FINA5523 Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online-TT
This unit considers the different types of information that investors and analysts use to assess a firm's performance and value. It explores the usefulness, quality and reliability of company reports and other publicly available information sources. Analytical techniques covered include ratio analysis; fundamental analysis; cash flow analysis; pro forma analysis; inventory and non-current asset analysis; and off-balance sheet analysis.
Students are able to (1) outline the financial reporting system and importance of financial reporting quality; (2) apply financial statement analysis to the various financial and investment decisions; (3) measure fundamental or intrinsic firm values; (4) recognise and identify value-added business strategies and activities; (5) explain the relevance of cash flows, dividends, earnings/profitability and book values in firm valuation; and (6) explore and evaluate what determines a firm's price-earnings ratio (P/E) and other multiples.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assessment; (2) team project and presentation; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Russell Poskitt (Semester 1), Dr Russell Poskitt (Semester 2)
Unit rules
for Master of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting students: FINA5533 Finance Essentials (or equivalent); for Master of Applied Finance students: ECON5541 Economics for Business: Applications and Policy and MGMT5504 Data Analysis and Decision Making and ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting and BUSN5100 Applied Professional Business Communications

Graduate Certificate in Finance students: none
Master of Applied Finance Students: FINA5533 Finance Essentials (or equivalent)
FINA2207 Business Analysis & Valuation or ACCT3302 Financial Statement Analysis.
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Semester 2-2020 [SEM-2-2020]
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