Accounting for Managers
Using the Annual Report and Accounts of Kia Motors Corporation for the year ended 31st December 2015 available at: http://www.kia.com/worldwide/about_kia/investor_relations/annual_report
(a) Evaluate the performance of Kia in the following areas, using ratio analysis.
– Profitability – Liquidity/Solvency – Working capital efficiency – Long term financial structure – Investors’ perspective
Considering your response to Task One and any further reading you are required to provide advice, accompanied by rationale, as to whether you would recommend a buy, sell or hold policy for investors/potential investors in Kia shares.
Tewari et al (2016, p25) state that, “Just in Time (JIT) is a Japanese production management philosophy. JIT is just not a technique or a set of techniques, but an overall philosophy which consists of both new and old techniques and offers a wide range of benefits by overhauling of present manufacturing systems. JIT means to purchase parts just in time to be transferred into fabricated parts, to fabricate parts just in time to go into subassemblies, to prepare subassemblies just in time to be assembled into finished goods, and to produce and deliver finished goods just in time to be sold.” In the context of vehicle manufacturing, critically discuss the philosophies and approaches of JIT practice and indicate whether the JIT philosophy remains of value, or not, in today’s turbulent global vehicle manufacturing environment?