Business Compare and Constrast Essay

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Strategic Management of Quaker Oats Company
By: Matt Margulies
E-mail: mim14@hotmail.com

Introduction The Quaker Oats Company, officially formed in 1901, is currently undergoing
massive reorganization, which will dramatically change its position in the industry. Over
the last four years, Quaker Oats' returns have been consistently rocky. Quaker unloaded
Snapple, its ice-cream toppings and condiments business, and its frozen bagel business
1997. The company has turned to an emphasis on its high performing products such as
Gatorade and bagged cereals. Gatorade accounts for more than one-third of the company's
total sales and claims over 80% of the US sports-drink market. Quaker is also a leading
producer of granola bars, rice cakes, pancake mixes and syrups, and value-added grain
products (Rice-A-Roni). Industry Setting Quaker Oats manufactures many different products
from the sports drink Gatorade to Far East Cous cous. Because of the great variety in
their product lines, it is difficult to find other companies that compete in all the same
categories. However several large companies compete in many of the same such as Heinz,
Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Bestfoods verifying the threat of rivalry is very evident
and therefore requiring Quaker to remain on top of their game. The threat of substitute
for Quaker's products relates directly to their rivals who have proven ineffective in
producing adequate substitutes for products such as Gatorade. Coca-Cola produces Powerade,
Gatorade's biggest competitor, which only holds a very small market share of the
sports-drink industry. General Mills competes in the cereal, baking products, and fruit
bars areas and Bestfoods is mostly a general foods competitor. Most of these companies are
very well established and therefore Quaker concentrates on them more then the threat of
new entrants. Financial Overview Over the last twelve months Quaker Oats has revenues
totaling nearly $4.8 billion and total earnings near $470 million. Financial ratios can
often tell us how well a firm is performing relative to its full potential and its
competitors. Only the most critical ones need be shown here. The Return on Equity
indicates the overall operating efficiency and the quality of management. The Return on
Assets is a measure of how successful management is at putting its assets to work to make
profits. The Basic Earning Power shows the proportion of Revenue to Total Assets and
Profit Margin indicates how much profit the firm makes after which all expenses are
accounted. Relative to its larger competitors Quaker performs very well. This year Quaker
has a ROE of 251.3% second only to General Mills with 253.4%, but much better compared to
98.5% for Bestfoods, 35.7% for Heinz 32.5%, and for Coca-Cola. The next ratio Quaker
exhibits is a 11.3% ROA, weighed against 18.5% for Coca-Cola, 12.9% for General Mills,
10.0% for Bestfoods, and 5.9% for Heinz. Quaker offers a very impressive 185% BEP while
Coca-Cola shows only nearly half at 89% and General Mills, Heinz and Bestfoods have 143,
141 and 111% respectively. The final ratio is profit margin in which Quaker is very
competitive with a profit margin of 9.9% exceeding General Mills 8.6, Bestfoods at 7.6%,
and Heinz at 7.0%, falling short only to Coca-Cola at 15.8%. The industry average (total
food producers industry) for each of these results also verifies Quaker's competitive
position. ROA is 6.2%, ROE is 24.9%, Profit Margin is 5.5%, and BEP is 143%. Most of these
numbers verify that Quaker is actually more successful than the rest of the industry.
Competing Markets Quaker has strong brands in Europe and Latin America, and Gatorade is
also growing in popularity abroad. In Latin America, they have realigned their
infrastructure, and consolidated and eliminated redundant positions. Morrison, the new CEO
assigned in 1997, began to heavily push to strengthen markets where opportunities for
growth were high. In particular, Quaker Oats made a real effort to tap into the expanding
Gatorade market by broadening the product line, improving packaging and pumping up
marketing efforts. Technologies Quaker has done a great deal to update and standardize the
technology within their firm by integrating all food and beverage facilities into larger,
more efficient production facilities. As Quaker's competitors within the industry become
more technologically advanced this drives Quaker to do the same. Structure The structure
of Quaker Oats has been one of the most dramatic changes for the company. A tightening of
cost controls and elimination of $65 million in expenses through restructuring actions was
the result of the total overhaul of Quaker. They also reduced their overall supply chain
costs. Quaker consolidated the U.S. sales organization from 14 regional offices into six
fully integrated Customer Business Centers. In 1998, despite only moderate overall sales,
net income rose significantly as the efficiency of new structuring paid off. Substantial
economies of scale were and continue to be the result of the combined offices and
producing more products all under one roof. Competencies Although Quaker Oats has been
concentrating on cutting costs by becoming more efficient, they try to differentiate
Gatorade as much as possible in the market. Quaker has concentrated on a cost reduction
strategy since the restructuring changes began in early 1997. They would not be considered
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