- February 19, 2016 at 8:36 pm #301189sunny45Member
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I forget to ask one thing in my last post,
I want to choose airline industry incase I need to prepare new project, so would it be wise to worn upon etihad and emirates airlines? Or should I look for some other companies?
RegardsFebruary 19, 2016 at 10:55 pm #301195
I believe you are required to submit a new RAP on 3 given industries by OBU. However, i will recommend to email OBU & confirm this as no marks were allocated. They must have mentioned this while clearing your ACO.
For new project you need to re do everything and ensure there is no copy paste from any other project, try to rephrase as much as possible then check your plagiarism at http://www.writecheck.com as recommended by OBU. You can self-pass turtin if you have access, there is no prohibition for checking plagiarism in info pack.
Etihad & Emirates as are fine.
Hammad Ahmed Qureshi – OBU Registered Mentor.February 19, 2016 at 10:58 pm #301196
You should use latest available and compare latest available competitor Financial statements. For example if you have 2015 FS for company A compare its 2015, 2014 & 2013 with their last years and for competitor compare Company A 2014, 2013 & 2012 & for company B same.
You may adjust their financial statements for example for year ended June 2014 of company B, you can deduct quarter ended June 2014 from annual financial statements until June 2014 and add quarter until quarter until June 2013 for aligning year ends to company A. You should do this if you feel that there are different rules, economic situation etc, which effected during difference of 3 months.
Otherwise, you need to write different year ends under limitation of bench-marking and information gathering, also you need to tell how did you overcome this.
Hammad Ahmed Qureshi – OBU Registered Mentor.February 21, 2016 at 8:59 pm #301482alifarooq35Member
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You should see primary / core services of the company if it meets your requirement then you can analysis on overall basis and do not require to separate them. If You think there is a limitation you can explain in the heading of “Limitation and tell how you overcome this problem”
OBU clearly mentioned about Telecommunications Industry:
Telecommunications Providers of mobile telephone services; including cellular, satellite and paging services. Includes wireless tower companies that own, operate and lease mobile site towers to multiple wireless service providers.
You can select different competitor if possible because you need the same account.
ALI FAROOQ OBU Registered MentorFebruary 25, 2016 at 1:38 am #301925brightsamboMember
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Is it acceptable to use a comparator company from a different country? I have had difficulty finding a company in Malawi especially in the telecommunications industry. The others are not listed on the stock exchange and hence refused to take part in the research.
BrighFebruary 25, 2016 at 7:02 am #301945
Yes, you can use company in any other company or multinational.
Hammad Ahmed Qureshi – OBU Registered Mentor.March 13, 2016 at 6:57 pm #306223ChloeMember
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I’m quite stuck on how to choose a topic. Especially if you need internal and external information. Surely you can only get internal information if you do it on the company that you work for?March 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm #306231
Should I choose this Topic or that?
Decision of selection will be based on three things:
You should be interested and have proper understanding of topic, its basics to comfortably pass OBU criteria of BSc Hons. RAP. In addition, unless you don’t have sound knowledge of any area such as Working Capital, you cannot select relevant models which you clearly explain & apply for doing a critical analysis necessary for A Grade in RAP..
Organization & Availability of Information:
You must be confident that organisation you are selecting is suitable for topic and you have bunch of information available on it. Further, if you use primary data it require different referencing and questionnaires compared to secondary. If you go for topics like 8 and 15, then you will also have to look at competitor information availability for doing critical benchmark analysis.
In overall terms, look more on the area in which you have expertise and organisation on which you can easily access much information. Information that you will use must also include third party as if you use too much internal data, it may lead to a biased analysis.
It is not necessary that you can get internal information only if you are employee of organisation. You can get it from any authentic and acceptable source if they allow you to disclose it and you will also have to make questionnaires & other references on how did you get information.
Hammad Ahmed Qureshi – OBU Registered Mentor.March 13, 2016 at 7:31 pm #306232
If you can please let me know here your interested topics, i will post detailed specific guidance for each topic which will help you in selection.
Hammad Ahmed Qureshi – OBU Registered Mentor.March 15, 2016 at 5:10 pm #306507alifarooq35Member
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Hi hope you are doing well.
i suggest students to select the following topics
TOPIC 8: Evaluation of Business and Financial Performance Over Three year period.
AND TOPIC 19
AN ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF THE FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL CONSEQUENCES OF A MERGER BETWEEN TWO ORGANISATIONS OR OF THE ACQUISITION OF ONE ORGANISATION BY ANOTHER.
Both are interesting topics and you are already familiar with them in your ACCA studies plus these topics will be helpful for you in future to get job as a Financial Analyst/Advisory Associate. Most of the companies are doing acquisition frequently these days all around the world. they are looking Financial Analyst who can join and contribute their role in acquisition.
Hope the answer of the question.
BSC Registered MentorMarch 16, 2016 at 1:11 am #306547
Topic 17 has the highest pass rate – FACT! 😀
You use annual reports, corporate governance codes, sustainability reports etc (depending on the topic chosen). Neither T8 nor T17 require primary data collection. Unless you are good at statistics or operational research think very carefully about doing a topic that involves primary data collection.
I suggest that you look at the final part of my article on Evaluation and analysis on our homepage http://www.opentuition.com/obu
Evaluation is the key to passing so consider what this entails and the availability of your data and sources when selecting your topic.
Good luck! 😀March 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm #306545
@brightsambo -you can compare with a South African telecomms company or another African company e.g. Safaricom. ( It is no different from when using an airline as students usually have to use airlines registered in different countries). OBU has no problem with this as long as you discuss the specific problems in your limitations.
