Math Analysis

ASSESSMENT TASK 3: DESCRIPTION
(This description can be viewed in the subject outline on pages 10 and 11) Relevant PPT Lecture slides are also provided

The aim of this assessment is to collaboratively analyze a publically listed Company and generate a business report (2500 words) that recommends and justifies an appropriate weighted average cost of capital (WACC, Topic 7).

Instructions

  1. This is an individual assignment.
  2. Select and analyze a publicly listed company on the Australia Stock Exchange, the Singapore
    Stock Exchange or other stock exchanges.
  3. Prepare an individual analytical report by completing the following tasks
    a. Search for data and financial information e.g. the firm’s beta and the current risk free
    rate. Access to this type of data and information is obtained through the JCU library
    website. Review the
    i. Bloomberg Terminal at JCUS Financial Lab
    ii. Company’s annual report (Online)
    iii. Reserve Bank of Australia rba.gov.au – go to the statistics link (top right-hand side, click and choose Interest Rates under the Economic and Statistics
    Section).
    iv. Reference all information and the date of access as part of your reference section in the report.
  4. Calculate the Weighted Average Cost of Capital using an appropriate technique.
  5. Explain your calculations and the judgments you made in arriving at your answer.
  6. Calculate gearing ratios and describe any difficulties in doing so.
  7. Analyse your findings with reference to capital structure theory.
  8. Provide a recommendation to the Board on the firm’s current capital structure.
  9. Provide a reflection on your work and your report in this assessment. In undertaking your reflection you should consider the following (Hint it is helpful to keep notes on your sources of information in
    addition to the ones you chose).
    a. What weights should you use when calculating the WACC, market value weights, or accounting book values? To do this find the market value of equity (no. of shares times
    the share price) and the market value of financial debt (if no traded debt you may need
    to use accounting book values) then compare the weight calculations with those
    calculated using book values (shareholder funds plus total financial debt). Do they differ
    and what would you use?

b. What risk-free rate would you use – 30 days, 3 months, 6 months 1 year, 3 years, 10 years, of 30 years? Would it make a difference?
c. Should you use a published beta such as that available on the Morning Star DataBase (DatAnalysis in the Library), calculate the beta yourself (you can get share
prices and market indexes from Yahoo Finance), or pay someone to do it for you?

d. Do you calculate a return on the market or use the spread between the market and the risk free rate (6% to 8% premium according to research)?

e. Do you use the debt expense as per the accounts or some indicator rate?

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