Financial Statement Analysis And Decision Making Activity 5

Question Description

Purpose of Assignment

The activity requires students to perform research and analysis on competing companies and the potential implications of international standards. This real-world analysis is key to understanding how a company’s profitability, liquidity, and solvency can be useful for all users. Students also learn to analyze financial statements and use managerial tools to make decisions from an investor’s and creditor’s standpoint.

Assignment Steps

Resources: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), websites such as Annual Reports (AnnualReports.com)

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Select two competing companies, one of which must be an international company, and locate annual reports for these two companies on the Internet.

Research the two companies on the Internet and download the Income Statement, Statement of Shareholders’ Equity, Balance Sheet, and Statement of Cash Flows.

Develop a minimum 150-200 word examination of the financial statements and include the following:

  • Make a 5-year trend analysis for each company, using 2011 as the base year, of:
    • Net sales.
    • Net income. Discuss the significance of the trend results.

    Companies: 1.) Bank of America and 2.) JP Morgan Chase

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