ACC515 Accounting & Finance Assessment item 2

Value: 20%

Due Date: 17-Dec-2019

Return Date: 13-Jan-2020

Submission method options: Alternative submission method


This assessment will be marked out of 100. This will then be reduced to a mark out of 20% toward the final grade.

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Question 1 (20 marks)

This question relates to topics 1 and 3 (and LO6).

  1. a.       Your twin daughters will be starting high school next year and they have indicated they wish to attend university when they finish school in six (6) years’ time. You have no current savings and anticipate that it will cost approximately $90,000 in total for both children.

Your financial institution has offered you a 6% p.a. (compounded quarterly).

How much do you need to deposit to your bank account each quarter in order to save

the total amount required before your children commence university? [5 marks]

  • Due to the recent decrease in overseas demand for used plastics for recycling, your company has decided to invest in recycling technologies.

The used plastics will be recycled into pellets to sell to Australian producers of plastic packaging products. The initial investment is expected to be $30,000,000 and the term of the project is 5 years. The expected return is from the project 12% p.a. The annual cash flows are outlined below:

End of year Cash flow p.a.
Year 1 $6,000,00
Year 2 $8,500,00
Year 3 $9,500,00
Year 4 $12,000,00
Year 5 $15,000,00

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  1. Based on your required rate of return would you purchase this investment? Present all calculations to support your answer. [2.5 marks]
  1. Would you change your opinion if (i) if the expected rate of return rose to 14%? Present all calculations to support your answer. [2.5 marks]
  • You are a financial planner and have been provided details for a new client; Jayne Mansfield. Jayne is 37 years old today and plans to retire when she is 67.

Jayne has $80,000 in a balanced managed fund. She will not add any further savings to this fund however it will remain in place until retirement. This fund earns 6% p.a. after tax on average. Jayne’s superannuation fund has a balance of $85,000, which she contributes $1,500 per month. The superannuation fund earns 7% p.a.

When Jayne retires, she will add BOTH her super and investment balances together and purchase an annuity, which will provide her with a regular income stream throughout retirement.

Her life expectancy is 85 years old, but she is concerned that if she reaches life expectancy and has spent all of her savings she will have nothing left to fund further lifestyle comforts she may need in her advanced years. To ensure she has some money left over to supplement her aged pension, she would like to have a balance of $200,000 remaining in the fund at age 85.

Jayne’s retirement annuity will earn 7% p.a, which will be compounded monthly.

  1. What will be the value of Jayne’s financial assets when she retires at age 67? Present all calculations to support your answer. [5 marks]
  1. What will be the monthly pension amount that Jayne will receive in retirement to age 85? Present all calculations to support your answer. [5 marks]

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Question 2 (20 marks)

This question relates to Topic 1 (and Los 2, 3, and 5).

Eric has just been made CEO (Chief Financial Officer) of Sun Energy Storage Ltd, a company that produces batteries for solar panels used in residential properties. His focus is to reduce costs as much as possible in the short term and improve profitability. This, he feels, is important to shareholders.

  1. Is Eric’s focus on short-term profitability the best strategy for Sun Energy? Why or why not? Justify your position, outlining why your choice of strategy is superior. [10 marks]
  • Prior to the introduction of the dividend imputation system, dividends were taxed under the classical tax system. Explain the differences between the two different tax systems. Use examples to illustrate your explanation. [10 marks]

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Question 3 (20 marks)

This question relates to Topics 1 – 5 (and Los 5 and 6)

  1. Tristar Renewables Ltd (Tristar) is entering into an interstate expansion phase and requires $100 mil to fund this project. Tristar does not have the funding for this investment today, hence a borrowing arrangement will be negotiated. Income from new branches will fund operation and borrowing costs over the 10-year term of the loan.

