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 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
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:
How to analyse and conduct performance evaluations based on financial statements, and how they are used in valuation
Cash accounting and accrual accounting
Accrual accounting and valuation
Forecasting and valuation analysis
Analysis of the quality of financial statements
Analysis of risk and return
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
Dictionary, Valid calculator,
Written exam in Inspera. Ordinary exam each semester.
There will be one mandatory submission; a written assignment (individual).
Information about this coursework requirement will be announced on Canvas.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.