This case considers the sudden and very large drop in the market value of equity for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. associated with a series of announcements in 2004. These announcements caused investors to revise their expectations about the future growth of Krispy Kreme, which had been one of the most rapidly growing American corporations in the new millennium. The task for the student is to evaluate the implications of these announcements and assess the financial health of the company. This case is intended to be introductory: it can provide a first exercise in financial statement analysis and lay the foundation for two important financial themes, the concept of financial “health” and the financial-economic definition of “value” and its determinants.
Case Name : Launching Krispy Natural: Cracking the Product Management Code
Authors : Frank V. Cespedes, Heather Beckham
Source : HBS Brief Cases
Case ID : 913574
Discipline : Marketing
Case Length : 11 pages
Solution sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
Pemberton Products is a U.S. market leader in the cookie and bakery snacks segment of the sweet snack market. Looking to expand into the salty snack market, the company acquires Krispy Inc., a maker of salty snack crackers located in the southeastern U.S. To compete with premium cracker brands, Pemberton plans to reformulate and re-launch the Krispy brand as “Krispy Natural,” which offers natural ingredients, improved taste, and revised packaging. Market tests in Columbus, Ohio show market share results that are double the company projections while results in 3 cities in the southeastern U.S. fall well below expectations. The marketing director must interpret the market test results, consider possible competitive responses to the new brand, and present his recommendation for a national rollout to the VP of sales and marketing.