How the Simulation is Scored

How performance in the Capstone Simulation results in a simulation grade
The base Capstone Simulation point score is generated as outlined below. You may access your Round and Cumulative score during Team Competition on the CapSim website at Reports →Analysis & Scoring →Analyst Report. This document outlines how the 10-item scoring method will be used. Your grade for the team or Individual Competitions will be simply your total points earned divided by the maximum points earned by a student or team (Individual or Team Competitions) in the same industry (simulation number). Large classes may have two industries organized in them.

Margin points are earned in three areas. 1. Contribution Margin Percentage (Up to 33 1/3 points). Each product with a contribution margin greater than 30% earns points. If all products have contribution margins greater than 30%, you earn 33 1/3 points. 2. Net Margin Percentage (Up to 33 1/3 points). Each product with a net margin greater than 20% earns points. If all products have margins greater than 20%, you earn 33 1/3 points. 3. ROS or Return On Sales (Up to 33 1/3 points). ROS is defined as (Net Profit / Total Sales). ROS looks at the entire company's after tax margins. You earn 33 1/3 points for an ROS of 10% or greater. You earn nothing for a negative ROS. An ROS between 1% and 10% is scaled. For example, an ROS of 5% would earn 16.65 points. To be considered for contribution and net margins, a product must start the year with a plant and begin making sales on January 1. Products that are in R&D at the beginning of the year are ignored. Why do margins matter? And why focus upon Contribution Margin, Net Margin, and Return On Sales? To simplify things, let's consider an example where you have only one product.
REVENUE ($000) Sales VARIABLE COSTS Direct Labor Direct Material Inventory Carry Total Variable Costs Contribution margin PERIOD COSTS Depreciation SG&A: R&D Promotion Awsum $30,000 $7,000 $11,500 $500 $19,000 $11,000 $2,000 $500 $1,300 Product Price Labor Material Inventory Carry Unit Margin Units Sold 36.7% Awsum $30.00 $7.00 $11.50 $0.50 $11.00 1,000,000

consider your detailed Income Statement in your Annual Report. In the example above you sold 1 million units.2 million on Period Costs whether you sold anything or not. are not tied to sales. Typically.200 $5. on the other hand. From the combined Net Margin (normally across all products) you pay the expenses that cannot be allocated to a product. Variable Costs are the expenses that are tied to the sale of each unit. it is what the product contributes towards profits.500 = $7.8 million. 20% Net Margin. First comes "Other" (expenses like brokerage fees). and Profit Sharing until you are left with a Net Profit. If your Contribution Margin cannot cover $7. In Capstone's industry. and 30% Contribution Margin.500 $1. this translates to a 10% ROS. everything but Profit Sharing and Taxes is known. If you had sold 2 million. and you cannot have a good Net Margin Percentage unless your Contribution Margin Percentage is healthy. you do not know your Variable Costs until the sales numbers arrive.030 19. while others are slim to negative.100 $300 $5. they would be only $9. Period Costs. you cannot have a decent ROS unless your Net Margin Percentage is good.8 million. In the big picture.800 $100 $5. Taxes. the Period Costs were known on January 1st. In the example above. While you could not say what your Variable Costs were until December 31st. Your task is to improve .5 million. you spent $5. Finally. then Interest. some of your products are producing healthy margins. What is critical here? Have another look at the example. write-offs) EBIT Interest Taxes Profit Sharing Net Profit $1. 2 of 19 Sales Admin Total Period Costs Net Margin Other (fees. and they only occur if you produce a profit. they are called Variable Costs. Put simply.3% 6. Net Margin is defined as Contribution Margin less Period Costs. but if you sold 500 thousand. your Variable Costs would have been $38 million.120 $50 $2. Because the number of units you sell varies with demand.800) or $7. Notice that all the expenses from the PERIOD COSTS label down are either fixed or a percentage of profits. In short.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. The moment you submit your decisions.8% Example Contribution Margin is defined as Sales less Variable Costs.200 + $100 + $2. you are destroying wealth instead of creating it. They are recognized when a unit is sold.700 $2. Those known expenses total ($5.

4. . Production (your labor and material costs are too high). or simply "Bankruptcy" on your hands. 100 points — No emergency loan 50 points — Emergency loans to $5 million 20 points — Emergency loans to $10 million In the real world emergency loans do not exist. chances are the problem is rooted in below average Sales. and your Net Profit is $3 million. Emergency loans are closely linked to your working capital policy and forecasting abilities. but your Net Margin Percentage is above 20%. If your Net Margin Percentage is below 20%. Because the industry is growing. Of course.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. An unexpected and dramatic expansion in inventory. 1. or Pricing (you cut the price too much). Where margins look at percentages. Funding plant expansion with "excess" working capital. but if you are out of cash on December 31st. you have "a liquidity crisis". and therefore the Contribution Margin. or you are paying too much Interest. and every opportunity to come up with the money to pay your bills. but Contribution Margin is above 30%. negative profits earn no points. 3 of 19 the margins on the poor performers. forgetting to fund the plant improvements at all. if this is Year 1. this category examines the actual value of the profit. Year 5 $16 million Year 1 $6 million Year 6 $21 million Year 2 $8 million Year 7 $27 million Year 3 $10 million Year 8 $35 million Year 4 $12 million For example. Are Period Costs too high? Are Sales. "Chapter 11". 2. the problem is heavy expenditures on Depreciation (perhaps you have idle plant) or on SGA (perhaps you are pushing into diminishing returns on your Promo and Sales Budgets). begin your diagnosis by examining your margins. you earned $3M/$6M or 50 points. 3. When you run out of cash. Or worse. the problem can be traced to some combination of Marketing (customers hate your products). If your ROS is above 5%. 2. too low? Profits The Profit category examines the rate at which wealth is being created. If your ROS is below 5%. If you are not earning 100 Profit Points. "Big Al" arrives to give you just enough cash to bail you out and bring the Cash account to zero. Most loans are rooted in two mistakes: 1. Capstone gives you every benefit of a doubt. the profit required to earn 100 points increases each year. you either experienced some extraordinary "Other" expense like a write-off on plant you sold. You want your profits to be as high as possible. If your Contribution Margin is below 30%. Emergency Loans The Emergency Loan category is the one category for which you should always earn 100 points.

