To undertake the project you are provided with:
i. A handout that details the background, analyst recommendations and financial data of the GAP ; ii. Chapter 6 of Palepu et al., “Business Analysis and Valuation” available on blackboard under case study iii. A brief background lecture
Answer the four questions in the GAP handout on page 180, viz: You are free to undertake the case study as you wish. However, you should work as a team but you may wish to assign each member of the team to different tasks which may encompass:
• Providing an analysis the financial performance over the past five years, particularly in relation to competitors and the general industry sector in which GAP operates.
• Reviewing the analysts’ report on the performance and investment potential of GAP.
• Carrying out a comprehensive financial ratio analysis performance for the years which you have the annual reports and do a past time series analysis of these ratios.
• Relative to the competition
• Relative to profit drivers (Return on equity = Profit margin X Asset turnover X Equity multiplier). A Dupont ratio analysis may be useful here (see pp. 64-67 Ross et al. Essentials of Corporate Finance. Chapters 2,3 also useful for background on financial ratios and accounting valuation techniques.
• Describing the main qualitative information available within the notes to the accounts and the remainder of the annual report which enables you to better understand the meaning of the financial statements. Recommend if there are any adjustments to the accounts