Performance and Profit Sensitivity to Risk: A Practical Evaluation of the Agro-Industrial Projects Developed by Israeli Companies for the CIS and Eastern Europe countris
Gregory Yom Din
Open University of Israel - Department of Management and Economics; Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University
August 8, 2012
International companies take part in many tenders for agro-industrial projects in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe countries. The market for these projects is analyzed and found to be favorable for companies and developers. Major projects developed in recent years are presented and evaluated in terms of financial performance. Additionally, a method of project evaluation by profit sensitivity to risk criterion is proposed. In this method, the approximate formula for profit sensitivity to risk (when basic production and market assumptions change simultaneously) is derived using a cost-volume-profit model. This method allows minimal calculations to explain profit sensitivity and elasticity within the usual indicators of business planning: operational profitability and degree of operating leverage. The consistency of project ranking is examined using Cronbach's alpha and correlation coefficients. The ranks obtained by various performance criteria are found to be consistent with each other, but not with those obtained by profit sensitivity to risk. In terms of elasticity, project profitability is a much stronger influence than the degree of operating leverage on profit sensitivity to risk.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Keywords: agro-industrial project, performance evaluation, profit sensitivity to risk, consistency of ratings, cost-volume-profit
JEL Classification: O13, O22
Date posted: August 16, 2012 ; Last revised: February 6, 2013
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