Objective:To analysis the financial statements of a publicly
traded company.

Obtain an
annual report from a corporation that is interesting to you. Using techniques
you have learned in the previous weeks, respond to the following questions:

are the firm’s auditors? Do they provide a clean opinion on the financial

there been any subsequent events, errors and irregularities, illegal acts, or
related-party transactions that have a material effect on the financial

the trend in total assets and total liabilities for the years presented.

are the company’s three largest assets for the most recent year presented?

are the company’s three largest liabilities for the most recent year presented?

types of stock does the company have? How many shares are there outstanding for
each type of stock for the most recent year presented?

the company use the single-step or multiple-step income statement or a

the income statement contain any separately reported items in any year
presented, included discontinued operations or extraordinary items? If it does,
describe the even that caused the item. Hint: there should be a related

the trend in net income over the years presented.

10. Does the company have other
comprehensive income? If yes, what is the nature of the transaction(s)?

11. Does the company use the indirect or
direct method of the cash flow statement?

12. What is the trend in cash from
operations for the years presented?

13. What are the 2 largest items included
in cash from investing activities?


  • Papers must 8 to 10 pages
    in length (this would be roughly 1/2 page per area included in the
    report), 10 point font, double-spaced, include a cover page, table of
    contents, introduction, body of the report, summary or conclusion and
    works cited.
  • Even though this is not a
    scientific-type writing assignment, references are still very
    important. At least 3 authoritative, outside references are required
    (anonymous authors or web pages are not acceptable). These should be
    listed on the last page titled “Works Cited”.
  • Appropriate citations are
  • All DeVry University policies
    are in effect including the plagiarism policy.
  • Papers are due during
    Week 6
    of this course.
  • Any questions about this paper
    may be discussed in the weekly Q&A Discussion topic.
  • This paper is worth 155 total
    points and will be graded on quality of research topic, quality of paper
    information, use of citations, grammar and sentence structure.

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A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above

Best Practices

The following are the best
practices in preparing this paper.

  • Cover Page
    – Include who you prepared the paper for, who prepared, and date.
  • Table of Contents -
    List the main ideas and section of your paper and the pages in which they
    are located. The illustrations should be included separately.
  • Introduction –Use
    a header on your paper. This will indicate you are introducing your paper.

    The purpose of an introduction or opening:

  1. Introduce the subject and why
    the subject is important.
  2. Preview the main ideas and the
    order in which they will be covered.
  3. Establish a tone of the

Include in the introduction
a reason for the audience to read the paper. Also, include an overview of what
you are going to cover in your paper and the importance of the material. (This
should include or introduce the questions you are asked to answer on each

  • Body of Your Report
    – Use a header titled with the name of your project. Example: “An Analysis
    of the Financial Statements of Nike”. Then proceed to break out the main
    ideas. State the main ideas, state major points in each idea, provide
    evidence. Break out each main idea you will use in the body of your paper.
    Show some type of division like separate sections that are labeled;
    separate group of paragraphs; or headers. You would include the
    information you found during your research and investigation.
  • Summary and Conclusion
    – Summarizing is similar to paraphrasing but presents the gist of the
    material in fewer words than the original. An effective summary identifies
    the main ideas and major support points from the body of your report.
    Minor details are left out. Summarize the benefits of the ideas and how
    they affect the tourism industry.
  • Work Cited
    – Use the citation format as specified in the Syllabus.

Additional hints on
preparing the best possible project.

  1. Apply a three step process of
    writing… Plan, Write, and Complete.
  2. Prepare an outline of
    your research paper before you go forward.
  3. Complete a first draft and then
    go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required.
  4. Use visual communication to
    further clarify and support the written part of your report. You could use
    example graphs, diagrams, photographs, flowcharts, maps, drawings,
    animation, video clips, pictograms, and tables.


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Need answers by Wednesday 05/22/2013, 100% original. no plagiarism.

Q1. Please post a response between 200 – 300 words to the following discussion question.

Visit the website of your favorite U.S. company. Find the company’s financial statements in the section of the website for investors. Post a link to the statements. What did you find interesting about each of the four financial statements, which include balance sheets, income statements, statements of cash flows, and statements of owners’ equity? How could the information in those statements be useful to an investor and to a manager? Then tell me which one of the four financial statements is your favorite and why.

Q2. Please post a response between 200 – 300 words to the following discussion question.

In addition to preparing financial statements in accordance with GAAP, U.S. companies may be required, in the near future, to prepare these statements according to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Either review the standards on the Financial Accounting Standards Board website ( and on the IFRS Foundation website (, or Google what some of the differences between the two types of Accounting standards are. Then answer the following questions: In what specific ways do the two sets of standards differ from one another? If the United States adopted IFRS standards, what would be the advantages and disadvantages?


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