Financial statement analysis final paper | ACC205 | Ashford University


Write a five- to seven-page comparative financial statement analysis  of the three companies listed below, formatted according to APA style as  outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. In this analysis, you will  discuss the financial health of these companies with the ultimate goal  of making a recommendation to other investors. Your paper should consist  of the following sections: Company Overview, Comparison of Accounting  Methods, Ratio Analysis, Final Recommendation, Conclusions. You will  also submit an appendix as a separate document. Additional research may  be necessary to provide company background information, or to support  your analysis and recommendations. Your paper needs to include a minimum  of two scholarly, peer-reviewed, and/or credible resources in addition  to the textbook as references.

Download the Form 10-K for each company.

Here is a breakdown of the sections within the body of the assignment (Use paragraph headings to indicate each section): 

Company Overview
Provide a brief overview of the  three companies (at least two pages). What industry is it in? What are  its main products or services? Who are its competitors? Where is the  company located?

Ratio Analysis

  • Calculate the current ratio, quick ratio, gross profit percentage,  inventory turnover, accounts receivable turnover and asset turnover  ratios for all three companies for the current year.
  • Note: Cash includes cash and cash equivalents and short term investments.
  • Explain how the ratio is calculated and discuss and interpret the ratios that you calculated.
  • Discuss potential liquidity issues based on your calculations of the current and quick ratios.
  • Are there any factors that could be erroneously influencing the results of the ratios?
  • Discuss liquidity issues of the three companies. 

Comparison of Accounting Methods

In your paper, ascertain from the notes of the financial statements the following:

  • Explain the difference between the allowance method and the direct  write off method for accounts receivable. Document the method used for  each of the three companies.
  • Explain the difference between the straight-line, double declining  balance and the unit of production depreciation methods. Document the  method used for each of the three companies.
  • Explain the difference between LIFO and FIFO and document the method used for each of the three companies.
  • Explain the different categories of intangible assets and document the method used for each of the three companies.

Based on your analysis, would you  recommend an individual invest in this company? What strengths do you  see? What risks do you see? It is perfectly acceptable to state that you  would recommend avoiding this company, as long as you provide support  for your position. 


Include an appendix in a separate document. The appendix must include  screenshots of the financial statements and information obtained for  the receivables, intangible assets, depreciation, and inventory. You can  get help with creating an appendix in APA format by using the Ashford  Writing Center’s guide, Tables, Images, & Appendices (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

The Financial Statement Analysis Final Paper

  • Must be five to seven double-spaced pages in length (not including  title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as  outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. 
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
  • Title of paper
  • Student’s name
  • Course name and number
  • Instructor’s name
  • Date submitted

For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

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