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Components:  

This project consists of three major activities:

Conduct      secondary research (i.e. library, internet, etc)

Write      research paper computing the financial ratios yourself.

Prepare      a Power Point Presentation supporting your Research Paper.

Due Date and Time: 4/26/23 before Midnight

Papers and presentation are due at the beginning the final class meeting and are to be submitted in the same manner you submitted other assignments.

  1. The Project to be addressed by the Paper:

You have just graduated from Keiser University’s MBA program and have secured a position as a fund manager for a well-known investment banking house.  You have been given $25 million to manage/invest in a single stock. The fund is a pension/retirement fund, so its perspective is long term with moderate risk of loss of capital and a required return of 9% per annum. Your assignment is to determine if the fund you are managing should invest $25 million dollars in the stock of the company you have selected for your first analysis/investment decision. Select a publicly traded US based company. Do not select a bank or financial intermediary (i.e Investment Bank, Insurance Company, Brokerage House etc). Your decision to invest or not invest will be supported by the research paper and a Power Point Presentation. 

  1. ****NOTE:  Most of the data needed for this assignment can be found in CSIMarket.  Go to https://csimarket.com/stocks, select your company if you know it, or go to Markets then choose stocks from the drop down, choose your stock, and view the contents of the chosen stock using the tabs above labeled (Company profile, Fundamentals, Financials, Suppliers, Competition, Customers & Markets, Charts & Quotes).

Your analysis, based on the concepts covered in this course, will address each of the following:

  1. Business      Strategy Analysis:  Develop an understanding      of the business and competitive strategies of the company. Which of      the three generic competitive strategies does the company utilize (low-cost      provider, differentiation, focus)?    This should be      covered in not more than three paragraphs. Do not spend      time writing a history of the company.  This is an analysis, not      a history lesson.

Accounting      Analysis:  Do the accounting practices      adopted by the company generally reflect an accurate picture of the      economic performance of the company? Did your research find any      public announcements of restatement of earnings or other financial      statements that would indicate that the financial statements may be of      dubious value?  This can be done by reviewing the company’s 8K      filings with the SEC (a mandatory requirement for this paper).  These      filings can generally be found on the company’s website under Investor      Relations – SEC filings.

Financial      Analysis:  Analyze financial ratios and      cash flow measures of the company relative to its historical      performance.  For purposes of this research paper a 2 year look      back is sufficient and required. You must use at least 10 of the ratios      noted on page 119 of the text including all four of the profitability      ratios.

Prospective      Analysis:  Develop forecasted performance      measures and list the assumptions associated with your      forecast.  List your assumptions and reasons for your      forecast.  You may also cite the works of other analysts who      have published forecasted earnings for the time frame you are      addressing.  (Hint:  take a look at Yahoo/finance –      analysts opinion

Conclusion: Will      you or will you not invest $25 million in this particular Company?  Support      your conclusion?  Remember a negative conclusion is just as      valid and valuable as a positive conclusion.  

Conducting Library Research:

Participate      in a research orientation offered by the graduate librarian.

Conduct      a search for sources that offer accurate information on your company. A      minimum of six legitimate and valid relevant resources are required.

Note:  An excellent place to start is in Keiser University’s library LIRN database.  Enter LIRN, go to INFOTRAC, in INFOTRAC enter “Business and Company Resource with PROMT and Newsletters.  Enter the name of your company.  Under your company you will find items such as “Historical”, “Investment Reports”, “Financial” and other data. You can find Industry Analysis in Standard & Poor’s.  Individual company information may be found in Value Line and Morningstar. Additional information can generally be found on the company’s website under “Investor Relations”.  Here you will find SEC 10-K, 10Q, 8K’s and other filings. You may also wish to visit the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for filings by your company.

Avoid      general Internet key word searches.  Wikipedia and      other unauthorized sources are inappropriate for graduate      work.  Articles noting up to date information is such sources as      The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s or Business Week may be useful in      addressing the appropriateness of current strategies, resource pricing,      etc.  given market conditions or the status of competitors.

Writing the Paper:

The following are general guidelines for format and organization.

Format:

Minimum       of ten pages (including self-prepared exhibits), with numbered pages.

Typed,       double spaced.

New       Times Roman (i.e. business) font, 12 point.

Margins       – 1.25 inches.

  1. Include       boldface headings and subheadings.

Note       source citations as appropriate under APA guideline.

Organization:

Cover       page – Name of paper, your name, course number and name,       date submitted.

Introduction       – A brief statement of the purpose of the paper and explanation of       its organization. You are welcome to use pseudonyms for the name of the       company or individuals addressed in the paper.

  1. Analysis       -Address four concepts noted in “The Paper etc” on the preceding page.

Summary       – A brief statement combining the finding arising from the analysis.

Conclusion/Recommendations       – should you invest or not invest the $25 million and why or why not.

Preparing the Presentation:

Presents will be made in class during the last day of class.  The presentation will be supported by a Power Point slide and will last not less than 12 minutes or more than 15 minutes (Executive Committee length).

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