Even though the acid-test ratio is less than 1 which rates in the lower third quartile in the industry of 1.6, 0.9 to 0.6, it indicates a concern with repaying current liabilities. This could be due to quick expansion of inventory with the intention of increasing sales. While this is currently considered a weakness and is concerning, a rise in the ratio should be seen by 2013 due to the increase of suggested sales. 3. I calculated an “inventory turnover ratio” which measures the number of times a company sells its inventory during a year.
Taking a further look, an analyst might have some concerns when looking over Kodak’s account payables and liabilities. There was a high increase in Kodak’s liabilities which pose concern for how well and willing is Kodak able in paying back its debt. Although Kodak’s total assets could cover its liabilities, the high increase in liabilities alone would cause some concern with analyst. Another important point analyst might use when they are assessing the profitability of Eastman Kodak is the substantial decrease in the company’s net income between 2002 and 2003. This alone will cause some concern and would pose analyst to research further the reasons for such decrease.
$3,000,000 of the inventory happened secondary to a reversal of a previous write down, which was incurred in 2002. There may be questionable tactics involved and the account warrants further analysis. k) The overall decrease in sales and gross profit was due to a new player entering the market. With the entrance of “Stampy”, Elite had to cut their prices, in order to maintain their current market share. This would explain the difference in gross profit and sales revenue.
If a new business opens and has one or both of these products in stock, we would likely lose potential customers. If they follow a similar marketing plan, we could lose our client referrals to a business with more diverse products. We’ve seen tremendous growth this year, going from taking a $4000 loss in the first year, to a $30,000 profit this year. These risks are most likely not detrimental to our business, but could prevent a profit decrease due to
Although the customers only needed the shipment the following year, this would be a way to exceed the targeted budget. Instead of offering the customers an early discount for receiving the merchandise earlier, Campbell sent the merchandise and reported the sales to be included in the financial reports. As a result of this procedure, the reported sales for the fourth quarter exceeded the budgeted amount with $80,000.00. The actual sales revenue for the year was over with $14,000.00. The internal auditors questioned why the two shipments were done before December 31, since the requested dates were in the following year.
Financial Analysis- Task 5 A. 1. Some key points of the company’s financial picture that could impact the bank officer’s decision are as follows: while there is an increase in gross profits from year 12 to 13, there is a decrease from year 13 to 14, also while the payroll and executive compensations steadily increases from year 12 to 14, advertising basically decreases, and services and utilities continue to increase as well as expenses in general. The operating income also has a major decrease from year 12 to 14, which is not good for the company as it indicates what is available to the company before a few other items need to be paid, such as preferred stock dividends and income taxes, which needs to be increasing for the company, not
Swisher Mower and Machine Company Pros uce mowers Cannot take advantage of excess capacity Will not broaden their area of sales Will loose potential to make additional 8,200 units But to make them at 2.55% profit margin is not worth it Alternative B ( accept the private-label offer) Pros Additional introduction of 8200 mowers per year Almost triple the production of recent years , and misc. cost increased COGS increases by 7.5%/unit Added financing charge (appendix A3) Very limited bargaining position Alternative C (Increase Advertisement expense by $25/unit) Pros Will increase sales Increases awareness for all mowers not just Ride King Will be able to s For 1997 Cons We will reach people that are not interested
Causes Analysis: As to external issues, there are mainly three reasons causing overall industry downturn. Firstly, the nightmare of 9/11 deeply stroke customers’ confidence in traveling, leading to a drastic price cut. Secondly, many uncertainties, such as geographical climate, terrorism, terrifying virus, and increasing fuel prices, also gives great pressure to this industry. Thirdly, a fierce competition among three biggest players also gave great buyers’ power. The industry wide capacity is growing much faster than the demand growth.
To try to increase our brand awareness we increased our advertising for each brand to help improve our image for our target markets. Another contributing factor to our underperformance was our over production, we over produced SOLD and SONO starting out at a production level of $900,000 for SOLD and $100,000 for SONO. Regrettably this caused us to have excess inventory for both brands. By period four our inventory holing cost were extremely higher than the other firms our inventory holing cost was $1,059K for our firm O, compared to $74K for firm I. figure 1 has the comparison of the four firms inventory holding cost by a cumulative time scale. The customer perception of our bands was a problem for us, we were unable to position our brands right in order to make our
However during bad times there was an access of inventory which led to problems. Another issue in the auto industry is the interest rates as high interest rates led to a decrease in consumer demand for vehicles due to higher monthly payments. Eaton’s strategy to counteract a downturn was to set aside built up cash balance of $7.6 Billion or $21.13 per share as a cushion for the next downturn. Eaton’s move had critics but results showed that Chrysler’s pension was fully funded for the first time in almost 40 years and their credit rating was also upgraded to single A by major credit agencies. Without the implementation of Eaton’s strategy Chrysler’s credit rating would be poor.