Business Case Studies by Topic

- Finance

Below is a list of case studies taken from the Finance section of Business Case Studies. Choose your sub topic from the list of arrowed links below the Finance heading.

Finance case studies

Accounts

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Interpreting and understanding accounts

Edition 18: This case study looks at the full range of accounting statements including the Income Statement; the Balance Sheet and the Cash Flow Statement

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Financial statements and reporting

Edition 11: This case study helps students understand the process of setting, reporting and evaluating financial performance.

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The importance of accounting standards

Edition 4: This case study explains the role of professional consultancy services in helping companies meet rigorous accounting standards.

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Trading places

Edition 4: This case study is intended to provide an understanding of the accounting process and how accounting information meets the needs and requirements of many different groups of people.

Assets

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The role of asset management

Edition 4: This case study focuses on one small division of British Aerospace - Asset Management.

Budgeting

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The benefits of budgeting

Edition 17: This case study shows how Zurich’s careful approach to budgeting is a contributory factor in gaining competitive advantage.

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Planning a budget

Edition 15: This case study shows how the development and use of budgetscontribute to Davis Service Group meeting its objectives.

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Budgeting and strategy

Edition 9: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: define the term budget and explain the purpose of budgeting, outline the importance of identifying major variances and taking remedial actions, list the advantages and disadvantages of budgeting.

Cash flow

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Controlling cash flow for business growth

Edition 15: This case study looks at how management accountants forecast, monitor and control cash flow in order to maintain the ongoing financial health of businesses.

Costs

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Costing aircraft components

Edition 2: This case study focuses upon the processes involved in costing aircraft components.

Investment appraisal

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Using cost-benefit analysis to appraise investments

Edition 17: This case study examines one major wastewater quality improvement investment made by United Utilities. It shows how important non-financial considerations, such as the impact on the environment, were in arriving at the best decision.

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Investment appraisal in action

Edition 16: This case study looks at how in 2008 Syngenta proposed an investment in new manufacturing capacity that would allow it to increase production of Amistar. It reviews the analyses that helped the company decide whether to proceed with this investment.

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Sustainability through investment

Edition 13: This case study explores how McCain Foods evaluated the benefits of proposed sustainable energy projects before making major financial investment.

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Investing in natural gas: drilling down into the risks

Edition 9: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: understand the importance of examining detailed data in making investment decisions, know how to set out choices involved in decision making, understand how a calculation involving an investment decision is made.

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Assessing a major infrastructure project

Edition 3: This case study focuses on a recent appraisal of a key infrastructure project involving the West Coast Main Line and examines how such a development could significantly change the competitive position of the railway industry.

Financial risk

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Calculating the risks in making investment decisions

Edition 11: This case study helps students understand investment appraisal and decision making.

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The role of Investment Trusts in the capital market

Edition 8: This case study concentrates on longer-term funds. Through Investment Trusts, well-managed businesses have access to secure finance. Whilst those investing, whether individuals or groups, can have confidence in the management of their funds.

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Managing trading risk

Edition 4: This case study examines the importance of futures trading and focuses more specifically on commodity futures trading.

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The business mission of Britannia

Edition 3: This case study examines the mortgage lending process and the detailed set of considerations that must be taken into account before granting a mortgage.

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Managing financial risk

Edition 2: This case study focuses on the way in which a particular type of financial institution, Building Societies, are able to reduce their financial risks today by using the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE).

Sources of finance

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Raising finance for SMEs

Edition 5: The case study examines the source of finance and the way SMEs find access to it.

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Private Finance Initiatives

Edition 4: This case study explores the role of PWC's Financial Advisory Services with a focus on private finance initiatives.

What does ‘Finance’ cover?

Finance case studies cover the strategic approach to finance (e.g. setting financial objectives) as well as tools for analysing financial data in the business.

Key topics include:

  • Sources of finance - for business start-up as well as growing a business
  • Financial records and how to use them - e.g. balance sheets, profit and loss accounts
  • Setting and monitoring budgets as well as interpreting and analysing accounts
  • Looking at methods of evaluating the viability of the business, e.g. ratio analysis, gearing
  • Understanding the importance of cash flow to the business
  • Using investment appraisal tools to help decide if investment is justified and what outcomes it might deliver (e.g. break-even, annual rate of return, discounted cash flow, net present value)