Main Objective of the assessment The main objective of this assignment is to examine the ability of the students to critically evaluate the financial performance and position of a company and their ability to value the company using a valuation method. This objective will be achieved through the preparation of financial and valuation report of a large listed company in the London Stock Exchange. In the preparation of the report student must demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories and concepts pertaining to the creation of shareholder value and the evaluation of the performance of a company. In this assignment students should use appropriate concepts and rational arguments to interpret strategic and financial data in order to produce suitably critical, well-considered report. Description of the Assessment This assignment is based on companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). You are required to prepare a report comparing the financial performance and position of two companies over the last five years and also required to prepare a valuation report using one valuation method. Please select two companies from the list of FTSE 350 companies from the following sectors: (a) Construction (b) Information and Communication (c) Mining and Quarrying You can get list of FTSE 350 companies from the London Stock Exchange website. http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/prices-and-markets/stocks/indices/constituents-indices.html?index=MCX You can get UK industry classification from the following: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/standard-industrial-classification-of-economic-activities-sic (UK SIC code information) https://fame4.bvdinfo.com/version-20181219/fame/Companies for FAME Database Annual reports are available to download from the company’s website and as a scanned copy from FAME. It is also expected that you will collect information from the narrative section of the annual reports and accounts of companies. In addition, some industry data is expected in a good report. Required: You should prepare your report in two parts: (a) In the first part, you are required to evaluate and analyse the performance and position of two companies using the ratio analysis and the vertical/horizontal analysis over the last five years. You are expected to use some industry data and information from various sources to support your analysis. Based on your analysis recommend the company which would be a good investment for prospective investor. Your report should cover the following areas: • An evaluation of profitability. • An evaluation of financial position from both a short-term (liquidity) and a long-term (gearing) perspective. • An evaluation of performance from an equity shareholders perspective. • An evaluation of the overall performance and position of the business. (b) In the second part, you are required to prepare a valuation for a company using one of the following two methods: 1. Prospective price-earnings ratio analysis based on forecast normalised earnings. 2. Forecast dividend growth model.