- Class Number 5385
- Term Code 3360
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Jo Drienko
- Dr Jo Drienko
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/07/2023
- Class End Date 27/10/2023
- Census Date 31/08/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
Corporate Valuation is a “capstone” finance course that draws on core corporate finance principles, theories and methods previously studied. 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:
- Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of valuation essentials;
- Implement and communicate techniques used to place a value on a company’s operations; and
- Use valuation tools to plan and monitor key corporate decisions.
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.
Additional Course Costs
The only additional course costs are a non-programmable scientific calculator (not a financial calculator).
Examination Material or equipment
The quizzes will be conducted over Wattle and will be open book. Students are required to ensure that the technology needed for the online quiz is reliable.
The final exam will be conducted in-person on campus. It will be a closed-book exam. Centrally scheduled examinations through Examinations, and will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information.
Students are expected to have access to a copy of the prescribed book for the duration of the semester. The book is available in ecopy from the ANU Library. A small number of copies are also available for 2 hour loan in the reserve loan section of the Chifley Library.
Koller, T., Goedhart, M. and Wessels, D., Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 6th Edition, University Edition, McKinsey & Co (John Wiley and Sons), 2015.
[denoted ‘KGW’]. Library ebook link: Valuation, Mc Kinsey & Co, 6th Edition, University Edition
Additional materials will be made available on Wattle, including supplementary course notes, selected analyst reports, CFA readings, example worksheets, and other relevant
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
You final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formulate, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed or be the same as the scaled mark of that student), and may result in a score that is either higher or lower than the raw mark calculated.
Support for Students
The University offers a number of support services for students. Information on these is available online from http://students.anu.edu.au/studentlife/
If necessary, the lecturer and tutor(s) for this course will contact students on their official ANU student email address. Information about your enrollment and fees from the Registrar and Student Services' office will also be sent to this email address. Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Topic: Course overview & Valuation in contextActivity: Lecture 1 (No workshop) Required student preparation: KGW Ch 1; Ch 2; Ch 3|
|2||Topic: Building a company modelActivity: Lecture 2, Workshop, TutorialRequired student preparation: KGW Ch 9|
|3||Topic: Forecasting and model integrityActivity: Lecture 3, Workshop, TutorialRequired student preparation: KGW Ch 6, Ch 10, Ch 11|
|4||Topic: Cost of capitalActivity: Lecture 4, Workshop, TutorialRequired student preparation: KGW Ch 13, Course Note 1|
|5||Topic: DCF valuationActivity: Lecture 5, Workshop, TutorialRequired student preparation: KGW Ch 8; Ch 12; Ch 14|
|6||Topic: Multiple-based valuations:
• Price/Earnings ratios
• Enterprise value
• Others: cash flow multiples, dividend yield, price/sales.Activity: Lecture 6, Workshop, TutorialRequired student preparation: KGW Ch 16, Course Note 2 (pp 1-6)
|7||Topic: Asset-based valuations:
• Takeover valuationActivity: Lecture 7, Workshop, TutorialRequired student preparation: Damodaran Ch 19; Ch 25; KGW Ch 17; 34 Course Note 2 (pp 7-10)
|Assignment 1 due, Wattle quiz|
|8||Topic: Incorporating growth potentialActivity: Lecture 8, Workshop, TutorialRequired student preparation: KGW Ch 7; Ch 27|
|9||Topic: Sensitivity and scenario analysisActivity: Lecture 9, Workshop, TutorialRequired student preparation: KGW Ch 15, Damodaran Ch 33,|
|10||Topic: Forming a recommendationActivity: Lecture 10, Workshop, TutorialRequired student preparation: KGW Ch 4; Ch 5|
|11||Topic: Special issues:
• Cross-border valuation
• Valuing high growth firms
• Evaluating management
• WACC as a value-driverActivity: Lecture 11, Workshop, TutorialRequired 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 and Finance Industry TipsActivity: Lecture 12, TutorialRequired student preparation: All previous materials|
Tutorials will be available on campus only. ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage (https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling).
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Practice (Wattle) Quiz - 20 mins duration||0 %||30/08/2023||30/08/2023||1|
|Wattle Quiz - 60 mins duration||20 %||19/09/2023||19/09/2023||1|
|Assignment 1: Company model and DCF valuation||25 %||20/09/2023||06/10/2023||1,2,3|
|Assignment 2: Refine company model, multiple and/or asset-based valuation||15 %||20/10/2023||27/10/2023||1,2,3|
|Final Exam - 180 mins duration||40 %||02/11/2023||30/11/2023||1,2|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
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.
Course content delivery will take the form of in-person weekly lectures and workshops. The weekly tutorials will be delivered on-campus only. Student consultations will be conducted over Zoom.
