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Define the Problem. Put yourself in the place of the decision makers in the case (managers, investors, debt




FIN 665: Final Project Guidelines and Grading Guide;Procedure;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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