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BUS 401 Week 5 DQ 2 Applying Ratios to a Business

BUS 401 Week 5 DQ 2 Applying Ratios to a Business

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Applying Ratios to a Business

Review 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.

 

BUS 401 Week 5 Final Paper Evaluation of Corporate Performance KROGER updated​

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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 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:
Liquidity
Financial leverage
Asset management
Profitability
Market value
Debt
Per-Share
Measures of relative value (P/E, P/B)
Activity
Cash Flow
A 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.
Evaluate the financial risks associated with operating internationally.  If your chosen company does not operate internationally, evaluate what the financial risks could be if they were to expand internationally.
The paper

Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
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, such as the textbook, industry reports, and articles from the Ashford University library to support your findings and recommendations.
Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric forum.

 

BUS 401 Week 5 Final Paper Evaluation of Corporate Performance APPLE INC.updated​

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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 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:
Liquidity
Financial leverage
Asset management
Profitability
Market value
Debt
Per-Share
Measures of relative value (P/E, P/B)
Activity
Cash Flow
A 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.
Evaluate the financial risks associated with operating internationally.  If your chosen company does not operate internationally, evaluate what the financial risks could be if they were to expand internationally.
The paper

Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
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, such as the textbook, industry reports, and articles from the Ashford University library to support your findings and recommendations.
Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric forum.

 

BUS 401 Week 5 Final Paper Evaluation of Corporate Performance PEPSIco updated

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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 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:
Liquidity
Financial leverage
Asset management
Profitability
Market value
Debt
Per-Share
Measures of relative value (P/E, P/B)
Activity
Cash Flow
A 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.
Evaluate the financial risks associated with operating internationally.  If your chosen company does not operate internationally, evaluate what the financial risks could be if they were to expand internationally.
The paper

Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
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, such as the textbook, industry reports, and articles from the Ashford University library to support your findings and recommendations.
Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric forum.

 

BUS 401 Week 5 DQ 1 Ratio Analysis

BUS 401 Week 5 DQ 1 Ratio Analysis

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Using 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

 

BUS 401 Week 4 Journal Risk And Return

BUS 401  Week 4 Journal Risk And Return

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We examined two very important topics in finance this week: risk and return. To summarize our discussion of the tradeoffs involved with risk and return, view the Evaluating Business Performance: Small Business Case Studies video:

Critically reflect on the importance of the risk and return balance.  Consider the following:

Can we ever have any return without some type of risk?
If you take on a large risk, are you guaranteed a large return? Why or why not?
What other factors play into risks that are not covered in the video?
When have you had to consider risk and return in personal or professional decision-making?

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BUS 401 Week 5 DQ 2 Applying Ratios to a Business

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Applying Ratios to a Business

Review 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.

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BUS 401 Week 4 Quiz

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1.) Investors will make an investment if:

 the historical rate of return exceeds the expected rate of return.
the required rate of return exceeds the expected rate of return.
the expected rate of return exceeds the actual rate of return.
the expected rate of return exceeds the required rate of return. 

2.) Which of the following is true regarding market risk?

 It is measured by beta. 

 It is also called nondiversifiable risk. 

 It is also called systematic risk. 

 all of the above 

3.) Which of the following statements regarding the cost of equity is true?

 It can be estimated in three different ways. 

 It is always estimated using the present value of future dividends approach.
It is estimated by solving for the discount rate for a perpetuity.
It is generally lower than the cost of debt because equity holders are paid after taxes are paid. 

4.) The weighted average cost of capital is:

 the average return for the company’s stock over the past several years.
the average cost, including commissions, for raising capital for the firm.
an average required return for each of the sources of capital used by the firm to finance its projects, weighted by the amount contributed by each source.
interest payments and dividends, divided by the price of bonds and stock, respectively. 

5.) In the Capital Asset Pricing Model, the risk-free rate:

 links the CAPM to current market conditions. 

 is the historic long-term average rate of government bonds.
can be approximated by using yields on high-rated corporate bonds.
is always the current yield on 30-year US government Treasury bonds. 

6.) In the Capital Asset Pricing Model, the market risk premium can be thought of as:

 the return investors expect to earn for each unit of risk as measured by beta.
the risk premium that any asset must pay above the risk-free rate.
the expected return on the market portfolio (or a broad market index).
a measure of risk of an asset. 

7.) A bond pays semiannual coupon payments of $30 each. It matures in 20 years and is selling for $1,200. What is the firm’s cost of debt if the bond’s par value is $1,000? (Don’t forget this is a semiannual coupon.)

 2.23% 

 4.48% 

 1.80% 

 3.60% 

8.) Which of the following is beta is used for?

 estimating a regression line 

 estimating a firm’s total risk to be used in the WACC 

 estimating a firm’s market risk and used with the CAPM 

 estimating the amount of leverage used by the firm 

9.) The discount rate used in project evaluation should:

 be based on the firm’s overall risk. 

 be based on each project’s risk. 

 be estimated using the WACC for all projects. 

 All of the above are correct. 

10.) The financing mix reflected in the WACC should:

 reflect the desired mix and not necessarily the mix being used to finance a specific project.
vary from project to project, depending on how they are financed.
always reflect the firm’s current capital structure. 

 None of these answers is correct.

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BUS 401 Week 4 DQ 2 Cost of Capital

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Cost of Capital

Corporations often use different costs of capital for different operating divisions. Using an example, calculate the weighted cost of capital (WACC). What are some potential issues in using varying techniques for cost of capital for different divisions? If the overall company weighted average cost of capital (WACC) were used as the hurdle rate for all divisions, would more conservative or riskier divisions get a greater share of capital? Explain your reasoning. What are two techniques that you could use to develop a rough estimate for each division’s cost of capital? Your initial response should be 200 to 250 words.

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BUS 401 Week 4 DQ 1 Interviewing Peter Lynch

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Interviewing Peter Lynch

Review the”Minimizing Risk” video segment below:

In the video segment, you will watch an interview with two great investors of the twentieth century.  Imagine you are Harry Reasoner, and you are allowed to ask Peter Lynch one question about market risk, discount rates, or the weighted average cost of capital (WACC). What question would you ask?  Why do you feel that is an important question?

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