To achieve this, the management needs to make viable and reliable business decisions regarding the operations of the entity on continuous basis (Taparia, 2004). The information contained in the four financial statements put the management in a better position of realizing this objective considering that it assists in the identification of the weaknesses and strengths of different organizations on top of showing important trends in their performance during different financial periods (Alvarez & Fridson, 2011). The comparative information provided in the financial statements assist the management to compare its past performances as well as its current one with those of its competitors in order to come up with efficient strategies to better a firm’s performance (Taparia, 2004). Calculation of different financial ratios from these statements specifically yields the information to be used by the management while undertaking all decision making exercises (Alvarez & Fridson,
Employees can use this statement to estimate if the company will be able to afford compensation. Externally, investors and creditors can utilize a company’s cash flow statements to assess the liquidity position of a company and estimate the financial strength of the organization (SEC,
Financial Statement Paper P Agnes Pierre Louis ACC/280 September 26, 2011 Minh Truong Financial Statement Paper In today’s business world it is required to keep an accurate account for assets and liabilities of each company. Good and ethical accounting practices can build the base for a strong and profitable company if the information is used properly. The definition of accounting is obvious but one most know the purpose of accounting which will be covered in the following paragraphs. There are four financial statements that are prepared by companies in today’s society as a form of reporting accounting companies. Those statements are income statement, retained earnings statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.
How can different sources of funds help a business achieve its financial objective? Businesses usually have five main financial objectives. They are efficiency, growth, solvency, liquidity and profitability. Sourcing different sources of funds and interdependence with other key business functions (operations, marketing and human resources) is the way that businesses achieve these goals. It is important that these funds match their needs, for example, short-term funds to match short-term goals.
Balanced Scorecard Organizations and upper-management often use a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats, and Trends (SWOTT) analysis model to concentrate on the company’s competitive advantages, their possibilities, evaluate how to improve susceptibilities, and avoid coercion. Organizations depend on SWOTT analysis to remain successful in their industries. For a business to be successful and sustain their performance, the entity is obligated by their external environment to generate strategic objectives and constantly evaluate its vision and mission. Organizations must reflect on their mission and vision frequently to assess each for validity, consistency, and making sure the objectives are components useful to the desired vision. Businesses require a tool to measure the execution of objectives.
Why consider an organization’s approach to IM/IT resources and services as an exercise in portfolio management? •forces you to relate specific IT investments with the associated business need(s) and value propositions •provides a framework and standardized lens for the assessment of all IM/IT investments as well as measures for valuing those investments •focuses on a methodology for the valuation of IM/IT projects that connects well with the understandings of enterprise business leaders and IT governance •allows for year to year measurement of changes in IM/IT investments versus the impact (attributed results generated) by those investments •allows for qualitative if not quantitative comparisons between various IM/IT investments pursued by business units within the same enterprise and conceivable between competing businesses within the same industry How does an IM/IT portfolio management methodology help to serve the needs of the greater organization and facilitate a better appreciation by the business of its IM/IT products and services? •the organization has the following information resource management needs: • o to transact o to manage, control, make tactical decisions o to innovate, transform, increase its strategic competitiveness o control costs and improve overall performance •the portfolio model tracks and measures IM/IT project and service value and performance in the very manner that the business thinks of and measures value in these and any other corporate investments; aligning the description of and thinking about IM and IT investments in this manner allows for a common basis for understanding •IT transactional value is all about cutting operational costs and/or improving the efficiency of existing operations. •IT informational value is all about enabling management, control, and decision making. •IT strategic value is all
Financial Health of The Home Depot, Inc. Financial Health of The Home Depot, Inc. The financial health of a business is a very important aspect to consider for analysts, creditors and investors. The use of financial records such as a company’s balance sheet along with comparative charts such as a vertical and horizontal analysis can shed light on how a company is managing their assets and liabilities. An analyst, creditor, or investor can also get a deeper understanding of a company’s financial health by reviewing ratios that indicate their liquidity such as their current ratio, quick ratios, and cash ratio. In this paper I will analyze and address the financial health of The Home Depot Inc. by utilizing various different financial statements records and ratios to formulate a final recommendation for
D2 – evaluate the financial performance and position of a business using ratio analysis. Ratios analysis allows for a meaningful understanding of published accounts by comparing one figure to another and Ratio analysis also allows for both inter-firm and intra- firm comparisons. Probability is a measure of the profitability of a firm in relation to another It allows a comprehensive assessment of the performance of a firm by comparing one figure to another, it can also see how effective a business is and how good it is at controlling its costs. The ratios to do this are the following; gross profit percentage of sales, net profit percentage of sales and Return on Capital Employed also known as ROCE. If the gross profit falls from one year to the next or is thought to be too low the firm may need to decrease the costs of its purchases or may try to increase the sales without increasing the cost of the goods sold.
It is “outside –in” thinking, which could help company to catch up with the market trend and develop products and services that meet the needs of customers. As we can see from the case, ECCO followed the inside-out strategy. * ECCO has a corporate strategy process that relies on the core competencies of the company to drive change, product development and innovation as opposed to external influences such as market, competition and customer preferences. The assertion by inside-out strategists is that a company achieves greater efficiencies and adapt more quickly to changing circumstances. ECCO is following an inside-out strategy (resource base strategy), whereas all the competitors seem to follow an outside-in strategy.
Management Summary Financial Health The financial health or strength of a company is measured by its ability to service its financial obligations senior to the common shareholders. These obligations include debt payments, preferred stock payments, the funding of any pension plans and rental and lease expenses. Below I have highlighted many of the weaknesses of the company. A common metric investors use to evaluate the ability of a company to service its debt is the interest coverage ratio or times interest earned. Star River can only