Last week you selected a publicly traded company and found their annual report. Now that you have their financial information I would like you to perform a ratio analysis on the financial statements. Focus on the financial statement analysis chapter (PDF) you are reading this week. You will want to compute ratios for your company for the last two years. Do not compute each ratio you learned about for your company. There may be some that are not relevant. Rather focus on those eight ratios that you feel are the most important and relevant to analyze how your company is doing. Make sure to justify the ratios that you choose for your analysis. Compare how your company has done to the industry averages. Do you notice any trends that are positive or negative? Does anything look good or bad that is notable? Do you have any suggestions on things they could be doing to improve these ratios? Please analyze what you found for each of the eight ratios. Then organize your findings into a 15 minute presentation that you will work on during virtual residency. Be sure to include some background on your company in your presentation. Please use PowerPoint for your presentation. Also include the speaker notes.
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Analyzing Financial

Chapter Twenty-One

After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

1 Explain the objectives of financial statement analysis.

2 Describe and use the following four analytical techniques: horizontal analysis, trend
analysis, vertical analysis, and ratio analysis.

3 Explain the importance of comparisons and trends in financial statement analysis.

4 Prepare and interpret common-size financial statements.

5 Define and compute the various financial ratios discussed in the chapter.

Chicago, IL—Contemporary
Interiors, a Chicago tradition in
Scandinavian furniture and
contemporary design, has
announced a decision to go
national. Although Contempo-
rary Interiors has opened
stores throughout the Midwest
in recent years, the company
has remained a regional busi-
ness with the bulk of its sales
in the greater Chicago area.
Yesterday, however, a company
spokesman announced that
Contemporary Interiors’ Board
of Directors had decided the
time was right to make the

next move. Marc Janson,
spokesman for the firm’s pres-
ident and CEO, pointed to the
strong economy and consumer
confidence as being key to the
decision. “Disposable income
is up, and we’re seeing that in
our business,” said Janson.
“Even more important, though,
is our company’s strong finan-
cial position. The analysts tell
us that our financial state-
ments look good. Our working
capital, inventory turnover,
return on assets, and so forth
are all strong. This will be
important, because in order to

expand, the company’s going
to have to raise capital. And
the bankers and potential
investors are going to need to
see those strong financial indi-
cators. The board hasn’t
decided yet how much of our
new capital needs should be
debt and how much should be
in stock. I’m sure they’ll keep a
close eye on the debt-equity
ratio.” When asked where
Contemporary Interiors’ next
store would appear, Janson
replied that New York, Atlanta,
and San Francisco were all
under consideration.


Financial statements provide the primary means for managers to communicate about
the financial condition of their organization to outside parties. Managers, investors,
lenders, financial analysts, and government agencies are among the users of financial
statements. Substantial information is conveyed by financial statements about the
financial strength and current performance of an enterprise. Although financial state-
ments are prepared primarily for users outside an organization, managers also find their
organization’s financial statements useful in making decisions. As managers develop
operating plans, they think about how those plans will affect the performance of the
organization, as conveyed by the financial statements. In this chapter, we explore how
to analyze financial statements to glean the most information about an organization.

Overview of Financial Statements
There are four primary financial statements:

1. Balance sheet
2. I

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