Topic: whether the Rapston Hotel a suitable company for my fund to invest in
Assume that Year 1 in the film is 2017, Year 2 is 2018 and Year 3 is 2019. You are working for a private equity business who are interested in investing in Rapston Hotels. You have been asked to prepare 1,000 word report on Rapston Hotels to assess whether they are a suitable company for your fund to invest in. Rapston Hotel’s have not released their most recent set of financial statements, you have been asked to assess Rapston’s business model and its likely financial performance and position for 2020. You have also been informed that Rapston Hotels share price mirrors that of the InterContinentals Hotel Group. Remember, you are writing this report as if it is 2020, and you are writing your predictions and judgments on this hotel during the covid-19. Though you have been asked to write a short report (1,000 words) you are reminded that it should have a brief introduction, respond to all of the requirements and provide a short conclusion. Any references or resources used should be referenced using Harvard referencing in accordance with University policies. For the purpose of this essay you have been asked to use at least four references. One reference should be taken from a suitable textbook, one from a suitable Journal article, one from a resource published by the ACCA or the ICAEW and one reference from a source of your choosing. Assessment criteria – Assessment of Rapston Hotel’s business model – 45% – Assessment of Rapston Hotel’s likely financial performance and position in 2020 – 45% – Introduction, conclusion, structure, grammar and presentation of written report – 10%
Without Question provides an impactful and interesting way to highlight the challenges of directors and professional advisers seeking assurance on difficult issues as well as the underestimated importance of effective communication.
‘Sometimes you just get too close. Assume too much. Don’t ask that extra question…and regret it.’
This statement is relevant to many characters in Without Question. The Holt family are the founding shareholders of a hotel development and management company but are at war with each other on the future strategy for the company and Robert Holt’s indulgence of his son, Sebastian. Launching an IPO seems at first to be a neat way of ending the war but it puts the company and its auditors and other professional advisers under strain and comes back to haunt them.
Martin Jelani thinks it will be just another waste of his time giving a free tax lecture at his firm. However, his day gets a lot more interesting when he thinks he might have sparked interest in a relief claim from Rapston Hotels.
Will Jackson is tired of being caught in the crossfire during every audit engagement at Rapston so is pleased to hear of the IPO. But he underestimates the pressures it brings and the impact on his team. The last thing he needs is for Karen Walker, Rapston’s FD, to pursue an aggressive tax relief claim championed by a rival firm (while also at the same time undertaking Rapston’s first foreign hotel development). Poor Will doesn’t realise he’s also in for a big wake-up call on the dangers of social media…
The quality and style of Without Question and False Assurance ( ICAEW’s first film) set them apart from any other corporate training film.
Without Question draws out many themes for discussion such as reliance on experts, accounting estimates and confidentiality. It also examines:
? conflicts within a family-owned company;
? the difficult transition to become a listed entity;
? the struggle of founding shareholders with the loss of control;
? the struggle of new independent directors in asserting control and good governance.
IPO makes Rapston Hotel a public limited company, this means the business is no longer family-owned. We can talk about some company history briefly but we should focus on how it is structure now, from the perspective of 2020.
invest or not, all based on your analysis