Investment Analysis

December 2019
Coventry University
Faculty of Business and Law
Investment Analysis
Answer:  Question 1 (Section A) and EITHER Question 2 OR Question 3 (Section B)
All questions are worth equal marks.  
The total number of questions in this paper is THREE
Total marks for the paper are 200
Non programmable calculates may be used. Financial calculators MAY NOT be used.  
For this exam you will be supplied with: Present Value, Compound and Annuity Tables and Formulae    
  You may take this question paper away at the end of the examination. Please keep it in a safe place for future reference.  


Section A

Answer Question 1 (this question is compulsory)

Question 1

  • Estimate the price, duration and convexity for all 3 bonds in the table below. You may assume the current date is 31st December 2019 and that the bonds mature on the last day of the years shown below.                                                       (35 Marks)
CompanyMoody’s Credit ratingMaturity DateCoupon [% p.a.]Payment frequencyDuration [in years]Yield [% p.a.]Convexity [in years]Bond Price  
Motor Co ltdB++20256.5%annual???4.5%  ??????
Mining Co ltdA120273%annual???2.5%  ??????
Water Co ltdA320234.5%annual???1.5%??????
  •  The longer dated bonds above have higher levels of convexity. Holding all other bond characteristics equal, it is normally better to hold a bond with higher convexity in volatile markets conditions. Explain why this is the case.

(15 Marks)

(c) You buy an annual coupon £100bond with a 5% when interest rates are 3% p.a.  At this point in time the bond has 15 years until maturity.  Interest rates rise to 4% p.a. immediately after your purchase and remain constant until you sell it in 8 years-time.  What is your Realised Compound Yield on this bond?                                                                                                                                                                 

  • Marks)

(d) Explain the differences between the following bond management strategies: (i) buy and hold (ii) laddering (iii) matched funds. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of each.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                              (30 Marks)


Section B

Answer EITHER Question 2 OR Question 3. DO NOT answer both.

Question 2: The Dividend Discount Model

  • LoBank plc has just paid an annual dividend of £0.50 per share. The required rate of return is 8% p.a.
  • If that level of dividend payment is expected to be constant into the future, what is the intrinsic value (or fair price) of the shares?

(5 marks)

  • If the next dividend payment of LoBank plc is expected to be 5% higher than the last, and if this rate of dividend growth is expected to be maintained over time, what is the intrinsic value of the shares?

(10 marks)

  • HiBank plc has a new product and is enjoying rapid growth. It is estimated that dividends will grow at an annual rate of 15% over the next five years. After that, the growth rate will fall to 7% and remain at that rate. The directors have just paid an annual dividend of £2.50 per share. Calculate the intrinsic value of the share if the required rate of return is 10% p.a.

(20 marks)

  • MedBank plc has seen dividends per share grow at 10% p.a. recently but expects the growth rate to decline linearly over the next 6 years (period 2H) to 3% p.a. The beta of the stock is 0.75, the risk-free rate is 2% p.a. and the market risk premium is 4% p.a. The last reported dividend was £0.50. Calculate the intrinsic value of the share.

(20 marks)


  • Explain how the 3-stage DDM takes into consideration: (i) changes in dividend growth rates (ii) changes in the cost of capital and (iii) changes in the pay-out ratio.  Discuss the extent to which the additional parameters incorporated in this model make it more realistic than the 2-stage and H models.                                                           (45 marks)

Note. For the 2-rate growth model the intrinsic value may be estimated as:

For the H-model:

For the 3-stage model:


Question 3: Technical Analysis

  • Sketch two diagrams to show the following technical chart patterns:


           head and shoulders.

Explain the process through which EITHER a continuation pattern, like a flag, OR a trend reversal pattern, like a head and shoulders, may develop.

(30 marks)


  • Identify the nature of the technical relationships found in the in the London silver fix and Halliburton share price charts shown below.  Explain the reasons why such technical patterns may develop.

                                                                                                                                   (35 marks)

London Silver price fix September 2001 – November 2007



Halliburton share price: August 1999 – April 2000

  • With the aid of examples, describe how technical analysts use moving averages to identify buy and sell signals.  Explain why moving averages identify changes in the momentum of price movements.

(35 marks)


Present Value Factors:


where n is the number of periods and r is the interest (discount) rate as a decimal

Present Value of an Annuity:

Compound Sum factor:

Compound Sum of Annuity Factor:

Table 1a: Compound (Future) Value Factors for £1 Compounded at R Percent for N periods

Table 1a


Table 1b: Compound (Future) Value Factors for £1 Compounded at R Percent for N periods

Table 1b Continued…

Table 2a: Present Value Factors (at R per cent) for £1 received at end of N periods

Table 2a


Table 2b: Present Value Factors (at R per cent) for £1 received at end of N periods

Table 2b


Table 3a: Compound Sum Annuity for £1 Compounded at R percent for N periods

Table 3a


Table 3b: Compound Sum Annuity for £1 Compounded at R percent for N periods

Table 3b


Table 4a: Present Value Annuity Factors (at R percent period) for £1 received per period for each of N periods

Table 4a


Table 4b: Present Value Annuity Factors (at R percent period) for £1 received per period for each of N period

Table 4b


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