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Read the Case. The first step is to get acquainted with the situation.




1. Read the Case. The first step is to get acquainted with the situation. Read through the case quickly, getting a;general feel for what is going on. Who are the main players? What types of information are available to you? Go;back and reread the case carefully, paying particular attention to case facts, figures, and diagrams. Be careful to;separate symptoms and problems. Case writers will often flag important issues by italics, headings, or;questions at the end of the case.;2. Define the Problem. Put yourself in the place of the decision makers in the case (managers, investors, debt;holders, banks, employees, etc.). What are the critical issues? Does one problem stand out as primary, with;other problems secondary or contingent upon it? Establish a time dimension to the problems, which problems;demand immediate action, and which are long-term or strategic in nature? What critical assumptions are being;made by the decision makers in the case, and how do these assumptions influence their chosen strategies? Try;to state the problems so as to identify (a) who must take action, (b) why action must be taken, and (c) when;should action be taken.;3. Build your Analysis. Gather the important facts and concepts in the case, and discard unimportant or fringe;issues and data. Build a theme for your analysis, and establish the importance of the problems you have;identified. Incorporate your knowledge of cultural impact on the situation, financial analysis, accounting;techniques, marketing methods, economics, and human behavior into your analysis. Put theory to work in your;paper, by using concepts from the readings and module overviews to analyze the problems and issues and;explain why they require responses by management.;4. Develop Alternatives. Examine the alternative courses of action that are available to the firm. Make a list of the;advantages and disadvantages of each. Dont use straw-man alternatives (those that are patently unfeasible;or undesirable). Develop a few well-reasoned responses that could solve the problems, and critically evaluate;them.;5. Make a Recommendation. Based on your analysis of alternative courses of action, choose the best and;recommend course of action. Be specific in your statements. How will your recommendation be implemented?;Circle back through the case to identify possible points of inconsistency between your recommendation and;case facts. What potential problems might crop up? How will internal constituencies (e.g., management;employees) and external constituencies (e.g., competitors, stockholders) react, and how will you handle their;responses? What assumptions have you made in developing your recommendation?;Read this Example of Case Analysis Writing for an example of a case analysis report from Illinois State University.;Since most cases used in the class require a composite of careful thinking, conceptualization, quantitative analysis, and;some form of decision making, your comments will be evaluated based on breadth and depth of your thought process;demonstrated in your discussion. While you should put the problem in a context, you should not merely repeat case facts.;You will get credit for only meaningful and high quality analysis.;Hutchison Whampoa Limited: The Capital Structure Decision;Obtain the Hutchison Whampoa Case from Harvard Business Publishing Coursepack. After reading the case, you are;expected to submit a preliminary case analysis report (progress report) at the end of Module Five and a final case;analysis report at the end of Module Ten. You are highly encouraged to utilize the Individual Case Analysis Questions;forum to help you with this task. To help you with the analysis of this case, below are suggested questions for you to;discuss on when analyzing it. Note that while these questions are helpful, your reports should not be written to answer;these questions but to provide a full analysis of the case.;Suggested Questions;1.;What kind of capital structure would you propose to Hutchison Whampoa in light of its future needs and why?;2.;What bond rating do you think Hutchison Whampoa will be able to obtain from Standard and Poors?;3.;What are the debt financing options? Why you are for/against the Yankee bond option?;4.;Assume Hutchison Whampoa will require $1 million USD of financing in 1996. Assume that new equity can be;raised at $48.8 a share and that a long-term debt issue will carry an interest cost of HIBOR plus 70 basis points;(bps). How would an equity or debt issue impact Hutchisons financial position and performance?;Format;Milestone One: Progress Report;In 5-4 Final Paper: Milestone One: Progress Report, you will submit a progress report. The report should contain the;identification and the analysis of the main issues/problems in the case. It should be 45 pages long and reflect a clear and;deep understanding of the main issues. Your analysis of the issues/problems should be linked to the theory or topics;discussed in this class. Spreadsheets for analysis should also be incorporated into the progress report if needed. This is;graded separately using the Final Project Rubric.;Milestone Two: Rough Draft;In 8-4 Final Project Milestone Two: Rough Draft, you will submit a rough draft. The draft should contain the work from;the progress report, reflecting the incorporation of the previous feedback. In addition, the identification and the evaluation;of alternatives for solving problems as well as the recommended courses of action should be included in this rough draft.;Be sure to provide convincing arguments, supporting information, and spreadsheet analysis to support your views and;recommendations. The draft should be 810 pages, not including tables, charts, and references, and reflect 80% to 90%;of your final report. This is submitted for feedback only. Feedback should be applied to the Final Case Analysis;Report.


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