522 Current Debt $3.2 $120. Deprec.260 Accts Payable $6. Current Ratio = Current Assets / Current Liabilities = (Cash + A/R + Inventory) / (A/P + Current Debt). At $5 million. Days of Working Capital = Working Capital / (Sales/365). You earn 50 points if your Current Ratio is greater than 2. Working Capital The Working Capital category examines your reserves. 2.388 $9.000 Current Assets Total Liabilities $48. 4 of 19 One can argue that the Emergency Loan category should offer nothing for small emergency loans. but we hold our noses and award you 20 points. it is dead. Still.0 TOTAL LIAB. say. there are degrees of being dead. in the sample below.800 Owner's Equity Accum.2. You earn another 50 points if your Days of Working Capital lies between 30 and 90 days.791 Current Liabilities $31.070 . $32. the odor is obnoxious. you would earn 50 points for a Current Ratio of 3. as when you compare.378 3.279 TOTAL ASSETS Working Capital Current Ratio Sales ($000) Days of Working Capital Example $99.070 $21. and we award you 50 points. If Cash no longer flows through your company. After all. For example.0. $99. and you would keep the points because you avoided an Emergency Loan.003 Total Equity $50. You do not want too much or too little working capital. ($45. if your heart stops beating. steak with hamburger.000 65.291 Accts Receivable $7. another 50 points for a Working Capital Days of 65.500 Inventories $22. and you are dead. Up to $10 million. There are three criteria: 1. too.E. 3.170 Long Term Debt $39. You lose your Working Capital points if you had an Emergency Loan.900 Retained Earn. ASSETS ($000) LIABILITIES & OWNER'S EQUITY Current Assets Liabilities Cash $1.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. your corpse is still recognizable. Working Capital = Current Assets minus Current Liabilities. blood stops flowing. Beyond $10 million you have achieved the status of a rotting corpse. and you are awarded no points. & O.791 Fixed Assets Plant & Equip. $113.900) Common Stock $18.276 Total Fixed Assets $67.

If demand is below expectations. and how much from the two relevant debt holders. inventory. you cannot predict demand perfectly. If a bulldozer scraped the Assets into a pile. stockholder. it is converted back to Cash. The Liabilities and Owner's Equity on the right side represent the people that paid for the Assets and their current stake. 5 of 19 Why should you be keenly concerned with Working Capital? Let's take a closer look at the dynamics. They are split into two categories. Take another look at the Assets. 10%. bondholder. you would have $1 of Cash. you get no additional gain in demand. Next to the pile a row of people would line up to make a claim — a vendor. and they are listed on the left side. At a deep level. and $1 of Inventory. yet bear the cost of the loans you give customers. and at some point the profits from the increased demand are greater than the cost of the money we are lending to customers. your Cash plus Inventory position is a hedge against two risks — the risk of stocking out. Working Capital is the Equity portion that came from owners and managers. Equity holders and debt holders have competing interests. Unsold Inventory consumes resources and costs money to carry. Equity holders would prefer to minimize Working Capital. You can think of inventory as crystallized Cash. and equipment. you cannot reduce your policy because you would see a decrease in demand. You only see increased demand if there is a spread between your policy and competitors. The $31 million in Current Assets came out of somebody's pocket. you would earn $3. Why give that up? The argument for Accounts Receivable terms (say 30 days) is that it increases demand.1 million. . $31 million is locked in Current Assets.) Therefore. and Current Liabilities is the Debt portion. say. it would consist of cash. If you could put that money to work at. However. Naturally. the Fixed Assets create wealth. and (representing Retained Earnings) a manager. Indeed. bricks. bankers (current debt) and vendors (accounts payable). (This will be explored further in the Forecasting section of this report. This is why a Balance Sheet always balances. One needs to make a distinction between "The Company" and "The People That Have a Claim on the Company". If you sell the Inventory. Typically. the right is "who owns it". In the example above. owners and managers want to know how much was funded from their equity (common stock and retained earnings). $1 of Accounts Receivable. invoices. The left is "what is owned". Since you cannot predict what competitors will do. The Assets are The Company. There are two methods at their disposal — fund Current Assets with debt. Accounts Receivable is a loan given to customers. The Balance Sheet makes this clear. The Current Assets could be characterized as "a cost of doing business" or worse as "a necessary evil". Cash creates insignificant wealth (and in Capstone you do not even earn interest). In a perfect world. Fixed and Current. Cash is converted to Inventory. Inventory and Cash must be considered together. or reduce Current Assets. these are often goals for just-in-time initiatives. if every competitor offers 30 days. and the risk of building too much inventory.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. banker.

