Project #27138 - Accounting/Finance










INSTRUCTIONS:  You are to compare and contrast three publicly-held companies.  These companies should be in the same industry and preferably in the Fortune 500.  Do not use financial institutions.  You will compare their financial reporting practices and analyze the financial information as well as other information to determine their investment potential through answers to the following questions.  To complete the project, you should use the company’s latest annual report (which should include their audited financial statements).  The final written report should be prepared on Word with Excel spreadsheets inserted into the Word document.  Provide the annual reports with your final paper.  The annual reports may be provided on a flash drive.  The report must be presented in hard copy form with the flash drive attached to the hard copy.




The project is due on Monday April 21, 2014.  Projects are to be turned in during office hours prior to the start of class in CBA 451.  Projects received after that time period will be considered late.  Late projects will be accepted at a penalty of 10% grade reduction per day the project is turned in late.




Note:  For questions 19-34, please provide the GAAP Codification reference to how the company prepared and presented the information.  To obtain this information, you will need to log into the GAAP Codification website:


The User ID is:  AAA51300


The Password is:  jM3fGmS




  • 1.   Name of company




  • 2.   Location of the corporate headquarters




  • 3.   Date of year end




  • 4.   Description of the primary business activities (including product description)




  • 5.   Who are the major customers of the company




  • 6.   Who are the independent auditors




  • 7.   What is the date of the Independent Auditors’ Report




  • 8.   Do the independent auditors indicate any problems or anything that the                    shareholders should be aware of




  • 9.   Who is the Chairman of the Board




  • 10.  Who is the President or CEO
  • 11.  How many individuals sit on the Board of Directors




  • 12.  How many directors are outsiders (non-management)




  • 13.  What are the total assets




  • 14.  What are the total sales




  • 15.  What is the net income




  • 16.  What are the classes of capital stock, par values, number of shares, authorized, issued and outstanding




  • 17.  How much treasury stock does the company have




  • 18.  What is the trading range for the company’s stock




  • 19.  What method is used to calculate depreciation




  • 20.  What inventory cost flow method is used




  • 21.  How does the company define cash




  • 22.  How much cash was generated from operating activities




  • 23.  How much cash was generated from investing activities




  • 24.  How much cash was generated from financing activities




  • 25.  What is the pension expense for the year




  • 26.  Is the pension plan over or under funded




  • 27.  What are the income taxes currently payable




  • 28.  What is the balance in deferred income taxes (liability or asset)




  • 29.  What is the effective rate of taxation




  • 30.  Does the company have reportable segments (what and how many)




  • 31.  Are there any reported extraordinary gains or losses




  • 32.  Are there any reported changes in accounting principles




  • 33.  What is the total amount of long term debt




  • 34.  What investments have been reported




  • 35.  Calculate the following ratios for the prior fiscal years shown in the financial statements.  Discuss these items as they relate to each company.




                   Current ratio


                   Quick ratio


                   Receivables turnover ratio


                   Days receivables uncollected (use a 365 day year)


                   Inventory turnover


                   Days in inventory (use a 365 day year)


                   Asset turnover


                   Profit margin on sales


                   Earnings per share


                   Price earnings ratio


                   Return on Investment


                   Dividend payout ratio


                   Debt to total assets ratio


                   Times interest earned ratio


                   Book value per share     




  • 36.  Provide a horizontal and vertical analysis of the major financial statements




  • 37.  Provide an analysis of the company.  Discuss how the company is doing,    prognosis for the future, strengths and weaknesses, etc.




  • 38.  Provide a conclusion – which company provides for the best investment possibility and which company would you invest in.


































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Due By (Pacific Time) 04/08/2014 08:00 am
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