Week 6 – Final Paper – Evaluation of Corporate Performance

The Final Paper will involve applying the concepts learned in class to an analysis of a company using data from its annual report. Using the concepts from this course, you will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the company and write a report recommending whether or not to purchase the company stock.
The completed report should include:

  • An      introduction to the company (Apple, Inc) , including background      information.
  • A      financial statement review.
  • Pro      Forma financial statements (Balance Sheet and Income Statement) for the      next two fiscal years, assuming a 10% growth rate in sales and Cost of      Goods Sold (COGS) for each of the next two years.
  • A      ratio analysis for the last fiscal year using at least two ratios from      each of the following categories:
    • Liquidity
    • Financial       leverage
    • Asset       management
    • Profitability
    • Market       value
  • Calculate      Return on Equity (ROE) using the DuPont system.
  • Assess      management performance by calculating Economic Value Added (EVA).
  • Evaluate      the soundness of the company’s financial policies (e.g. capital structure,      debt, leverage, dividend policy, etc.) based on the material covered      during class.
  • A      synopsis of your findings, including your recommendations and rationale      for whether or not to purchase stock from this company.

This report should be 12 pages long, excluding title page and reference page(s), using APA 6th edition formatting guidelines. Support your findings and recommendations with evidence from at least five scholarly sources in addition to the annual report, such as the textbook, industry reports, and articles. Be sure to include links to websites that were used as references or to access company information.

The Final Paper

  • Must      be 12 double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title and reference      pages) and formatted according to APA style.
  • Must      include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title       of paper
    • Student’s       name
    • Course       name and number
    • Instructor’s       name
    • Date       submitted
  • Must      begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must      address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must      end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  • Must      use at least five scholarly sources.
  • Must      document all sources in APA style.
  • Must      include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style.
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