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Need assistance with the preliminary project for the class.


First Course Project

 

The purpose of this project is to help you develop skills not only in performing the calculations behind

 

financial analysis but interpreting the numbers as well.

 

You are to pick a company. You should pick one either from the industry in which you are currently

 

working or an industry in which you are interested. You could also pick a division of a company. It is

 

imperative to use that sufficient data about your company and that it is available. One way to do this is

 

to pick a publicly held company. If you pick a privately held company or a division of a company, make

 

sure that the data necessary to do a significant financial analysis is available.

 

If you use data that is not publicly available, be sure to talk to your manager and to make absolutely sure

 

that revealing that data is not a problem.

 

You will also need to find a standard against which to compare your findings. This could be a different

 

company in the same industry. This could also be the same company at a different time. Additionally,

 

average or benchmark numbers are available for several industries. If you decide to use a different

 

company in the same industry or the same company at a different time, make sure that there are enough

 

differences between the two to make an analysis meaningful.

 

After you have selected a company, put yourself in the place of an analyst who has been asked to

 

perform an analysis of the company and provide a recommendation to management.

 

Use ratio analysis, common size analysis, or other techniques to determine areas in which the company

 

is doing well as well as areas that management should look at. Then, present your analysis and

 

recommendations in the form of a paper.

 

A good place to start would be to perform a complete DuPont analysis of the company and compare it to

 

the standard. The DuPont analysis might provide guidance as to what particular areas of the company

 

should be examined next and what ratios should be calculated. If the DuPont analysis does not reveal

 

anything useful, you might wish to calculate several of the ratios that are available to you.

 


 

Deliverable

 

The completed paper should be about 1,000 words long. In the paper, you do not have to explain the

 

ratios in depth. You may assume that the reader has a basic understanding of finance and knows what

 

ratio analysis is, although he or she might not be able to list all the ratios and how to calculate them from

 

memory. The reader is not going to want a lot of background about financial analysis. He or she really

 

wants information that he or she can apply to the given situation, which is the company that you have

 

selected.

 

If you like, you can write the paper in the form of a memo to management. You do not have to cite your

 

source for how to calculate the ratios. You do need to provide a reference to where you got that data not

 

only for your subject company but for the other company or standard to which you compared your

 

company.

 


 


 


 


 


 

The spirit of this assignment is for you to calculate and interpret the results. The purpose is not

 

for you to find calculations and interpretations that have been done by someone else.

 

The paper is expected to conform to the standards for graduate school writing.

 

The purpose of your analysis is internal evaluation. Refrain from using stock market valuation

 

ratios.

 


 

When you have completed the project, place it in one Word document and place that document in the

 

appropriate dropbox.

 


 

 


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