Financial Forecasting

A. Explain the difference between managing for short-term profits versus increasing shareholder wealth and how the decision may affect the long-term performance of the firm. Use examples of why management may manage for short-term profits at the expense of increasing shareholder wealth, and on the opposite side, why management may manage to increase shareholder wealth over generating short-term profits. B. Explain the purpose and use of financial forecasting and why a cash budget, production scheduling, and building pro forma financial statements are essential parts of this process. Also indicate how the percentage of sales budgeting method is use to forecast activity. C. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of leverage (debt) to grow the business. Also include debt’s impact on the financial position of the firm and the risk associated with debt financing. Discuss the rational for using debt to pay dividends and/or to repurchase stock. Do you think using the proceeds of debt to pay dividends and/or to repurchase stock is a good use of debt financing (borrowing money)? D. Capital Budgeting – Determinants of capital structure – Capital structure is the way a firm chooses to finance its assets and investments through some combination of equity, debt or internal funds. Please explain each of the financing methods and how they impact the firm’s cost of operations.  E. The choice of short-term versus long-term financing – There are a number of ways to finance a business. Financing can come in the form of debt or investment, and the terms of the financing can vary significantly between the two. Describe the important factors to consider when choosing the method, or methods, of financing and how to determine the appropriate financing method. F. Corporate Governance – Corporate governance also provides the framework for attaining a company’s objectives, it encompasses practically every sphere of management, from action plans and internal controls to performance measurement and corporate disclosure. G. Comparing and Measuring Shareholder Value – Creating shareholder value is the key to success in today’s marketplace. There is increasing pressure on corporate executives to measure, manage and report the creation of shareholder value on a regular basis. In the emerging field of shareholder value analysis, various measures have been developed that claim to quantify the creation of shareholder value and wealth. The format for the paper is as follows: The paper must be typed Times New Roman Font Regular style 12 Font size Black Ink Double Spaced You need at least two reference sources; you may use the text as one of these references Use the Purdue OWL (MLA) format for your report (including the title page)

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