings and capital: Understanding financial reports (continued) Chp 2 2 4 3 Market based valuation: Price Multiples Chp 6 3 5 4 Free cash flow models Chp 3 4 6 - Mid-semester test: More details will be provided early in the semester. - - Mid-semester Break Mid-semester Break 7 4,5 Free cash flow models (continued) &
Fundamental analysis and forecasting
Chp 3,4 5 8 5 Fundamental analysis and forecasting (continued) Chp 4 6 9 6 Estimating the discount rate Chp 5 7 10 7 Takeovers Chp 7 8 11 8 Financial distress and cross shareholding Chp 8 9 12 9 Technical trading and other aspects of valuation Chp 10 10
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Assessment Task Due Weighting Learning Outcome Mid-semester Test Week 6 15% 1 Assignment Week 12 25% 5 Final Exam Exam period 60% 1,2,3,4 Total 100%
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Test: 15 %
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Details: The assignment is compulsory and will be made available on the 'myuni' website. The assignment is non-redeemable.
Final Exam: 60%
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