a. Critically discuss two recent developments in the international financial environment appear to have impacted on your chosen company’s recent performance and development.
This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues related to international finance. The module is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of accounting and finance.
Practical application of the techniques and interpretation of their results will be particularly emphasised. Lectures and notes will form the basis and will provide an overview of the main theory and demonstrate the application of techniques. Online and tutorial activities such as practice questions, quizzes, BBL chat tool, and discussions will provide an opportunity for in-depth consideration and practical problem solving.
The module is supported via on-line resources through the use of Blackboard Learn which will provide the students with access to relevant academic journal articles, professional publications, lecture notes and answers to materials set; Students will be expected to engage in independent study, in order to reinforce their understanding of the materials covered.
ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK
This coursework for this module comprises of one online quiz and one individual assignment. There are two parts to the assessment, as follows:
Part 1: Week 9 (60%)
You are required to prepare/submit a report discussing the following:
Choose a Multinational Enterprise (MNE) listed on an internationally recognised Stock Exchange (including for example, London, Dublin, New York or Paris). You are required to:
a. Critically discuss two recent developments in the international financial environment appear to have impacted on your chosen company’s recent performance and development. Analyse how these two developments are likely to impact on the company in the near future. (10 marks)
b. Discuss the following key elements of the MNE’s international financial and/or risk management strategy (and how they appear to have affected the financial performance of your chosen company):
- Sources of finance
- Dividend policy (10 marks)
c. With reference to your chosen Multinational Enterprise (and using the most recent annual report published), analyse the financial performance (in terms of profitability, liquidity, efficiency and investment) of the company in the two most recent consecutive financial periods ( e.g. 2016/17 or 2017/18, ) using 8 different accounting ratios (prior year comparative figures will be available in the annual report). (40 marks)
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