The company is considering the following terms:

  • Global Banking Corp (GBC): quarterly repayments due at the end of each quarter. The interest rate 4.1% p.a. compounding quarterly.
  • International Financing Group (IFG): Annual repayments paid at the end of each year over the 10 year period. The interest rate is 4% p.a. compounding annually.
  • Worldwide Wholesale Banking Services (WWBS): Repayments to be made at the end of each 2 year period, across the 10-year term. The interest rate 4.05 % p.a. compounding annually.
  1. Calculate the payments for each of these options, (show all workings). [7.5 marks]
  1. Indicate which one you prefer. You will need to justify your decision.       [2.5 marks]
  • i. You are currently employed in the role of a financial planner. You are speaking with a new client Jamie Ryan who wants to know more about investing in shares. He has heard about the concept of diversification and wants to know more about it.    [5 marks]
  1. Jamie wants to invest in the following three companies:

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Company Beta Portfolio Weighting
Company A 0.80 30%
Company B 1.05 40%
Company C 1.30 30%
  1. Calculate the beta of his portfolio.   [2 marks]
    1. Explain to Jamie the risk of his portfolio compared to the market. [1.5 marks]
    1. What might this mean in terms of risk and reward trade-off? [1.5 marks]

Question 4 (20 marks)

This question relates to Topic 4 (and Los 2, 3, 4, and 6)

Below is the Financial Year 2018 – 2019 monthly share price data for Qantas ( y3xkfsap)

Date Open Close
July 18 6.17 6.72
Aug 18 6.72 6.43
Sept 18 6.45 5.9
Oct 18 5.81 5.47
Nov 18 5.44 5.96
Dec 18 6.06 5.79
Jan 19 5.84 5.44
Feb 19 5.44 5.73
Mar 19 5.77 5.66
Apr 19 5.66 5.61
May 19 5.57 5.55
Jun 19 5.47 5.4
  1. Calculate the 2018-2019 monthly holding period returns (in both $ and %) for Qantas (ASX code QAN). [5 marks]
  1. Calculate the average monthly return (%) for Qantas. [2.5 marks]
  1. Calculate the annual holding period return (HPR) for Qantas. [2.5 marks]
  1. Using Excel, prepare a line graph of the HPR for Qantas. [2.5 marks]
  • Calculate the risk measured by the standard deviation for Qantas. [5 marks]
  • If the standard deviation for the market is 10.67%, how does this compare with Qantas’s standard deviation calculated in (v)? Explain your conclusions. [2.5 marks]

Question 5 (20 marks)

This question relates to Topic 4 (and LO’s 2, 3, 4, and 6)

  1. In terms of share, investment defines what beta (β) represents. [2.5 marks]
  • According to, Qantas has a beta of 0.59. What does this mean? [2.5 marks]
  • In terms of riskiness, how would you compare Qantas’s beta to the market? [2.5 marks]
  • Calculate the expected returns for Qantas using the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and the following yields: [5 marks]
  • the risk-free rate (Rf) as measured by the yield on Australian 10-year treasury bonds is 2.75%
    • the average return on the market for the past 10 years has been 9.25%
    • use the Qantas beta of 0.59
  • i. Using the CAPM data from (d), create an Excel scatter lot graph to plot the Security Market Line (SML) using the Rf, return on the market, and Qantas. [5 marks]

ii. Based on your CAPM findings, construct a portfolio made up of 45% Qantas and 55% market. Calculate the estimated return and beta for this portfolio. [2.5 marks]

Please note: Online submission via Turnitin is required for this assignment.


This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:

  • be able to evaluate and explain the congruence of accounting, finance, and treasury functions.
    • be able to explain and critique the objectives of financial management in contemporary organizations.
  • be able to critically evaluate mainstream financial theory and concepts.
    • be able to discuss and evaluate ethical considerations in financial dealings.
    • be able to demonstrate appropriate communication skills in the context of corporate finance.
    • be able to demonstrate specific technical competencies and skills in utilizing quantitative techniques in financial analysis.

The requirements of this assignment cover up to and including Topic 5 of the Online Learning materials. The assignment is designed to develop your financial analysis and problem-solving skills and develop your written communication skills. The questions require you to apply the knowledge and tools covered in the subject topics in order to demonstrate your understanding of the subject content. This assignment has a heavy focus on fundamental financial mathematics which is a critical building block to develop your capacity to understand and resolve complex finance problems.



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