Milestone one

 

FIN630MilestoneOneGuidelinesandRubric

Milestone One: Company Background and Initial Calculations

 

Overview:In thisfirst milestoneassignment,youwillbegin toanalyzetheNewHeritageDoll Companycasestudy,taking onthe roleofEmilyHarris, thecompany’sfinancialanalyst.Emily istaskedwithevaluating themerit oftwo capitalprojects,performing keycalculations,andtaking intoconsiderationsthequestionsaboutthe twoprojectsthatseniormanagementis likelytoask. Shemustchoosethebestprojectanddefend herselectionbyexplaining howtheprojectalignswith thecompany’soverallmission.Todoso, shemustexplainhowshe arrivedat herdecision, justifyinghermethodology,outlining thestrengthsand weaknessesoftheselectedproject,andoffering aplan to mitigateanyassociated risk.

 

Thisfinalproject mimicsthetypeof real-lifesituationsthatfinancial analystsencounteronthejob. In thecorporateworld,companies routinelyengage incapitalprojectanalysestodetermine a venture’sprofitability and viability.Evenwhenaprojecthasinterestandsupport, itis always necessarytoperformdetailedanalysesto gauge all possiblefactorsthatmightimpactthe success of theproject. In thisfirstmilestoneassessment,you willbeginyouranalysisof thetwoproposedcapitalprojectsbyevaluating theNewHeritageDoll Company’sbackground and performing initialcalculationstodeterminetheprojects’merits.

 

Prompt:Tocomplete thefirststep ofthisfinalproject,youwill submita statement thatidentifiesthe NewHeritageDollCompany’smission,vision,and valuesas presented inthecasestudy. Howmightthesetwoprojectsalign with thecompany’sstated goals?Inyourstatement, summarizethe two capital investmentoptionsandconsiderthelegal,ethical,and/orprofessionalstandardsthatmayberelevant.Tobegin,you need todo the following:

 

  • Carefullyread theNewHeritageDoll Company:CapitalBudgetingcasestudy.
  • IdentifytheNewHeritageDollCompany’smission,vision,andvalues.
  • Describe themaingoalofthecompany’scapitalinvestment,and summarizeeach proposed project:
    • Expansionof thesuccessful“MatchMyDoll Clothing” line
    • Initiating a new“DesignYourOwnDoll”line
  • Discusswhether theprojectsarecompatiblewithgoals ofthe
  • Evaluateanyapparentlegal,ethical,and/orprofessionalstandardsthatmayimpact thesuccessof

 

 

NOTE: I did the calculations for this potion below. Refer to the Project_Calculations.xlsx uploaded document! Textbook PDF will be uploaded as well.

 

Next,youmustconductsomeinitialcalculations,includingNWC(networking capital), NPV(netpresentvalue),IRR(internalrateof return),andEBIT(earningsbeforeinterest andtaxes), takingcaretobeaccuratewith yournumbers. Todothis, locatethe necessarynumbersfromthecasestudy andplug themintotheExceltemplate toperform thesemethodcalculations.Documentyourresultsin the“MilestoneOne”section of each specificprojecttab.Thissection shouldinclude yourNPV, IRR,andEBITcalculationsforthe specific project.Themoduleresourcesmay alsobeuseful.

  1. Be sureto explainthe threemethodsand defendwhythey should beused inthe evaluationof capital projectssuch asthoseconsidered bytheNew HeritageDollCompany.
  2. Whyarethesefinancial toolsused?Supportyourstatementsusingat leasttwoscholarlyarticles.

 

Notethatthe coursetextbook willalso beuseful asyou progressthrough thisproject. As financestudentsand professionals,youare alsoencouragedto useyourownexperience,understanding, andknowledgeof businessandindustrystructuretodrive youranalysis.

Specifically,the followingcriticalelementsmustbeaddressed:

 

II.            Background

  1. Describe theorganization,including itsmission,vision,and values.Specifically,you shouldclearlyidentifyanystrategicobjectivesof yourfirm,as thosewill beimportanttoreference inyour
  2. Additionally,summarizethe two capital investmentoptions.Specifically,explainall legal,ethical,orprofessionalstandardsthatapplytoboth,using specificexamples toillustrate.

