(6-8) page paper (Accounting)

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As the CFO of your corporation, you are in charge of preparing and analyzing

financial statements that will be presented to potential investors and

creditors. However, before you can present the financial statements to investors

and creditors, you need to prepare the financial statements with supporting

analysis. Select one (1) pair of the following companies to conduct your

financial statement analysis.

  • Pepsi versus Coca Cola, or
  • Amazon versus eBay
  • Target versus Walmart
  • Nike versus Reebok

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Analyze each company’s history, product / services, major customers, major
    suppliers, and leadership, and provide a synopsis of each company.
  2. Identify three (3) profitability ratios that creditors may be interested in.
    Calculate the ratio for each company, and prepare a report to summarize your
    findings on the financial health of each company. Also, recommend to management
    the manner in which they can improve each of the three (3) ratios
  3. Summarize at least two (2) news events (this may include mergers,
    acquisitions, or political issues) that occurred from 2012 to the present day,
    and analyze the impact that these events had on each company’s financial
    statements. Indicate the primary way in which the merger, acquisition or
    political issues influence potential investors’ and creditors’ perception of
    both companies.
  4. Analyze each company’s income statement over the past two (2) years, and
    determine which company outperformed the other. Suggest a way in which the
    lagging company can improve its income. Support your suggestion with a specific
  5. Analyze each company’s balance sheet. Prepare a vertical analysis for each
    company, interpret the results, and write a financial report. Also, suggest the
    manner in which the company that is not performing well can improve its balance
    sheet in order for it to be attractive to potential investors.
  6. Use at least four (4) quality academic resources in this
    assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify
    as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
    margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or
    school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s
    name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and
    the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

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