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Amex Wroc

This case describes the processing of charge transactions and is used to calculate volumes of data, processing times, and key entry. ...

An Overview of Financial Statement Analysis: The Mechanics

On September 20, 2000, Jonathan Weill, a Wall Street Journal reporter in Dallas, Texas, published a piece questioning the profitability and accounting of Enron Corporation. He based his article on a study of Enron's financial statements and conversations with staff at the Financial Accounting Standards' Board (FASB), accounting professors, financial analysts, and others. "It took me a while to fig ...

Better Buy, Inc.

This case pertains to one of the most important topics in financial accounting and reporting: revenue recognition. It is intended for use in a required MBA financial accounting course or in an MBA elective course in Financial Reporting and Analysis. The company, Better Buy, Inc., is an electronics retailer selling TVs and other electronic products. The company is a bit unique, however, in that it ...

Breeden Security, Inc. (A)

Breeden Electronics USA is a start-up division of a German company. It plans to produce two products, both electronic signaling devices. Herman Klein, the division president, has asked his controller, Marlene Baer, to compute several break-even sales figures as they assess the sales level that is necessary to meet the profit target established by the parent company. Baer must conduct several break ...

Brown-Forman: Profiting on Corporate Computing

Brown-Forman installed a profit-center control system for its information services department (IS) in 1991. The results were dramatic: costs were flattened, backlogs disappeared, and cooperation improved. Subsequent events raised more concerns: mainframe volumes dropped as applications moved to less costly platforms and new technologies became available, but there was no money to pay for them. To ...

Business to Business on the Web: Buying and Selling

This technical note discusses business-to-business electronic commerce, especially buy-side and sell-side applications in the supply chain. ...

BW Manufacturing Company

A small manufacturer of gas grills is making final changes to its 2009 operating budget and considering several changes in pricing, advertising, and product availability. This short case addresses the topic of contribution analysis as an easy way to analyze profit planning issues such as adding or dropping a product or service; changing a price; adding or decreasing expected volumes; or preparing ...

Cash Flow at Staples

In 2007 STAPLES, Inc., was the world's largest office products company, operating over 1,900 office superstores throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. It employed 74,000 people and recorded 2006 sales of $18.2 billion?a record. Operating cash flow, however, declined somewhat. This case includes the consolidated balance sheets and statements of income for STAPLES, Inc., and subsidiar ...

Data Services at Armistead

Data Services provides flexible, scalable data processing and information storage to the fast-food industry. Sales have grown steadily, but the company has operated at a loss since its founding five years ago. Data Services management is enthusiastic about the company's prospects. The chief executive of Armistead, the insurance company that owns Data Services, is under pressure from corporate offi ...

Dell Computer: Business to Business Over the Web

Six years after dropping out of college to focus on his own business reselling PCs and preformatting PC hard disks, Michael Dell had grown his company's annual sales to more than $500 million. Dell Computer earned a reputation for selling quality products. This case describes Dell's unique direct approach to producing, selling, and distributing computing equipment. It contains a side-by-side compa ...

Dell Computer: Business to Business Over the Web in 2001

Dell Computer: Business to Business Over the Web (UVA-C-2144) describes the Dell business model and its adaptation to the Web in detail. This second case provides an update through March 2001 and contains a summary of some of the company's more important events since the first case was written. ...

Derivatives and Hedging

This note is a valuable read in any finance or accounting course that is covering the risks of derivative securities. In October 2011, MF Global Holdings LTD, a New York City brokerage company, filed for bankruptcy. Almost a billion dollars was missing from customer accounts that were supposed to be segregated from MF Global's trading accounts. Thousands of U.S. farmers collectively lost millions ...
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