Remember to tailor your ratios to the industry. Customer churn is something you need to look at and discuss. You might also look at how well covered areas are particularly if using companies in different countries. If the infrastructure is not so well developed and signal strength poor it will of course impact on demand. Trends in revenue and profit per customer and costs per customer if available would be useful as well as the ‘usual’ ratios.March 21, 2016 at 2:54 am #307196rehan1o1Participant
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Hello everyone, i have chosen topic 8 for my RAP and Pharmaceutical industry. I want to avoid complications and save time as much as i can. I want to choose an international company with same year end and financials in the same currency.
Firstly i was thinking about GSK vs AstraZeneca but the problem is that GSK’s financials are in pounds while AstraZeneca’s financials in USD when both of them are UK based
then i was thinking about Pfizer vs Merck but then again merck’s financials are in Euro. Would appreciate your help much. ThanksMarch 21, 2016 at 9:27 am #307216
Rehan1o1- the currency issue is not a major problem – please see my post on the forum topic RAP Topic Selection dated 10 Feb for advice on thisMarch 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm #307252rehan1o1Participant
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thanks trephena, also if one comapny is following IRFS and the other one is following US GAAP would that be an issue? Please let me know if GSK vs AstraZeneca would be appropriate? thanksMarch 27, 2016 at 8:19 am #308370
on what basis we have to select the second company for analysis? Any listed company or the company should have a specific criteria? If there is a criteria then what is it?March 27, 2016 at 7:37 pm #308424
My recommendation for competitor selection is its listed status and company’s performance must be challenging your main company. Further, you should have its annual reports including financial statements to be provided to OBU in RAP. Comparison should be like with like with reference to operations, geography and comparing consolidated with consolidated & unconsolidated with unconsolidated accounts. Rest is your choice.
Hammad Ahmed Qureshi – OBU Registered Mentor.March 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm #308425
@hammadahmedqureshi now your reply made is more complecated for me to select the second company because i want to analyse GSk who is earnring in billionsi in Pakistan where on other hand, all the listed companies are earnring in millions. :/
can you help me to select the company against GSK Pakistan? while how does this ICB thing works?March 27, 2016 at 8:27 pm #308428
@hammadahmedqureshi do you think Highnoon with Sanofi would be a good selection?March 28, 2016 at 7:56 am #308448
It is not financial numbers that you will compare but relative figures such as %, ratios, trend in performance etc. So, you can compare a million earning company with billion because a billion earning company with loss is worse than a million earning profitable company. Its about performance not numbers.
Highnoon and Sanofi is also a good choice but it all depends on you. Further, my point was that their performance challenge your main company not it should earn same.
Hammad Ahmed Qureshi – OBU Registered Mentor.March 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm #308377
You may find the posts on https://opentuition.com/topic/comparator-company/
useful as it sets out the sorts of things you should consider before making your final choice
Also the topic on whether problems with financial statements and whether they are comparable may help you with your selection. (I think there may also be a section in the OBU information pack about putting your company in an industry context – something I touch upon in the article on Evaluation on our homepage – so read those too)April 7, 2016 at 11:46 am #309221asalman1Member
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The company i have chose is listed but the competitior is not listed is that ok?April 7, 2016 at 1:51 pm #309234
@salman1 – you will have to provide the financial statements for any comparator so if you won’t be able to do this then the comparator is not suitable. Normally similar sized companies are listed but there are some large companies that are not plc’s eg Virgin Atlantic. Otherwise if the size difference is too large, performance comparisons are not so valid.April 10, 2016 at 9:53 am #309614asalman1Member
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Thank you for the prompt reply. I have chose British Airways. What you think should be the best competitor ? any suggestion? I looked Virgin Atlantic but they dont have three years annual report. Every company which i choose dont have annual reports showing on their website 🙁April 11, 2016 at 3:27 am #309673Tuan AnhMember
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I submitted my RAP on topic 15 in period 31 (Nov 2015) and failed. I am going to resubmit my RAP again, perhaps on this May 2016, still under Topic 15.
As I am confusing at some points, could you please give me answers on several questions?
My questions are:
1. I passed SLS and failed on RAP, so If I resubmit on the same topic, with the same organisation, I would have to submit my RAP and relevant proofs of calculation, and I will not have to resubmit my Presentation and SLS. Did I understand it right?
2. For new requirement on using Industry Classification Benchmark, “apply to students submitting for the first time or for students changing topic in both the May 2016 (Period 32) and November 2016 (Period 33”.(accaglobal). So for resubmitting purpose on the same topic like I am going to do, I am not required to using this ICB, right?
I am looking forward to your reply, thank you so much.April 11, 2016 at 9:37 am #309699rickoMember
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Hi there i have looking on lufthansa air line and i have noticed that on there website they have annual report and other is financial statments. Both are differente one is cosolidated and other is not. Which one should i use should i go for consolidated financial statements and compare with the consolidated one?April 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm #309769darkangel5Member
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Thank you for the prompt reply. I have chose British Airways. What you think should be the best competitor ? any suggestion? I looked Virgin Atlantic but they dont have three years annual report. Every company which i choose dont have annual reports showing on their website 🙁
I have chosen KLM as BA’s comparatorApril 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm #309772
@Tuan Anh – yes you are right on both counts: No presentation and no SLS required and no restriction on topic provided you resubmit on the same company you used before.April 12, 2016 at 6:34 am #309808MahinAdnanMember
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Hi, i want to know that in T8, I chose a company that has consolidated f/s. In my financial AND business analysis, where do i have to explain the effects of subsidiary eg in what areas and how to mention subsidiary issues?April 12, 2016 at 11:05 am #309865
@ricko -you need to be consistent either group level for both companies or individual company compared with individual company.
Please note: I have created a special forum topic for airline specific queries so please use that if you (or any students) have any further questions that are related to using an airline fir Topic 8
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