you cannot pay your bills. If the Current Ratio is 2.5 LIABILITIES & OWNER'S EQUITY Liabilities Accts Payable $6.0.000 Current Liabilities $20. the less the risk faced by Debt holders. the company might default during difficult times.000 Inventories $6.5 million of additional inventory. If it is 3. this issue is exposed in the Working Capital magnitude. Bankers and vendors hate to see your Current Ratio at 1. If demand increases. Debt holders monitor the situation with the Current Ratio. Consider these cases: Sales $100.000 Current Debt $4.0.0 LIABILITIES & OWNER'S EQUITY Liabilities Accts Payable $6.000 $10. you stock out after selling only $2. For a large company. Debt holders worry that if they fund too much of the Current Assets. A Current Ratio of 1. Current Ratio = Current Assets / Current Liabilities. $10 million might be too little. The bigger the number.500 Current Assets Current Ratio 2.500 Accts Receivable $7.500 Accts Receivable $7.000 Inventories $2. you have $1 of Current Liabilities and therefore $1 of Equity invested. To a degree. For a small company. Case 1 features Working Capital of $10 million. You have little room for error. Now let's examine reducing Current Assets.0 they become less worried. .000 Days of Working Capital 36.000 Current Debt $0 $6. As the Current Ratio rises towards 2.9 Case 1 and 2 Case 1 and 2 both have Current Ratios of 2.0 because if anything goes wrong. but Case 2 is much more worrisome. 6 of 19 Let's explore funding Current Assets with debt. for every $2 of Current Assets.000 CASE 1 ASSETS ($000) Current Assets Cash $6. That is driven by sales volume over time. you run out of cash after building only $2. Case 2 only $6 million.000 Current Liabilities $12. Where Working Capital looks at the issue from the Equity holder's perspective (how much of my Equity is in use). then for every $3 of Current Assets there is only $1 from Debt holders.0. Yet this ignores the question of how much Working Capital you really need.500 Current Assets Current Ratio 2. and this puts them in the awkward position of either giving you more money or letting you go bankrupt. If demand falls. the Current Ratio is looking at the issue from the Debt holder's perspective.How the Simulation is Scored Pg.000 Days of Working Capital 21.0 means Current Assets are entirely funded with Current Liabilities.5 million of inventory.0 CASE 2 ASSETS ($000) Current Assets Cash $2. $6 million might be adequate and $10 million too much.

A small error resulted in disaster. 2. An investor would argue that any strategy you develop. 7 of 19 Days of Working Capital = Working Capital / (Sales/365).0. That implies high sales volume. your Working Capital position is the consequence of a set of policy decisions. It illustrates what can happen when you start with thin reserves. consuming all of our Cash. To summarize.000 Current Debt $4. should produce at least average . There are 38. where sales are $100 million per year. Market Share The scoring process varies with the number of teams in the industry: With 6 teams you get 20 points for every team you beat With 5 teams you get 25 points for every team you beat Generically.500 Current Liabilities $21. and eventually the principal on the funds used to buy the equipment.500 Inventories $14. so long as you at least break even. You get 50 points if your Days of Working Capital falls between 30 days and 90 days. What is the minimum Current Assets we require? 2.000 $10. In the example above.3 Case 3 Case 3 is a variation on Case 1. As it gathers dust. Our sales forecast was too optimistic. This issue is addressed in "Days of Working Capital". 1. interest. Things look okay. Idle plant costs money. You want to utilize your plant and equipment to pay for depreciation and service the long-term debt. You began with a sizeable fixed asset base.000 Current Assets Current Ratio 2.9 Days of Working Capital. We were forced to take an Emergency Loan from Big Al.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. and the Current Ratio is 2. defined as Working Capital / (Sales/365). but notice that you have no Cash. CASE 3 ASSETS ($000) LIABILITIES & OWNER'S EQUITY Current Assets Liabilities Cash $0 Accts Payable $6. While one could argue that the problem here was forecasting. including niche strategies. you would prefer to utilize all of your capacity. That is a bit on the thin side. the number of days we could operate before our Working Capital would be consumed.5 Days of Working Capital. You began with a large company doing business in every segment. you want high overall market share for three reasons: 1. but within acceptable limits. Case 2 is too thin at 21. What is the maximum Current Assets we will accept? 3.0 Days of Working Capital 38. Therefore. How will we fund Current Assets. or more simply. These policy decisions can be evaluated with the Current Ratio and Days of Working Capital. we were forecasting in an environment where we were tight for Working Capital.000 Accts Receivable $7. it also hands you a bill for depreciation. Inventory accumulated beyond our worst case.3 Days of Working Capital. Case 1 features 36. with debt or equity? The equity portion is your Working Capital.

