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Bachelor of Business
ACC302 Corporate Finance
Group Assignment, Semester 1, 2020
Maximum of students in a group – 3 students
Due dates:
a. Research and analysis on week 10
b. Presentation on week 11 Maximum words: 2000 words
Description
Students are required to study, undertake research, analyse and conduct academic work within the areas of corporate finance. The assignment should examine the main issues, including underlying theories, implement performance measures used and explain the firm financial performance. You are strongly advised to reference professional websites, journal articles and textbooks in this assignment (case study).
Required:
This assessment task is a written report and analysis of the financial performance of a selected company in order to provide financial advice to a wealthy investor. It will be based on financial reports of a listed company on the ASX (chosen by the lecturer). This assignment requires students to undertake a comprehensive examination of a firm’s financial performance. MARKS will be/might subtracted for LATE SUBMISSIONS
STAGES TO BE COMPLETED
Name of the student and a “business name” under which you will be providing your financial advisory services. The name of the company that you will investigate/analyse for the purposes of possible recommendation to your client. A company (listed on the ASX) will be allocated to each student by the lecturer. The students should obtain all information about the selected company from this web site: www.asx.com.au
You MUST: Obtain a copy of the last Financial Statements including Income Statements, Balance Sheets, Statement of Changes in Equity, Cash Flows Statements and Notes. You can download these documents from the suggested web site using the firm’s code (example, BHP- for BHP Billiton Company, etc).
1. A description of the company (Part 1) – 2%
2. Identify your company (in terms of the ownership-governance structure) (Part 2 i & ii) – 2%
3. Two graphs from www.asx.com.au with the description of results (Part 3 i & ii) – 2%
4. Identify any significant factors which may have influenced the share price of your company. (Part 4) – 2%
5. Perform a scenario analysis with the data provided (Part 5) – 8%
6. Letter Recommendation (Part 6) – 2%
7. Formal structure – 2%
QUESTIONS: You are an investment adviser, working to build a foundation of wealth for your clients. One of your wealthiest clients already has a diversified portfolio, which includes managed funds, property; cash/fixed interest and a few direct share investments in Australia and around the world. The investor wishes to expand his/her portfolio and is considering your company’s share to add to the portfolio. (The investor has an extra $10 million that wishes to invest into your company). The company which you will examine is allocated by your lecturer.
The assignment is a written comprehensive report and analysis of the firms’ financial performance (including referencing).
You are required to do the following tasks:
1. Prepare a brief description of the company, outlining the core activities, the market(s) in which it operates within and any factors in the companies’ history which you consider help present a “picture” of your company.
2. Specify ownership-governance structure of the company:
i) Name the main substantial shareholders:
ii) Name the main people involved in the firm governance:
The Chairman
Board members
CEO
Whether any of these people have the same surname as any of substantial shareholders ( 20% share capital). If yes- you could use this as an argument for the presence of an owner or family member(s) in the firm’s governance. Whether any of shareholders with more than 5% share capital are involved in firm governance.
3. Using the information from the ASX website: www.asx.com.au you must complete the following tasks:
i) Prepare a graph / chart for movements in the monthly share price over the last two years for the company that you are investigating. Plot them against movements in the All Ordinaries Index.
ii) Write a report which compares movements in the companies’ share price index to the All Ords Index. For instance, how closely correlated is the line with the All Ords Index. Above or below? More or less volatile?
4. Research via the internet or financial/business publications:
From research via the internet (using credible sources) or financial/business publications, note any significant announcements which may have influenced the share price of your company. These factors could include merger activities, divestitures, changes in management’s earnings forecasts, changes in analysts’ forecasts, unusual write-offs or abnormal items, macroeconomic factors, industry wide factors, significant management changes, changes in the focus of the company, impact of competitors or lawsuits etc. (Restrict the number of announcements to 5).
5. Perform a scenario analysis with data provided
Assume that your selected company is considering a potential project with a new product that is expected to sell for an average price of $250 per unit and the company expects it can sell 500,000 unit per year at this price for a period of five years. Launching this project will require purchase of a $5,500,000 equipment that has residual value in five years of $500,000 and adding $ 80,000 in working capital which is expected to be fully retrieved at the end of the project. Other information is available below:
Depreciation method: straight line (n = 5 years)
Variable cost per unit: $150
Cash fixed costs per year $550 000 Discount rate: 9%
Tax Rate: 25%
Do a scenario analysis with cash flows of the assumed project to determine the sensitivity of the project’s NPV to different scenarios that are defined in terms of the estimated values for each of the project’s value drivers. Please work on two scenarios corresponding to the worst- and best-case outcomes for the project. You need to provide your results in (a) relevant tables:
Worst case: Unit sales decrease by 25%; price per unit decreases by 20%; variable cost per unit increases by 25 %; cash fixed cost per year increases by $90 000
Best case: Unit sales increase by 25%; price per unit increases by 20%; variable cost per unit decreases by 25%; cash fixed cost per year decreases by $90 000
Based on the scenario analysis outcome, draw relevant conclusion about project NPV’s sensitivity.
6. Based on your analysis above, write a letter of recommendation to your client, providing an explanation as why you would like to include this company in his/her investment portfolio. Please refer to the trends or factors based on your research that you believe to be important.

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