Treasury Management in Banking June 2018 Assignment

04 Apr
Treasury Management in Banking

1. In today’s era, due to the uncertainties in the economic environment, most Organizations have increased their cash holding. As a part of the treasury team in an organization, highlight some of the best practices in treasury operation with respect to cash holdings.

2. Mr.X has been appointed as a controller/Treasurer in a treasury Department. Discuss the role of Mr.X in an organization as a Controller.

3. A) You are working in cash Payment department of an Investment bank. Highlight the advantages of Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) while making payments across borders.

3. B) Discuss on the mechanism of information transmission through SWIFTS.

International Banking & Foreign Exchange Management June 2018 Assignment

04 Apr

International Banking & Foreign Exchange Management

1. Many Indian Companies are not listed in US stock market because the procedure of listing is not easy, what are the other ways to raise capital in USD? Explain their types in details.

2. Foreign exchange exposure is said to exist for a business or a firm when the value of its future cash flows is dependent on the value of foreign currency / currencies. If a British firm sells products to a US Firm, cash inflow of British firm is exposed to foreign exchange and in a case of the US based firm cash outflow is exposed to foreign exchange. What are the different types of exposure in foreign Exchange transaction? How to reduce it? (10 Marks) 3. Punjab National Bank on Monday detected fraudulent transactions worth Rs 11,300 crore at its Brady House branch in Mumbai. The PNB in its cautionary note to other public and private sector banks said that the suspected fraud was carried out by the perpetrators in collusion with the staff. It went on to explain the modus operandi of the scam and said: “It was found through SWIFT trail that one junior level branch official unauthorisedly and fraudulently issued Letters of Undertaking (LoU) on behalf of some companies belonging to Nirav Modi Group for availing buyers’ credit from overseas branches of Indian Banks.” It further said that none of the transactions were routed through the Core Banking Solution or CBS system, thus avoiding early detection of fraudulent activity. a. What is the CBS that the bank official bypassed to issue fake LoU by using SWIFT?

b. What was the role of Punjab National Bank‘s Officials in this fraud? How they use NOSTRO account of Punjab national Bank?

Insurance and Risk Management June 2018 Assignment

04 Apr

Insurance and Risk Management

1. Alok has completed his MBA and has joined the insurance industry. He was recruited for non-life insurance. He wanted to prepare himself with various types of non-life insurance policies offered in the industry, so he approached his brother who was also working in insurance industry to brief him. If you are his brother elaborate on various types of policies offered in non-life insurance category.

2. Neha was accompanying her manager in selling life insurance. Her manager wanted her to understand the different factors that affects the cost of life insurance. He asked her to make a small report covering the factors. Help Neha to prepare the report.

3. In the insurance sector, underwriters or actuaries use various methods to determine the rates of premium. As an insurance company is a profit business, the rate of premium charged for insurance must be sufficient enough to provide for losses and expenses while at the same time earn profit for the company. Alok works as an actuary in an insurance company. Suggest which method of premium calculation would be used in the following cases:

a) Same rate of premium is charged from individuals under the same situation.

b) Method frequently used by commercial fire insurance companies.

World Class Operations June 2018 Assignment

03 Apr

World Class Operations

1. Pick up a manufacturing organization and briefly explain how the organization works for achieving customer satisfaction.

2. Differentiate between Reliability, Availability and Maintainability with reference to a manufacturing firm of your choice.

3. a) What do you understand by Fault Tree Analysis?

b) Explain the steps to be followed for Fault Tree Analysis after selecting a suitable example.

Total Quality Management June 2018 Assignment

03 Apr

Total Quality Management

1. All Automobile manufacturers have a strategic alliance with their suppliers. What do you think are the many important factors their relationship depended on? Discuss with examples.

2. Hero Honda Motors have a Quality Circle under the name “Sunrise Quality Circle”. Similarly many other Indian organizations have successfully implemented the concept of Quality Circle. What are the objectives of these organization for Quality Circle and what do you think are the factors for its success?

3. You are Head of a manufacturing unit and want to implement control chart in one of your injection molding shop. Hourly random 500 units are inspected for defects and the average defectives are 3.5%.

a. What type of control chart will you use and what will be its control limits?

b. What are the other types of control chart used in monitoring a process?

Taxation – Direct and Indirect June 2018 Assignment

03 Apr

Taxation – Direct and Indirect

1. Mr. Fernandez has a portfolio of equity shares worth Rs. 2 crores by current market valuation. He had inherited the shares from his father 10 years ago. He has become extremely concerned about the introduction of 10% LTCG tax on equity shares in this year’s Union Budget. Not sure about the impact of this newly introduced tax, he is contemplating selling of all the shares before 31st March 2018, and escaping the taxation. He has sought your opinion on this. Prepare a detailed report citing the implications of the LTCG tax, and guide Mr. Fernandez in his decision making.

