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BUS523 Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making

Unit 4 Assignment

Sustainable Growth Rate


You have been the Operations Manager for your company for the last five years and are preparing to ask for a large raise. You have just learned from a managerial finance seminar that:

Sustainable Growth Rate = %Profit Margin X % Retention Ratio X Asset Turnover X Financial Leverage.

You ask your CFO for the following data:

                2012       2013       2014       2015       2016

%ProfitMargin   6.00        7.00        4.60        5.20        7.20

%Retention Ratio             99.50     100.00   100.00   100.00   100.00

AssetTurnover  1.33        2.02        1.92        2.07        2.64

Financialleverage             1.61        1.69        1.57        1.57        1.64

%Growthrateinsales       46.80     84.60     13.10     25.90     57.10

Based on the information above, answer the following questions:

1.Calculate the annual sustainable growth rate for each of the above years.

2.Compare the sustainable growth rate with the actual growth rate in sales, what growth problems did management face over this period?

3.Present the results of your calculations for #1 and #2 and the analysis behind it to the CEO.

4.Explain how this data justifies a large raise for the Operations Manager.


•There is no specific page length requirement; however, all questions posed must be addressed completely.

All sources used must be properly cited in APA format.

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