Business Problem and Recommended Solution
Intrigued by the opportunity of owning his business, Larry Brownlow must decide whether a distributorship opportunity with Coors is a worthy venture. To aid Larry with his decision, the following pages provide an assessment of this business opportunity. With a limited research budget of $9,500 (p.143), careful selection of reports was essential to obtain both the necessary data to project profitability (e.g., revenues, cost of sales, other expenses, Coors projected market share, retail pricing data) and to provide a qualitative, consumer-focused perspective that would give these quantitative projections a solid foundation. Considering the given financial background, if Larry does not go forward with this investment, we assume he will choose to continue earning annual income from his trust at $40,000 per year (p.143). However, if he goes forward with the investment, he will cash in entire trust and take a significant financial risk. Therefore, we can reasonably assume that Larry will go forward with this investment as long as he can recover his initial investment and earn a salary that exceeds his current annual income. After calculating the possible financial income and analyzing sensitive variables, we suggest Larry takes this opportunity.
Forecasting Coors’ Potential Market Share
Firstly, to assess potential profitability, we sought to project Coors’ anticipated percent market share for the two-county market to determine the potential consumer base for Larry’s distributorship. From the following calculations, we found that the projected market share is sufficiently large to justify Larry’s investment.
Using consumer survey information, we devised a metric for calculating and projecting Coors market share. While only 300 customers were surveyed (Research Study G), we made an assumption that this sample sufficiently represents the preferences of the greater population in the two-county market area. We also assumed...