Question: Apply the course instruction as well as required and supplementary reading material. aAnalyze the information provided and synthesize the results into tangible recommendations.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS
SCHOOL OF BUSINSS AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
Banking, Finance and Economics Department
Econ310-01 Quantitative Methods for Business
This quiz is designed to test your understanding and ability to apply the course instruction as well as required and supplementary reading material. You will be assessed based on your ability to analyze the information provided and synthesize the results into tangible recommendations. Please be reminded that while students may confer, each student is responsible for his/her own work.
Case Study Background
You are a senior staff member in the finance department of BCom Investments Ltd (BCom). In your role, you are charged with reviewing, performing analysis and making recommendations to the President of BCom, Mr. Keith Sands, with respect to investment proposals. The analysis and recommendations that you prepare are typically included as part of the package of documents that Mr. Sands presents to the Board of Directors for final approval before any investments can be made. The Board is comprise of a diverse group of professionals who range in personality from being conservative (risk adverse) to liberal (risk taker).
Mr. Sands has a new “brilliant” investment opportunity that he wishes to present to the Board and needs you to prepare a brief evaluating the project to inform his presentation. Your brief should be no more than five (5) pages in length (single spaced), inclusive of tables and charts, clearly demonstrating the calculations/estimates to support your recommendations. As an engineer by profession, be minded that Mr. Sands (as well as several members of the Board) do not have economic backgrounds and may be unfamiliar with complex economic terms.
Mr. Sands is convinced the company can earn large profits if it invests in building second homes in Exuma. If x represents the number of luxury boxes that are constructed, total revenue (TR) = 200,000x and total cost (TC) = 2,500,000 + 150,000x.
- The Board would need to understand what is the breakeven point?
- The Board would also wants to know your investment recommendations under varying scenarios of the number of units to construct.
Market Demand Levels (units sold)
Investment Level (units sold) Strong Medium Low Probability
High 90 70 50 0.4
Medium 70 50 30 0.3
Low 50 30 10 0.3
Probability 0.4 0.4 0.2 1.0
Other Company Details
While BCom’s investments have performed well in the past, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying health/safety measures and economic downturn, the pressure on BCom’s finances has increased. This increased pressure has made several Board members very concerned about the future viability of the company should the market not rebound in the near future. The Board also maintains a level of utility equivalent among the various options.