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Case Study Report This case study serves as, hopefully, a “take-away” from this course. A focus of this course is learning to search for financial information and analyze company performance. The purpose of this report is to help you practice such skill through a real case. 1. Topic: Analyze a company’s performance for 2008 and 2007. 2. Group size: Min. 3 people; Max. 5 people 3. Company: A manufacturing or merchandising company of your choice. (Except for Apple Inc. and Starbucks, since we have relative discussion in class. ) a. To obtain companies’ annual reports or 10-K filings, go to company website and search for “Investor Relation .” b. Avoid companies that have no “inventory” items in their balance sheets. Service industries such as banking and financial services could have little or no “inventory.” c. If you could not decide which company to investigate, you can choose a firm from Fortune 500: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2009/industries/ . d. Be creative in your choice. Try to avoid very popular companies that other people might choose as well. e. A Hong Kong firm is fine. However, please notice that Hong Kong adopts IFRS, and the format of financial statements could be different from what we used to see in this course. 4. Content: a. Page 1: Cover page. b. Page 2: Prepare a table of ratios (just like the one in handout #4) c. Page 3-4: Answer 10 questions: ( Maximum 2 pages. See the sample for the questions. ) d. Appendix: attach two sets of balance sheet and income statement for 2007 and 2008. Highlight the numbers you used in Page 2 – 4. 5. Format: Free. Double or single sided. 6. Due date: Nov. 16 in class.
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SAMPLE (It would be great if you could show your calculation. If typing is inconvenient, hand-writing is fine.) 2007 2008 Better or worse?
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