BUS5110 – Managerial Accounting 2023 Business Finance

2023 1 DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT Your Discussion should be a minimum of 250 words



Your Discussion should be a minimum of 250 words in length and not more than 450 words. Please include a word count. Following the APA standard, use references and in-text citations for the textbook and any other sources. 

In the second week, you selected a manufacturing company and described its products and costs. (Apple Inc.) For this week, refer back to that company and perform a trend analysis for the most recent 4 years (the financial statements needed for this assignment may be available at https://finance.yahoo.com/). Analyze the trends for 3 line items you believe are most important in evaluating a company for the balance sheet and for the income statement (3 each). In your initial post, answer the following questions:

· What do you observe in the linear trends (i.e., are values increasing or decreasing)? 

· What are the trends on a common-size basis?

· What would be your next steps in completing a thorough analysis of the trends?


Submit a paper which is 2-3 pages in length (no more than 4-pages), exclusive of the reference page. Paper should be double spaced in Times New Roman (or its equivalent) font which is no greater than 12 points in size. The paper should cite at least three sources in APA format.  One source can be your textbook. Always include conclusion.

Please describe the circumstances of the following case study and recommend which company to purchase. Explain your approach to the problem, perform relevant calculations and analyses, and justify your recommendation. Ensure your work and conclusions are thoroughly supported.

Case Study:

You work in the mergers and acquisitions department of a large conglomerate who is looking to invest in a retail business. Two companies, Fashion Forward and Dream Designs, are the final two options being considered. You have the most recent available income statements and two years of balance sheets for each company. (Please see attached excel).

Compute the following ratios for each company:

  • Profit      Margin Ratio
  • Return      on Assets
  • Current      Ratio
  • Quick      Ratio
  • AR      Turnover Ratio
  • Average      Collection Period
  • Inventory      Turnover Ratio
  • Average      Sales Period
  • Debt      to Equity Ratio

For this assignment:

  • Compute      all required amounts and explain how the computations were performed 
  • Evaluate      the results for each company and explain what each ratio means
  • Compare      and contrast the companies. 
  • Based      on your analysis:
    • recommend       which company the organization should pursue
    • Thoroughly       support your conclusion, including what other factors should be       considered
    • Be       specific.

Superior papers will:

  • Perform      all calculations correctly.
  • Articulate      how the calculations were performed.
  • Evaluate      the ratios computed and explain the meaning of the ratios.
  • Compare      the companies.
  • Recommend      which company to pursue, supported by well-thought-out rationale and      considering any other factors that could impact the recommendation.

Be sure to use APA formatting in your paper.  Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/


We have covered several ratios in this unit that users of financial statements can work with to evaluate a company’s performance. However, not all ratios are important for or applicable to all organizations. In particular, service organizations have different business models than manufacturing organizations. Using the company you worked with for your Unit 2 portfolio assignment (Apple Inc), explain which financial ratios would be applicable to the company and which would not. State the reasons for your assertions. 

As portfolio activities are to be self-reflective, please make sure to connect the portfolio assignment to:

  • Your      personal experiences. Reflect on how this assignment topic is applicable      to and will benefit you.
  • Course      readings and any external readings.
  • Discussion      forum posts or other course objectives.
  • The      Portfolio Activity entry should be a minimum of 500 words and not more      than 750 words. Use APA citations and references if you use ideas from the      readings or other sources.

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