 

IV.            Analysisof the CapitalInvestmentOptions

  1. Analyzeeach oftheprojects with regardtotheiralignmenttothemission, vision,and valuesofWhichof thetwooptionshasthestrongestalignment andwhy?
  2. Analyzeeach oftheprojects fortheir financial implications.Includeyourcalculations andresultsforeachofthe following evaluationmethods:

ii.             NPV,IRR,and EBIT

  • Besurethat allofyourcalculationsarecomplete,accurate,and precise.

 

Thiscompanybackgroundand initialcalculationsassignmentwillbeincorporated into thefinalcapitalbudgeting casereport.Thismilestone is duein ModuleThree.

 

Rubric

GuidelinesforSubmission:Thismilestoneassignmentshould bea3-to 4-pageMicrosoftWorddocument(notincluding thetitlepage,referenceslist,anddetailedcalculationsaddendum),doublespaced, with12-pt.TimesNewRoman font, one-inchmargins,andAPA formattingforyourtitlepage,citations, andreferencelist.Atleasttwooutsidesourcesarerequired overall forthisproject,althoughyoumay find thatmorearenecessarytosatisfytherequirements ofthefinalpresentation.

 

InstructorFeedback:Thisactivityuses an integrated rubric in Blackboard.Studentscanviewinstructorfeedback in theGradeCenter.Formoreinformation,reviewtheseinstructions.

 

Notethatthe grading rubricforthemilestonesubmissions is notidenticalto thatof thefinalproject.TheFinalProject Rubricwill include an additional“Exemplary” categorythatprovidesguidanceasto howyou cangoaboveand beyond“Proficient” in yourfinalsubmission.

 

CriticalElements Proficient(100%) NeedsImprovement(70%) NotEvident(0%) Value
Background:Organization Accuratelydescribestheorganization,includingallrelevantinformationrelatedtothemission,vision,values,andstrategicobjectivesofthefirm Describestheorganizationbutfailstoaccuratelyincludeallnecessarydetailsrelatedtothemission,vision,values,andstrategicobjectivesofthefirm Doesnotdescribetheorganization 11

 

 

Background:Legal,Ethical,orProfessionalStandards Summarizesthetwocapitalinvestmentoptionsfully,includinganexplanationofalllegal,ethical,orprofessionalstandardsthatapply,usingspecificexamples Summarizesthetwocapitalinvestmentoptionsbutfailstofullyoraccuratelyexplainofalllegal,ethical,orprofessionalstandardsthatapplyusingspecificexamples Doesnotsummarizethetwocapitalinvestmentoptions 18
AnalysisoftheCapitalInvestmentOptions:Alignment Analyzesbothoftheprojectsfullyfortheiralignmenttothemission,vision,andvaluesofthecompany,anddefendsclaimswithspecificevidence Analyzesbothoftheprojects,butfailstoeitheraccuratelycharacterizetheiralignmenttothemission,vision,andvaluesofthecompanyordefendclaimswithspecificevidence Doesnotanalyzebothoftheprojects 18
AnalysisoftheCapitalInvestmentOptions:NPV,IRR,andEBIT AnalyzesbothoftheprojectsfullyfortheirfinancialimplicationsbyappropriatelyusingtheNPV,IRR,andEBITmethods AnalyzesbothoftheprojectsfortheirfinancialimplicationsbutfailstoappropriatelyusetheNPV,IRR,andEBITmethods Doesnotanalyzebothoftheprojectsfortheirfinancialimplications 18
AnalysisoftheCapitalInvestmentOptions:Calculations Allfinancialcalculationsarecomplete,accurate,andprecise Financialcalculationshaveminorissuesorerrorsregardingtheircompletion,accuracy,orprecision Financialcalculationshavecriticalissuesorerrorsthatreflectfundamentalmisunderstandingofthetools 25
ArticulationofResponse Submissionhasnomajorerrorsrelatedtocitations,grammar,spelling,syntax,ororganization Submissionhasmajorerrorsrelatedtocitations,grammar,spelling,syntax,ororganizationthatnegativelyimpactreadabilityandarticulationofmainideas Submissionhascriticalerrorsrelatedtocitations,grammar,spelling,syntax,ororganizationthatpreventunderstandingofideas 10
Total 100%

 

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