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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 from both finance and accounting is integrated into this course.

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

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.





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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 about alternative valuation models, including their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Have knowledge about 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.

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 themes 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 make 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. The analysis of risk and return
Required prerequisite knowledge
Eksamen / vurdering
Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours A - F Valid calculator

Coursework requirements
Mandatory hand-in

There will be one mandatory hand-in; a written assignment (individual).

Information about this coursework requirement will be announced on Canvas.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Marius Sikveland
Course teacher: Dengjun Zhang
Course teacher: Marius Sikveland
Method of work

The course is delivered as lectures. Integral to the lectures are problems that the students need to solve in order to obtain the full benefit of the lectures.

The student is expected to use 280 hours completing this course:

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

2.   Preparing for lectures: 130 hours.

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

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.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Financial statement analysis and security valuation (MØA220) 10
The syllabus can be found in Leganto