CASE STUDY: Orion Limited
Orion Limited is a limited company, whose head office in based in South Africa. The company has been operation in the UK for the past 10 years. Orion provides financial services to a number of organisations which include SME’s, property developers and investment property funds in the UK and Africa. For the past 15 years, Orion has been a profit making firm as it has retained its previous clients, in addition to capturing an increasing share of the market.
However, the finance director of Orion has recently got in touch with your professional consulting firm has engaged your firm with the mandate to provide them with an explanation of the cash flow problem that Orion Limited had been facing. The company is also dependent on the parent based in South Africa for and when required.
In the past 2 weeks there has been a number of meetings in London and South Africa where it has been agreed that Orion Limited should do its best to raise capital in England or Europe so as not to depend so much on cash coming from the parent company all the time.
The current product that Orion Limited has to offer mostly to property developers and investment funds companies is outdated. The company is looking to invest in a new product.
The details of the proposal are outlined below.
Super Suite Draft Figures £’000
Year 0 1 2 3 4 5
New Software Cost 7200
Working Capital 600
Component AK ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
Component NK ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
Overheads (1800) (1800) (1800) (1800) (1800)
Super Suite is the first of two proposals, the expected life of this software will be 5 years and its working capital requirements, the cost of the new software, expected revenue, components cost and overheads are as follows;
All of the above estimates have been prepared in terms of present day costs and prices. Assume that the cash flow arises at the end of each period. In addition, the following information has been given:
Revenues (selling cost per unit) are expected to rise by 5% per year from year 1. The units of
sales will be 6000 units in year 1 and this will go up each year by 10% based on previous
The project will require working investment equal to 8% of expected sales revenue.
The cost of component AK are expected to rise in line with inflation of the 3 % per year
from year 1, and these will be based on units of sales done. The cost of the components will be £680 per unit for AK and £1080 for NK.
Overheads cost will be fixed for the whole period of the project.
Each package of software will be sold at £4800.
The costs of Specialist Technology Managers (STM), who have come from South Africa
have not been taken into consideration in the forecast and are as follows:
o STM 1: will be paid £190 per hour and expected number of hours for STM1 are 1,420. The rate paid is expected to rise in line with inflation at 3% per year from year 2 and the number of hours is expected to reduce by 3% per year, every year from year 2 onwards.
o STM2: will be paid £160 per hour and expected number of hours for SMT2 are 1,820. The rate paid is expected to rise in line with inflation at 3 % per year, every year from year 2 onwards.
If Orion Limited invests in Super Suite, then the discount rate that will be required to assess
the NPV would be 12%. Assume that cash flows arise at the end of each period.
Opening of New Office
You will also work in collaboration with the London office manager to prepare cash budget will be part of the report, but should be included in the appendix. The London office has plans of opening a consultancy office near Liverpool Street. It is hoped that this store will be opened for business on 1st August 2018. You have also been informed that to start with, the company will only offer two of the most popular services for a period of 3 months from August to October 2018. This will be done to test the market and see if the business will break-even in the same period. The two most popular services to be offered will be the Business Planning (BP) for SME’s and the other is Strategy design (SD).
The company has provided you with the following information regarding the costs and estimated sales for the period mentioned above.
Orion Consultancy plan to put in £6,000 as start-up capital and plan to sale up to 9500 consultancy services (combined) of BP and SD during the same period. They are not sure which of the two products will produce the best profit for the company. The company will have to offer a minimum of 1,500 services each for BP and SD each month to ensure that that they meet the requirements of the supplier.
Total consultancy services for each month are as follows: August 3000, September 3,000 and October 3,500 of which 2,000 will be (SD).
To help with the setup of the store they company has just concluded a deal with one of the high street banks to get a loan of £48,000 on the 1st of August 2018. The interest on this loan will be 3% to be paid every month. The company will be required to make 12 equal payments to repay the loan every 3 months starting end of October 2018.
The assistant manager has also requested that you do provide them with some information on the importance of budgeting in the consultancy industry, as this is all new to them and this is the first time they are doing a project like this.
As mentioned above the company plans to sell a total of 9,500 services between August and
October 2018. Customers are prepared to pay £15 for the BP and £18 for SD. The fixed costs
for the period are as below:
The company will be bringing in an expert at £12 for BP and £15 each for the SD. The fixed costs
are for the whole period so they are not affected by the level of sales, on the other hand
variable costs (cost of expert) will increase with sales output, and thus it is sales output
multiplied with variable cost per product.
The suppliers of the experts have agreed to supply the company the first experts of required
services on credit to be paid end of August 2018. Thereafter, all experts supplied will be paid
as 60% cash and 40% the following month. Revenue from consultancy will be on the basis of
80% cash and 20% credit to be paid the following month.
New Company Acquisition
Orion Limited is also considering to grow its operations across continental Europe, and at the
moment there are two potential target companies that can help Orion in creating a presence
in Europe, Madison Fund Holland and Ulendo Financial Services Spain. For the purpose of this
analysis, assume that the required investment funds can be sourced from parent company or
Orion can source these funds from other sources. It should be noted that Orion is only willing
to acquire only one of the companies. The data for the past three years is given below:
You will be required to write a management report to the management of Orion in which the
following points should be discussed.
A detailed Literature Review of the tools you have used such as cash budgets, breakeven analysis, NPV and ratios and their importance to business.
Provide an explanation on the different sources of funding (3 maximum) the company can use and their advantages and disadvantages and make recommendations as to how the company can manage the same to help in the planned expansion program.
Analyse the Investment proposal by using NPV and provide recommendations. You should also briefly comment on other investment proposal techniques that Orion may use, and the limitations of using those techniques
A computation of your breakeven analysis and the cash budget for the first 3 months.
What other factors may a firm take into account when making investment decisions.
Based on the information provided and to the extent possible, perform ratio analysis and make recommendations as to which company they should be looking to invest ¡n. What other information will help you in making an informed decision on ratio analysis.
An evaluation of company performance or position during the same period
Other issues for management to consider that you think are vital for them to survive and make a profit.
Individual Management Report (word count 2,200) should include:
Literature review to support your accounting models used.
Sources of Funding
Investment appraisal using NPV
Any other issues to be considered.
Conclusions and Recommendations
Individual submission of coursework based on company performance, budgeting and financial decision making:
Coursework Submission should include:
Evidence of research.
1. Select and apply appropriate accounting techniques to critically analyse financial data in a variety of business decision making scenarios
2. Make informed financial judgements based on the outcome of such accounting analyses
3. Critically appraise the techniques used and the information to which they have been applied
4. Understand the objectives of preparing management information and the need to adapt techniques in a changing commercial environment
5. Apply techniques to evaluate management decisions in relation to costing, pricing, product range and marketing strategy
6. Identify and apply appropriate budgeting techniques to enable management to control the Business
Reading Essential Reading
Proctor, R. (2006) Managerial Accounting for Business Decisions Edition 2, FT Prentice Hall,
Harlow, ISBN 0-273-68155-9
Penman, S. (2007), Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuations, 3rd Edition, McGraw Hill
Ross, S.A., Westerfield, R. and Jaffe, J. (2007) Modern Financial Management, McGraw Hill Education, UK
Students will be directed to additional sources, such as web-links, academic journals, professional and trade publications through the Module Web.
Executive Summary 5%
Literature review to support your accounting models used 10%
Sources of Funding 10%
Investment appraisal using NPV 10%
Breakeven analysis 10%
Cash budgeting 10%
Ratio analysis 10%
Any other issues to be considered 10%
Conclusions and Recommendations 5%
Professional format 10%
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CASE STUDY: Orion Limited