FIN571 Phoenix Importance of Financial Ratios in Decision Making Paper

FIN/571: Corporate Finance

Wk 1 – Financial Ratio Analysis [due Mon]


Financial Ratio Analysis Grading Guide

Microsoft® Excel®

Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to help students gain a better understanding of the financial statements used for corporate financial reporting and the key ratios used to make business decisions.

Assignment Steps

Select a Fortune 500 company from one of the following industries:



Retail – Amazon


Computer Hardware

Review the balance sheet and income statement in the company’s 2015 Annual Report.

Calculate the following ratios using Microsoft Excel:

Current Ratio

Quick Ratio

Debt Equity Ratio

Inventory Turnover Ratio

Receivables Turnover Ratio

Total Assets Turnover Ratio

Profit Margin (Net Margin) Ratio

Return on Assets Ratio

Analyze in 1,050 words why each ratio is important for financial decision making.

Submit your analysis as well as your calculations.

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