MBA403 Financial Analysis Report

Assessment 3 Information

Subject Code: 	MBA403 
Subject Name: 	Financial & Economic Interpretation and Communication 
Assessment Title: 	Financial Analysis Report  
Assessment Type: 	Report
T1 2020
Kaplan Business School

Your Task

Select a company that is currently listed on the ASX.

Write a Financial Analysis Report using an essay structure to interpret a company’s most recent annual report.

Assessment Description

Students will write a Financial Analysis Report for a stakeholder (external investor or internal manager) that interprets the annual report of an Australian company. The Report will clearly state recommendations about the company’s suitability for share investment or internal management. The company should be listed on the ASX.

Students will be assessed on the thoroughness of the financial analysis. Thoroughness requires a logical justification of why financial and non-financial performance indicators are included in the analysis. The analysis will be formally written to meet the expectations of a stakeholder.

The report is limited to 1000 words, plus or minus 10%, excluding title page and bibliography.

Assessment Instructions

Select a company that is currently listed on the ASX.

Write a Financial Analysis Report that interprets the company’s most recent annual report. This report will need to be written for a stakeholder (external investor or internal manager).

Research additional information beyond the annual report about the company’s performance. Use the group financial results if the annual report presents financial results for the group and parent company.

Justify the selection of financial and non-financial performance indicators that are relevant for evaluating the company’s financial performance.

Use a formal language and structure of your report. Refer to Resource A below. Include relevant non-financial analyses. Refer to Resource B below.

Resource A – Financial Analysis Report content

Executive summary

The executive summary should be approximately 10% of total word count.

It provides a background of the company chosen, the main business activities and the purpose of the Financial Analysis Report.

Analysis

Analysis will present and discuss the financial results and performance indicators extracted from the company’s annual report.

A concise commentary should explain the significant changes in the financial results.

Interpretation

The interpretation should be approximately 70% of total word count.

Interpret the causes of the changes in the company’s financial performance. Justify the inclusion of financial and non-financial performance indicators in the Financial Analysis Report.

Research additional non-financial performance indicators from a wider range of sources beyond the company’s own publications.

Discuss the company’s business activities and the financial implications of the activities. Apply financial and non-financial performance indicators to explain trends and issues in the company’s financial results.

Conclusion

The conclusion should be approximately 20% of total word count.

State a clear recommendation that addresses the decision-making needs of a stakeholder. For example, recommend a decision to invest or not invest in the company if the Report is written for a potential shareholder. Or, recommend a decision to improve the financial performance of the company if the Report is written for an internal manager.

Justify recommendations by explaining how it will meet the needs of the stakeholder.

Bibliography and In-text Citations

The Academic Integrity and Conduct Policy requires the appropriate use of intext citations and bibliography. You must cite all references (information sources) and comply with the expectations for academic writing.

The bibliography and citations are excluded from total word count.

Resource B

Consider the following questions if they are relevant to the company’s financial performance.

  • What are the core business area(s) and geographic locations in which the company operates?
  • How have specific financial results improved or changed?
  • Is there evidence from other sources that can verify the trends for the industry?
  • What are the company’s current business strategy or strategies and key points of difference in the target market? Is there a specific skillset required of employees?
  • What is the current and future market potential for the company? What influences have recent global events apparently had on the company? In which specific areas?
  • Identify strengths of the company’s management team and how these may benefit the organisation in future financial years.
  • What are the remuneration trends from last year to this year for the highest earners?
  • Is there a difference in the wages that could be earned in a competitor’s business?
  • What is the current management structure and ownership structure?
  • Identify strengths of the company’s management team and how these may benefit the organisation in future financial years.
  • What are the remuneration trends from last year to this year for the highest earners? • Are there other non-wage-related benefits?

Important Study Information

Academic Integrity Policy

KBS values academic integrity. All students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Academic Integrity and Conduct Policy.

What is academic integrity and misconduct?

What are the penalties for academic misconduct?

What are the late penalties?

How can I appeal my grade?

Click here for answers to these questions:

http://www.kbs.edu.au/current-students/student-policies/.

Word Limits for Written Assessments

Submissions that exceed the word limit by more than 10% will cease to be marked from the point at which that limit is exceeded.

Study Assistance

Students may seek study assistance from their local Academic Learning Advisor or refer to the resources on the MyKBS Academic Success Centre page. Click here for this information.

Assessment Marking Guide

The following criteria will be applied to marking your assignment.

Presentation

/5

The Financial Analysis Report adheres to the total word count of 1,000 words

The Financial Analysis Report is clearly written, logically structured, and draws a logical conclusion(s)

Financial information is evaluated and presented to meet the expectations of a stakeholder (external investor or internal manager).

Technical Skills

/20

Financial and non-financial data is interpreted, analysed and justified for relevance to the company’s performance

Financial theory and principles are applied in the evaluation and discussion

Relevant and specific advice is provided to the stakeholder that addresses their needs

Stakeholder Engagement

/5

The selection of data sources is relevant to the interests of the stakeholder.

The language and tone (grammar and syntax) of the Financial Analysis Report are formal and professional

TOTAL

/30