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    You are the manager of the high school athletic team division of On Your Mark, a manufacturer of athletic equipment and apparel, which has recently gone through the initial public offering (IPO) process and has become a public company. On Your Mark has annual sales revenue of approximately $50 million and makes seven unique and distinct products (that serve seven different markets). Each product is represented by its own division within the company and has its own group of sales, marketing, and manufacturing personnel. Some departments, including human resources and the finance division, support the entire organization. Operations consist of a single headquarters and a production (manufacturing) center.

    In your role as division manager, you are responsible for compiling and reporting on budget/forecast data, for using financial information in decision making, and for assessing and valuing new business opportunities (which will ultimately be presented to upper management). You report directly to the plant manager; however, you work closely with the chief financial officer (CFO), and the accounting department's accountants assist you with your budget/forecast responsibilities.

    You have been informed by the CFO that On Your Mark will be aggressively pursuing new business opportunities, which may include expansion through acquisition and the development and implementation of new products. As a publicly traded company, On Your Mark is scrutinized by bankers and investors. In fulfilling your responsibilities, you must keep this in mind, and you must instill a new sense of financial discipline in the organization.

    As a division manager at On Your Mark, you are expected to work with the finance department to develop financial forecasts for your division. Prepare a document that explains why forecasting is important to an organization. In this document, include the following:

    â?¢Explain the forecasting process.
    â?¢Compare and contrast the forecasting process to the budgeting process.
    â?¢Discuss the role of projected or forecasted (pro forma) financial statements in the budgeting process.
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    Forecasting is very important for an organization. It helps to analyze current and historical data to determine the future trends. It is a process by which companies can prepare themselves for the unforeseen future. It enables the company to answer important questions like how much profit the business will make, how much will be the demand for the products, how much funds the company needs to borrow e.t.c. Financial forecasts provides right direction to the company and prevents the company from taking wrong decisions. It plays a vital role in taking strategic decisions like new product development, mergers and acquisitions. Forecasting prevents the company from spending ...

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    You are the manager of the high school athletic team division of On Your Mark, a manufacturer of athletic equipment and apparel, which has recently gone through the initial public offering (IPO) process and has become a public company. On Your Mark has annual sales revenue of approximately $50 million and makes seven unique and distinct products (that serve seven different markets). Each product is represented by its own division within the company and has its own group of sales, marketing, and manufacturing personnel. Some departments, including human resources and the finance division, support the entire organization. Operations consist of a single headquarters and a production (manufacturing) center.

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