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Working Capital Management
What are the uses of the EOQ model? What questionable assumptions are being made by the EOQ model?
What is working capital management? How can a firm improve its management of its working capital accounts?
There are several different groups that use financial ratio analysis. Who are these groups and what are the primary concerns of each?
It has been said that a balance sheet is a snapshot of the firm at some point in time. What does this mean? How does it differ from what the income statement is showing?
What is the primary objective of the financial manager? Explain your answers.
Identify two financial intermediaries. What are their respective functions? What are their major roles in the economy?
What are the money markets and what are the capital markets? How do they differ? What are their respective activities?
If an asset is called a derivative, what does that mean? Explain your answer and use examples.
Contrast the differences/similarities of common stocks and bonds. Explain how they would be used in the corporate environment.
With all investments, there are an expected percentage return and certain types of return that can be expected. Describe the possible forms in which a return could be received for bonds, common stock, and preferred stock.
Compare long-term instruments and short-term risks, in terms of the various types of risk to which investors are exposed. Explain your answers.
What methods can be used by the FED to influence interest rates? Are these methods effective? Use examples where appropriate.
If a company is going to finance a project entirely with retained earnings, what would be the cost of that capital? Why?
Why are investors risk-averse? How can investors deal with different degrees of risk?
What is the expected return on a portfolio? How can the expected return on a portfolio be manipulated to minimize the risk on that portfolio?
What is the beta coefficient for a firm? What does it tell us about the firm? Why do similar firms have different beta coefficients?
Find the amount to which semi-annual deposits of $200.00 will grow in four years at 6.6% p.a. compounded semi-annually.(3 marks)
Leanne Simon made ordinary annuity payments of $81.00 per month for fourteen years earning 9% compounded monthly. How much interest is included in the future value of the annuity? (4 marks)
Find the present value of ordinary semi-annual payments of $810.00 for five years at 5.45% p.a., compounded semi-annually. (3 marks)
If a loan was repaid by ordinary monthly payments of $715.00 in seven years at 9.12%, compounded monthly, how much interest was paid? (4 marks)
The Savoias bought an investment property valued at $160000.00 by paying 25% down and mortgaging the balance over 25 years through equal monthly payments at 6% compounded monthly. What was the size of the monthly payments?(4 marks)
A $15000.00 loan requires payments at the end of each month for five years. If the interest rate on the loan is 12% compounded monthly, calculate the size of each payment.(4 marks)
Suppose $726.56 is deposited at the end of every six months into an account earning 6.45% compounded semi-annually. If the balance in the account four years after the last deposit is to be $31 300.00, how many deposits are needed? (5 marks)
A loan is repaid by making payments of $6000.00 at the end of every six months for twelve years. If interest on the loan is 8% compounded quarterly, what was the principal of the loan? Note: Different periods of compounding and repayments. (4 marks)
What is the accumulated value of deposits of $1120.00 made at the end of every six months for three years if interest is 8.48% compounded quarterly? (4 marks)
Ralph Bogita saves $50.00 at the end of each month and deposits the money in an account, paying 3.00% compounded semi-annually. (5 marks)
a) How much will he accumulate in 20 years?
b) How much of the accumulated amount is interest?
What deposit made at the end of each quarter will accumulate to $20 000.00 in four years at 4% compounded quarterly? (4 marks)
A student bought a rental property for $40 000.00 down and monthly payments of $1000.00 for 5 years. What is the equivalent cash price if money is worth 5.75% compounded semi-annually? (6 marks)
You are pretending to be a team working for a prominent Sydney recruitment agency. You are wanting to conduct research into a particular company before signing a contract to be the company’s key recruitment agency.
Find a company that you would like to use for this case study. This could be a company you have worked for in the past, or one that you have recently been placed in for the Kaplan Internship or any company you may be familiar with. It could even be a public company on the top 20 global brands (see interbrand.com to select).
Apart from wanting to know some specific background information about this company, you are to focus on 3 key questions for this assessment. The learning outcomes for you to demonstrate for this assessment are LO 1, 3 and 5 found in the subject outline.
(1) Research the industry in which this company belongs and critically analyse the pros and cons for recruiting high quality talent for this industry. In other words, you would need to know how easy or challenging it is to recruit staff for this industry, and whether or not there is an abundance of talent.
(2) Then compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of this particular company: what are the possible benefits and drawbacks of attracting talent for this organisation?
(3) What is the organisational structure and culture of this organisation? What are the organisational values and approaches regarding ethical practices?
Financial Statement Analysis - To calculate and analyse financial ratios using actual reported data.
Given the financial statements and the additional information, analyse and discuss the financial performance and position of Billabong International Limited. You should refer to the notes to the financial statements and the Director’s Report for further details and clarifications of changes in the financial statements. (You may find the Full Year Results CEO & CFO Presentation useful for this assignment).
Your analysis should be supported by profitability, liquidity, gearing and other appropriate ratios from Chapter 18 of the prescribed textbook.
Calculate and analyse financial ratios (percentage and ratio analysis)
Use the 2015 and 2014 published annual reports to obtain the financial statement figures needed to calculate the ratios (where there are consolidated accounts, use the consolidated amounts). In addition, students are strongly advised to:
perform horizontal and vertical analyses of the Balance Sheets and Income Statements for the company
read all parts of the Annual Reports
Your report should calculate* and analyse the following ratios, in clearly identified separate sections:
Rate of return on net sales
Rate of return on total assets
Rate of return on ordinary shareholders’ equity
Earnings per share (given in the Annual Report)
Current ratio and Acid-test ratio
Inventory turnover and Days in inventory
Gross profit percentage
Accounts receivable turnover
Days’ sales in receivables
Debt to equity ratio
Times interest earned ratio
How do the various types of operating and financial leverage impact a company? Provide examples to support your views. What do you think is the appropriate method for a company to determine the amount of leverage it should possess? Company’s often encounter stock splits and reverse stock splits. Why do these splits occur? Explain the short-term and long-term effects of split on a company's financial statements. How do the various types of operating and financial leverage impact a company? Provide examples to support your views. What do you think is the appropriate method for a company to determine the amount of leverage it should possess? Inventory turnover is an important measure of how a firm is managing its current assets, but differs among firms. For example, the inventory turnover for a grocery store will be much higher than a furniture store. Why might this be the case?
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