94 $10. your Cash plus Inventory is a hedge against two risks — the risk of stocking out. For example.56 $10. If you sell the Inventory. For a product to earn points. you cannot predict demand perfectly. Cash is converted to Inventory. Case 1 underestimates by 200 thousand. but situations arise where a company faces an unexpected industry-wide capacity shortage. Stock outs are expensive. Products that are in R&D at the beginning of the year are ignored. and the risk of building too much inventory. You can think of inventory as crystallized Cash. Consider the following situation.200 Case 3 120 Days 1. In short. Each product contributes towards Forecasting points. a competitor exits a segment. Carrying excess inventory is expensive.201 1. suppose a product sold 365 thousand units this year. Forecasting The Forecasting category examines your ability to forecast demand. If demand is below expectations. For example. Therefore. 3. build adequate inventories to satisfy demand. This weakens competition over the long haul.200 Units Demanded Units Produced Units Sold . and yet not accumulate excessive inventory. a competitor did not. To take the pressure off of new products. it is converted back to Cash. If you make a sale. it cannot be out of stock on December 31. It would earn its points if it had at least 1 unit in the warehouse on December 31st and did not have more than 120 thousand units. stock outs are ignored because you could not make any more inventory in that year.06 per unit. you do not want to stock out. demand is 1200. Further. In all cases unit cost are the same.000 1. if a product's plant is running at maximum utilization (a complete second shift). a focused strategy should produce higher share in the target segments.200 1. Price Labor Cost/Unit Material Cost/Unit Total Unit Cost Contribution Margin $28. and you do not want to carry too much inventory.38 $17. 8 of 19 sales. enough to compensate for sacrificing positions in abandoned segments. For example. You want to forecast sales for Able.06 Case 1 Stock Out 1. As it turns out.200 1. or downsizes a plant. Recall the discussion from the Working Capital category. and it cannot have more than 120 days of inventory in the warehouse.594 1. Of course. and the contribution margin is $10.How the Simulation is Scored Pg.200 1. a product must start the year with a plant and begin making sales on January 1. the team should address the problem. If the company recognized the problem in their forecast.00 $7. Since you cannot predict what competitors will do. they would run their plant at 200% utilization this year and add sufficient capacity to meet a forecast for next year. Case 3 has 120 days of inventory left over.000 Case 2 Just In Time 1. Case 2 has only 1 unit left over.

You build 1201 and 1200 are sold.077 $2.308 Able $33.725 $5.xls spreadsheet to examine worst and best case scenarios. The missed sales would only incur taxes.378 $0 $17. it is converted to Cash. As discussed in The Working Capital category. If you could invest it at 10% it would earn $710 thousand.33 or 4/3rds. you would only require $5. SG&A expense. Consider the rows labeled "Cash" and "Inventory Value".000 $7.454 $2 $21. even associated interest expenses.369 $11. and you want a 120 day spread. Notice that the period costs are already covered by the sales that you did make. In this example.600 $9.934 $10. so do the carrying costs.231 $2. any missed sales would have gotten a free ride on Depreciation. A small stock out can make a significant difference in Net Profit. multiply by (365+120)/365 or 1. For purposes of the Forecasting category.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. For example. Therefore.880 $0 $800 $800 $301 $4. In the proformas that drove this example.431 In Case 3 your fears are realized. Put the result into the Production spreadsheet (less any inventory on hand). As inventory days increases. total profits were $5.880 $0 $800 $800 $319 $4.3 million (but you expose yourself to more risk of stock outs. You build 1594 but only sell 1200.880 $0 $800 $800 $245 $4. To produce a 120 day inventory above your worst case.799 $6.067 Cases In Case 1 you stock out and miss sales of 200 thousand units. REVENUE Sales VARIABLE COSTS Direct Labor Direct Material Inventory Carry Total Variable Costs Contribution margin PERIOD COSTS Depreciation SG&A: R&D Promotion Sales Admin Total Period Costs Net Margin Missed Net Margin Inventory Carry Taxes Missed Profits Able $28. When the Inventory is sold. When it does not sell.3 million.1 million represents a policy decision for 120 days of inventory.068 $12.1 million is not free. say 90 days.296 Able $33. your missed profits are $1.454 $848 $22. put your worst case into the Marketing spreadsheet. Cash is converted to Inventory.556 $10. Inventory Carry costs are miniscule.) You can use your Capstone.781 $7.013 $0 $705 $1.068 $12. that $7.600 $9. You might want to set tighter limits. if your worst case is 1000 units. In all three cases your Working Capital requirements are the same. produce enough to give you an inventory of 1000*4/3 or 1333.2 million. leaving 120 days of inventory in the warehouse. In Case 2 your hopes come true. If you set a policy of 90 days.066 $2 394 0 $1 $7. The technique is discussed on pages 25-26 of the Student Guide 2007 and in the tutorials on the CapSim website.066 $2.068 $0 1 0 $7.341 $2. 9 of 19 Units In Inventory Missed Unit Sales Cash Inventory Value 0 200 $7. (For . This incurs an Inventory Carry cost of $848 thousand. we make a policy decision that anything beyond 120 days is excessive.523 $12. The combined position of $7. To summarize.

