Your grade for the performance of your MikesBikes' firm will be determined by the firm's Shareholder Value after the last rollover. Note, there will be two rollovers back-to-back in the last week. This double-rollover stops any 'end-game' strategies, such as selling-off a firm's plant and equipment.
In evaluating the performance of the firm, adjustments are made for a variety of factors, including (but not limited to): the degree to which a subsidiary firm contributed to the firm's SHV, the contribution made by the parent firm to its subsidiaries, how firms sought to get themselves out of insolvency, and so on.
Thinking of the grading criteria, what does an A+ (Rare, outstanding) performance look like? When the percentage of the final mark associated with firm performance was small (5%) many students where relatively relaxed about the exact relationship between the grade and their performance.
To 'be in to win' your firm must have 2,000,000 shares after the last rollover (plus or minus 100 shares). In other words, you must end with the same number of shares at the end of the simulation as at the start. This is to prevent students engaging in a purely financial strategy of just buying back their shares to inflate their share price (and hence their shareholder value). You should not under estimate underestimate the difficulty of getting back to 2,000,000 shares if you start buying and selling them.
To achieve equivalency, shareholdings will be normalised to 2,000,000 shares when calculating the final shareholder values.
Over the years, the highest SHV obtained in this course is $509. Furthermore, there is a non-linear relationship between SHV. So, the proposed criteria looks like this.