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Pepita Disco PPM: Margins and Elasticity

Case Number: 3-112-004, Year Published: 2012, Revision Date: December 15, 2014

HBS Number: KEL692

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Authors: Julie Hennessy; Evan Meagher

Key Concepts

Financial Strategy, Pricing Strategy, Price Elasticity


This exercise is one in a series intended to help students learn how to perform financial calculations in marketing contexts.

Carolina Araujo had recently taken control of her family’s business, Pepita Disco PPM, Uruguay’s second-largest producer of beef-based dog food, treats, and toys. While she respected the company’s nearly eighty-year history, Carolina felt that Pepita Disco had grown complacent with its market share and was basically preserving the status quo. Her plan was to re-energize the employee base and grow Pepita Disco’s business faster than the overall market.

This exercise poses a fictional problem about a company's efforts to predict the impacts of price, product cost, and spending moves on profitability.

Learning Objectives

After completing the exercise, students should be able to:
• Calculate and explain changes in net margin
• Calculate price and volume changes for a given price elasticity

Number of Pages: 4

Extended Case Information

Teaching Areas: Marketing

Teaching Note Available: Yes

Geographic: Uruguay

Industry: Pet Product Manufacturing

Organization Name: Fictional

Decision Maker Position: Owner

Decision Maker Gender: Female