September 10, 2017 at 12:38 pm
My friend is doing the project. And he has chosen to go for the dairy industry. The company’s core products are dairy but it also produces juices.The problem is the bsc info pack clearly states no beverages. Is it fine to go ahead with this company ??
Since finding a company solely of dairy products is difficult.
Please can you help ??September 10, 2017 at 6:19 pm
hi i just wanted to ask on how to get the list of verified mentors for the oxford brookes rap project ?September 11, 2017 at 12:09 am
@nada000 – as long as it produces mainly food (yoghurt, cheese, chocolate for example) then some beverages as part of the product portfolio would be acceptable. Just milk and juices would not.September 11, 2017 at 12:11 am
@kamlesh – register as a mentee on the OBU mentoring website and there should be a list showing the names and where the mentor is based. In the first instance you can contact anyone on the list via the website to enquire about potential mentoringSeptember 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm
Thank you for your help. I wanted to ask if hotel chocolat and Ferero spa for topic 8 would be good ???
Although Ferero spa is bigger than hotel. chocolat but they both are into chocolate.
For topic 8 should companies be listed on the stock exchange ??
Can you recommend companies which produces biscuits or snacks ??September 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm
Must say I’ve found this forum very helpful and thank you for your assistance and guidance.
I hope you can clarify a few things for me.
For my submission period, sectors are Aerospace, Food products & Hotels. I’ve looked at the ICB and looks like these are sub sectors of a sector. I’ve decided to choose Aerospace (2713).
My only concern is that organisations are now much more diverse and have different income source and can be involved in different sub sectors. So, how strict do we need to be in choosing a sector specific organisation? For. e.g. I’ve picked Rolls Royce PLC primarily sells aircraft engines but also supplies to defence sector (2717) and is involved with marine & nuclear activiites. Should I choose organsiatons that are strictly sector specific as provided by OBU? However this is going to be a challenge as we all know that the publicly available financial statements are group consolidated and segregating it will be a real challenge. Also, comparing it with its competitors will be a real challenge too as their figures will be diluted as well. Most of the organisations involved in aerospace sector will be involved in defence and other sectors for generating income. Not just aerospace, most of these organisations with publicly available financials will one way or another will have diverse income sources and a real challenge to be sub-sector specific.
I’ve emailed ACCA OBU to seek clarifications as well but no response yet.
Can you shed some light on this and assist?
NashSeptember 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm
Note from Trephena: I am away from home staying in a part of the country with very limited internet access. If your query is not answered this issue in most cases lies behind the reason for not answering it right now.September 15, 2017 at 10:13 am
I would like to know the ideas of what are the specific ratios for Aerospace industry? Anyone any idea what ratios are industry specific? Please share 2 or more. Thank you. BoeingSeptember 16, 2017 at 10:09 am
You will need to read through the written pages of their annual reports and visit the investor relations sections of their websites. You should also read around the business and get a feel for the industry before attempting the analysis as most of these companies operate very differently from companies in other sectors.
Companies in this sector spend huge amounts on design and R&D and therefore an analysis of this would be very relevant. Looking at things like inventory in a textbook manner is probably a waste of time (and demonstrates a lack of understanding of the business): for example Boeing makes planes to order (although possibly some specialist spare parts would be carried as stock and sold).
However WIP valuations would need to be looked at instead as significant amounts of capital are tied up in planes that may take months (if not years) to assemble and they are not all completed on the last day of the financial year!!! Customers pay deposits up front with order and stage payments during construction and some profit taken on the potential sale at various points throughout manufacture. Order book figures would therefore be crucial to maintaining a smooth running operation and all aspects of planning particularly cash flow and capital.
Any specific KPIs may vary from company to companySeptember 16, 2017 at 1:43 pm
@nada000 – I like the idea of Hotel Chocolat and Ferrero, however you need to have access to the financial statements which may sometimes be an issue with private limited companies. If you can get these for HC then go ahead. They have different marketing models and and philosophies so there will be some limitations in the comparisons you can make.
In fact I think HC would make a good subject for Topic 18.September 16, 2017 at 2:41 pm
Good day all, i require a clarification with regards a company to choose for topic 8, i intend using a food producer, a company that is into the manufacture of pasta, noodles, semolina, would this company be allowed as a food producer.September 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm
@nash1807 – apart from mentioning the diversity etc. in your limitations section and where appropriate in the analysis, I can give y out no real advice. It will be interesting if you get a detailed reply from the OBU Office, (which I doubt) but if you do please post it here.
I have made some comments and suggestions on the Aero space thread so you might l like to read those. I can’t help feeling that the business analysis should be the main focus for this sector (marketing factors being particularly important e.g. customers [commercial companies or government] promotion [air shows, trade delegations] payment terms and product differentiation. In fact an Aero space company would probably a good subject for Topic 18.
