Financial Analysis of La Paloma

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I. Executive Summary This financial analysis is not a definitive or detailed study, of all costs and does not specify which areas of the restaurant are stronger, or weaker, than other areas. This analysis is based upon the balance sheet and income statements provided by La Paloma for the periods of 2007 through, and including, 2011. Restaurants are a high volume business by nature. According to the National Restaurant Association, 93% of eating-and-drinking place businesses have fewer than 50 employees. More than seven (7) out of ten (10) eating-and drinking place businesses are single-unit operations. And, average unit sales in 2009 were $837,000 at full service restaurants. La Paloma currently has 46 employees, it a single-unit business and sales in 2009 were $1,587,600. By this standard alone, La Paloma looks to fit right into the majority of all eating and drinking establishments. La Paloma was formed as an S-Corporation; therefore, the tax liabilities are not included, nor were the sole stockholders’ personal tax information taken into consideration when completing this financial analysis. Revenue is solid and continues to grow. From 2010 to 2011, sales and net profit have increased over 80%, while cost of goods sold increased 87%. A complete financial analysis of La Paloma reveals a different picture than one of growth and strength, especially in the area of inventory costs, inventory turnover, and collection periods. One of the key areas that cause profits to grow at a slower rate than revenue is the operating expenses, specifically wages. Before La Paloma entertains the idea of expansion into another area of the city, it is highly recommended that the owners lower inventory costs; increase the turnover of existing inventory; decrease the collection period of credit sales, or eliminate credit sales altogether; and decrease the cost

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