The assessment for the course is split into two parts: Part A Proposal (a group
assignment that counts for 30%) and Part B Financial Model (an individual
assignment that counts for 70%). Together, the two parts of the assignment
involve the design and construction of a financial model. In Part A you were
required to write a proposal for the financial model, while in Part B (i.e. this
assignment), you are required to implement a revised version of the
The original task is summarized as follows: The financial model is to be used to
provide answers to the following questions about the Walt Disney Company:
• What is the return, risk and risk-adjusted performance of Disney’s common
stock (ticker symbol DIS) over the last ten years?
• What is the cost of capital for Disney?
Requirements of the Assignment
For this assignment, you should undertake the following tasks:
Task 1: Estimate the following performance measures for both Disney and the
S&P 500 using simple monthly returns for the period 01/12/2010 to
01/11/2020 (120 observations): mean, standard deviation, 1-month 99% VaR
and CVaR, Sharpe ratio. Use the current 3-month US Treasury bill yield as a
proxy for the risk-free rate
Task 2: Estimate the weighted average cost of capital for Disney using the
Cost of debt: based on ‘Interest expense, net’, ‘Current portion of borrowings’
and ‘Borrowings’ from the 2019 annual report
Tax rate: based on ‘Income taxes from continuing operations’ and ‘Income from
continuing operations before income taxes’ from the 2019 annual report
Cost of equity: calculated using the CAPM
Risk-free rate: current 30-year US Treasury bond yield
Beta: estimated using monthly returns from 01/12/2015 to 01/11/2020 (60
observations), using the S&P 500 as proxy for market portfolio
Market risk premium: From survey1
Value of debt: ‘Current portion of borrowings’ and ‘Borrowings’ from the 2019
Value of equity: based on latest share price and number of shares outstanding
from Yahoo Finance
1 For example, Fernandez, P., de Apellániz, E., and Acín, J., 2020, Survey: Market
Risk Premium and Risk-Free Rate used for 81 countries in 2020. Available at:
Task 3: Undertake one or more sensitivity analyses to explore the robustness of
the estimated WACC to the assumptions made.
You should write up the completed financial model in a report of no more than
2,000 words, excluding title page, tables and figures, formulas and references.
In writing up your report, you should adhere to the following guidelines:
• Your report should be professionally presented. You could assume that it will
be read by the senior management of the company and so it needs to be neat,
properly structured and clearly and concisely written. This is an important
skill in practice.
• You should use the following structure for your report:
Executive summary: this should briefly summarise the analysis and its main
Method and data: this should concisely describe your calculations and the
data on which they are based
Results: this presents the results of your financial model, including the
sensitivity analysis. You should provide a critical discussion of your results.
Conclusion: this should summarise the main findings of the model, critically
evaluate any shortcomings of the data and method, and offer some
suggestions for future work
References: these should be alphabetically listed and properly formatted
• You should NOT include appendices in your report
• You should make creative use of properly presented tables and charts. Tables
and charts should be accompanied by detailed explanatory notes. Look at any
paper in a good finance journal to see how to present a table of results (I have
put a sample of a Journal of Financial Economics paper in the Assessment
Information section , but feel free to look at others also).
• Do NOT include Excel screen prints. Also, you do NOT need to describe the
specific steps you took in Excel or the functions used.
• You should pay attention to the formatting of your reports, particular with
respect to line spacing, paragraphs and section titles
• You should use Equation Editor in Microsoft Word to format any equations
• You should define any variables that are used in equations
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