Centrally scheduled examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
Practice (Wattle) Quiz - 20 mins duration
Date: August 30, 6pm (Online via Wattle)
Value or weighting: 0%
• The practice quiz will cover content contained in Week 1 through 5, inclusive. It will consist of multiple-choice (calculation) questions only.
• The purpose of the quiz is to provide students with feedback on their understanding of the material up to week 5.
• The practice quiz will not count towards your course grade.
• The practice quiz will be available through Wattle and is to be completed individually.
• The practice quiz will have a length of 20 minutes (no reading time), there will be no online invigilation and the practice quiz will be open book.
• The results of the practice quiz will be provided immediately after the conclusion of the official quiz writing time.
• More details about the practice quiz will be provided during the week 1 lecture with more information also provided via Wattle.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1
Wattle Quiz - 60 mins duration
Date: Week 7 Workshop (Online via Wattle)
Value or weighting: 20% (or 0% if the quiz is not attempted or redeemed)
• The quiz will cover content contained in Week 1 through 6, inclusive. It will consist of multiple-choice (calculation) questions only.
• The purpose of the quiz is to provide students with feedback on their understanding of the material up to week 6.
• This open-book quiz is optional and redeemable (against the final exam) for students in this course.
• The quiz will be available through Wattle and is to be completed individually.
• The quiz will have a length of 60 minutes (no reading time), to be completed during the week 7 workshop time.
• The results of the quiz will be provided immediately after the conclusion of the official quiz writing time.
• More details about the quiz will be provided during the week 1 lecture with more information also provided via Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Assignment 1: Company model and DCF valuation
Due Date: 20 September 2023
Value or weighting: 25%
The group assignment guidelines will be posted in Week 1. Students are asked to sign up for an assignment group on Wattle by August 3. All groups must consist of 5 - 7 students. Any individuals not enrolled into a group and small groups of less than 5 members are will be allocated randomly by the lecturer by August 9. Each group is expected to build a DCF valuation model (Assignment #1) and multiple-based (asset-based) valuations (Assignment #2) for a listed Australian company. Details on objectives, requirements, group formation, guidance and marking criteria will be outlined in the Assignment Guide on Wattle.
The workshop commences from Week 2 with themed discussions on the assignment. The week 2 workshop introduces the “KGW model” template, and offers general advice on modeling in Microsoft Excel. From week 3, guidance will be given on how to conduct analysis for your company, including discussing methods and addressing any common problems or matters raised by students. All students are expected to attend workshops. The workshop is used as the main forum seeking help for your assignment. The lecturer will NOT answer assignment-related questions by email. A face-to-face conversation is a more effective way on this regard. You are welcome to talk to the lecturer in class, during lecture breaks or during workshops. The assignment will be submitted on Wattle using the Group Assignment 1 Submission link.
All questions regarding the lectures, workshops and the assignment should be directed to the lecturer. Important: please make sure you have reviewed all lecture/workshop materials and recordings. If you ask an assignment question that has been discussed in workshops you will be asked to listen to the recordings. This policy is to improve the efficiency of using the lecturer’s time and give the students who do need face-to-face time with the lecturer a fair chance. The lecturer would very much appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
All questions regarding the tutorials should be directed to the tutors.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Assignment 2: Refine company model, multiple and/or asset-based valuation
Due Date: 20 October 2023
Value or weighting: 15%
The group assignment guidelines will be posted in Week 1. Assignment #2 should be undertaken by the same group formed for Assignment #1. This assignment completes the valuation analysis by undertaking some appropriately selected multiple-based and/or asset-based valuation techniques. Feedback for Assignment #1 are expected to be provided to students well before the submission of Assignment #2. Any errors or areas that need improvement highlighted in the feedback are expected to be corrected or incorporated in your Assignment #2 submission. The assignment will be submitted on Wattle using the Group Assignment 2 Submission link.
All questions regarding the tutorials should be directed to the tutors.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Final Exam - 180 mins duration
Due Date: to be centrally timetabled
Value or weighting: 40% (or 60% if the quiz is not attempted or redeemed)
• The final exam will cover content contained in Week 1 through 11, inclusive.
• The final exam will be held in-person and on-campus during the Semester 2 final exam period. It is to be completed individually.
• 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 pertaining to the course.
• The exam will consist of calculation and theory-based multiple-choice as well as short answer questions.
• Students will be provided with further details regarding the exam by the end of Week 10.
• The final exam will have a length of 180 minutes, with 15 minutes of reading time.
• Centrally scheduled examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information.
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The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Both assignments will be submitted in Wattle via a dedicated assignment link.
There are no hard copy submissions in the course.
Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted.
Extension of the assignment will not be considered as the assignment is done by a large group of students and to be completed from week 2 progressively. Other group members are expected to complete the tasks even if one or more members are not able to due to uncontrollable events.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Feedback on the assignment will be returned via Wattle or email by the date as set out in the "Assessment" section.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
No resubmission of assignment will be accepted.
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Dr Jo Drienko