On Mole, within the MGT6226 folder, there are two links, one each for companies and countries. Financial data for all companies are included in the Compustat – North America database. Use the links to choose a company and a country. The companies and countries will be allocated on a firstcome-first-served basis.
1.Company Choosen - American Vanguard Corp
2.Country Choosen – Nigeria
Given the company-country combination, address the tasks/questions enumerated below.
Question 1 [20 marks = 5 + 15]
(a) What is the main product of the company?
(b) In your view, given the nature of the aforementioned product, how important are transactions costs for the company relative to market prices of factor inputs? What arguments and/or evidence can you provide in support of your answer?
Question 2 [25 marks = 10 + 15]
(a) Using data from the Compustat –North America database, comment on the trend in sales growth of the company since 2005 (or earliest post-2005 year for which data are available), especially in comparison with the sales growth of the median company in the relevant industry. Report the aforementioned trends for the company of your choice and the industry median using an appropriate graph.
(b) Using the Total Addressable Market (TAM) framework, discuss one market-related factor and one product-related factor that can explain the aforementioned trend in sales growth. Is your explanation consistent with the nature of the main product of the company?
Question 3 [30 marks = 20 + 10]
(a) Discuss the business environment in the country of your choice using data from the following sources:
(b) Given the importance of transactions cost to the company, relative to market prices of inputs, would it be sensible for the company to (re)locate production to this country or, if it already has a production base in the country, expand its production-related operations within the country significantly?
Question 4 [25 marks = 15 + 10]
(a) Using data from Compustat –North America, discuss the trend in strategic investments (e.g., R&D, design, marketing) made by the company. Discuss, in particular, the impact of the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession that followed on this trend.
(b) Given the trend in strategic investments, discuss whether (or not) the company has invested sufficiently in VRIN resources to retain its competitiveness in the post-COVID period.