This assignment is a team task which involves self-learning, some ‘real world’ research and team-work skills.
Step 1 -Team formation
All groups must consist of a minimum of two and up to five members.
Students will self -select their groups. Where possible Cloud students may wish to group with other Cloud students, and on campus with on campus. Students will be allocated the company on which their report is to be based once you have formed your groups and you have enrolled yourselves into a group online. You will be advised of your company via your Cloud Deakin group discussion forum.
A student is not able to withdraw from the team he or she has been allocated to in Cloud
Deakin unless the student decides to withdraw from the unit. In that case the withdrawing student must, as a courtesy, inform the unit chair so the team impacted by the withdrawal can be informed.
Each team will be assigned a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) for the group assignment. Each team will have its own ‘private’ discussion forum set up in
CloudDeakin to facilitate team discussions. It is recommended to use CloudDeakin ‘private’ discussion forum which enables the Unit Chair to assess each team member’s participation and contribution in case there are any disputes between students in a team. The Unit Chair can also participate in the online discussion by providing necessary guidance if off-track discussions/activities are observed. If a team chooses to use communication applications such as Whatsapp and Skype etc. in order to facilitate online meetings or conversations, the team must be prepared to provide screen shots of the communication in the event of member disputes.
Step 2 – Self-Learning
Read chapter 10 of the prescribed textbook and:
- Be able to calculate financial ratios;
- Understand the meaning of each financial ratio; and
- Understand and be able to use financial ratios to assess a company’s financial performance, financial position and market performance.
Step 3 – Financial analysis
You are required to calculate and analyse all relevant ratios for a five year period. Each group member must calculate one years of ratios (ensuring same formulas are used) and evidence of this participation must be included in your group discussion area.
Analyse the changes in the following ratios of the company based on your five year calculations:
- liquidity and solvency and
Other information relevant to your analysis:
To enable a comprehensive analysis of your company there will be additional relevant information including, but not limited to, performance of, and existence of competitors and regulatory and/or environmental factors influencing your company/industry. When undertaking your company research, you must utilise current financial press (such as The Age, Financial Review, The Australian, or appropriate relevant on-line business sites*). A minimum of five articles relevant to your company (or industry sector) over the period of analysis must be incorporated into your report discussion. You are encourages to use more than five to support your discussion where required.
- Appropriate business sitesdo not include sources such as Wikipedia, Investopedia, MyAccountingCourse or similar. These sites are not regarded as appropriate academic sources.
Step 4 Writing up group report and submitting the group assignment
Your report must follow the structure set out below:
Section 1 Title page:
- The title page should be the first page of your report. It must include the following information:
- Title: ‘Analysis and interpretation of the performance of (name of company)’ Unit code and unit name: MPA702 – Financial Interpretation
- Name of the Unit Chair: Ms Rhonda Ryan
- A table with the team number, the full names and Deakin student ID of team members and each member’s contribution to the overall assignment(must be in percentage format)
The following statement: “We certify that the attached work is entirely our own, except where material quoted or paraphrased is acknowledged in the text. We also declare that it has not been submitted for assessment in any other unit or course.”
- Reports that do not contain this statement will not be assessed.
Section 2 Introduction (maximum 250 words):
Contains a concise discussion of:
- The background of the company;
- The purpose of the group assignment.
Section 3 Trend and cross-sectional financial analysis (maximum 2,000 words):
You must use the financial ratios to analyse a company’s five years’ (2014-2018) profitability, operating efficiency, liquidity, solvency and market performance. You need to analyse whether the changes of a company’s financial position and performance are caused by any external factors such as regulatory changes, increased market competition, changes of consumer preferences, foreign exchange fluctuation or some other relevant events, especially when there are significant changes in performance (hint: you may find this information from director’s report or media reports). Also, remember to take all ratios, where appropriate, to two decimal places (ie ROE 10.75% not 10%)
If you are able to find industry averages, compare a company’s financial ratios with the industry average. However, this is not often available data. In addition, you more want to enhance the relevance of your report by including the most recent reports released by your company, such as the mid- year 2018 - 2019 reports.
This is to be presented as a business report so therefore use appropriate sub-headings throughout your report.
Section 4 Conclusion (maximum 500 words):
Provide a summary of the issues raised with concluding remarks and recommendations regarding your investment decision.
Section 5 References:
Any material used in this assignment must be acknowledged and appropriately referenced. Plagiarism by any student is a serious matter and, if it occurs, it will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis with penalties imposed. Please refer to the Unit Guide for more information on ‘referencing’. The reference list (using Harvard Referencing System which you can find from CloudDeakin Internal Assessment folder) is not included in the total word count and this gives flexibility as to the extent of the research that is necessary to form opinions.