HC2091 Unit Title Business Finance

HOLMES INSTITUTE
FACULTY OF
HIGHER EDUCATION
Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Trimester T3 2019
Unit Code HC2091
Unit Title Business Finance
Assessment Type 3
Assessment Title Group Assignment
Purpose of the
assessment (with ULO Mapping) Students are required to form a group of 3 to 4 members (Minimum of 3
and Maximum of 4) to study, undertake research, analyse and conduct academic work within the areas of
business finance covered in learning materials Topics 1 to 10 inclusive. The assignment should examine
the main issues, including underlying theories, implement performance measures used and explain the
firm financial performance. Your group is strongly advised to reference professional websites, journal
articles and text books in this assignment (case study).
Weight 25 % of the total assessments
Total Marks 25
Word limit Not more than 2500 words
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Due Date Registration of groups and chosen companies: 5 pm Friday, Week 7
Final Submission of Group Assignment: Midnight (23:59 pm.) Sunday, Week 10 Late submission incurs
penalties of 5 (five) % of the assessment value per calendar day unless an extension and/or special
consideration has been granted by the lecturer prior to the assessment deadline.
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Submission Guidelines
· All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover
Page. Please make sure that your group member’s name and surname, student ID, subject name, and code
and lecture’s name are written on the cover sheet of the submitted assignment.
· The assignment must be in MS Word format, no spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four
sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers. When you submit your
assignment electronically, please save the file as ‘Group Assignment- your group name .doc’. You are
required to submit the assignment at Group Assignment Final Submission, which is under Group
Assignment and Due Dates on Black Board.
· Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference
list using Harvard referencing style. Submitted work should be your original work showing your
creativity. Students need to read and understand the Holmes Academic Integrity Policy before they start
any assessment. (Please refer section 4.3 Guide to Academic Integrity p27 of the Holmes Student
Handbook).
· Always keep an electronic copy until you have received the final grade for the Unit. Please make sure
that you submit the correct file. Any appeal relating to submitting wrong files after the deadline will not be
considered.
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ASSIGNMENT SPECIFICATIONS
ASSIGNMENT TASK
This assignment task is a written report and analysis of the financial performance of one selected listed
company on the ASX in order to provide financial and investment advice to a prospective investor (No
restriction to choose one of the company which you used for your individual assignment).
This assignment requires to undertake an examination of a firm’s financial performance based on most
recent financial statements of the selected company mainly focusing on
• Liquidity (based on liquidity ratios)
• Capital Structure (based on capital structure ratios)
You are required to obtain the relevant information from chosen company annual reports and company
web site. You can access the company web site via www.asx.com.au.
To download the relevant please referee the Company code in ASX (see the following examples)
ABP Abacus Property Group
APZ Aspen Group Limited
AGL AGL Energy Limited
WES Wesfarmers Ltd
WOW Woolworths Group Ltd
Note: The above table gives you only examples and you are not asked to choose them for the analysis.
ASSIGNMENT STRUCTURE
Assignment structure should be as follows:
Title of the assignment
Example: Analysis of ABX Company Financial Performance
Group details and the contribution of each group member
You need to give full details of all the group members in your group including their names and student
IDs. Please make sure all the names written in the assignment are matched with the group created in
Blackboard.
To ensure that all students participate equitably in the group assignment and that students are responsible
for the academic integrity of all components of the assignment. You need to complete the following table
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which identifies which student/students are responsible for the various sections of the assignment.
The above table needs to be completed and submitted with the assignment as it is a compulsory
component required before any grading is undertaken.
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CONTENT OF THE ASSIGNMENT
1. INTRODUCTION
The introduction should briefly explain the purpose of the assignment, the selected company for analysis
and the type of analysis.
2. FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF THE SELECTED COMPANY
a. Description of the company
Prepare a brief description of the selected company (when they started, key milestones etc.), outlining the
core activities (major business, key products) competitive advantages, and the market in which it operates
(in which industry sector they are in ASZX, do they export their products and services or whether they
serve only the local market).
b. Analysis of company net working capital position
Based on balance sheet information and the notes to the financial statements,
• Analyse the working capital position of the company over minimum of past 2 years (composition of
current assets and current liabilities, changes in CA and CL, any significant decision about working capital
management etc.)
• Calculate the networking capital and give your opinion on the net working capital position of the
company.
c. Calculation of cost of equity of the firm
Based on the data of just paid dividend (D0), current share price (collect this information from the annual
report) and assumption that the company will maintain a constant dividend growth rate of 3% from now
on, calculate the cost of equity of your selected company, using constant dividend growth model.
d. Analysis of company liquidity and capital structure using liquidity and capital structure ratios
Using data from financial statements of your selected company, calculate the following ratios for past 4
years and present them using suitable charts. Discuss the implications of the identified trends for company
performance.
