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Discussion 1: Working Capital Management
A. Why might a business not want to hold too much or too little
working capital? (Remember, working capital is current assets, not
working capital minus current assets.)
Explain if the company that you selected for Assignment 1 has
too much, too little, or just the right amount of working capital?
How did you make this determination?
B. What are two (2) practical actions that the firm you selected
for Assignment 1 can take to shorten its cash conversion cycle?
Does the company need to shorten its cash conversion cycle and how
do you know that (calculate the cash conversion cycle using the
attached model)?
C. What working capital financing strategy is used by the
company that you selected for Assignment 1. What actual financial
data support the conclusion? Make sure that you complete the
analysis using the attached Excel model that examines a firm’s
working capital financing strategy.
Cash Conversion Cycle 122814.xls
Examining Working Capital Financing 1213.xlsx . Week 9
Assignment 1: Financial Research Report – Submit Here .
Students, please view the “Submit a Clickable Rubric Assignment”
in the Student Center. Instructors, training on how to grade is
within the Instructor Center.
Assignment 1: Financial Research Report Due Week 9 and worth 300
points
Imagine that you are a financial manager researching investments
for your client that align with its investment goals. Use the
Internet or the Strayer Library to research any U.S. publicly
traded company that you may consider as an investment opportunity
for your client. (Note: Please ensure that you are able to find
enough information about this company in order to complete this
assignment. You will create an appendix, in which you will insert
related information.)
The assignment covers the following topics:
•Rationale for choosing the company for which to invest •Ratio
analysis •Stock price analysis •Recommendations Write a ten to
fifteen (10-15) page paper in which you:
1.Provide a rationale for the U.S. publicly traded company that
you selected, indicating the significant factors driving your
decision as a financial manager. 2.Determine the profile of the
investor for which this company may be a fit, relative to that
potential investor’s investment strategy. Provide support for your
rationale. 3.Select any five (5) financial ratios that you have
learned about in the text. Analyze the past three (3) years of the
company’s financial data, which you may obtain from the company’s
financial statements. Determine the company’s financial health.
(Note: Suggested ratios include, but are not limited to, current
ratio, quick ratio, earnings per share, and price earnings ratio.)
4.Based on your financial review, determine the risk level of the
company from your investor’s point of view. Indicate key strategies
that you may use in order to minimize these perceived risks.
5.Provide your recommendations of this stock as an investment
opportunity. Support your rationale with resources, such as
peer-reviewed articles or material from the Strayer Library. 6.Use
at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment.
Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic
resources. Your assignment must follow these formatting
requirements:
•Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12),
with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must
follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for
any additional instructions. •Include a cover page containing the
title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name,
the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference
page are not included in the required assignment page length. The
specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment
are:
•Critique financial management strategies that support business
operations in various market environments. •Analyze financial
statements for key ratios, cash flow positions, and taxation
effects. •Review fixed income strategies using time value of money
concept, bond valuation methods, and interest rate calculations.
•Estimate the risk and return on financial investments. •Apply
financial management options to corporate finance. •Determine the
cost of capital and how to maximize returns. •Formulate cash flow
analysis for capital projects including project risks and returns.
•Evaluate how corporate valuation and forecasting affect financial
management. •Analyze how capital structure decision-making
practices impact financial management. •Use technology and
information resources to research issues in financial management.
•Write clearly and concisely about financial management using
proper writing mechanics. Click here to view the grading rubric for
this assignment.
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