Economist Case Study Competition

Participate in theInvestment Case Study Competition. The competition awards $21,000 in prize money to the winning teams plus $17,000 in added value for the participating universities.

Benefits for business schools:

  • Inclusion in a widely distributed press release ($2,500 value)

  • Featured in two ads in The Economist ($8,000 value)

  • Team's webinar will be featured on The Economist's Which MBA? site for three months ($6,500 value)

  • Case study competition team members will be awarded an official certification of participation on their profiles on LinkedIn. Winning team members’ certifications will note award level

The prizes:

First place: $10,000, a plaque and three subscriptions to The Economist
Second place: $5,000, a plaque and three subscriptions to The Economist
Third place: $3,000, a plaque and three subscriptions to The Economist
The Economist social media winner: $3,000, a trophy and three subscriptions to The Economist

Competition summary

Real Vision is the world’s only video-on-demand channel for investing, where the world’s best investors share their ideas. In essence, they are the Netflix of Finance. Their content features exclusive in-depth interviews and presentations from the world’s sharpest independent analysts, fund managers, investors and economists. Fresh content is released several times each week and subscribers also have access to the ever-expanding video vault. Free from groupthink, agenda, and sensationalism, Real Vision presents its viewers with the very best economic information and financial insight available and then allows them to make up their own minds. Find out more about student access to Real Vision here.

 

First place team receives $10,000 
Second place receives $5,000 
Third place receives $3,000 
People’s Choice receives $3,000

 

Learn more about Real Vision here: www.realvisiontv.com  

 

*The case competition challenge and resulting selection of winners are based solely on the opinion of the challenge sponsor. The Economist does not endorse the opinions contained in the content of the challenge or the participants’ written and video submissions.

 

Challenge summary

Each competing school will select three students who will collaborate to produce a detailed analysis and a 5­ minute video to support their investment thesis. The top five videos will be aired on Real Vision and from those five finalists, we will select three winning teams. In addition, a People’s Choice prize will be awarded to the team garnering the most votes from visitors to The Economist website.

The winning team will receive $10,000, a trophy from The Economist and a special showcase on Real Vision, putting them alongside some of the legends of the industry and giving them exposure to financial professionals all around the world.

The runners ­up will receive $5,000

Third place will be awarded $3,000

The People’s Choice winners will receive $3,000

Our challenge is simple.

Walmart vs Amazon: Which stock would you choose to invest in if you couldn’t sell it for a decade, and why?

The challenge is one that may seem straightforward at first blush but, upon reflection, is not as simple as it may appear.

The two companies are alike in many ways yet couldn’t be more different. They bring the new world crashing into the old world and will be the battleground for the future of mass retail.

Both companies are behemoths. Both have a market capitalization of ~$225 billion but that is where the similarities begin to diverge. Dramatically.

One trades on 15x forward earnings, one on 400x. One is forecast to make an operating profit of $31 million in Q2 2015, the other $5.8 billion. One pays a dividend of 2.7%, the other? Not so much. One has risen over 50% in 2015, the other has fallen 15%.

The market seems to have spoken, Now it’s your turn.
Which of the two companies is the market mispricing and why?
What changes must Walmart make in order to effectively compete in the internet age?
Will Amazon be able to convert ubiquity into profitability?
Does profitability matter?
How would you structure your investment into your chosen company?

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