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Accounting Information Krogers: (KR) http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bs?s=KR+Balance+Sheet&annual Competitors: Wal-Mart: (WMT) http://cdn.walmartstores.com/sites/AnnualReport/2010/PDF/01_WMT%202010_Financials.pdf Target: (TGT) http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/invsub/results/statemnt.aspx?lstStatement=Income&Symbol=US%3aTGT&stmtView=Qtr Kroger is the major company and Wal-Mart and Target are the competitors. Prepare a draft of the financial analysis for the previous 3 companies. Please submit analysis, relevant charts, diagrams, and graphics. Overall requirements: A thorough analysis would include comparisons in the common size statements and financial ratios relative to the company?s past financial results and relative to a group of leading competitors. Past results only. Conclusions that emerge from the analysis should be summarized in a professional manner. Charts, diagrams and graphics should be used throughout the report to enhance the clarity and professionalism of the document. Analysis Process The following steps describe the process for this analysis. 1. Obtain company reports and company financial statements from public sources. LexisNexis and annual reports from corporate Web sites for public companies are sources that may be useful. 2. Develop common size financial statements and compare them both through time and relative to benchmark companies for the most recent year. 3. Develop relevant financial ratios for comparison through time and for comparison to benchmark companies?no more than two. Where possible, choose companies of similar size and industry. 4. Prepare a financial statement analysis with relevant charts, diagrams, and graphics. 5. Present the analysis in a professional manner with persuasive arguments with respect to your major conclusions. Analysis Structure The project will be the completion of a financial assessment of a publicly traded company of your choice. The content of the report will be structured as follows. 1. Executive Summary with overall assessment. Characterize the strength of the company, along with the level of risk assumed. 2. Company Background. To provide context for this analysis, include a brief discussion of the company?history, a review of the key managers, and the nature of the products/services. This summary should be no more than 2 pages. 3. Operations and Products/Services. Include a brief description of the key products or services offered by the company. The primary competitors within each product/service area should be defined as discussed. How does your company fit within the industry as a whole? Are they a leader? Follower? Strong performer? Weak performer? 4. Financial Statements and Common Size Statements. Include a presentation and discussion of the financial statements and the common size statements. Provide a general discussion of the metrics in the financial statements and common size statements. Explain any substantial issues that appear on the financial statements and common size statements. Identify any material differences or variances from year to year and relative to key competitors. Three years of financial statements should be used. 5. Financial Ratios. Provide the calculation and presentation of three years of financial ratios together with the most recent financial ratios for the key competitors. You should aggregate the financial statements of the key competitors and then calculate these competitor ratios based upon this aggregated set of financial statements. You should discuss each financial ratio by referencing differences or variances of your company to the competitor ratios, and you should discuss each financial ratio by referencing differences or variances of your company to itself across time. The financial ratios of interest should be those that have been examined within our course. Project Objectives To successfully complete this project: 1. Develop common size financial statements for use in financial statement analysis. 2. Evaluate financial statements by analyzing financial ratios through time. 3. Evaluate financial statements by analyzing financial ratios relative to a benchmark company or companies. 4. Demonstrate differential/variance analysis through development of relevant financial ratios. 5. Present the analysis in a professional manner with persuasive arguments with respect to your major conclusions. Length of paper: Approximately 15 double-spaced pages including reference page in APA format. Documentation: Written analysis, relevant charts, diagrams, and graphics.,Thanking you in advance for your assistance. Wayne

 

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