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Course Project: Financial Statement Analysis Objectives To analyze the financial statements of a publicly traded company Obtain an annual report from a publicly traded corporation that is interesting to you. Be sure the company has property and equipment, intangible assets, and long-term debt on its balance sheet. Using techniques you have learned in the previous weeks, respond to the following questions (many of your answers will come from the course material, not the company you selected): What is the amount of property and equipment on the balance sheet for the two most recent years? How do companies account for nonmonetary exchange and dispositions of property and equipment? What amounts on the most recent cash flow statement relate to the purchase and sale of intangible assets? Please also describe the calculation of goodwill and how we account for differences between fair value and book value of assets acquired. What are the company's depreciation methods? Please describe how to determine whether an impairment exists and how to calculate the impairment loss. What are the three categories of contingent liabilities and the treatment for each type? What amounts are included in the cash flow statements for proceeds from issuance of debt and repayment of debt for the most recent year? Please describe how bonds payable differ from notes payable and how to account for the issuance of bonds at par, at a discount, and at a premium. What are the four criteria for a lease to be considered a capital lease and what are the additional criteria for the lessor? I have posted in doc. sharing an example using the Hershey Company. Take a look at the example. Be sure to follow the order and repeat the questions as listed in the course project before answering them. Also, be sure to include supporting information "cut and pasted" from the financial statements of the company. Please note the following when formatting you course project: A quality project will use proper APA formatting, including correct in-text citations and a proper reference page. APA Citation and Reference Materials are located at the bottom of the syllabus. Guidelines Back to Top Papers must be 3 to 5 pages in length. Use a 12 point font, with double spacing, and include a cover page, table of contents, introduction, body of the report, summary or conclusion, and works cited. Even though this is not a scientific-type writing assignment, references are still very important. At least three authoritative, outside references are required (articles and web pages with anonymous authors are not acceptable). These should be listed on the Works Cited page. Appropriate citation is required. All DeVry University policies are in effect, including the plagiarism policy. Papers are due on Sunday of Week 6 of this course. Any questions about this paper can be discussed in the weekly Q & A Discussion topic. This paper is worth 125 total points and will be graded on quality of research topic, quality of paper information, use of citations, grammar, and sentence structure. Milestones Back to Top The paper is due the Sunday of Week 6. Grading Rubrics Back to Top Category Points % Description Documentation and Formatting 25 20 Content 100 80 Total 125 100 A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements. Best Practices Back to Top The following are best practices in preparing this paper. Cover page: Include whom you prepared the paper for, who prepared it, and the date. Table of contents: List the main ideas and sections of the paper and the pages where they are located. Illustrations should be included separately. Introduction: Use a header on your paper. This will indicate that you are introducing the paper. The purpose of an introduction or opening is to 1. introduce the subject and why the subject is important; 2. preview the main ideas and the order in which they will be covered; and 3. establish the tone of the document. Include in the introduction a reason for the audience to read the paper. Also include an overview of what you will cover and the importance of the material. (This should include or introduce the questions you are asked to answer in each assignment.) Body of the report: Use a header with the name of the project. An example is, "The Development of Hotel X: A World Class Resort." Proceed to break out the main ideas: State the main ideas, give the major points of each idea, and provide evidence. Show some type of division, such as separate, labeled sections; separate groups of paragraphs; or headers. Include the information you found during your research and investigation. Summary and conclusion: Summarizing is similar to paraphrasing but presents the gist of the material in fewer words than the original. An effective summary identifies the main ideas and the major support points from the body of the report; minor details are left out. Summarize the benefits of the ideas and how they affect the subject. Works cited: Use the citation format specified in the Syllabus. Additional hints on preparing the best possible project follow. Apply a three-step process to writing: plan, write, and complete. Prepare an outline of the research paper before going forward. Complete a first draft and then go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required. Use visual communication to further clarify and support the written part of the report. Examples include graphs, diagrams, photographs, flowcharts, maps, drawings, animation, video clips, pictograms, tables, and Gantt charts.

 

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