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Financial statement analysis and security valuation (MRR230)

This course is an advanced course in financial statements and valuation at the master's level. We will examine how the value of firms can be estimated. Knowledge off both finance and accounting is integrated into the course.

The financial statements contain value-relevant information. This course therefore focuses on how this information can be used for valuation purposes. We also focus on how active investors can exploit potential mispricing in the market. Further, earnings differ from cash flows because of accrual accounting. Thus, the course lays out how accruals can help in understanding the value of firms.

Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

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This course is an advanced course in financial statements and valuation at master's level. The course covers techniques of fundamental analysis, profitability analysis, growth analysis, liquidity analysis and decision making based on this. Upon completion of the course the participant will be able to perform a thorough analysis of a company. The participant will also be equipped to discuss relevant parameters in a valuation and will be able to perform a sophisticated stand-alone valuation. Some thopics from the course are taught together with MRR240 Corporate finance and governance (e.g., capital costs). However the course can be taken independently of MRR240.

The course covers the following topics:

  1. How to analyse and conduct performance evaluations based on financial statements, and how they are used in valuation
  2. Cash accounting and accrual accounting
  3. Accrual accounting and valuation
  4. Forecasting and valuation analysis
  5. Analysis of the quality of financial statements
  6. Analysis of risk and return
Learning outcome


Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  • Have the necessary background knowledge to understand financial accounting statements from a valuation perspective.
  • Have knowledge of alternative valuation models, including their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Have knowledge of fundamental valuation


Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Extract value relevant information from financial reports.
  • Analyze historical financial performance.
  • Forecast future performance.
  • Carry out a valuation of a company.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades Dictionary, Valid calculator,

Written exam in Inspera

Coursework requirements
Mandatory hand-in

There will be one mandatory submission; a written assignment (individual).

Information about this coursework requirement will be announced on Canvas.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Marius Sikveland
Study Program Director: William Gilje Gjedrem
Course teacher: Dengjun Zhang
Course teacher: Marius Sikveland
Method of work

The course is delivered in the form of lectures. Integral to the lectures are problems that the students need to solve in order to fully benefit from the lectures.

Students are expected to use 280 hours to complete the course:

1.   Lectures: 50 hours, some of which may be delivered as video lectures.

2.   Preparing for lectures: 130 hours.

3.   Working on end-of-chapter problems / previous exams: 100 hours.

Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Financial statement analysis and security valuation (MØA220_2) 10
Open for
Admission to Single Courses at UiS Business School Master in Accounting and Auditing Business Administration - Master of Science
Course assessment
Students will have the opportunity to give feedback on the course first in an early dialogue, and then in a written course evaluation at the end of the course.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto