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  • Finance case study
  • This report is based on the following requirement -

    PART A 60% (1,200 words approximately)
    The University sector in the UK is in a time of uncertainty. The introduction of a new tuition fee syst...More

    This report is based on the following requirement -

    PART A 60% (1,200 words approximately)
    The University sector in the UK is in a time of uncertainty. The introduction of a new tuition fee system and the lifting of student number limits mean that there is increased competition for UK/European Union students. Potentially the new fee system may mean that fewer students from the UK and/or European Union decide to attend university. Political, social and economic unrest in different parts of the world also brings uncertainty to global markets. League table results have become very important; universities are measured on the standard of their teaching and research, the employability of graduates but also the quality of buildings (estates) and facilities provided to students. The first students on the new tuition fee system attended university in the 2012/13 academic year and in 2013/14 the income at the University of Heraldfield began to drop for the first time in a long time. This trend continued in 2014/15 and although the drop in income was only slight (2%) it has led to worries that past results may not necessarily be an indication of future performance and income may drop further if no action is taken.It would be difficult to further control costs in the short term. Infact, although the 2015/16 financial year has not finished as yet, initial indications are of a further 2% drop in income and 2% increase in staff costs and other operating expenditure.
    The University is located in the North West of England; and would traditionally have considered its competitors to be universities located in local cities: Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Bradford and York; but in the new environment the Senior Management Team now consider that the competition could be located anywhere in the UK.
    Traditionally universities have received significant levels of government grants to help fund capital expenditure on new buildings and estates but generally now these opportunities are no longer available. In order to fund capital requirements on a standalone basis, some universities are looking to debt to finance capital investment in the estate whilst others are funding the investment via their own resources by retaining an adequate level of sur to generate the cash required for these major investments.
    In a quest to remain competitive in this new marketplace the University of Heraldfield is considering investing in capital expenditure. The Senior Management Team believes that the University of Heraldfield will attract and retain a larger market share of students if it builds new state-of-the-art teaching and learning, and sports and leisure facilities. The facilities could cost in the region of £40m which represents a major investment for the university.
    As the Finance Director advising the Senior Management Team (Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Human Resources, Director of Estates, Director of International Recruitment) you are tasked with preparing a report as follows:

    You are requiredtoprepare a report to the Senior Management Team which critically evaluates the options for financing the funding of the new facilities. Your evaluation needs to include:
    • Research into two other UK universities to identify their strategies for investing in capital expenditure (estates, buildings and facilities) including how they are funding them. You will find this information in the narrative sections of universities’ annual reports.
    • Calculation and explanation of relevant ratios and/or use of horizontal analysis techniques on relevant figures for your selected two universities for five consecutive years to discuss what you consider as influencing factors upon the financial performance/position.This should be undertaken for the five years up to and including themost recent publicly available published financial statements which will be available on-line.
    • Page references to the published financial statements should be made to indicate where the information used was taken from.
    • Clear mention of any assumptions that you have made.
    The introduction to the report and your concluding recommendations are included in the word count.
    PART B 40% (800 words approximately)
    You are required to critically evaluate the role of the finance function inbudgeting and the budgetary control process inorganisation/organisations of your choice.
    The introduction and conclusion to the question are included within the word count.
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  • Finance case study analysis on Butler Lumber Company
  • Butler Lumber Company, a growing profitable business has exhausted its credit limit and the key issues facing it are: a) Need for additional funds to expand b) Improve cash flexibility c) Need to cons...More

    Butler Lumber Company, a growing profitable business has exhausted its credit limit and the key issues facing it are: a) Need for additional funds to expand b) Improve cash flexibility c) Need to consolidate debt. The Methodology adopted for case analysis is qualitative and quantitative in nature. SWOT analysis and Ratio analysis has been done to determine the financial position of BLC. It was found that though there are liquidity issues but BLC still has bright prospects considering the growing industry and target market i.e. the repairs market. Two scenarios have been evaluated. Scenario A: BLC does not opt for additional debt financing: Assuming BLC achieves sales of $ 3.6 Million, the projected income statement for December 31, 1991 shows Net Income of $58,000 and the projected Balance Sheet shows $ 69,000 available after meeting short term requirements for the year. Therefore it is a profitable business even without additional funding. Scenario B: BLC opts for additional debt financing: BLC will have more liquidity and can prepare for anticipated expansion. Debt consolidation is possible. Higher level of ownership can be maintained and BLC will get a lower interest rate. The risk is that the company will become highly leveraged and may fall into a debt trap. After evaluating the pros and cons, Scenario B is recommended as Mr. Butler needs a larger credit line of $378000 to expand and consolidate. From Mr. Dodge’s point of view, the loan should be approved based on anticipated sales, profitability and financial projections but must be backed by collateral and a check on Inventory turnover and Days Sales Outstanding must be applicable
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  • Finance case study on MENSTRIE & CO
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  • Finance case study on MENSTRIE & CO
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    (a)       Critically evaluate the arguments used by the purchasing and production managers. Which (if either) is correct?  20%
    (b)       What are the important issues in this situation, and...More

    REQUIRED
    (a)       Critically evaluate the arguments used by the purchasing and production managers. Which (if either) is correct?  20%
    (b)       What are the important issues in this situation, and which factors should (and should not) be included in the financial analysis? 20%
    (c)        What should Menstrie & Co do? Back up your recommendation with a financial appraisal. 40%
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  • Finance report on Fashion Craze Limited
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  • Finance report on Market Investment Comapny
  • This report is based on the following requirement -

    Market Investment Co is an investment company. The company has major investments in several Australian public companies, one of which is Santos...More

    This report is based on the following requirement -

    Market Investment Co is an investment company. The company has major investments in several Australian public companies, one of which is Santos Limited, an Australian resource company with activities in the gas, oil and resources industry. The accountant of the Market Investment Co has approached you to provide a financial analysis of Santos Ltd.

    You access the Santos 2013 Annual Report from the following website:
    http://www.santos.com/library/Annual_Report_2013

    You are required to provide a written report to the accountant of Market Investment Company. Your advice should address the following:
    • A brief discussion of the various regulatory influences on external reporting for public companies in Australia;
    • A brief discussion of what is meant by the term “corporate governance”. Include in your discussion the various regulatory influences on public companies in Australia in relation to corporate governance. Also provide your opinion as to the possible strengths and weakness of corporate governance at Santos Ltd;
    • Using the information contained in the financial statements of Santos Ltd, calculate the following ratios for the years 2013 and 2012:
    • Profitability – Net Profit Margin; Gross Profit %; Return on Assets; Earnings per Share
    • Efficiency – Accounts Receivable Turnover; Inventory Turnover
    • Short-Term Solvency – Current Ratio; Acid Test; Cash Flow from Operations to Liabilities
    • Long-Term Solvency – Debt to Equity; Debt to Total Assets; Cash Flow from Operations to Total Liabilities
    • Market Based – Price Earnings; Dividend Yield
    • Comment on trends revealed by the ratios calculated in (3) above. Use the headings Profitability, Efficiency, Short-term Solvency, Long-term Solvency and Market Based. Where possible, relate the changes observed in these ratios to events in the business environment in general as discussed in (5) below.
    • Discuss two (2) recent events which have recently occurred in the business environment which may have impacted on/or will impact on results of Santos Ltd in general. Where possible support your argument with newspaper articles or other references e.g. extracts from reports from the gas and resources industry.
    • Briefly discuss any possible limitations your analysis presents.
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  • Finance report on various funding options
  • This report is based on the following requirement -

    Part A – Suppose you are a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a UK based company. You have been requested to provide a short briefing report to th...More

    This report is based on the following requirement -

    Part A – Suppose you are a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a UK based company. You have been requested to provide a short briefing report to the other directors of your business with respect to raising an additional £500m of funding to enable the next stage of development of the business to be carried out. Assume that all avenues of funding are available to the business, which is currently a listed company with 100 million shares and current market price of £10 per share.
    Note:
    For the report in Part A, it should critically review the advantages and disadvantages of the main funding options. Especially, it would be expected that this report would include the different options available through the equity and debt markets.
    Part B– This additional funding will allow the business to become more global with the opportunity to develop a market in numerous countries with payment being made in the local currency. The directors are conservative in their attitude to risk. Provide a report to the directors critically evaluating alternative derivatives including forwards, futures, options and swaps that are available in the market in order to minimise the risk with respect to payment in international currencies.
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    For the report in Part B, it should critically discuss and compare the use of financial derivatives including forwards, futures, options and swaps to manage Foreign Exchange (FX) Risk. Discussions may include:
     How it works in mitigating FX risk?
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  • Financial Analysis and comparison of four companies from a single industry
  • This report is based on the following requirement -

    Assignment Brief:
    1. You are required to select any 4 firms within the following sectors:
    Choose your companies from these sectors [One sector...More

    This report is based on the following requirement -

    Assignment Brief:
    1. You are required to select any 4 firms within the following sectors:
    Choose your companies from these sectors [One sector only]
    1. Banking
    2. Retail;
    3. Hospitality and leisure;
    4. Aviation;
    5. Energy.
    2. Build a spread sheet of financial information spanning over a 5-year period. The financial information should include the following:

    Financial information to be extracted
    1. Profitability Ratios ;
    2. Gearing Ratios;
    3. Stock Data (share price information).

    The key source of financial information could be Annual Reports; FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy); Morning Star; Yahoo Finance; Bloomberg; Osiris and other recognised financial databases.



    3. Analysis:
    Analysis Required
    1. Critically examine the performance of these companies within the
    five-year period (use the profitability ratios).

    2. Examine the relationship between capital structure and profitability
    based on data from your spread sheet.

    3. Estimate the betas (measure of sensitivity of the asset to the market
    return) and their respective returns using statistical methods on a
    yearly basis. Plot the returns against the betas and comment on the
    relationship between them. [Use the stock data]

    4. Identify any event in one of your chosen firms and examine whether
    the event had an impact on the value of shareholders. [You may use
    an event analysis].


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  • Financial analysis for aquisition of Igas Energy by Shell
  • Introduction to the concept of Merger Acquisition 2
    About: Shell Oil Company 2
    About: IGas Energy 3
    Financial activity analysis Of Shell and IGAS Pvt ltd 3
    Cash flow Statement Ratio Analysis of Sh...More

    Introduction to the concept of Merger Acquisition 2
    About: Shell Oil Company 2
    About: IGas Energy 3
    Financial activity analysis Of Shell and IGAS Pvt ltd 3
    Cash flow Statement Ratio Analysis of Shell and IGAS Pvt ltd 5
    Cash adequacy ratio 5
    Debt coverage ratio 5
    Cash flow to sales ratio 5
    The acquisition of IGas Energy by Shell Oil Corporation 5
    NPV Interpretation 6
    Conclusion 6
    Works Cited 7
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