FM412 Half Unit
Quantitative Security Analysis
This information is for the 2017/18 session.
Prof Christopher Polk
Dr Vasant Naik
This course is available on the MSc in Accounting and Finance, MSc in Finance (full-time), MSc in Finance (part-time), MSc in Finance and Economics, MSc in Finance and Private Equity and MSc in Risk and Finance. This course is not available as an outside option.
This course is available to the MSc in Accounting and Finance, with permission from the Department of Finance, should capacity allow.
The theoretical framework underlying the course will be Merton’s model of viewing corporate securities as contingent claims on a firm’s assets. We will use information in financial statements and macro-economic variables to come up with the inputs into Merton-type models. The course will involve lectures, cases, and a project. The course will be structured around the following topics:
1. Basic Analysis of Financial Statements
2. Merton’s Framework of Corporate Securities as Contingent Claims on a Firm’s assets
3. Valuation of Assets of Firms
a. Valuation of assets-in-place
b. Valuing growth and growth options
4. Valuation of Equity and Debt of Levered Firms
5. Valuation of Financial Institutions
6. Valuing Distressed Debt
30 hours of seminars in the LT.
Students will be expected to produce 3 case studies in the LT.
1. Greenwald, B, Kahn, J., P. Sonkin, M. van Biema, Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond, Wiley Finance, 2004.
1. Berk, J., R. Green and V. Naik, “Optimal Investments, Growth Options and Security Returns,” Journal of Finance, 1999.
2. Berk, J. R. Green, and V. Naik, “Valuation of New Ventures,” Review of Financial Studies, 2004.
3. Black, F. and J. Cox, “Valuing Corporate Securities: Some Effects of Bond Indenture Provisions,” Journal of Finance, 1976.
4. Gamba, A., and A. Triantis, “The Value of Financial Flexibility,” Journal of Finance, 2008.
5. Collin-Dufresne, P., and R. Goldstein, “The Determinants of Credit Spread Changes,” Journal of Finance, 2001.
6. Merton, R., “On the Pricing of Corporate Debt: The Risk Structure of Interest Rates,” Journal of Finance, 1974.
7. Novy-Marx, R., “The Other Side of Value: The Gross Profitability Premium,” Journal of Financial Economics, 2013.
8. Piotroski, J.D., “Value Investing: The Use of Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers,” Journal of Accounting Research, 2000.
9. Ritter, J., “Economic Growth and Equity Returns,” Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 2005.
10. Shumway, T., and B. Sharath, “Forecasting Default with the Merton Distance to Default Model,” Review of Financial Studies, 2008.
Project (50%) in the LT.
In class assessment (50%).
Total students 2016/17: Unavailable
Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable
Controlled access 2016/17: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Commercial awareness
- Specialist skills