complete the team presentation as described below under team expectations.
Individual Investment Expectations
Each of the investors has $1,000,000 to invest. They will spend all, part, or none of their stake in your company based on your presentation—not necessarily on how you performed in the past, but on your potential to earn them money in the future. You cannot invest in your own company.
As an investor, you must post your “purchases” by Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 11:59 p.m. along with the reasons why you are investing in the firm or firms you have chosen. You do not have to spend all your money but you must post an explanation as to why in this Discussion Area. Your instructor will add up the investments for each team and post them on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.
Company Presentation to Potential Shareholders
By Monday, January 12, 2015, your company is to prepare a presentation for potential shareholders (the shareholders are the individual students in the class who are not managers in your company) and post the presentation to the Discussion Area.
Note: Presentations are best done using Microsoft PowerPoint but can also be done using Microsoft Word. Twenty percent will be deducted if your post is not a formal Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft Word presentation.
The company presentation is a brief review of the financial performance of your company during the time your team ran the company plus projections for the performance of your company for three years in the future (just like your three-year plans).
Start with the following charts:
- Trends in the company’s total annual revenues
- Trends in the company’s annual earnings per share (EPS)
- Trends in the company’s annual return on equity (ROE) investment
- Trends in the company’s annual credit rating
- Trends in the company’s year-end stock price
- Trends in the company’s annual image rating
As you know, when you launch the Decisions and Reports program, there is a performance summary containing bar graphs showing your company’s performance on each of the above six performance indicators. To create charts showing your company’s trends for these six indicators, simply click the Copy to Clipboard button under each of the bar graphs for the final year of the simulation and paste the graph on a Microsoft PowerPoint slide (or you can paste the six bar graphs in a Microsoft Word document).
Additionally, include the following slides:
- A slide describing the strategic vision of the company.
- One or more slides providing a discussion of a comparison of the firm’s stock price, EPS, ROE, price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio, income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement to a real-world sneaker company (Nike, Adidas, and so on).
- A set of slides detailing the lessons learned about crafting a winning strategy and what the managers of a company should or should not do for the company to be financially and competitively successful in a head-to-head battle against shrewdly managed rival companies. Include the following information in this set of slides:
◦What was your team’s initial strategy, and how did it evolve over the course of the simulation?
◦What major change in the strategic approach would you make if you were able to replay the simulation? Why?
◦What information did you not have that you thought was the biggest limitation on your ability to make better decisions? Why?
◦What are the three biggest takeaways for your firm from this simulation? Why are they important?
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