Case study: Jaguar plc, 1984

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Management Summary

The purpose of this case is the valuation of Jaguar plc for its imminent IPO. For this we analyze the market, in which Jaguar operates and its exchange rate risks.

The luxury car market analysis delivers the following findings:

*Jaguar's clients are rather price insensitive, however they are highly quality aware.

*The main competitors at the time being are the German car producers BMW, Daimler-Benz and Porsche

*Jaguar exports a large part of its production to the US

The exchange rate risk analysis shows:

*In the last few years the exchange rates operated in favor of Jaguar plc.

*There are market indications that exchange rate movements are expected which would have a negative influence on Jaguar's results

*Although customers of Jaguar are more or less price insensitive, there is the danger that due to exchange rate movements its German competitors could offer their products in the US at lower prices.

If in addition the GBP exchange rate develops against Jaguar this could result in significantly reduced profit margins for Jaguar.

*Therefore Jaguar plc should use an elaborate portfolio of hedging instruments and processes to ensure its further success.

The valuation of Jaguar plc reveals:

*Different methods show a valuation range from �0m to �00m with a most probable value close to �00m.

*The actual firm value of Jaguar is highly dependent on the exchange rate. The economic exposure is very important.

*Bringing the IPO to a success, which is one of the goals of the Thatcher government after the disastrous privatization of Enterprise Oil, we recommend a valuation close to the lower end of the range. Therefore we propose a value of �0m.