In this project, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following competencies:
Analyze financial and investment decisions that add value to the organization
Analyze financing options to maximize investor value
You are a financial analyst for the chosen business that you selected during your Module Two Journal assignment. Your supervisor has discovered last minute that your businesss board of directors is looking for updates on the businesss financial health. Your supervisor has asked you to write a report regarding the businesss current financial health and the available financial options for improving the business. Youve also been asked to make recommendations as to which options the business should choose to best support its financial health. Your supervisor will then use your report to present to the businesss board of directors, whose members all have varying levels of knowledge in terms of finance.
Using the business you chose from the Project Two Business Options List, create a report for your supervisor to share with the board of directors during their presentation. Keep in mind that your report needs to be easy for someone unfamiliar with finance to understand, as not all of the board members for your business fully understand finance.
Using Mergent Online, locate the most recent quarterly financial statements for your chosen company, and use these statements to support your analysis throughout the project. Refer to the Project Two Financial Assumptions document located in the Supporting Materials section for the assumptions you need in order to analyze the three available financial options outlined in the Financial Analysis section of the project directions.
You are encouraged to use the Project Two Financial Analyst Report template located in the What to Submit section to help complete this project.
Specifically, you must address the following:
Financial Analysis: In this section of the report, you will use the most recent quarterly financial statements for your chosen business and the Project Two Financial Formulas spreadsheet (located in the What to Submit section) to calculate appropriate financial formulas for assessing the businesss financial health. You will also analyze all three available financial options for improving the business based on your calculations and the provided Project Two Financial Assumptions document.
Financial Calculations: Calculate accurate financial formulas to assess the businesss current financial health. Specifically, you must calculate the following:
Earnings per share
Total asset turnover ratio
Net profit margin
Return on assets
Return on equity
Working Capital Management: Explain the impact of working capital management on the businesss operations. Provide examples to support your claims.
Bond Investment: Analyze the risks and benefits of the business choosing to invest in a corporate bond, including the necessary ethical considerations, appropriate calculations, and examples to support your analysis.
Capital Equipment: Analyze the risks and benefits of the business choosing to invest in capital equipment, including the necessary ethical considerations, appropriate calculations, and examples to support your analysis.
Capital Lease: Analyze the risks and benefits of the business choosing to purchase a capital lease, including the necessary ethical considerations, appropriate calculations, and examples to support your analysis.
Financial Evaluation: In this section of the report, you will evaluate the three available financial options for the business and recommend which option(s) are the best for the business to choose.
Financing: Explain how a business finances its operations and expansion.
Bond Investment: Assess the appropriateness of a bond investment as a financing option for the businesss financial health, using your financial analysis and other financial information to your support claims.
Capital Equipment: Assess the appropriateness of a capital equipment investment as a financing option for the businesss financial health, using your financial analysis and other financial information to support your claims.
Capital Lease: Assess the appropriateness of a capital lease purchase as a financing option for the businesss financial health, using your financial analysis and other financial information to support your claims.
Short-Term Financing: Explain how potential short-term financing sources could help the business raise needed funds for improving its financial health. Base your response on the businesss current financial information.
Future Financial Considerations: Describe the businesss likely future financial performance based on its current financial well-being and risk levels. Use financial information to support your claims.
Financial Recommendations: In this section of the report, you will recommend which financing option(s) are the best for the business to choose depending on its financial health.
Financial Recommendation(s): Recommend the most appropriate financing option(s) based on the businesss financial health, including a rationale for why the option(s) are best.
What to Submit
To complete this project, you must submit the following:
Financial Analysis Report
Submit your completed report as a 3- to 5-page Word document with 12-point Times New Roman font, double spacing, and one-inch margins. Or, you may use the provided Project Two Financial Analyst Report template if you so choose to help you complete your report.
You will also need to submit the Excel files for your chosen businesss balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement from Mergent Online.
Spreadsheet: Project Two Financial Formulas
Use this Excel spreadsheet to complete your calculations for the project. You should have already completed parts of the spreadsheet for your Project Two Milestone assignment.
All sources, including your Project Two Financial Formulas spreadsheet, should be cited according to APA style.
The following resources support your work on the project:
Document: Project Two Financial Assumptions
Use this document to help you complete this project.
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