Saint Leo University
Graduate Business Studies
MBA 560 Financial and Managerial Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis Project
You are to act as a financial advisor to a client interested in investing in a particular industry. You will research a company and provide a recommendation to your client whether he/she should invest. Some possible industries include:
Airline American/Southwest Airlines/United
Fast Food Wendy’s/McDonalds
Search Engine Google/Yahoo
Pharmaceutical Merck/Pfizer/Bristol Myers Squibb
Beverage Coca Cola/Pepsi
Or you may select other companies or another industry. Each person in the class must select a different company. Companies must be public companies.
PART A: Obtain Financial Statements
Obtain 3 years of financial statements (just the Balance Sheet and Income Statement) for your company from SEC.GOV. 3 BALANCE SHEETS AND 3 INCOME STATEMENTS will be submitted. One set per company.
PART B: Enter data into FSAP (Financial Statement Analysis Package)
(Google – “Financial Statement Template.xls, click on “Excel Template for Income Statement – Accounting Simplified”).
Enter the Balance Sheet and Income Statement amounts for 3 years into the Financial Statement Analysis Package Excel file (just the Balance Sheet and Income Statement information, not the Statement of Cash Flows). Make sure your balance sheet BALANCES!!!! Make sure your Net Income matches your Net Income on the Income Statement. Submit one FSAP per company.
PART C: Company Analysis
Focus more on their position within the industry, recent developments, fluctuation in stock prices relative to the market/industry, and other items of significance that would impact your investment decision. Legal issues facing the company. New markets and new products. DO NOT WRITE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE COMPANY (1 page – single spaced). Submit 1 paper per company.
PART D: Industry Analysis
Summarize the economic outlook for your industry. Look at recent market activity, recent indicators impacting your industry. Address recent change in stock prices. Obtain industry averages for your ratio and common size analysis. Identify laws/regulations impacting your industry. Identify market trends and geo/political events impacting your industry. Identify Micro/Macro economic conditions impacting your industry. DO NOTE WRITE ABOUT YOUR INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES. (1 page – single spaced). Submit 1 paper per industry.
Data sources: Standard and Poor’s Stock Reports or other Industry Surveys, Mergent’s Industry Review. Finance.yahoo.com, moneycentral,msn.com, hoovers.com, and other financial websites. Examine recommendations of other investment websites (buy/sell/hold).
PART E: FINAL PAPER
- Include Company Analysis (address prior comments)
- Include Industry Analysis (address prior comments)
- Include FSAP summary – Create tables summarizing the analysis tab of your FSAP. Make it look professional.
- Write a summary of the significant findings from the financial statement analysis. (1 single spaced page). Address significant (Focus on the 2-4 items under each) Ratios, Horizontal Analysis, and Common Sized Analysis from the FSAP (look under the Analysis Tab). Do not address all the ratios and every line of vertical and horizontal analysis, just what you feel is important.
- Based on your findings would you invest? Include specific supportfor your decision based on your findings in the analysis. Also include support (for or against) investing in the industry you chose.
DO NOT COPY, DO NOT PLAGIARIZE, CITE APPROPRIATELY!!
Final paper will be submitted to turnitin.com
|PART A – Financial Statements||15%|
|PART B – FSAP||15%|
|PART C – Company Analysis||15%|
|PART D – Industry Analysis (2 Companies submit one)||15%|
|PART E FINAL ESSAY – Analysis using Ratio, Common Sized, and Vertical Analysis – Decision
Financial Statement Analysis Presentation
You will then present your findings, including an overview of the companies, on the last day of classes.
|Evaluating Student Presentations|
|Department of Accounting, Business Information Systems, and Marketing|
|1) Introduction||Student does not introduce topic and offers no components for discussion.||Student introduces topic and begins presenting but does not clearly state all variables for discussion.||Student completely introduces topic and clearly states 3 to 4 components for discussion.|
|2) Organization||Audience cannot understand presentation because there is no sequence of information.||Student presents all components but not in a logical sequence (audience has some difficulty following presentation).||Student presents information in logical, interesting sequence which audience can follow.|
|3) Dress and
|Student was not professionally dressed and properly groomed.||Student was professionally dressed but displayed one or more distracting accessories.||Student was professionally dressed devoid any distracting accessories.|
|Student does not have grasp of information; student cannot answer questions about subject.||Student is able to answer rudimentary questions and appears uncomfortable with the topic of discussion.||Student demonstrates full knowledge (more than required) by answering all questions with explanations and elaboration.|
|5) Graphics||Student uses superfluous graphics or no graphics||Student occasionally uses graphics that rarely support text and presentation.||Student’s graphics explain and reinforce screen text and presentation.|
|6) PP Slides and/or other Visual||Student’s slide presentation (or handout) has four or more spelling errors and/or grammatical errors. Less than half of the slides follow PP rules (1 topic, 4 to 6 bullets slide).||Slide presentation (or handout) has three misspellings and/or grammatical errors. More than half of the slides follow PP rules.||Slide presentation (or handout) has no misspellings or grammatical errors. All slides follow PP rules.|
|7) Eye Contact||Student reads all of report with no eye contact.||Student occasionally uses eye contact, but still reads most of report.||Student maintains eye contact with audience, seldom returning to notes.|
Production and Grammar Usage
|Student does not effectively articulate, incorrectly pronounces terms, and uses slang and/or idiosyncrasies.||Student’s voice is low. Student incorrectly pronounces terms. Audience members have difficulty hearing presentation.||Student uses a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms so that all audience members can hear presentation.|
|9) Conclusion||Student offered no conclusion and ended presentation without appropriate closing.||Student offered a presentation summary but did not reiterate variables that were discussed and/or brought in new information.||Student clearly summarized presentation by briefly reiterating all variables discussed—without bringing in new information.|
|10) Overall Deliverance||Student uses no gestures, no examples, and displays poor voice characteristics and a lack of confidence.||Student uses some gestures, doesn’t show complete confidence and presents with little enthusiasm. Examples were used but some did not relate to presentation topic.||Student presents with poise and confidence and uses appropriate gestures, posture, volume resonance, and stimulating examples that relate to the topic.|
LEDGER FOR TOTAL POINTS SCORED
0-39 points = Unacceptable
40-79 points = Acceptable
80-100 points = Exemplary
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