The chief executive of a small yarn-production company in India must resolve an unexpected cash shortage. The task for the student is to evaluate the causes of this shortage (using a completed base-case forecast given in the case) and assess the usefulness of various possible remedies suggested by managers. The company is unable to liquidate a seasonal working-capital loan for the requisite 30 days each year, a difficulty arising from two classic causes: secular growth of the company and declining profitability. Possible remedies include reducing inventory through more efficient transportation and warehousing, reducing credit terms to customers, switching from seasonal to level production, improving profitability, decreasing dividends, and reducing sales growth.
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