Ashford BUS 401 Week 5 Discussion and Final Paper 2015

| September 28, 2018

DiscussionsTo participate in the following discussions, go to this week’s Discussion link in the left navigation.Ratio AnalysisUsing the Ashford University Library as a resource, find two articles that discuss financial ratio analysis. Identify two advantages and two disadvantages to using ratios in financial analysis. Be sure to cite your sources using APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.Guided Response:Review at least two of your classmate’s posts. Respond to at least two classmates by commenting on how the articles they found were similar or dissimilar from your own. What can you add in regard their advantages and disadvantages?Applying Ratios to a BusinessReview the following Evaluating Business Performance: Small Business Case Studies video:The video focuses on profitability, liquidity, efficiency, and stability of business. Given what you have learned about ratio analysis, choose one of the businesses from the video (Rose Chong Costumes, Anro’s Floor Maintenance, or John Osborne’s Gym and Squash Center) and identify two ratios that would be helpful for the owner of the business to monitor. Be sure to explain what the ratio would tell the owner, and how it can be improved for the business.Guided Response:Review several of your classmates’ posts. Respond to at least two classmates who have chosen a different business owner and explain whether you would have identified the same ratios as your classmate. What other ratios may be helpful? Do you agree or disagree with their use of the ratio? Explain.Final PaperTo complete the following final paper, go to this week’s Final Paper link in the left navigation.Evaluation of Corporate PerformanceThe Final Project 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 either recommending or not recommending purchase of the company stock.Research Tip: The “Mergent” database in the Ashford University Library contains company profiles and financial information for publicly traded companies and their competitors. To access this database enter the Ashford Library and select “Find Articles and More” in the top menu panel. Next, select “Databases A-Z” and go to section “M” for “Mergent”. For help with using Mergent, use Mergent Online Quick Tips.For help with reading an annual report access this handy guide from Money Chimp.The completed report should include:An introduction to the company, including background information.A complete and thorough financial statement review.Pro Forma financial statements (Balance Sheet and Income Statement) for the next fiscal year, assuming a 10 percent growth rate in sales and Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) for the next year.Complete ratio analysis for the last fiscal year using at least two ratios from each of the following categories:LiquidityFinancial leverageAsset managementProfitabilityMarket valueA calculation of Return on Equity (ROE) using the DuPont system.Assessment of management performance by calculating Economic Value Added (EVA).A synopsis of your findings, including your recommendations and rationale for whether or not to purchase stock from this company.This report should be eight to ten pages long (excluding title page and reference pages) using APA 6th edition formatting guidelines. Support your findings and recommendations with evidence from at least five scholarly resources, such as the textbook, industry reports, and articles from the Ashford University library.Writing the Final PaperThe Final Paper:Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.Must include a cover page that includes:Title of paperStudent’s nameCourse name and numberInstructor’s nameDate submittedMust include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.Must use at least five scholarly resources from the Ashford University Library.Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the approved APA style guide.Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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