Financial And Business Opportunities And Risks Analysis Assessment Answer

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Question :

Corporate Finance

Assessment Brief

Assessment Method: 

Element 1:Individual presentation focuses on the financial and business/investment opportunities and risks analysis for an organization 40%

Element 2:Portfolio Assessment 60% 

Please note: in order to pass this module, you must achieve an overall mark of 50%. For each Element, 1 and 2, you must have a minimum mark of 40%. 

Please note that you have to submit both Elements. 

Learning Outcomes of E1 and E2

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

1.Critically apply key principles and tools in financial decision-making scenarios.

2.Maximise value through the use of appropriate strategies for investment and capital budgeting.

3.Critique the concepts around corporate capital structure and apply the cost of capital in investment decisions.

4.Critically evaluate the economic benefit of types of financing and finance structures in an international and digital environment.

5.Critique the concepts around risk management and apply risk management and derivative instruments in mitigating risks.

Element 1:

This assessment is designed to assess students’ ability to give a professional presentation of a company’s financial, business and risk management strategies demonstrating and using key principles and tools of business and financial decision-making.

Key Elements and Task

Students need to prepare and submit a PowerPoint presentation on a project (case study) of his/her choice. Students will likely have between 15-20 minutes (to be determined early in the course, dependent on number of students) to present with a few questions also being asked following the presentation, there being unlikely to be more than 5 minutes of questions.
The presentation should be from the perspective of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the chosen company.
The presentation should be structured as a presentation to fellow Board members and senior management and focus on the financial and business/investment opportunities and risks presented to the chosen organisation by the project and consider how these should be managed using key principles and tools of financial decision-making, project appraisal and assessment & risk assessment etc.
Students are expected to identify and analyse different types of financial and business risks & opportunities such a project will present and to explain, with specific examples, how these risks might manifest themselves in practice. 
As part of the presentation the efforts made by the government to recognise the risks facing the parties and to alleviate them should also be discussed, if applicable.
Within the presentation students should also seek to advise the relevant board of directors of the organisation chosen on the overall balance of opportunities and risks within the project and recommend whether & how the project should be/should have been undertaken or not or continued or not.
The presentation should be approximately 10-20 slides. When submitting.
Students should also ensure that the presentation includes the following:

  1. The presentation should be of a professional standard including good use of English, clear visuals and accurate referencing.
  2. The presentation should seek to demonstrate a clear understanding of the project.
  3. The presentation should include references to academic sources, such as journals, in order to support arguments made.
  4. All task requirements should be included within the presentation.

Submission MethodVia the virtual learning system.

Element 2 

The key concepts and applications of the corporate finance course include: Cost of capital, Leverage and Capital Structure, Payout Policy, Capital Investment Decisions, Short-term Finance and Working Capital Management, Optimal Portfolio Choice and the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Risk Management. This assessment (E2) is designed to assess student comprehensive understanding of corporate finance concepts, emphasizing their application to a wide variety of real-world situations. It is a Project-based assessment.

This assessment is designed to assess students´ ability as outlined in learning outcomes LO1 – LO5.

Key Elements and Task

Element 2 entails 8 portfolio assignments (PA), to be completed and submitted on  TBC

The Project-based assessment provides an opportunity to apply corporate finance theory and models to real firms. This project covers most of what we will be doing in class. In the process, students will need to (using Microsoft Excel for calculations, where applicable): 
PA-1) Analyse the risk profile of a company and identify (measure) risks involved in its investments.
PA-2) Analyse company's capital structure and describe the influence of a company's cost of capital on its capital structure and investment decisions.
PA-3) Examine firm´s capital structure and its value 
PA-4) Examine company's dividend policy and advise on the best structure of its dividend payout to shareholders. 
PA-5) Discuss the implications of company's capital investment decisions on the firm’s value. 
PA-6) Criticise the company’s investments decisions in net working capital. 
PA-7) Describe risk management strategies firms use to hedge their exposure to potential risks and threats.
PA-8) Provide recommendations to investors on the performance of the company
This project is structured as follow:
  1. Each student will need to pick and choose his/her own a company to analyse. The company should be publicly traded and have at least 3 years of trading history and 3 sets of annual financial statements. The company can be listed in any market. Allocation of companies will be done on a first to ask, first served basis.
  2. Each student will be responsible for doing the entire analysis for the company that he or she has chosen. 
  3. At the end of the process, each student will need to submit a portfolio (one folder) containing student’s reports on 8 assignments, including calculations where applicable. 
  4. No word count limit
  5. All assessments are weighted equally

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