BE167-7-AU: Accounting and Finance for Managers Answers

COURSEWORK (50%)
(2,500 WORDS, excluding list of references)

All submissions must be presented in typescript (Word format), 12pt, 1.5 line spacing.
Deadline for submission to FASER:
Note that late submissions will not be accepted unless full details of extenuating circumstances are provided. For details of extenuating circumstances please see Moodle.

AIM:
This assessment aims to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on the concepts you have learnt during the course of Accounting and Finance for Managers lectures and seminars. It will assist you in developing your ability to apply concepts to practice in the light of your experience while qualifying for the master’s degree.
You are required to write a report analysing the financial performance of a selected publicly listed company (please refer to submission guidelines for the choice of the company) for the latest THREE consecutive years, as a minimum. The report should include the following:
REQUIREMENTS:
a) Provide an introduction with a background of the business in question (e.g. strategy, prospects, competitor analysis, SWOT analysis). (20 marks)
b) Calculate at least three profitability ratios of your choice to support your analysis. Critically evaluate the profitability position of the company. (20 marks)
c) Calculate at least three efficiency ratios of your choice to support your analysis. Critically evaluate how the resources of the business are managed. (20 marks)
d) Calculate at least three investment ratios of your choice to support your analysis. Critically evaluate the investment position and potential opportunities of the company. (20 marks)
e) “Although ratios offer a quick and useful method of analysing the position and performance of a business, they suffer from problems and limitations” (Atrill and McLaney, 2019, p. 234). Do you agree with this statement? Discuss with examples from the above analysis to support your argument. Briefly indicate the alternative approaches to overcome limitations of ratio analysis.
(20 marks) [TOTAL: 100 MARKS]