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2020/2021  KAN-CCMVI2008U  Financial Statement Analysis

English Title
Financial Statement Analysis

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 80
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Aleksandra Klein, Assistant Professor, WU Vienna, aleksandra.klein@wu.ac.at and Otto Janschek, Assistant Professor, WU Vienna, Otto.Janschek@wu.ac.at
    Sven Bislev - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact instructor Aleksandra Klein, Assistant Professor, WU Vienna, akl.acc@cbs.dk and Otto Janschek, Assistant Professor, WU Vienna, oj.acc@cbs.dk
Other academic questions: contact Sven Bislev at sb.msc@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Finance
  • Accounting
Teaching methods
  • Online teaching
Last updated on 27/04/2021

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Understand the accounting mechanics behind financial reporting
  • Discover the differences between financial reporting from around the world
  • Understand the basic techniques of financial statement analysis and business valuation
  • Differentiate between different valuation models
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of those models
Course prerequisites
BSc in Business and Economics or equivalent, previous classes in Accounting and/or Finance at the bachelor level is a plus
Financial Statement Analysis:
Exam ECTS 7.5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Please see text below
Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer, Ordinary exam: Home Assignment: 22 June-9 July 2021. Please note that exam will start on the first teaching day and will run in parallel with the course.
Retake exam: Home Assignment: 72-hour home assignment: 27-30 September 2021 – for all ISUP courses simultaneously
3rd attempt (2nd retake) exam: 72-hour home assignment: 22–25 November 2021 – for all ISUP courses simultaneously

Exam schedules available on https:/​/​www.cbs.dk/​uddannelse/​international-summer-university-programme-isup/​courses-and-exams
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Retake exam: 72-hour home assignment, max. 10 pages, new exam question
Exam form for 3rd attempt (2nd retake): 72-hour home assignment, max. 10 pages, new exam question
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach
Course content:
This course will provide students with the skills to successfully evaluate firm's financial health and determine its value. Students will learn about various aspects of constructing and analyzing financial statements. The aim is to provide students with fundamentals of effective financial analysis and firm valuation.
Course structure:
Preliminary assignment:  The preliminary assignment will feature a reading package, incl. readings from the CFA institute and academic papers, designed to refresh the students' basic understanding of financial statements. 
Class 1:Financial Statement Analysis: Introduction 
Class 2: Financial Reporting Mechanics & Financial Reporting Standards 
Class 3: Understanding Income Statements & Understanding Balance Sheets 
Class 4: Understanding Cash Flow Statements 
Class 5: Financial Analysis Techniques  
Class 6: Mock exam and discussion of answers (feedback activity) 
Class 7: Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation 
Class 8: Valuation with Discounted Cash Flow Models  
Class 9: Cost of Capital
Class 10: Relative Valuation (Multiples)  
Class 11: Valuation Issues 
Description of the teaching methods
This year all courses are taught digitally over the Internet. Instructors will apply direct/live teaching through a link (like Skype, Team, Zoom). In some courses, pre-recorded material will also be used.
Feedback during the teaching period
Mock exam and discussion of answers
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 20 hours
Classroom attendance 33 hours
Preparation 126 hours
Feedback activity 7 hours
Examination 20 hours
Further Information

Preliminary Assignment: To help students get maximum value from ISUP courses, instructors provide a reading or a small number of readings or video clips to be read or viewed before the start of classes with a related task scheduled for class 1 in order to 'jump-start' the learning process.


Course timetable is available on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams


We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not get enough applications. This will be communicated on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams in March 2021.


Expected literature

Mandatory readings:


(Chapters 1-7, 9, 18) Robinson, T. R., Henry, E., Pirie, W. L., & Broihahn, M. A. (2020). International financial statement analysis, 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-119-62805-7

(Chapters 1-8) Damodaran, A. (2018). The Dark Side of Valuation: Valuing Young, Distressed, and Complex Businesses. FT Press




Last updated on 27/04/2021