Financial Analysis of Singtel

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Analysis of the Business
And
Financial Performance
Of
SingTel

Table of Contents
Contents Page number

Chapter One: INTRODUCTION
1.1.Topic chosen and context4
1.2.Reason for choosing this topic5
1.3.Reason for choosing this organization and background of organization5 1.4.Objectives of report and research question.6
1.5.Research and analysis Methodology6
Chapter Two: INFORMATION GARTHERING
2.1.Source of information8
2.2.Collection of Data9
2.3.Sources of Data9
2.4.Ethical issues10
2.5.Limitations of information gathering10
2.6.Accounting technique and business techniques used11
2.7.Limitations of accounting and business techniques used12 Chapter Three: RESEARCH, ANSLYSIS, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS 3.1.Background of organization13
3.1.1. History13
3.1.2. Vision, mission & core values14
3.1.3 Subsidiaries of SingTel14
3.2.Financial performance16
3.2.1 Profitability ratios17
3.2.2 Short-term liquidity ratios23
3.2.3 Working captial efficiency ratios25
3.2.4 Long-term solvency ratios27
3.2.5 Investment ratio29
3.3.Benchmarking- Cathay Pacific- year 200832
3.5.1. Background of M132
3.5.2. Financial comparisons33
3.4.Macro-Environment analysis35
3.4.1. Political31
3.4.2. Economic31
3.4.3. Social33
3.4.4. Technological33
3.4.5. Environmental35
3.4.6. Legal36
3.5.Industry analysis38
3.3.1.Strengths27
3.3.2. Weakness28
3.3.3. Opportunities29
3.3.4. Threats30
3.6Conclusion42
3.7.Recommendation43

Appendix44
Appendix A: Consolidated Income Statement44
Appendix B: Statements of Financial Position (Group)45
Appendix C: Share Price of SingTel46
Appendix D:Singapore GDP Growth47

List of reference45

Chapter One: Introduction

1.1 TOPIC CHOSEN AND ITS CONTEXT

As my research and analysis project topic chosen is the ‘Topic 8: An analysis of business and financial performance of an organization over a three–year period’, I have selected Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) to be my research organization from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2010.

Business analysis is the discipline of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems. Solutions often include a systems development component, but may also consist of process improvement or organizational change or strategic planning and policy development (Wikipedia2010). It focuses on the needs of the business to achieve its corporate objectives and develop the strategy.

Financial analysis refers to the finance function of the business and examines its historical data, such as financial statements, to gain the information about the financial health of the business. And it can be used in a wide variety of ways to help managers to make their critical decisions, just as Alan S. Donnahoe wrote in his book What Every Manager Should Know about Financial Analysis. "In a very real sense, finance is the language of business. Goals are set and performance is measured in financial terms. Plants are built, equipment ordered, and new projects undertaken based on clear investment return criteria. Financial analysis is required in every such case.”

In summary, the analysis of business and financial performance reflect a clearer picture of the organization about its activities, strength, weaknesses and potential problems and also can provide more useful and wider information to the users who are interested in.

1.2 Reason for choosing the topic and the organization

This topic allows me to get deeper and better into the understanding of business and financial analysis. With the availability of annual report, I can apply my theoretical knowledge of P2 and P3 in real...
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