Aurora Textile Company

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compete against them for textile industry. As a result, Aurora had opportunity to keep its operation by cutting approximately four million dollars of SG&A expenses since 2000. Finally, customer preferences leaded textile manufacturers to produce high-quality products with the minimum defects. Because of these reasons, Aurora is considering whether or not they will buy the Zinser 351 by replacing existing machine. How has Aurora Textile performed over the past four years? Be prepared to provide financial ratios that present a clear picture of Aurora’s financial condition. Exhibit 1 shows Income statement of Aurora Textile Company for the fiscal years 1999-2000. As mentioned in the introduction, Aurora had remained main efficient plants by reducing inefficient operations, but its sales show downward trend and in 2002, it decreased about 40% to compare performance in 1999. Due to the fact that Asian and other foreign textile manufacturers have been exported aggressively and consumer preferences are requiring higher-quality products with minimum defects, like other firms, Aurora tends to produce small amount of yarns produced with minimal period and provide to customized markets. Consequently, Aurora had decreased significantly its costs by reducing $3.9 million of SG&A expenses since 2000 and it was one reason of increasing operating profit and net earnings in 2002. Unfortunately, Aurora’s returned amount from retailers had been increased and the proportion of sales return of Aurora’s one plant named the Hunter reached 1.5% in 2002; thus, the firm’s income has not risen well. Figure 1 illustrates Aurora’s financial ratios by calculating given financial information through Exhibits 1, 2, and 6. The first, the company’s liquidity ratios-current ratio and quick ratio-had been increased smoothly for these four years. For shareholders, increasing current

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