FINA2207 Business Analysis and Valuation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Finance major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit emphasises how parties external to the company employ publicly available information, company reports and financial market information to evaluate the current, and predict the future, financial condition of the company. The analytical techniques of financial statement analysis (e.g. fundamental analysis, cash flow analysis and pro forma analysis) and the issue of the reliability and quality of publicly available information are discussed and explored. Analytical tools are applied in different decision contexts such as equity valuation, mergers and acquisitions, lending decisions and the evaluation of managerial performance.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of how fundamental or intrinsic firm values are estimated; (2) demonstrate an awareness of business strategies and activities that create value; (3) discuss the relevance of cash flows, dividends, earnings and book values in firm valuation and integrate profitability into a firm's value; (4) explore and evaluate the determinants of a firm's market-to-book ratio (P/B) and also its price-earnings ratio (P/E); (5) produce a clear and concise written equity research report; and (6) deliver oral presentations that are clear and coherent.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assessments; (2) project; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mahmoud Agha
Unit rules
FINA1221 Introduction to Finance;
FINA2221 Introduction to Finance
Advisable prior study:
ACCT2201 Corporate Accounting (formerly ACCT2201 Introduction to Corporate Accounting)
ACCT3302 Financial Statement Analysis
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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