Comparative Ratio Analysis Of Tootsie Roll Industr

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Comparative Ratio Analysis of Tootsie Roll Industries and Hershey Comapny A company’s general financial picture can be determined through a ratio analysis. Financial ratios have proved to be a useful tool for management, investors and creditors. Management uses financial ratios to develop ways to improve operating efficiency strategies for future growth and see how they stack up against the competition in their industry. Creditors and investors analyze ratios to determine a company’s financial strength and operating effectiveness in order to loan money or invest in them. Financial ratios have more impact when compared over several years to help identify trends. To illustrate the use of financial ratios we will compare the 2007 financial ratios of Tootsie Roll Industries and Hershey Company. These companies are engaged in the manufacturing and sale of confectionery products. The performance ratios will be based on liquidity, solvency and profitability. These ratios will be calculated from the income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows Liquidity Liquidity Ratios measure a company’s ability to meet its short-term debt obligations without disrupting normal operation. The higher the ratio the better a company will be at meeting its short-term obligations as well as have extra cash to cover any unforeseen cash requirements. The liquidity measures we will use are the current ratio, current cash debt ratio, inventory turnover, average days in inventory, receivable turnover ratio and average collection period. The current ratio measures the company’s ability to pay its short-term liabilities (payables and debt) with short-term assets (cash, receivables and inventory). Tootsie Roll exceeds its ability to meet short-term debt obligations with $3.45 in current assets for every $1 in current liabilities. Meanwhile, Hershey’s current ratio is

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