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An Analysis into the Extent of Financial Leverage within the UK Food and Drink Industry – Identifying Potential Communication Problems between Senior Management and Investors

Ref: busman0092

The purpose of this MBA dissertation was to understand the relationship between the share price and borrowing levels and how these variables interact. The MBA dissertation also focuses on how the senior management attempts to communicate sensitive financial performance to key shareholders of prominent food and beverage organisations within the UK. To achieve the dissertation objectives, a theoretical framework was formulated and discussed along with a critical analysis of existing literature. In the literature review, concepts and views of related stakeholders including bondholders, shareholders and the senior management were taken into account. The contrasting types of debt were also discussed in the literature review along with the mediums used by the senior management and the shareholders for the purpose of conducting effective communication. The key findings unearthed suggested that regardless of which source of debt is taken, the shareholders negatively responded to it. It was also established that an inverse relationship between the share price and borrowings exists. The share prices decreased when borrowing levels increased and the share prices increased when the borrowing levels decreased. This MBA dissertation recommends that proper focus on the development of effective communication channels between the company management and its shareholders is key to achieving better financial performance and transparency.

  • 15,000 words – 56 pages in length
  • Good use of literature
  • Good analysis of subject area
  • Well written throughout
  • Excellent MBA Project
  • Ideal for MBA and business students

1. Introduction   
Dissertation Structure
Justification for Research Aim
Rationale for Choosing Companies
Research Aim and Objectives

2. Literature Review
Theoretical Approaches to the Relationship between Leverage and Share Price
Potential Conflict of interest between shareholders, bondholders and senior management   
Types of debt
Corporate bonds
Convertible versus straight debt
Secured versus unsecured debt
Firm Size
Firm Quality
Leases
The effectiveness of investor communications
The UK Food and Drink Sector – What do we know about leverage and share price?
Gap in research

3. Methodology
Research Approach
Justification for Research Approach
Data Collection Strategy
Validity and Reliability
Data Analysis       
Research Limitations


4. The Analysis and Findings
Unilever
Diageo
SABMiller
Tate & Lyle
Associated British Foods
Britvic
A.G. BARR
Cranswick
Dairy Crest
Booker

5. Conclusion and Recommendations
Main findings
Research aim
Research objectives
Hypothesis test
Recommendations
Future research
The industry
The discipline

References



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