2. ABC Ltd.’s profit before tax as per P&L account was Rs. 240 crores. The following information was available regarding ABC Ltd on scrutiny:

  • During the year, it had paid royalty of Rs. 40 crores to a German company, but TDS was not deposited with the IT department till the time of filing income tax returns.
  • For a bill of Rs. 30000, ABC Ltd made cash payment of Rs. 30000 to the vendor on 29th January 2018.

Critically analyze whether the above expenditures will be allowed or disallowed as deductions, with reasons, discussing the applicable sections. What will be the impact of such allowance / disallowance on the computation of Profits and Gains from Business or Profession of ABC Ltd for the AY 2018 – 19?

3. A) Harish, an Indian citizen, leaves India for the first time on May 22, 2015 for London and returns on April 9, 2017, and stays in the country thereafter. Determine the residential status of Harish for the assessment year 2018-19?

3. B) During the assessment year 2018 – 19, Harish (the above mentioned person) had the following details of income:

Particulars Amount (Rs.)
Interest on UK Development Bonds (50% of the interest amount is received in India) 100000
Income from a business in Chennai 2000000
LTCG on sale of shares of an Indian company 200000
Dividend from an Indian Company 500000

Compute the taxable income in the hands of Harish for the AY 2018 – 19.

Supply Chain Management June 2018 Assignment

03 Apr

Supply Chain Management

1. You are a SCM consultant appointment by a Pharma company who wants to lease a warehouse in a Metro like Mumbai. Considering short term life cycle of following FIFO, maintaining safety stocks & quick retrieval is extremely critical. Considering high rentals in Metro, leasing space is equally critical. Movement of material fairly depends on -customer’s requirement as forecasted; the process of which is fairly established. Please suggest steps that consultant should keep in mind to suggest solution to his Pharma clients for inventory management. Do you think VMI concept may help here for non-shelf life kind of items here?

2. With the Independence Day around the corner, Small Basket a grocery retailer has announced “Drop till you shop” offer wherein it is offering online groceries at rock bottom prices. Tempted by the attractive prices, Mrs. Chandru decides to shop using the Small Basket app. When she browses the app, she discovers too many appealing deals, and as a result shops much more than what she normally would have. When Small Basket launched this scheme in 2015, they sold goods worth Rs. 26 million. Encouraged by the response, they ran the scheme for three days in 2017. During this three day period, approximately two million people shopped for a variety of produce. There were reports that the company experienced out of stock situation for stocks of several popular items (grocery and staples, fruits and vegetables) that had been exhausted. Predicting the demand for such schemes is always a tricky job. How do you think Small Basket can forecast better to avoid stock-outs in this case? Do firms that forecast correctly rely on cross-functional as well as cross-organizational trust? (With suppliers and distributors). Justify your answer.

3. Starbucks is pretty much a household name in India now. But like many of the most successful worldwide brands, the coffee shop giant has been through its periods of supply chain pain. In fact, during 2007 and 2008, Starbucks leadership began to have serious doubts about the company’s ability to supply its 16,700 outlets globally. As in most commercial sectors at that time, sales were falling. At the same time though, supply chain costs rose by more than $75 million.

Supply Chain Cost Reduction Challenges

When the supply chain executive team began investigating the rising costs and supply chain performance issues, they found that service was indeed falling short of expectations. Findings included the following problems

  • Fewer than 50% of outlet deliveries were arriving on time
  • A number of poor outsourcing decisions had led to excessive 3PL expenses
  • The supply chain had, (like those of many global organisions) evolved, rather than grown by design, and had hence become unnecessarily complex

The Path to Cost Reduction

Starbucks’ leadership had three main objectives in mind to achieve improved performance and supply chain cost reduction. These were to:

  • Reorganize the supply chain
  • Reduce cost to serve
  • Lay the groundwork for future capability in the supply chain

In order to meet these objectives, Starbucks divided all its supply chain functions into four key groups, known as “plan” “make” and “deliver”. It also opened a new production facility, bringing the total number of U.S. plants to four. Next, the company set about terminating partnerships with all but its most effective 3PLs. The remaining partners were then managed via a weekly scorecard system, which was aligned with renewed service level agreements.

Supply Chain Cost Management Results

By the time Starbucks’ supply chain transformation program was completed, the company had made savings of more than $500 million over the course of 2009 and 2010, of which a large proportion came out of the supply chain, according to Peter Gibbons, then Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations.

a. What is the significant and substantial change according to you is taken by Starbucks to improve on overall performance of their supply chain.

b. How do you think objective laid down by Starbucks Leadership would have helped them to achieve this sustainable improvement in supply chain?

