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      Course: ACCO1172 Coursework Number: 1 of 1 Contribution: 40%

        Coordinator: Aliyah Essop

Due: 17th December 2021

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Your work will be submitted for electronic plagiarism checking. Any attempt to bypass our plagiarism detection systems will be treated as a severe Assessment Offence.

  Coursework Submission Requirements

• An electronic copy of your work for this coursework should be fully uploaded by 11.00 p.m. (local time) on the Deadline Date (17th December 2021) via Moodle coursework page.

• In general, any text in the document must not be an image (i.e. must not scanned) and would normally be generated from other documents (e.g. MS Office using "Save As ... PDF").

• Make sure that any files you upload are virus-free and not protected by a password otherwise they will be treated as null submissions.

• You must NOT submit a paper copy of this coursework.

Detailed Specification:

You are required to produce a management report entitled, “Tata Motors: Can the Turnaround Plan improve Performance?” based on the evidence supplied in the case study.

Length of Report: Word processed- maximum of 3000 words excluding References and Executive Summary.

Specifically, you are required to:

Conduct a financial analysis of Tata Motors using financial analysis techniques including financial ratio analysis, based on the case study provided and submit a professional report as outlined below.

Your task

1. Executive Summary

Briefly summarise the approach taken in the report and the key findings.

2. Introduction

Background – briefly describe the background context of the company (e.g. historic information on the company’s formation, the key products and services and issues it faces based on the case study) and provide an outline of your report.

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3. General Financial Statements Analysis

Based on the financial statements provided, conduct a horizontal analysis and vertical analysis for the past 5 years to assess the trends in Tata motor. Evaluate and compare key figures such as total assets, long term debt, other liabilities, operating profit, net income over this 5 year-period. Critically analyse and assess the changes in these key indicators. You should include a critical discussion of potential reasons that led to these changes and the likely consequences on the organisation.

4. Financial Ratio Analysis

Use financial ratios analysis to assess the companies’ efficiency, profitability and liquidity position, as well as their capital structure (financial leverage) over the 5-year period. You should include a critical discussion of potential reasons that led to these changes and the likely consequences on the organisation.

5. Business Analysis and Recommendations

Critically Analyse Tata’s key strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities and threats faced by Tata in the dynamic automobile industry. Based on your business analysis and financial analysis, formulate strategies that you recommend in order to improve the company’s financial position.

6. Conclusion 7. References

Harvard style referencing must be used.

8. Overall professionalism

Well written report which is presented in a professional manner. Appropriate headings, logical structure and flow of ideas, clear and coherent language with good grammar and punctuation etc.

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Assessment Marking Criteria

  Management Summary/Abstract 5% Introduction 5% Critical Analysis of financial statements 30% Assessment of financial ratios 30% Business Analysis and Recommendations 20% Conclusion 5% References and Overall professionalism (2% and 3% respectively) 5%

Total 100%

General Grading:

70+ An excellent attempt demonstrating a clear understanding of the requirements of the assignment. An impressive demonstration of research, organisation, initiative, analysis and application.

Thorough and critical financial evaluation using key tools.

A high-quality critical discussion is presented Critical evaluation and specific conclusions are presented.

60-69 A good attempt demonstrating a strong understanding of the requirements of the assignment. A good display of research, organisation, initiative, analysis and application.

A good discussion of financial evaluation using key tools.

Good conclusions are presented.

50-59 A satisfactory attempt demonstrating an effective understanding of the assignment. Adequate discussion of financial evaluation. Conclusions are satisfactory.

40-49 A poor understanding of the assignment and its effect. Research, organisation, analysis initiative and application limited. There is an attempt to conduct financial evaluation and discussion is very shallow if any. Poor conclusions are presented.

<40% Poor understanding of the requirements of the assignment. Possibly some confusion and much irrelevant material. A poor display of research, organisation, initiative, analysis and application.

There are no or very little financial evaluation

Very poor or no evaluation or conclusions are presented.

A Specific Rubric used for Marking will be attached to the Turnitin Submission point.

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