But if the Awareness is 0%. A product’s December Customer Survey Score is developed using marketing’s "4 P’s" — Price. it can only have the segment ideal once each year. Has an MTBF specification at the top of the expected range. It examines the question. this can occur only once each year. Is priced at the bottom of the expected range. d. Has the ideal Age for that segment. there is no impact upon the score. the less likely it becomes that a company will earn 100 forecasting points. However. If customers are not aware of the product. a miss costs 33 points. etc. If it has 8. 2. the score falls by 50%. they are less likely to buy. Place is driven by your Sales budget.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. For example. For example. If the company has five products that sold at least one unit. All products that sell at least one unit during the year are considered. if your company has fewer products. Price and Product. driven by your promo budget. the weighted average would be (900*40 + 100*10) / 1000 = 37. Its December Customer Survey score must be 30 or more. Promotion and Place. each product can contribute 12.5 points.) 2. if a product sold 900 units in Traditional with a score of 40. An Accessibility of 30% means that only 30% of customers have an easy time finding a product. (Because the product ages each month. If you have three products. A perfect score of 100 results when the product: a. 1.5 points. It must sell 50 thousand units during the year. a missed forecast costs more points. and 100 units in High End with a score of 10. talking to a sales person. and that drags down the Survey score. each product can contribute 12. If your company has 3 products. On the other hand. It cannot stock out. produce 5/4ths or 1. (Because the segment moves each month. Place. If Awareness is 100%. creates product awareness before customers shop. Promotion. taking delivery. The Survey evaluates the product against the buying criteria. Product. If it has eight products making sales. Since some products make sales in two or more segments. Products lose (1-Accessibility)/2 times their score.) 3. A perfect product's score would fall from 100 to 80 with 60% Awareness. a product with 60% Awareness loses (100%-60%)/2 = 0. Customer Satisfaction The Customer Satisfaction category examines your performance from the customer's perspective. The Accessibility can drag down a product’s Survey score.2 or 20% of its score. then each product can contribute 20 points.) c.) Each product contributes points. the algorithm produces a weighted average. 10 of 19 a 90-day spread. (There are times when a competitor's unforeseen actions could cause capacity shortages. . b. Is positioned at the Ideal Spot.25 times your worst case. If you have 8 products. each product can contribute 33 points. you need 8 good forecasts. Note: The more products one has. Promotion. “How easy is it for customers to work with you during and after the sale?” We measure this with the segment’s Accessibility rating. 3. Products lose (1-Awareness)/2 times their score. if the product's plant is running at maximum utilization (a complete second shift) the stock out rule is waived. Each of your products can earn points if it meets three criteria: 1.

Together.000 Year 2 $90. they sell the same number of units." The net score would be 80*(100%-50%/2)*(100%-50%/2) = 80 * 75% * 75% = 45.000 . At zero days (that is. The Rough Cut factors (pricing outside the range. The Accounts Receivable Policy could cause the score to fall. Price. If you reach or exceed these targets. 2. customers might say.500 Year 5 $125.000 Year 4 $112. but Awareness of 50% and Accessibility of 50%. b. A perfect product (with perfect Awareness) would see its score fall from 100 to 70 if Accessibility was only 40%.000 Year 6 $140. a. is subject to diminishing returns. If everyone scores the same. Note that Customer Satisfaction is often at odds with other goals. you expect customers to pay cash on delivery) the score falls to 60% of its former value.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. Your Sales Budget drives two factors. You can earn up to 50 points by having high sales volume per employee (Sales/Employee = Total Sales dollars / Complement). High scores imply high costs. your demand is driven by the spread between your score and your competitors' scores. The more you spend.000 $180. Productivity The Productivity category examines the productivity of your workforce through the course of the simulation. At 90 days it keeps 100%. For example. and that could imply low margins. the score falls by (100%-40%)/2 = 30%.000 $200. 6. At 30 days it falls to 95%. Sales/Employee. only half could easily take delivery. several remaining factors could cause the score to fall further. Profit/Employee. but only half of us ever heard of it. and of those. if the product had a great price and design worth 80.000 Year 3 $100.000 $225. Sales/Employee is scaled based upon historical results in past semesters with Capstone. 5.000 Target Sales/ Employee $160. Accessibility examines infrastructure.000 $280. "The design is great and we like the price. the more sales time you allocate to the product. whether at 10 or 50. However. From a competitive standpoint. and is remembered from round to round. Promotion and Place drive most of the score. Salesmanship applies only to this year. There are two criteria: 1. This factor could cause the score to increase. you earn 50 points: Threshold Sales/ Employee Year 1 $80. 11 of 19 If a product's Accessibility in the segment is 40%. "Salesmanship" or sales time. Product. a.000 $250. 4. positioning outside the inner black segment circle. or MTBF below the expected range) can cause the score to fall to zero. You can earn another 50 points by having high profits per employee (Profit/Employee = Net Profit / Complement). Accessibility and Salesmanship. Salesmanship could increase your product's score by up to 15%.

Year 1 $10.958 $4.000/Employee. you earn no points.264 $32. If your profits are negative.429 $7. The threshold is $0/Employee.000/Employee you earn 50 points.151 $1.070 $1.100 $4.223 $5. and at $160. From a productivity standpoint. Year 4 $17. Profit/Employee is also scaled based upon historical results with Capstone.587 $1. you add nothing to Sales yet have an increased complement. reducing complement Year 3 $14.000 $355. $315. • Higher Automation.000/Employee you earn 25 points.500 Year 8 $177.050 $135.000 REVENUE Sales VARIABLE COSTS Direct Labor Direct Material Inventory Carry Total Variable Costs Contribution margin PERIOD COSTS Depreciation SG&A: R&D Promotion Sales Admin Total Period Costs Net Margin Other (Fees.500 Year 5 $21. if you have negative profits.500 You earn points for anything above the threshold.395 $5. Write Offs.528 $0 $21.390 $94. in Year 1.000 You can improve Profit/Employee many ways.395 $3.500 However. 12 of 19 Year 7 $157. If you use employees to put inventory into the warehouse instead of a customer's hands.647 $210 .786 $7. and at $10.871 $40. you earn 25 points.528 $5. you would expect to always reduce Year 7 $32.300 $31.958 $4.090 $115 $38.000 or below. For example. Year 6 $26.223 $0 $14.330 $55.562 $14.637 $1. if your sales are $80.186 $18. At $5.500 will improve Profit/Employee.000 and above you Employee earn 50 points. If you reach or exceed these targets. you earn no points. you earn nothing for Sales/Employee. there is one counter-intuitive relationship you should recognize. Year 8 $39. TQM) EBIT Interest Taxes Profit Sharing Case 1 Case 2 $110.000 You can improve Sales/Employee a couple of ways: • Excellent forecasting. in Year 1.100 $4.901 $21.070 $848 $18.000 Year 2 $12. Complements are tied to the production schedule. since there are many ways to improve profits.215 $44. But consider two cases (see below).587 $1.413 $77.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. you earn 50 points: Target Profit/ For example.000 complement. At $120.000 To improve Profits/Employee. Increasing automation levels reduces complement.