Strategic Management June 2018 Assignment

03 Apr

Strategic Management

Q.1) Carrefour is a French Retail Giant wanting to enter into India’s multi-brand retail industry. Perform a PESTLE analysis for Carrefour’s entry strategy into India.

Q.2) Hindustan Motors has ceased to produce “Ambassador” car since 2014. Assuming you to be the new CEO of this company, suggest ways & means of resurrecting the brand “Ambassador” by building a Competitive Advantage.

Q.3) Geely, a Chinese automotive major wishes to enter into India to offer its automotive brands in the Indian market.

A) Perform Porter’s 5 forces analysis.

B) Based on Porter’s 5 forces analysis, suggest whether the company should enter into India or not. Suggest the reasons behind entry or non-entry into the Indian market.

Strategic HRM June 2018 Assignment

03 Apr

Strategic HRM

1. ‘Strategic human resource management is largely about integration or strategic fit between HR strategy and business strategy’. Do you agree? Differentiate between external fit and internal fit. Give example of any one organization you know of, that have achieved a fit between business strategy and HR strategy.

2. XYZ limited is exploring ways of compensating and rewarding employees as a strategy to improve retention. As an advice state and explain various reward management strategies available to XYZ ltd. Highlight the strategies available to the management in dealing with poor performance in the workplace.

3. Siemens is a 150-year old Company, but it’s not the company it was even a few years ago. Until recently, Siemens focused on producing electrical products. Today the firm has diversified into software, engineering, and services, and is also global, with over 400,000 employees working in 190 countries. In other words, Siemens became a world leader by pursuing a corporate strategy that emphasized diversifying into high-tech products and services, and doing so on a global basis.With a corporate strategy like that, human resource management plays a big role at Siemens. Sophisticated engineering services require more focus on employee selection, training and compensation than in the average firm, and globalization requires delivering these sevices globally. Siemens sums up the basic themes of its HR strategy in several points. These include:

i. A living Company is a learning Company. The high-tech nature of Siemen’s business means that employees must be able to learn on a continuing basis. Siemens uses its system of combined classroom and hands-on apprenticeship training around the world to help facilitate this. It also offers employees extensive continuing education and management development.

ii. Global teamwork is the key to developing and using all the potential of the firm’s human resources. Because it is so important for employees throughout Siemens to feel free to work together and interact, employees feel they are part of a strong unifying corporate identity. For example, HR uses cross-border, cross-cultural experienced as prerequisites for career advances.

iii. A climate of mutual respect is the bais of all relationships – within the Company and with society. Siemens contends that the wealth of nationalities, cultures, languages, and outlooks represented by its employees is one of its most valuable assets. It therefore engages in numerous HR activities aimed at building openness, transparency, and fairness, and supporting diversity.

3. A) Describe your opinion on how Siemens rates people as a vital tool in creating organizational competitive advantage.

3. B) Advice Siemens on how it should go in drafting a Training and Development Strategy and show how it should be linked to other HR functional strategies.

Strategic Financial Management June 2018 Assignment

03 Apr

Strategic Financial Management

1. From the following details supplied by Amaya Plastics ltd. you are required to:

a. Calculate the Net Present Value

b. Calculate the Discounted Payback Period

For each Capital Expenditure proposal given below:

Details Proposal A Proposal B
Initial Cost Rs. 20,00,000 Rs. 15,00,000
Expected life 10 years 8 years
Cash flows before tax after depreciation Rs. 3,00,000 each for first four years Rs. 2,00,000 for next 6 years Rs. 2,00,000 each for first five years Rs. 3,00,000 for last three years
Estimated scrap value Rs. 50,000 Rs. 1,00,000

The discounting factor is 12% and tax rate 30%.

2. Kailash Ltd. Earns Operating Profit (EBIT) of Rs.1,80,00,000 at existing capital structure. You are required to calculate financial leverage and EPS with the help of following information

Particulars Amount in Rs
13.5% Debentures ( FV 100) 4,00,00,000
15% Cumulative Preference Shares( FV 100) 1,00,00,000
Equity Share Capital ( FV 10) 3,00,00,000

Tax rate 35%

3. A) Naysha Ltd. has the following capital structure as on 31st March, 2017

10% debentures (before tax) (Rs) 300000
9% preference shares (Rs) 200000
Equity shares of Rs.100 each 500000
Total 1000000

The equity shares of the company are quoted at Rs.102 and the company is expected to declare a dividend of Rs.9 per share for the year. Tax rate is 40% required.

Calculate the cost of capital.

3. B. Discuss the cheapest form of raising long term finance with reference to Question 3 (A) and state the reasons for the same.