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APC 308 Financial Management Assessment

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APC 308 Financial Management Assessment

APC 308 Financial Management Assessment 2019 

Canvas & JIRA Deadline: Tuesday 11th February 2020 by 14.00pm 

Module Leaders: Francis Kuagbela and Alex Addo 

Knowledge 

1.     Examined and critically evaluated the key strategic decisions that a business may have to make and appreciated how accounting and finance can assist in making and evaluating those decisions. 

2.     A critical understanding of specific analytical skills in key decision areas within strategy and finance at local and international level 

3.     A critical understanding of the limitations of the current state of financial theory in making strategic business decisions 

Skills 

4.     Applied the key valuation concepts and methodologies of financial decision making in order to contribute to the wider decision making of the organisation

Assessment Criteria 

Your seminar tutor on the basis of the following generic criteria will assess the paper:

Assessment 

UNIVERSITY OFSUNDERLAND

 Faculty of Business and Law                     APC308 Financial

 Management - Individual assignment 

Weighting – 100% of the marks for thismodule

This is an individual assignment of 3,000 words. (+ or –10%)

Students are required to submit their assignments through Turnitin on Canvas then to JIRA. Only assessments submitted through

JIRA and Canvas will be marked. Requirements: 

You must answer any TWO questions. Each question that is attempted will carry a maximum mark of 50% 

Question 1: Cost of capital and Capital structure

The finance director of Kadlex plc is currently reviewing the capital structure of her company. She is convinced that the company is not financing itself in a way that minimizes its cost of capital (WACC). The company’s financing as at 31 December 2017 is as follows:

 

£000

Ordinary shares, £1 each

20000

 

Reserves

5000

7% preference shares, £1 each

10000

10% bonds (irredeemable 31 December2017)

15000

 

Total capital

 

50000

       

 Other information from stock market (as at 31December 2017):

 Ordinary share price (ex-div)                                   £2.65 

Preference share price (ex-div)                               75p 

Bond price for 10% bonds                                       £107 per £100 

Last 5 years’ dividends (most recent last)            21p, 23p, 25p 27p, 28p 

The finance director feels that by issuing more debt the company will be able to reduce its cost of capital. She proposes the issue of £15m of 11 per cent bonds. These bonds will be sold at a 5 per cent premium to their par value and will mature after seven years. The funds raised will be used to repurchase ordinary shares which the company will then cancel. She expects the repurchase will cause the company’s share price to rise to £2.85 and the future dividend growth rate to increase by 20 per cent (in relative terms). She expects the price of the 10 per cent bonds to be unaffected, but the price of the preference shares to fall to 68p. Corporate tax stands at 30 per cent. 

(a)  Calculate the book value and market value cost of capital (WACC) for Kadlex plc.(10 marks) 

(b)  Given the proposed changes to Kadlex’s capital structure, recalculate the company’s cost of capital to reflect these changes and comment on the finance director’s projections. (10 marks) 

(c)  Critically discuss whether you consider that companies, by integrating a sensible level of gearing into their capital structure, can minimise their weighted average cost of capital, ensuring the response integrates relevant empirical research within this area of study.

 (15 marks)

 (d)  Critically evaluate the effects of short-termism on bankruptcy and the agency problem in a company, ensuring the response is supported with relevant academic research. 

(15 marks) 

Question 2 – Long term finance: Equity finance

(a)  Lexbel plc generates earnings after tax (PAT) of 20 per cent on shareholders’ funds. Its current capital structure is as follows:

 

£

 

Ordinary shares of 50p each

300,000

Reserves

400,000

 

 

 700,000

The board of Lexbel plc wishes to raise £180,000 from a right issue in order to expand existing operations. Its return on shareholders’ funds will be unchanged. The current ex-dividend market price of Lexbel plc is £1.90. Three different rights issue prices have been suggested by the finance director: £1.80, £1.60 and £1.40.

(b) Determine the: 

i.   number of shares to be issued. 

ii.  theoretical ex-rights price. 

iii.  expected earnings per share and 

iv.  form of the issue for each rights issue price, and 

v.   Present your results in a tabular form and critically evaluate the best option among the three right issues. 

(20 marks)

(c)  It has become common for companies to offer their shareholders a choice between a cash dividend and an equivalent scrip dividend. Critically discuss the advantages of scrip dividends from the point of view of the company and the shareholders, ensuring the response draws upon relevant academic research within this highly topical area of financial management.(30 marks)

Question 3 Investment Appraisal Techniques 

Question 3 Investment Appraisal Techniques 

Lovewell Limited a food manufacturer is considering purchasing a new machine for 

£275,000. The company is expecting an annual cash inflow of £85,000 from the sale of products and an annual cash outflow of £12,500 for each of the six years of the machine’s useful life. The annual cash outflows do not include annual depreciation charges for the machine. The machine is depreciated using the straight –line method. The machine is expected to last for six years, with a residual value estimated to be at the rate of 15% of the original cost of the machine. The cost of capital for Lovewell Limited is 12%.

You are required to: 

(a)  Calculate using the following investment appraisal techniques, and provide brief recommendations as to the economic feasibility of acquiring the machine: 

i.          The Payback Period.

ii.          The Accounting Rate of Return.

iii.          The Net Present Value.

iv.          The Internal Rate of Return (to two decimal places)(20 marks)

(b)  Critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of each of the differing investment appraisal techniques, ensuring the response is supported with relevant academic research.(30 marks)

Table 1 Applied Penalties for exceeding the word count.

Word limit

Penalty

Actual

 

 

Word Count

 

 

 

Exceeds limit by up to 10%

No penalty – tolerance

3300

 

band (see below)

 

 

 

 

Exceeds limit by 10.1-20%

-5%

3301 – 3600

 

 

 

Exceeds limit by 20.1-30%

-10 %

3601 - 3900

 

 



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