including fixed expenses. 13 of 19 Net Profit Complement Sales/Employee ($000) Profits/Employee ($000) Employee Turnover thousand/Employee. Anything you produce on Second Shift gets a free ride on the fixed expenses. This reflects the more general principal that you want to work resources.8 50 Points 2. and stockholders want to buy stock issues.8 100 Points All stakeholders are keenly concerned with these questions.81 to 2. We must make a distinction between "The Company" and "The People That Have a Claim on the Company". $5. you will lose 10 points for every percentage point above 10%.xls.0% How can this be? The secret lies in the Period Costs. as hard as possible. It is possible that your Second Shift units are more profitable than the First Shift units. Who gets the wealth created by the company? 1.0% 10.3 No Points 1. The Second Shift labor costs are 50% higher and you require a larger Complement. When the HR and Labor Negotiation decisions are turned off. Suppose you are running 100% First Shift.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. a whopping 21%. Complement increases by 147 workers. In Case 2 we increase Sales by $25M.3 50 Points consequence. Employee turnover can be kept at 10% by spending money in Recruiting and Training hours. . The Assets are The Company. if one or the other is active.81 to 3. Yet Profits/Employee actually increases from $8 thousand/Employee to $12 707 854 $156 $158 $8 $12 10. However. It is driven up by Overtime and dissatisfaction with the labor contract. Let's begin by identifying the stakeholders and their agendas. you will not lose points for having a Turnover rate higher than 10%. However. and Expenses/Employee actually fall.0 to 1. bankers want to loan money.624 $10. Leverage is defined as: Leverage = Total Assets / Total Equity You earn points based upon your Leverage as follows: Leverage Points At its basic level. bondholders want to buy bonds. Let's look at another example.31 to 1.31+ No Points Because risk and reward are linked. The Financial Structure of the firm is at the center of this conflict.277 Cases Both cases were produced with the Capstone. and they are listed on the left side of the Balance Sheet. but can sell another 20% if you run on Second Shift. For example. As Complement increases. and as a 2. 3. Period Costs stay about the same. notice that the First Shift has already paid for Period Costs. Who is taking the risks? 1. Financial Structure The Financial Structure category examines the Financial Structure of your company — its relationship between Debt and Equity. Financial Structure addresses two questions: 1. responses often take on a political character as stakeholders compete for their share of the wealth being created. To build the additional units. there is even competition among the stakeholders for the risk.

the right is "who owns it" (see the example below). it would consist of cash. Next to the pile a row of people would line up to make a claim a vendor. the Assets would only be half as big. which eliminates all forms of debt and brings leverage to 1.000 Bankers Inventory $11.313) $75.632 Common Stock Retained Earnings Total Equity Total Liab. banker.083 Plant and equipment Accum. bondholder. Instead of a company with $100 million in Assets. Consider the example." Leverage 1.0 Assets $1 $2 $3 $4 Debt $0 $1 $2 $3 Equity $1 $1 $1 $1 When students play Capstone.605 Long Term Debt $37. Sometimes they set Accounts Payables policy to zero (paying vendors immediately).273 Mgt & Stockholders $47. Liab. they manage the company as they manage their personal finances. and (representing Retained Earnings) a manager. Looking at the Leverage . & O.262 Accounts Payable $7.487 $100. E.0 3. The left is "what is owned". 14 of 19 The Liabilities and Owner's Equity on the right side represent the people who paid for the Assets and their current stake.276 Stockholders $29.) Key point → Owners are creating Assets (the Company) by matching their Equity with Debt in some proportion. inventory. especially in the early years of your tenure. $20.549 $100. Depreciation Total Fixed Assets Total Assets $113.0 4.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. invoices. They pay off any Current Debt and retire all bonds. you would have a company with $50 million. bricks.145 Total Liabilities $48. The relationship is called "Leverage" because stockholders are matching their equity with debt to create a bigger company.800 ($38. It occurs so frequently in Capstone that we should take a moment to compare personal finances with corporate finances. and equipment.0 2.632 Example The Financial Structure of the firm is the relationship between Debt and Equity.0 says.0. (Debt/Assets is favored by lenders.583 Vendors Accounts Receivable $9. "For every $3 of Assets there is $1 of Equity. stockholder. This is why a Balance Sheet always balances. This thinking is incorrect at the corporate or business level.278 Current Debt 6. If a bulldozer scraped the Assets into a pile. A Leverage of 3. The Debt versus Equity relationship is so fundamental that three popular definitions for leverage are in common use: • Debt/Equity • Debt/Assets • Assets/Equity Of these we prefer Assets/Equity because it gets at the relationship from an owner's perspective. In short.500 Bondholders Total Current Assets $25. and Debt/Equity by Management. Without the Debt. they often strive to eliminate the Debt and bring Leverage down.& Owner's Balance Sheet Equity Stakeholders Cash $4.

