- Class Number 2907
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Dean Katselas
- Dr Dean Katselas
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
Corporate Valuation is a “capstone” finance course that draws on core corporate finance principles, theories and methods previously studies. Students will work in teams to value an existing company, present their analysis and investment recommendation. The techniques covered include discounted cash flow, multiple-based and asset-based valuations. Because of the richness of the approach, most of the focus will be on discounted cash flow analysis. While this entails more work and requires significant student initiative, this type of ‘learning by doing’ should provide a lasting framework.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and apply techniques for company valuation;
- Appreciate how to apply theories and concepts learned in other courses;
- Become more effective at working in teams.
Students undertaking this course will be imparted with the necessary skills for industry-based research. This will include involving students in critical analysis of industry-based problems such as valuation, capital budgeting and risk assessment.
Examination Material or equipment
A non-programmable calculator
Prescribed Text (available as an eBook via the ANU Library)
Koller, T., Goedhart, M. and Wessels, D., Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 6th Edition, Mc Kinsey & Co (John Wiley and Sons), 2015. [denoted ‘KGW’]
Other Required Readings
CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct
CFA Institute Standards of Practice Handbook (Standard V) (SPH)
Other Reading (available as an eBook via the ANU Library)
Damodaran A., Investment Valuation, 3rd Edition, University Edition (John Wiley and Sons), 2012.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class
- Feedback to groups
We use feedback from students, professional bodies and staff to make regular improvements to the course. In response to this feedback, design improvements from the previous version of the course include:
- Weekly tutorials throughout the semester
- A reduction in the number of assignments
- Additional practice questions for the final examination
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Topic: Course overview & Valuation in context Activity: Lecture 1 Required student preparation: KGW Ch 1; Ch 2; Ch 3|
|2||Topic: Building a company model & Reorganising the financial statements Activity: Lecture 2, Tutorial 1 Required student preparation: KGW Ch 9|
|3||Topic: Forecasting and model integrity Activity: Lecture 3, Tutorial 2 Required student preparation: KGW Ch 6, Ch 10, Ch 11|
|4||Topic: Cost of capital Activity: Lecture 4, Tutorial 3 Required student preparation: KGW Ch 13, Course Note 1|
|5||Topic: DCF valuation Activity: Lecture 5, Tutorial 4 Required student preparation: KGW Ch 8; Ch 12; Ch 14||Quiz|
|6||Topic: Incorporating growth potential Activity: Lecture 6, Tutorial 5 Required student preparation: KGW Ch 7; Ch 27|
|7||Topic: Multiple-based valuations: Price/Earnings ratios Enterprise value Others: cash flow multiples, dividend yield, price/sales. Activity: Lecture 7, Tutorial 6 Required student preparation: KGW Ch 16, Course Note 2 (pp 1-6)||Assignment 1 due Mid-semester examination|
|8||Topic: Asset-based valuations: Price/Book Sum-of-the-Parts Takeover valuation Activity: Lecture 8, Tutorial 7 Required student preparation: Damodaran Ch 19; Ch 25, KGW Ch 17, Course Note 2 (pp 7-10)|
|9||Topic: Sensitivity and scenario analysis Activity: Lecture 9, Tutorial 8 Required student preparation: KGW Ch 15, Damodaran Ch 33,|
|10||Topic: Forming a recommendation Activity: Lecture 10, Tutorial 9 Required student preparation: KGW Ch 4; Ch 5|
|11||Topic: Special issues: Cross-border valuation Valuing high growth firms Evaluating management WACC as a value-driver Activity: Lecture 11, Tutorial 10 Required student preparation: KGW Ch 23; Ch 29; Ch 32, CFA Code of Ethics; Standard of Practice Handbook - Part V (pp 127-147)||Assignment 2 due|
|12||Topic: Review Activity: Lecture 12, Tutorial 11|
Tutorial signup for this course will be done via Wattle. Detailed information about signup times will be provided on Wattle or during your first lecture. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:
1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site
2. Click on the link “Tutorial enrolment”
3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab “Become Member of…..” for the tutorial class you wish to enter
4. Confirm your choice
If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab “Leave group….” and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Quiz - 15 mins duration (Week 5)||5 %||29/03/2019||01/04/2019||1|
|Assignment 1: Company model and DCF valuation||20 %||26/04/2019||10/05/2019||1-3|
|Mid-Semester Examination – 1 hour duration (Week 7)||15 %||26/04/2019||29/04/2019||1|
|Assignment 2: Multiple and asset-based valuation, and final report||20 %||24/05/2019||05/06/2019||1-3|
