Faculty of Business and Law

This assignment is designed to assess learning outcomes: 1. Apply numeracy skills and qualitative judgement to aid financial decision making. 2. Derive and make use of financial information to evaluate company performance. This assignment is an individual assignment. This assignment requires you to: Obtain a copy of the annual report and financial statements (the relevant PDFs are on the module web or the web link below) for Unilever Plc for the year ended 31 December 2020 and Reckitt Plc for the year ended 31 December 2020. The annual reports should normally not be part of your submission; if considered then please include an extract of the relevant section of the annual reports in your submission. Unilever Plc year-end Annual Report Link https://www.unilever.com/Images/annual-report-and-accounts-2020_tcm244-559824_en.pdf Reckitt Plc year-end Annual Report Link https://www.reckitt.com/media/8638/reckitt-annual-report-2020.pdf Using the annual report and financial statements referred to above, you are required to prepare a 2,500-word report (excluding charts and tables) using SWOT to analyse and compare the performance of Unilever Plc and Reckitt Plc. Your analysis should be drawn from each company’s strategic and tactical response to the issues facing them. Much useful information is contained in the narrative sections of the two annual reports. Your analysis can be supported by the calculation of appropriate financial ratios, comparing and contrasting differences in their cash flow, sources of finance and related strategies. Based on your findings you are required to state in the final section of your report which of the two companies would be a better option for investment in the short term and in the longer term. Further guidance: Make sure you – 1. When constructing your arguments ensure you evidence your propositions from academic and trade/industry literature, are referenced as appropriate; 2. make sure your submission contains all sections pertinent to a typical report, including an introduction, an analysis (SWOT), a conclusion and recommendations, a list of references and an appendix. The Appendix should contain all calculations, workings, and formulae used in your report; 3. Use good judgment to quote only from relevant sections of the annual reports.

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