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MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING

Competency 332.1.10: Documenting Financial Activities and Evaluating Performance – The graduate evaluates business performance through the appropriate documentation of financial activities.

Competency 332.1.11: Financial Statement Analysis – The graduate evaluates the financial strength of organizations.


Introduction:

You are a financial analyst who has been asked to prepare a summary report for the chief executive officer (CEO). The report has been requested by the CEO for use in evaluating the current performance of the business and for planning future activities.

Please select a U.S. corporation from the given list and obtain a copy of the most recent audited financial statements. It is important to refer to the attached “Instructions for Obtaining Financial Statements” for specific details on how to locate current financial statements for the company you choose.

• The Home Depot
• Costco Wholesale Corp.
• Apple Inc.
• UnitedHealth Group
• J. C. Penney Company Inc.
• General Motors Co.
• General Mills Inc.
• Delta Air Lines Inc.
• The Cheesecake Factory Inc.
• Adobe Systems Inc.

Note: Be sure to include a copy of the selected financial statements when submitting your response. The evaluator will need a copy of your financial statements to ensure a correct evaluation.

Project Requirements:

Prepare a summary report for the CEO in which you do the following:

A. Evaluate the current performance of the company by doing the following:
1. Perform a horizontal analysis, using both dollar amounts and percentages, of the current and prior year income statements and balance sheets.
a. Discuss strengths and weaknesses identified in the horizontal analysis performed in part A1.
2. Calculate ratios that would be significant to the company’s stockholders. Some ratios to consider include:
• earnings per share
• return on assets
• return on equity

 

Note: Be sure to calculate both the current and prior year ratios for comparison purposes. Include your calculations with the response.

 

a. Discuss strengths and weaknesses that would be significant to the company’s stockholders based on the ratio calculations performed in part A2.
3. Calculate ratios/metrics that would be significant to the company’s creditors. Some ratios/metrics to consider include:
• working capital
• current ratio
• accounts receivable turnover
• inventory turnover
• times interest earned
• debt to equity

 

Note: Be sure to calculate both the current and prior year ratios for comparison purposes. Include your calculations with the response.

 

a. Discuss strengths and weaknesses that would be significant to the company’s creditors based on the ratio/metrics calculations performed in part A3.

 

B. Discuss
two corrective actions or business opportunities that you would recommend to the CEO based on your analyses from part A.

 

C. When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the APA Guidelines section.

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