How the Simulation is Scored Pg.0 would have twice your assets at their disposal. Owners accumulate capital and put it at risk.0. In modern times "owners" include pension funds. With a Leverage of 3. in the real world individuals can do both. We will grow the company and Owners will see stock appreciation. In a business. . Management has only one method to keep the wealth — retain the profits. etc. perhaps even causing us to default on our debt and go bankrupt? The higher the Leverage. and your new capacity sits idle. They are indifferent to the method so long as their wealth is maximized. via dividends and stock appreciation. venture capitalists. but the roles are fundamentally different. We have become a cash cow. and it makes no sense to let cash accumulate. Capstone highlights an intrinsic competition between Management and Owners (stockholders). too. you should borrow all you can get. the higher the risk. The amount that you can borrow is limited by debt holders. In Capstone. and by setting limits on the amount you can borrow. "Let us keep the profits as Retained Earnings. your team owns no stock. the company has a $30 million profit and only needs $15 million for plant improvements to keep up with industry growth. but your competitors introduce new products. eliminate interest payments and improve profits. one must recognize that the environment has changed. it has $10 million depreciation that could pay for the new plant. 15 of 19 table. they would have three times your Assets. too. mutual funds. Any cash cow could pay off its debt to improve profits. debt buys non-income producing assets. you buy capacity." To evaluate this argument. debt buys income producing assets. They maintain their Leverage for reasons worth exploring. and Owners do not manage. Owners can take the wealth out two ways. Capstone companies can usually fund plant improvements entirely from profits. At the beginning of the simulation. In principle the new wealth belongs to the owners. What is the risk that our investments will not produce the expected returns. either debt or equity. Let's use our excess Working Capital to retire debt. Interest payments consume your income instead of you.) The argument goes. Near the end of the simulation. investment opportunities abound and you need new capital to fund them. (Further. but you can easily handle them from the wealth you are creating. Management argues against dividends by saying. Seven or eight years later. They know that things can go wrong. For example. In practice. Can we find investments that generate a higher return than the cost of the funding? 2." Owners listen. For example. The relevant questions are: 1. Managers take the capital and create additional wealth. "We do not need more debt to grow our company. as well as private investors. Of course. Of course. Debt holders control their risk by charging higher interest rates as Leverage increases. If you can borrow money at 10% and make 20%. You are pure Management. Management owns no stock. By definition. In your personal finances. the investment opportunities are still there. and teams are tempted to pay down debt. this happens in the real world. a competitor with identical equity and a Leverage of 2. managers want the wealth.

their ROE becomes 10% * 2. Owners evaluate the profits (not the wealth) with two statistics: • ROE (Return On Equity) • EPS (Earnings Per Share) The dollar amount of the profits is actually secondary to Owners. However.0 (no debt) their ROE becomes 10% * 1. and Cumulative Profit. The remaining two measures. However. the argument that Management can grow the company becomes less persuasive. you find it features a healthy leverage — not too much. If Leverage is 1. because it indicates how good they are at producing wealth from the Assets. 16 of 19 When a company becomes a cash cow. their Equity. This puts cash into the Owner's pocket while increasing the value of the stock. and Market Capitalization. You should reduce Leverage. get into new businesses. The EPS can now be given to the stockholder as a dividend. Debt must fall and with it Leverage. For example. Market Capitalization goes up. etc. although primary to Management. Management should use Leverage to produce higher ROE. From an Owner's viewpoint. however.0 = 20%. Stock Price." In the real world. Owner's want a return on the money they invested. Management might counter argue that they can diversify the company. .0. ROA is more useful than ROE. Owners and Management have somewhat competing agendas. just enough to maximize the return to the parent.0 = 10%. "Our profits were $10 million".. The higher returns become EPS. Owners argue. and another to say. You should maintain Leverage. if your performance measures favor Management. to worry about. particularly in the latter years. It is one thing to say. "What shall we do with the surplus now that the Leverage question has been settled?" Typically cash cows become wholly owned business units. "Our profits per share were one dollar. If Retained Earnings go up. "If the best you can do with our Retained Earnings is save the interest payment. Capstone differs from the real world in one important respect — you have a professor. a paltry 8% or so. not Owners." ROE = Profits/Equity = Profits/Assets * Assets/Equity = ROA * Leverage. we want to put our money into a better investment. This puts a new spin on your situation. not too little. You may have stacked the deck to favor Management. Asset Turnover and Market Share. ROS (Profit/Sales). but this addresses a different question. If your performance measures favor stockholders. the parent company.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. they grew the asset base by 10% in a single year. and their managers serve one stockholder. EPS = Profits/Shares Outstanding. If Leverage is 2. are somewhat neutral to Leverage. if they can retain the earnings. they include ROA (Profit/Assets). This is yet another reason why a stockholder would prefer that Management maintain the Leverage and pay out dividends. Assets stabilize. From Management's standpoint. they include ROE. Your professor may have allowed you to set your own performance measures. a 10% ROA would delight Management because. When you examine the cash cow's balance sheet. Stock price goes up.

