Lester Electronics Gap Analysis

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Gap Analysis: Lester Electronics Lester Electronics is an electronics parts distributor in the United States and markets products throughout the United States and Europe. The company’s revenues are about $500 million per year. The CEO, Bernard Lester, took the company public in 1984 and is traded on the NASDAQ. Lester has been doing business with Shang-wa Electronics, a small Korean capacitor manufacturer, since 1978. Shang-wa’s CEO, John Lin, has been in the business since 1969. He entered into an exclusive contract with Lester (that is renewed annually) where Lester can sell Shang-wa capacitors in the United States as long as Lester has an annual purchase of $1 million wholesale. The partnership has been successful for many years. Two other manufacturers have been trying to acquire these firms. Transnational Electronics Corporation (TEC) has been after Shang-wa and Avral Electronics has been after Lester. Recently, Lester is interested in merging with Shang-wa, as it would make the firm more successful. In this paper, the issues and opportunities for the Lester Electronics scenario will be identified; stakeholder perspectives and ethical dilemmas will be discussed; and an end-state vision and a gap analysis will be explained. Situation Analysis Issue and Opportunity Identification If this merger occurs, both Shang-wa and Lester Electronics need to take the opportunity to consider several important factors that will affect the future of the combined firm. The following sections outline the issues and opportunities in the Lester scenario related to specific financial concepts. These include the financing needs for wealth maximization, medium-term financing alternatives and long-term financing instruments. Assessing Financial Needs for Wealth Maximization Financial Planning “Financial planning formulates the method by which financial goals are to be achieved.

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