Internal Code: IAH113
The purpose of this case study is to allow students to take some of the main concepts introduced throughout the course and provide a framework for applying them to a company of their choosing. One of the best ways of learning corporate finance is to apply the models and theories we encounter to real-world contexts and problems. However, while much if not all theory can be applied to actual companies and not just abstract examples, we necessarily need to compromise and make assumptions in this process given the available information. For this reason, it may not be possible for you to address all aspects of this case study fully.
Select an Australian publicly listed nonfinancial company of your choosing (i.e. an Australian company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange ASX at http://www.asx.com.au/asx/research/listedCompanies.do but not in a financial-related GICS group, such as banks, insurance and diversified financials) and address the questions using the framework for analysis given under Section 6. At the outset, you should ensure that you are able to obtain the most-recent annual reports or equivalent (i.e. from an electronic database) as a source of financial statement
information and corresponding stock price data over a comparable period. You may include your own calculations and calculations from company information providers (incl. details of source).
Potential publicly available sources of information include the company and its website, financial and other publications (Business Review Weekly, Australian Financial Review, The Australian, etc.) Yahoo Finance http://au.finance.yahoo.com (financials, stock prices, profiles, etc.), the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Google, and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).
Useful databases available via the university library include ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest), Business Source Complete, Factiva, Informit Search (multiple databases), Annual Reports Collection, Aspect Annual Reports, Aspect Fin Analysis, Company360, Hoover’s Company Records (via ProQuest), Morningstar Data Analysis, and OSIRIS. The Department of AFE’s trading room has access to Bloomberg and DataStream.
Assistance in answering case studies, writing reports and referencing is available under GBS Resources Bank on the course Learning@Griffith site.
Students should begin the case study as soon as it comes available. This will avoid the requirement to complete a substantial amount of work immediately before the due date. Formal progress reports are not required, but students are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns encountered with the case study with the convenor when they first arise.
The case comprises objectives that focus on selected topic areas by providing a framework for analysis and key questions to address. You should respond to each objective and the key questions in their own section using the framework for analysis as a guide. Do not merely answer each of the framework questions (this may also not be possible depending on the company you have chosen). Students are strongly encouraged to use financial ratio analysis and other appropriate analytical techniques to support their arguments throughout. There is a maximum word limit of 2,000 words excluding references, tables, figures, and appendices. Submit reports electronically as a single document through the course website.
Submit the completed case study as a single document (.pdf, doc, docx) via the upload link for ‘Case Study’ under ‘Assessment’ by 17 September. The case study will be marked in accordance with the rubric accompanying the submission point (copy below).
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