Week 2 discussion | Accounting homework help

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Financial analysts must evaluate the performance of the company and compare that performance over time. One way to evaluate the financial performance of a company is to calculate financial ratios. Ratios can be used to assess a company’s profitability, liquidity, efficiency, and financial risk (leverage). Changes in these ratios over time can alert a financial analyst to poor management or strong shareholder returns. For this discussion, you will calculate some common financial ratios for your chosen publicly traded company.

Prepare:

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum,

Calculate:

  • Calculate two ratios for your chosen company, according to your last name and the list below. Using Appendix A from Week 1, calculate the ratios for your chosen company for the two most recent years available in the financial statements.
    • Last names A through C: Return on assets (ROA) and return on equity (ROE).
    • Last names D through F: Long-term debt to equity ratio and interest coverage ratio.
    • Last names G through I: Gross profit margin and net profit margin.
    • Last names J through L: Current ratio and quick ratio.
    • Last names M through O: Inventory turnover and receivables turnover.
    • Last names P through R: Days sales outstanding and days inventory outstanding.
    • Last names S through U: Book value per share and price-to-book.
    • Last names V through Z: Earnings per share and price-earnings (P/E) ratio.

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Write:

In your initial discussion forum post,

  • Create a table within your discussion post that includes the following information:
    • the financial data used to calculate each ratio in the 2 years for your chosen company assigned
    • the last 2 years (clearly labeled)
    • the calculations
    • the concluded ratio
    • Explain the two ratios you were assigned measure.
    • Attach your Appendix A (that you completed in Week 1) to your discussion post so that other students can review your data and calculations.