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ACG 2004: PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II

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Question;ACG 2004;PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II;PROJECT RESEARCH;PAPER: FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS;LEARNING OBJECTIVE;The purpose of the project is to apply the lessons of your accounting course to a;real company. You will discover how the;issues, topics, practices and procedures described in your textbook actually;affect a company?s financial statements.;You will conduct library and Internet research to famil?iarize yourself;with your company and the industry in which your firm competes and be able to;analyze and evaluate your individual firm?s financial stability and trends.;The company should be;publicly traded, i.e., its stock is traded on a stock exchange such as the New;York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It is;usually best to avoid financial institutions, e.g., banks or insurance;companies, as well as public utilities, because these companies normally have;specialized accounting practices.;Instructions for completing;the Assignment;1.;Choose;a publicly traded merchandising/retail company (for example, Apple, Lowes, Microsoft;Nike, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Proctor & Gamble, etc.);2.;Obtain;the latest annual report for your company. Annual reports are usually extensive. Do not;print the entire report. Search for the financial statements (Income Statement;Balance Sheet, and Statement of Cash Flows) and only print those pages (they;are usually 3 to 4 pages). Save the annual report on a media storage device for;future reference. The annual report is usually available on the company?s;website under investor relations or similar title or from the Securities and;Exchange Commission website (www.sec.gov). (Note: Publicly traded companies also have to;file a 10-K annual report, which also has the financial statements included in;this report).;Please save and submit copies of the;financial statements (Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Statement of Cash;Flows) and include them as an attachment or in the Appendix for your Project;paper. (Do not submit the entire annual;report).;Outline of Project Paper;1. Introduction: Must be a;clear and specific summary of everything that you are going to discuss in the Project;paper.;2.;Basic Company Information;and a brief History of the Company. (Present a profile of your company;including a brief history of the company, their products, etc.).;3. Financial Statement Analysis (CH 17);Calculate the following measures for the most recent two (2) fiscal;years, rounding to one decimal place.;Show your work and calculations by including the formulas for each measure.;Solvency;Measures;a.;Working capital;b.;Current ratio;c.;Quick ratio;d.;Account receivable turnover;e.;Number of days sales in receivables;f.;Inventory turnover;g.;Number of days sales in inventory;h.;Ratio of fixed assets to long-term liabilities;i.;Ratio of liabilities to stockholders equity;j.;Number of times interest charges earned;Profitability;Measures;a.;Ratio of net sales to assets;b.;Rate earned on total assets;c.;Rate earned on stockholders? equity;d.;Rate earned on common stockholders? equity;e.;Earnings per share on common stock;f.;Price-earnings ratio;g.;Dividends per share;h.;Dividend yield;4. Analysis;Analyze the impact that each calculation has for the company (what the;results of the solvency and profitability measures mean for the company).;5. Conclusion: What conclusions can be drawn from this analysis about the;financial health and status of your chosen company? Include industry trends as;well as economic, social, legal and political environment factors that impact;your company.;6. References;(APA STYLE);7. Appendix;(Include a copy of the;company?s financial statements and any other items that you consider important).;Due Dates and Grade;Rubrics;This Project can be done by;groups or individually. A;group cannot be larger than 3 people. If it is done in a group, please provide;the names of the students in each group on the cover page of the Project paper.;Each student in the group will also have;to submit the assignment in Blackboard so it can be graded.;Due by Week 8? The completed Project is worth 200 points;and is due as per the Course Scheduled detailed in Assignments.;The Project will be graded;based on the following categories;Quality;of Information;Organization;Sources;Mechanics;Proper;Use of APA Style and Formatting Guidelines;Total Grade for Project: 20% of final grade;APA STYLE IS REQUIRED AND ENFORCED

 

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