|Final Examination – 3 hours duration (TBA)||40 %||06/06/2019||04/07/2019||1-2|
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
Quiz - 15 mins duration (Week 5)
Date: 29-03-2019, at 2pm (Online via Wattle)
Value or weighting: 5% (or 0% if the quiz is not attempted or redeemed)
Additional information: This will be an online quiz conducted via Wattle, consisting of multiple choice questions only. The purpose of the quiz is to provide students with feedback on their understanding of the material, prior to the mid-semester exam. The questions will be of practical (numerical) and/or theory in nature and students will need to review and revise all material covered in lectures 1 to 4, inclusive, as well as the corresponding tutorial material. The quiz is optional and redeemable, and will be held during the scheduled Workshop time for Week 5, however there will be no Workshop held in this week. Results for the quiz will be available on Wattle, by Monday 1 Apr, 2019. More details will be provided as the quiz approaches.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-3
Assignment 1: Company model and DCF valuation
Due Date: 26 April 2019, by 4pm (Week 7)
Value or weighting: 20%
Additional information: An assignment handout will be provided on Wattle at the commencement of semester, with details elaborated in class. This assignment is to be submitted electronically via Wattle by 4pm, Friday 26 April 2019.
Team formation: Both Assignments 1 and 2 are to be completed in a group containing 4 - 6 students (ideally 5). Students should commence forming groups as soon as possible, and once decided upon, email the Lecturer with the details of their group (student names and IDs of each member), with all group members included as recipients to the email. To assist students in finding a group, a discussion forum will be available via Wattle, in Week 1, where students may post their desire to find a group, and/or existing groups looking for additional members. The deadline for forming groups will be the end of Week 3.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1
Mid-Semester Examination – 1 hour duration (Week 7)
Date: 26 April, 2019, at 2pm (Online via Wattle)
Value or weighting: 15% (or 0% if the mid-semester exam is not attempted or redeemed)
Additional information: This will be an online exam conducted via Wattle, consisting of multiple choice questions only. The questions will be of practical (numerical) and/or theory in nature and students will need to review and revise all material covered in lectures 1 to 6, inclusive, as well as the corresponding tutorial material. This exam is optional and redeemable for students in this course. The exam will be held during the scheduled Workshop time for Week 7, however there will be no Workshop held in this week. Results for the exam will be available on Wattle, by Monday 29 Apr, 2019. More details regarding the exam will be provided as the exam approaches.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1-3
Assignment 2: Multiple and asset-based valuation, and final report
Due Date: 17 October 2019, by 4pm (Week 11)
Value or weighting: 20%
Additional information: An assignment handout will be provided on Wattle at the commencement of semester, with details elaborated in class. This assignment is to be submitted electronically via Wattle by 4pm, Thursday 17 October 2019.
Team Formation: Both Assignments 1 and 2 are to be completed in a group containing 4 - 6 students (ideally 5). Students should commence forming groups as soon as possible, and once decided upon, email the Lecturer with the details of their group (student names and IDs of each member), with all group members included as recipients to the email. To assist students in finding a group, a discussion forum will be available via Wattle, in Week 1, where students may post their desire to find a group, and/or existing groups looking for additional members. The deadline for forming groups will be the end of Week 3.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1-2
Final Examination – 3 hours duration (TBA)
Date: To be scheduled by the ANU examinations office to take place during the final exam period.
Value or weighting: 40% (or up to 60% if both the quiz and mid-semester examination are redeemed)
This is a closed book exam but students are allowed to bring one A4 sheet of paper with notes on both sides. A mixture of theory and practical (numerical) questions will be asked. Students will need to review and revise all material (weeks 1-11) pertaining to the course. Students will be provided with further details regarding the exam as it approaches. The marking criteria will be based on model solutions and answers prepared by the lecturer.
The final exam is designed to: (i) test the student’s understanding and comprehension of the course material; (ii) ensure they have obtained the learning objectives of the course.
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