Sorry I can’t be much help but the sectors for T8 in P35 are quite difficult and none are really clear-cut.September 19, 2017 at 11:51 am
@trephena – Thanks for your response. I’ve had no reply to my email yet, doubt I’d get one. If I do, I will post it here.September 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm
dhameelolar – that sounds appropriate as a food producerSeptember 22, 2017 at 5:19 am
The results i am getting for Marriott are segregated quarter wise and as we are to analyse the whole year,how am I to project the quarterly reasons of increase/decriease in numbers to the whole year.
Should i just pick out the reason out of the 4 quarters that had the most impact or combine the reasons of the 4 quarters? but that would mean having to reference 4 pages for 1 para.
Best Regards.September 22, 2017 at 12:23 pm
I am thinking of submitting RAP in Period 35 on topic 8 and recently went through OBU Info Pack. I am really confused about choice of organization. The choice has been made unnecessarily difficult by limiting it to specific industry sub sector ( not even keeping it to a sector). I am really unable to understand that what is the point in narrowing down the choice of organization so much that it becomes a headache for students. For evaluating business and financial performance of an organization students obviously needs an organization of size large enough to be a topic of discussion in business reporting media platforms and for which financial and other business information is available through at least some sources. But organizations of such size rarely very rarely operate within a sub sector of an industry as large organizations have diverse product portfolios and mostly even industry sectors are not a boundary for their products. Even if one finds a company fulfilling the specifications, finding a suitable competitor is nearly impossible. ( According to my initial research on food product companies) As it adds another layer of specifications that is finding two companies operating in same target market with nearly similar product portfolios obviously otherwise their wont be a competition particularly at organizational level.September 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm
Whilst I agree that the industry sectors are fairly hard no-
one is forcing you to select Topic 8 if you don’t l like the selection (or perhaps your mentor is?.) There are 18 other topics to choose from several of which do not require any primary data collection e.g. Topics 17, 18 and 20 where you can more or less choose a company (provided there is sufficient data) so why not broaden your horizons and do for something else as OBU is not going to change the industry sectors for at least another year.September 22, 2017 at 7:54 pm
can you tell me united technologies with honeywell will go well for topic 8 ? Please could you guide ?September 22, 2017 at 8:49 pm
@trephena no mentor isnt forcing me to go for topic 8. I myself am much more confident about this one as compared to all other topics except the part of choosing the organization and so i placed my concerns over here with hope of some guidance and help instead of being remarked as ignorant 🙂 its just that i was really upset as i have been trying to find a suitable organization for last three days which make me wrote my query in a complaining tone.September 22, 2017 at 11:45 pm
I was not implying ignorance on your part but know students (about 70% of them generally and about 95% in Pakistan) just never consider anything other than topic 8, (which followers of this forum will know is not a particular favourite topic of mine). However I try to overcome my bias by advising where I can for example I have produced an article on Evaluation and Analysis on our homepage which focuses mainly on this in relation to Topic 8 and also I created a special forum on Airlines for Topic 8 when they were the industry sector (which if you read the comments on P34 results students found invaluable).
Previously I had created a special forum for Topic 17 mainly because African students actually tend not to go for Topic 8 and were looking for a suitable topic that did not involve primary data collection. This forum for T17 has proved very popular and useful. Overall many students have commented that with my advice they have achieved B grades
In relation to the new industry sectors for Topics 8 and 15: they are so hard I genuinely think students would be better off considering alternative topics. I therefore wanted you to be aware that you stand a much better chance of passing if you broadened your horizons and looked elsewhere. ( I would in fact put money on the statistics for P35 backing me up on this – and I am not a gambling woman – that Topics 17, 18 and 20 will have higher pass rates than Topic 8).September 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm
@trephena Thanks alot 🙂 and sorry i misunderstood you. I will definitely reconsider the choice of topic after your invaluable opinion.September 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm
@trephena I was going through an old thread where the use of individual or consolidated financial statements was discussed. One of the participants commented that it should be avoided as it means more complexity and he was of the view that if consolidated statements are used contribution of each subsidiary towards the performance of the group should be assessed. Need your opinion on it. Wont it be appropriate to look at the whole group and focusing on performance of products and areas such as sales, costs etc.September 29, 2017 at 11:09 am
Hi can i use BAE systems and Rolls Royce holding for period 35 – Both FTSe 100. Kindly adviseSeptember 29, 2017 at 5:12 pm
As RevPAR= Occupancy Rate x ADR so if i have already analyzed ADR and occupancy rate,how should i analyze RevPAR as i will not have anything new to say.
Best Regards.October 1, 2017 at 3:54 pm
I’m working on my RAP for Period 35 submission. In Part3, for business analysis, my company and its competitor are U.S. based companies with their chain of properties in the same countries, the U.S. and China. I have chosen PEST analysis! How do I compare my main company with its competitor under PEST since all the factors will apply to both the companies?
Awaiting your reply!
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