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Brunel Business School
MG5556 Financial Resources Management
Assignment/Coursework for 2017/18
Assessment Title:
Analysis of financial performance and valuation of a FTSE 350 company
Module Leader:
Dr Radha Shiwakoti
Distribution Date:
17/01/2018
Submission Deadline:
25/04/2018
Feedback by :
23/05/2018
Contribution to overall module assessment:
100%
Indicative student time working on assessment:
Word or Page Limit (if applicable):
2 500Words (not including references)
Assessment Type
Individual Report
Main Objective of the assessment
1. The main objective of this assignment is to examine the ability of the students to critically evaluate the performance and position of a company and their
ability to value the company using a valuation method. This objective will be achieved through the preparation of financial and valuation report of a large
listed company in the London Stock Exchange. In the preparation of the report student must demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories and concepts
pertaining to the creation of shareholder value and the evaluation of the performance of a company. In this assignment students should use appropriate
concepts and rational arguments to interpret strategic and financial data in order to produce suitably critical, well-considered report.
Description of the Assessment
1. This assignment is based on a company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). You are required to prepare a report comparing the financial
performance and position of a company making extensive use of ratio analysis and also required to prepare valuation for a company using one valuation
method. Please select two companies from the FTSE 350 companies within any one sector from the following sectors:
(a) Electricity, Gas, steam and air conditioning supply
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(b)
(c)
(d)
(e)
Construction
Wholesale and retail trade
Information and communication
Mining and Quarrying
2. You can get list of FTSE 350 companies from the London Stock Exchange website.
http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/prices-and-markets/stocks/indices/constituents-indices.html?index=MCX
file://acfs2/cbsf/bustrrs/Downloads/uksic2007web.pdf (UK SIC code information)
Annual reports are available to download from the company’s website and as a scanned copy from FAME. It is also expected that you will collect
information from the narrative section of the annual reports and accounts of companies.
Required:
You should prepare your report in two parts:
(a)
In this part, you are expected to obtain financial information for a minimum period of 2 years for your chosen companies. You are expected to use
some industry data to support your analysis. Your report should cover the following areas:
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•
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An evaluation of profitability.
An evaluation of financial position from both a short-term (liquidity) and a long-term (gearing) perspective.
An evaluation of performance from an equity shareholders perspective.
An evaluation of the overall performance and position of the business.
Based on your analysis and discussion above recommend the best company for investment.
(b)
In the second part, you are required to prepare a valuation for a company using one of the following two methods:
1.
Prospective price-earnings ratio analysis based on forecast normalised earnings.
2.
Forecast dividend growth model.
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You are required to compare your valuation with the actual market value of the company. You should discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the
valuation method you have chosen and the problems that may arise in arriving at valuation to illustrate your points.
Notes:
1.
You should show the calculation of your ratios in sufficient detail to enable your workings to be followed. Your report should include an
interpretation of the ratios as well as calculations of the ratios themselves. You should refer to other information in the financial statements (and
information available from elsewhere), as necessary, to assist in the interpretation.
2.
In preparing valuation, you should state all of your assumptions clearly in your report.
3.
Use of research papers are encouraged in your report.
4.
Show all your workings clearly for both parts. Avoid copying information from internet sites or other sources. If unacknowledged, this constitutes
plagiarism.
5.
Please submit your report on BLACKBOARD LEARNING not later than 25 April 2018, 12.00 noon.
Target length 2 500 words including calculations. Any report shorter or longer than 10% of 2 500 words will be penalised. Please use Harvard style
referencing.
Please enter here the marking scheme relevant for the coursework and provide an illustration of each assessment criterion achieved at each of the grade
descriptor for UG/PG levels.
PG grades and grade point bands [Senate Regulation 3 (2013 starters onwards)] are: A++ (17), A+ (16), A (15), A- (14), B+ (13), B (12), B- (11), C+ (10), C (9),
C- (8), D+ (7), D (6), D- (5), E+ (4), E (3), E- (2), F (1)
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Submission Instructions
Coursework must be submitted electronically via the University’s Blackboard Learn system. The required file format for this report is [docx format]. Your
student ID number must be used as the file name.
Marking scheme
Criteria
Grade descriptors
A
B
C
D
E
F
Literature Review
Clear
demonstration of
a sophisticated,
critical and
thorough
understanding of
the role and
nature of financial
resource
management and
its diverse
elements of
regulation with
several
appropriate
references
Clear
demonstration of
a well-developed,
critical and
comprehensive
understanding of
financial resource
management the
role and nature of
and its diverse
elements of
regulation with
some appropriate
references.
Demonstration of
a critical and
substantial
understanding of
the role and
nature of financial
resource
management
supported and its
diverse elements
of regulation with
a few references.
Provides evidence
of some critical
understanding of
the role and
nature of financial
resource
management and
its diverse
elements of
regulation with at
least one
reference or few
inappropriate
references.
Work does
demonstrate
evidence a partial
but uncritical
understanding of
the role and
nature of financial
resource
management and
its diverse
elements of
regulation with no
references.
Work does not
demonstrate
understanding of
the role and
nature of financial
resource
management and
its diverse
elements of
regulation and
there is absence
of references
Creativity in the use of
Financial Resource
Management
Comprehensive
critical evaluation
is required
An evaluation
which is
comprehensive.
A limited but
satisfactory
evaluation of the
areas required.
An awareness but
limited evaluation
of the areas
required
This answer does
not demonstrate
an awareness of
the area
This answer has
failed to
understand the
subject area.
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Research Methodology
Comprehensive
critical evaluation
is required with
the research
approach fully
justified
An evaluation
which is
comprehensive
with some
justification of the
approach adopted
A limited but
satisfactory
evaluation of the
areas required.
An awareness but
limited evaluation
of the areas
required
This answer does
not demonstrate
an awareness of
the area
This answer has
failed to
understand the
subject area.
Analytical Skills
An excellent
analysis and
evaluation of the
result drawing
information from
various sources
Good analysis
and evaluation of
the result.
A satisfactory
evaluation which
lacks the depth
and breadth of
analysis
Very limited
analysis of the
result.
No analysis or
discussion
provided.
No analysis
provided and the
answer does not
address the
question.
Overall Structure
Excellent structure
, good
presentation and
appropriate
referencing and
citations with the
submission
procedure
correctly followed
Excellent structure
, good
presentation and
appropriate
referencing and
citations
Satisfactory
overall but the
answer contains
examples of poor
English grammar
and/ or some
referencing errors
Poor written
presentation and
English skills
displayed. Some
referencing or
presentation
errors.
The answer
contains very
weak
communication
skills, poor
referencing and
presentation.
Presentation and
referencing are
very poor or nonexistent.
Academic Misconduct, Plagiarism and Collusion
Any coursework or examined submission for assessment where plagiarism, collusion or any form of cheating is suspected will be dealt with according to the
University processes which are detailed in Senate Regulation 6.
You can access information about plagiarism here.
The University regulations on plagiarism apply to published as well as unpublished work, collusion and the plagiarism of the work of other students.
Please ensure that you fully understand what constitutes plagiarism before you submit your work.
Late Coursework
Please refer to the College’s Student Handbook for information on submitting late, penalties applied and procedures in the case of extenuating
circumstances.
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