Financial Resource Management

Financial Resource Management

Main Objective of the assessment
1. The main objective of this assignment is to examine the ability of the students to critically evaluate the performance and position of a company and their ability to value the company using a valuation method. This objective will be achieved through the preparation of financial and valuation report of a large listed company in the London Stock Exchange. In the preparation of the report student must demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories and concepts pertaining to the creation of shareholder value and the evaluation of the performance of a company. In this assignment students should use appropriate concepts and rational arguments to interpret strategic and financial data in order to produce suitably critical, well-considered report.

Financial Resource Management

Description of the Assessment
1. This assignment is based on a company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). You are required to prepare a report comparing the financial performance and position of a company over the last five years (trend analysis) and also required to prepare a valuation report using one valuation method. Please select a company from the list of FTSE 350 companies from the following sectors:

(a) Accommodation and food services activities
(b) Wholesale and retail trade
(c) Transportation and storage

2. You can get list of FTSE 350 companies from the London Stock Exchange website.

http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/prices-and-markets/stocks/indices/constituents-indices.html?index=MCX

You can get UK industry classification from the following:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/standard-industrial-classification-of-economic-activities-sic
(UK SIC code information)

https://fame4.bvdinfo.com/version-20181219/fame/Companies
for FAME Database

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Annual reports are available to download from the company’s website and as a scanned copy from FAME. It is also expected that you will collect information from the narrative section of the annual reports and accounts of companies.

Required:

You should prepare your report in two parts:

(a) In the first part, you are expected to use ratio analysis to compare the performance and position of a company over the last five years. You are expected to use some industry data and information from various sources to support your analysis. Your report should cover the following areas:

• An evaluation of profitability.
• An evaluation of financial position from both a short-term (liquidity) and a long-term (gearing) perspective.
• An evaluation of performance from an equity shareholders perspective.
• An evaluation of the overall performance and position of the business.

(b) In the second part, you are required to prepare a valuation for a company using one of the following two methods:

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1. Prospective price-earnings ratio analysis based on forecast normalised earnings.

2. Forecast dividend growth model.You are required to compare your valuation with the actual market value of the company. You should discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the valuation method you have chosen and the problems that may arise in arriving at valuation to illustrate your points.

Notes:

1. You should show the calculation of your ratios in sufficient detail to enable your workings to be followed. Your report should include an interpretation of the ratios as well as calculations of the ratios themselves. You should refer to other information in the financial statements (and information available from elsewhere), as necessary, to assist in the interpretation.

2. In preparing valuation, you should state all of your assumptions clearly in your report.

3. Use of research papers are encouraged in your report.

4. Show all your workings clearly for both parts. Avoid copying information from internet sites or other sources. If unacknowledged, this constitutes plagiarism.

5. Please submit your report on BLACKBOARD LEARNING not later than 3 April 2019, 12.00 noon.Target length 3 000 words including calculations. Any report shorter or longer than 10% of 3 000 words will be penalised. Please use Harvard style referencing.

Please enter here the marking scheme relevant for the coursework and provide an illustration of each assessment criterion achieved at each of the grade descriptor for UG/PG levels.

Please enter here the marking scheme relevant for the coursework and provide an illustration of each assessment criterion achieved at each of the grade descriptor for UG/PG levels.

PG grades and grade point bands [Senate Regulation 3 (2013 starters onwards)] are: A++ (17), A+ (16), A (15), A- (14), B+ (13), B (12), B- (11), C+ (10), C (9), C- (8), D+ (7), D (6), D- (5), E+ (4), E (3), E- (2), F (1)

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Marking scheme

Criteria Grade descriptors
A B C D E F
Literature Review
(10%) Clear demonstration of a sophisticated, critical and thorough understanding of the role and nature of financial resource management and its diverse elements of regulation with several appropriate references Clear demonstration of a well-developed, critical and comprehensive understanding of financial resource management the role and nature of and its diverse elements of regulation with some appropriate references.
Demonstration of a critical and substantial understanding of the role and nature of financial resource management supported and its diverse elements of regulation with a few references.
Provides evidence of some critical understanding of the role and nature of financial resource management and its diverse elements of regulation with at least one reference or few inappropriate references.
Work does demonstrate evidence a partial but uncritical understanding of the role and nature of financial resource management and its diverse elements of regulation with no references.
Work does not demonstrate understanding of the role and nature of financial resource management and its diverse elements of regulation and there is absence of references

Creativity in the use of Financial Resource Management
(10%) Comprehensive critical evaluation is required An evaluation which is comprehensive. A limited but satisfactory evaluation of the areas required. An awareness but limited evaluation of the areas required This answer does not demonstrate an awareness of the area This answer has failed to understand the subject area.
Research Methodology
(5%) Comprehensive critical evaluation is required with the research approach fully justified An evaluation which is comprehensive with some justification of the approach adopted A limited but satisfactory evaluation of the areas required. An awareness but limited evaluation of the areas required This answer does not demonstrate an awareness of the area This answer has failed to understand the subject area.
Analytical Skills
(60%) An excellent analysis and evaluation of the result drawing information from various sources Good analysis and evaluation of the result. A satisfactory evaluation which lacks the depth and breadth of analysis Very limited analysis of the result. No analysis or discussion provided. No analysis provided and the answer does not address the question.
Overall Structure
(15%) Excellent structure , good presentation and appropriate referencing and citations with the submission procedure correctly followed Excellent structure , good presentation and appropriate referencing and citations Satisfactory overall but the answer contains examples of poor English grammar and/ or some referencing errors Poor written presentation and English skills displayed. Some referencing or presentation errors. The answer contains very weak communication skills, poor referencing and presentation. Presentation and referencing are very poor or non-existent.

Submission Instructions
Coursework must be submitted electronically via the University’s Blackboard Learn system. The required file format for this report is docx format. Your student ID number must be used as the file name (e.g. 0123456.docx). You must ensure that you upload your file in the correct format and use the College’s electronic coursework coversheet. Please note that submissions of ‘.Pages’ documents will not be accepted – they should be converted to approved format.

The electronic coursework coversheet must be completed and included at the beginning of all coursework submissions prior to submitting on Blackboard Learn. Electronic coversheets are available on Blackboard Learn within the Taught Programmes Office folder.

Academic Misconduct, Plagiarism and Collusion
Any coursework or examined submission for assessment where plagiarism, collusion or any form of cheating is suspected will be dealt with according to the University processes which are detailed in Senate Regulation 6.

You can access information about plagiarism here.

The University regulations on plagiarism apply to published as well as unpublished work, collusion and the plagiarism of the work of other students.
Please ensure that you fully understand what constitutes plagiarism before you submit your work.

University’s Coursework Submission Policy
Please refer to the College’s Student Handbook for information on submitting late, penalties applied and procedures.

College’s Coursework Submission Policy
Please refer to the College’s Student Handbook for information relating to the College’s Coursework Submission Policy and procedures.
* this can be found at the bottom of the page under the ‘Documents’ section *

Extenuating Circumstances Policy
Please refer to the College’s Student Handbook for information relating to extenuating circumstances and procedures.

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