2005

Case Solution for The Financial Detective, 2005

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Case Name :      The Financial Detective, 2005
Authors :           Robert F. Bruner, Sean Carr
Source :             Darden School of Business
Case ID :           UV1377
Discipline :        Finance
Case Length :    05 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
The case presents the student with financial ratios for eight pairs of unidentified companies and asks them to mate the description of the company with the financial profile derived from the ratios. The primary objective of this case is to introduce students to financial ratio analysis-in particular, the range of ratios and the insights each one affords. This case presumes that students have already been introduced to the definitions of various financial ratios through other readings or lectures. The structured exploration of pairs of companies within an industry affords a number of important insights into strategy and financial performance. First, the economics of individual industries account for significant variations in financial ratios because of differences in technologies, product characteristics, or competitive structures. Second, financial performance results from managerial choices: within industries, the wide variation in financial ratios is often a result of the differences in corporate strategy in marketing, operations, and finance. For those reasons, this case is a good springboard into subsequent classes, which deal with the interaction of strategy and financial performance.
 
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Case Solution for Warren E. Buffett, 2005

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Case Name :      Warren E. Buffett, 2005
Authors :           Robert F. Bruner, Sean Carr
Source :             Darden School of Business
Case ID :           UV0016
Discipline :        Finance
Case Length :    21 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
On May 24, 2005, Warren Buffett, the chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., announced that MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, would acquire the electric utility PacifiCorp. In Buffett’s largest deal since 1998, and the 2nd largest of his entire career, MidAmerican would purchase PacifiCorp from its parent, Scottish Power plc, for $5.1 billion in cash and $4.3 billion in liabilities and preferred stock. The acquisition of PacifiCorp renewed public interest in its sponsor, Warren Buffett. In many ways, he was an anomaly. What were the key principles that guided Buffett? Could these be broadly applied in the 21st century, or were they unique to Buffett and his time? From an understanding of these principles, analysts hoped to illuminate the acquisition of PacifiCorp. What were Buffett’s probable motives in the acquisition? What did Buffett’s offer say about his valuation of PacifiCorp, and how would it compare with valuations for other regulated utilities? Would Berkshire’s acquisition of PacifiCorp prove to be a success? How would Buffett define success?
 
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Case Solution for Euro Takeover! 2005 (A) The Target: HoogenFood N.V.

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Case Name :      Euro Takeover! 2005 (A) The Target: HoogenFood N.V.
Authors :           Robert F. Bruner, Edward M. Rimland, John P. McNicholas, Sean Carr
Source :             Darden School of Business
Case ID :           UV1396
Discipline :        Finance
Case Length :    46 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
This exercise simulates a hostile takeover attempt. The target is an underperforming conglomerate with two principal business segments: consumer foods and specialty chemicals. The raider company has a history of hostile action, usually profiting from greenmail or the bust-up liquidation of the unfortunate target. Two other bidding parties are present: a white knight firm, which has had amicable relations with the target in the past and considers making a friendly bid for the target, and an LBO firm which has ample equity and lines of credit with which to finance a buyout. Finally, the instructor has the option to include two banks who can impose some restraint on possible deal frenzy. The exercise organizes students into teams representing the four companies, who must negotiate an outcome to the episode most advantageous to their own firms. The parties are motivated to take action, because the expiration of the Raider’s tender offer will occur soon, at which time, if there is no higher offer outstanding, the arbitrageurs will tender their shares and the Raider will seize control. All parties know that the Target Company’s board of directors is meeting in a few hours in an effort to settle on a course of action. This exercise is ideally suited to a) exercise students’ valuation and negotiation skills, b) train students in the unusual dynamics of hostile takeovers, and c) develop an understanding of some fundamental points of corporate governance, including the responsibility of a board of directors and the agency problems that can arise when managers’ jobs are threatened.
 
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Case Solution for FX Strategies in 2005: U.S. Dollar versus Euro

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Case Name :      FX Strategies in 2005: U.S. Dollar versus Euro
Authors :           Francis Warnock
Source :             Darden School of Business
Case ID :           UV0764
Discipline :        Finance
Case Length :    19 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
Riding the early morning Metro North train from Grand Central to Greenwich in late December 2004, the euro dominated Luke Anthony’s thoughts. After bottoming out at about 0.85 $/?, in 2000 and 2001, the euro had appreciated sharply and now stood at 1.35 $/? (Exhibit 1). Luke, an FX Strategist at a hedge fund, had to form a view about the likely path of the euro going forward. The evidence was in no way clear cut. Of the traditional factors, some were pointing toward further euro appreciation, but others seemed to favor the dollar. And there were a host of “new” factors to sift through. Sorting through the evidence would require both relatively standard thinking about forex markets and the more recent emphasis on prospective capital flows. And Luke had only this quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s to form a cohesive plan for early 2005.
 
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Case Solution for ASIMCO Technologies: 2005

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Case Name :      ASIMCO Technologies: 2005
Authors :           Xi Liu, Taehoo Kim, Liang Liu, Guangyu Nie, Wanhong Shao, Xiaotian Xie
Source :             Ivey Publishing
Case ID :            910A01
Discipline :        Marketing
Case Length :    15 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
In April 2005, the chairman of ASIMCO Technologies, a company headquartered in China and supplying automotive components to both Chinese and global clients, was trying to decide on his company’s reaction to the Chinese government’s latest regulations on auto emissions. Guo-san (National Standards III) was to take effect on August 1, 2008. By that date, automakers would not be allowed to supply the Chinese market with non-Guo-san-compliant products. ASIMCO’s major diesel engine customers had already sent requests for upgraded engine components to ASIMCO as well as other suppliers. While three technologies seemed to provide the Chinese market with a solution, divergent views existed among the management team as to where ASIMCO should focus to enhance the fuel systems that it supplied. The case can be used in an international marketing course (in sessions on product strategy in developing market or customer relations in industrial marketing).
 
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