• Liquidity ratio (calculate minimum of 2 liquidity ratios over 4 years and analyse them using suitable
charts)
• Capital Structure ratio (calculate minimum of 2 capital structure ratios over 4 years and analyse them
using suitable charts)
3. Conclusion
Based on the analysis in section 2, provide brief conclusion on the company financial performance and
make a recommendation for prospective investors.
4. Reference
Follow the Holmes reference guideline and give your reference details
Note: You need to show all the calculation in an appendix
All the graphs and tables should be correctly label
Graphs should have clear information (legends, axis title etc.)
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Marking criteria
Marking criteria Weighting
1 Introduction 2 mark
2 Description of the company including their core business activities 4 marks
3 Analysis of company net working capital position Comparison of working capital position
Calculation of net working capital over the past 2 years 4 marks
4 Calculation of cost of equity of the firm
Identification of correct information on dividend and current share price from firm’s annual reports
Calculation of cost of equity based on identified information and the given growth rate 4 marks
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5 Analysis of company liquidity and capital structure using liquidity and capital structure ratios
Calculation of liquidity ratios and presenting them using suitable graphs Analysis of company liquidity
position based on the above calculation Calculation of capital structure ratios and presenting them using
suitable graphs
Analysis of company capital structure based on the above calculation 4 marks
6 Suitable recommendation and conclusion which is based on the overall analysis 4 marks
7 Presentation, structure and academic writing 3 marks
Total marks 25 marks
TOTAL Weight 25 %
Assessment Feedback to the Student:
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Marking Rubric
Content Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
(80%-full marks
given) (70-79% marks
given) (61-69% marks given) (50-60% marks
given) (0-49% marks
given)
Introduction Outstanding introduction addressing the key purpose of the assignment and the selection of
the company. Very Good introduction addressing the key purpose of the assignment and the selection of
the company. Good introduction addressing the key purpose of the assignment and the selection of the
company. Satisfactory introduction addressing the key purpose of the assignment and the selection of the
company. No reasonable explanation on the purpose of the assignment or the company selection.
Description of the Company Outstanding analysis of the selected company, targeting their core business
and competitive advantages. Very good analysis of the selected company, targeting their core business and
competitive advantages. Good analysis of the selected company targeting their core business and
competitive advantages. Satisfactory analysis of the selected company targeting their core business and
competitive advantages. No sufficient analysis on the selected company targeting their core business and
competitive advantages.
Analysis of
company net
working capital position Outstanding analysis of company net working capital with accurate calculation
and suitable charts. Very good analysis of company net working capital with accurate calculation and
suitable charts. Good analysis of company net working capital with accurate calculation and suitable
charts. Satisfactory analysis of company net working capital. No relevant calculation or analysis of
company net working capital position.
Calculation of cost of equity of the firm 100% accurate calculation of company cost of capital based on
relevant information from financial statements and the given additional information. Correct calculation of
company cost of capital based on relevant information from financial statements and the given additional
information(but there are minor errors such as calculation errors. Partially correct calculation of company
cost of capital based on relevant information from financial statements and the given additional
information(Informati on gathered are not correct and or given additional
information are not correctly used Demonstrated the understanding of cost of capital calculations, but
there are key mistakes in calculations. Poor understanding on cost of capital calculations or no
calculations shown in the assignment
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Analysis of company liquidity and capital structure Outstanding analysis of company liquidity position
and capital structure position with relevant ratios. Demonstrated in-depth understanding on importance of
liquidly management and capital structure of a firm. Very good analysis of company liquidity position and
capital structure position with relevant ratios. Demonstrated very good understanding on importance of
liquidly management and capital structure of a firm. Good analysis of company liquidity position and
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capital structure position with relevant ratios. Demonstrated good understanding on importance of liquidly
management and capital structure of a firm. Satisfactory analysis of company liquidity position and capital
structure position with relevant ratios. Demonstrated good understanding on importance of liquidly
management and capital structure of a firm. Poor understanding of the analysis of company liquidity and
capital structure. No calculation shown in the assignment.
Conclusion
and
recommendati on Presenting a wide ranges of adequate recommendatio ns that exemplarily supported by
justification and analysis; Presenting very sensible recommendatio ns that properly supported by
justification and analysis; Presenting adequate recommendations that properly supported by justification
and analysis; Demonstrating limited justification and analysis of the given recommendatio ns and
conclusions Providing no recommendatio ns and conclusion or inadequate recommendatio ns for
investment decisions;
Presentation, structure and academic writing Demonstrated a high level of understanding and skills of
academic writing by means of criticism, logical argument, and interpretation of data and information.
Demonstrated a good understanding and skills of academic writing by means of criticism, logical
argument, and interpretation of data and information. Followed given formatting guidelines. Demonstrated
a reasonable understanding and skills of academic writing by means of criticism, logical argument, and
interpretation of data and information. Partially followed given formatting guidelines Demonstrated
limited skills of academic writing in terms of structure, presentation, wordings and referencing. No
satisfactory attention on given formatting guidelines Failing to meet the requirements of academic writing
in terms of structure, presentation, wordings and referencing. No attention on given

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