Using Financial Ratios to Analyse Companies

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Using Financial Ratios to analyze companies Sherif Isaac Table of Contents Analysis Bibliography Tables Carillion Income Statement Carillion Balance Sheet Balfour Beatty Income Statement Balfour Beatty Balance Sheet Carillion Ratios Balfour Beatty Ratios 1 3 4 4 5 6 7 9 10 Analysis Carillion is one of UK’s leading construction and integrated support services companies with over 40,000 employees worldwide and have established businesses in the UK, Canada, Middle East and North Africa. According to ‘The Construction Index’ (2013), Carillion (CLLN) currently ranks 2nd while its main competitor, Balfour Beatty (BBY) ranks 1st, rated by turnover. Below is an analysis of Carillion’s financial statements while comparing it to its main competitor as well as the industry averages. Over the last 4 years the company has increased its debt ratio from 0.37x to 0.5x. This means that the company has more leverage but has increased its financial risk as well. Looking at the industry average, the number is quite close, meaning that there is little threat that this debt may reduce the company’s financial flexibility and competitive advantage. The debt to equity ratio has increased significantly; meaning that the company again has more leverage that means it has become more aggressive in financing its growth with debt. Comparing this with the primary competitor Balfour Beatty, and the industry average, Carillion should keep on trying to push this number further to reach a higher number. Although it should still be very cautious since the cost of the long term debt has been increasing significantly as well and the interest coverage value has shot down from a 7.3 to a 2.0. Therefore taking on more debt at the moment is probably not such a good idea. Looking at the quick ratio, Carillion’s number has more or less been steady around the 0.6-07 ranges; this means that they do not

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