Year 6 $73 $42 $140 Year 7 $100 $55 $180 Profit is the traditional measure of wealth creation. 17 of 19 For the purposes of the Financial Structure category. Profits do not look at issues related to additional investment. But depending upon the measures you selected." . stockholder's interests reign supreme. the sum of all of the Free Cash Flows since you took over management of the company. For example. $300 million.0. a real-world raider would recognize that at a Leverage of 2. Year 3 $24 $15 $78 Year 4 $36 $22 $88 Let's look at each of these Year 5 $52 $31 $110 measures. They can lose their jobs two ways.0 (no debt) and Total Assets of $150 million. The good news is that we made a profit of $10 million. "Boss. "Was anything left over after we subtract expenses from revenues?" However. 1. the targets increase each year: If you do not reach the target. but the essential characteristic of this particular deal is that your own debt capacity would be used against you. • Cumulative Free Cash Flow. The bad news is we need to invest $15 million into new plant and equipment to stay competitive next year. Managers wish to keep their jobs.65 points. Your Leverage should fall between 1.81 and 2. Wealth Creation Wealth Creation evaluates your ability to create wealth during your tenure as Management. profits are limited in two ways. the current value of your stock price times shares outstanding. Cumulative Cumulative Free Market Profits ($M) Cash Flow ($M) Capitalization ($M) you can still earn points. let's step outside of Capstone and take a look at a pragmatic reason why Management in publicly held companies tends to maintain high Leverage. Stockholder's have the power to remove managers for dismal returns. Each measure is worth up to 33 1/3 points. your assets could raise $150 million. and at a Leverage of 3. you could find yourself conflicted. Since we are looking at accumulated wealth. corporate raiders. it would earn $18/$36 * 33 1/3 points = 16. if your Year 4 Year 1 $6 $7 $60 Cumulative Profits is $18 Year 2 $14 $10 $66 million.0. Suppose that your company has a Leverage of 1. For example.8. the sum of all profits since you took over management of the company. One can Year 8 $135 $70 $234 describe profit as a common sense measure. The details of hostile takeovers vary enormously. It examines three measures: • Cumulative Profits. Stock price and market capitalization are below what they would be at a higher Leverage. I have good news and bad news. Although this is not possible in the simulation. could take over their company and fire them. making the company a bargain. your CFO comes to you and says. Finally. • Market Capitalization.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. Other managers.

904 $4.040 $0 $6.406 $206 $11. and Inventory. and fluctuations in A/R.029) $3. Consider "Cash Flows From Operations" from the Cash Flow Statement.000 $0 $10.340 ($12.904 $0 $5.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. Free Cash Flow addresses the first problem.304) ($383) $11. A/P. They rarely fluctuate enough to cause serious damage to cash flow.934) ($3.000 $11.000 $0 $6.000 $0 $0 $12.960 $251 $3. Profits are not directly accessible to stockholders. 18 of 19 2. A/R and A/P tend to cancel each other out (a loan to customers versus a loan from vendors). One can describe Free Cash Flow as the money left after investment that a company could either put in the bank or give to shareholders.215 ($4.400) ($25. not a Free Cash Flow issue.520 ($6.304 $9.180) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4. but if you average the swings over several years. Depreciation (typically we can ignore any "extraordinary" items). In the end we are left with Profits plus Depreciation plus small fluctuations we can ignore. Cash Flow Statement Survey Cash flows from operating activities Net Income (Loss) Adjustment for non-cash items Depreciation Extraordinary gains/losses/writeoffs Changes in current assets and liabilities Accounts payable Inventory Accounts receivable Net cash from operations Cash flows from investing activities Plant improvements (net) Cash flows from financing activities Dividends paid Sales of common stock Purchase of common stock Cash from long term debt issued Retirement of long term debt Change in current debt Net cash from financing activities Net Change in Cash Position Free Cash Flow An Example Andrews Baldwin Chester $708 $8. dividends and stock appreciation.013 $0 ($1. In practice.304 $5.018 $0 $6. It consists of Net Income (that is. profits.572 $7. although they do consume some wealth over the long haul. Inventory swings are a Working Capital issue.425 ($1. they too average towards zero.000 $2. the results from the Income Statement).000 $0 $0 $15.982)($660) .306) $12.300)($12.318 $1. growing at about the rate of industry growth. Owners have only two ways to get the wealth that has been created. Therefore. Inventory swings in Capstone (and the real world) can be large.

Andrews and Baldwin. It follows that the next thing Free Cash Flow must do is subtract capital expenditures. If Andrews has a Market Cap of $200 million. a new stock issue (Owner's wealth). then the company is creating wealth. Nevertheless. swings in inventory or profits could push Free Cash Flow negative. but over several years the swings should cancel out. the Wealth Creation category uses cumulative free cash flow to measure your success. One can argue that Market Cap is a better measure than stock price for evaluating the wealth created by Management. However. its ending stock price is the same. depreciation would continue to deliver a cash flow from operations. yet it was deducted as an expense from your Income Statement. and there are only three places to get it — working capital (our own wealth). then the company needs to consume somebody's wealth. . and book value are similar to Andrews. Baldwin issued stock to fund its growth. or more debt (Lender's wealth). profits. Market Capitalization is the value that the stock market places on the firm — stock price times shares outstanding. Therefore. or reinvest in the company. For example. If the result is a positive number. then Baldwin created more wealth. you never actually write a check for depreciation. the investments in plant and equipment. We can infer that Baldwin's EPS. Baldwin's profits must be much higher. depreciation is usually larger than Profits. If negative. and therefore its stock price is diluted by more shareholders. dividend. and Baldwin $300 million. there is a lot of noise here. 19 of 19 Even if profit is small. the whole business reduces back to our old friend. have stock prices of $100. in the early years of Capstone. The Free Cash Flow can be used to pay dividends. and Free Cash Flow cuts through it. suppose two firms. Still. The money is sitting in the cash account like a check that has not been cashed. repurchase stock.How the Simulation is Scored Pg. any of which delights Owners. If it turns out that you are plowing money back into plant at the same rate you are depreciating it. In any particular year. If that is true. Indeed.

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