Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapter 9 in the course textbook, Using Financial Accounting.
Using the same company and annual reports that you chose for your Week 1 – Discussion Forum, Reading and Using the Annual Report Case Study,
Calculate the current ratio and quick ratio for the latest two years and obtain the industry average ratios from the Mergent OnlineLinks to an external site. database, available through the UAGC Library, or use another outside resource of your choice, and then analyze the results. Be sure to show our calculations.
The Mergent OnlineLinks to an external site. database is accessible through the University of Arizona Global Campus Library. This database contains industry reports and market research on more than 1,300 United States industries. The reports provide key data, financial ratios, and benchmarks, plus industry forecasts. Mergent Online allows comparisons between a chosen company and industry best practices. If needed, review the How to Find Industry Ratios and Averages Using Mergent OnlineLinks to an external site. tutorial on how to use the Mergent OnlineLinks to an external site. database.
Discuss what each of these ratios tells you about the company’s current financial condition and how they compare to the industry averages.
Identify the major causes of any changes in these ratios and discuss your assessment of the company based on these changes.
Review the balance sheet and the notes to the most recent financial statements and identify any contingent liabilities.
Discuss whether or not you agree with how the company chose to treat each contingency on the financial statements (i.e., recorded vs. disclosed but not recorded).
Discuss the effect on the financial statements of the company’s treatment of the contingency.
Discuss whether the contingent liabilities change your assessment of the company.
Your initial response should be a minimum of 200 words. Graduate school students learn to assess the perspectives of several scholars. Support your response with at least one scholarly or credible resource, in addition to the text. Cite your sources in APA Style with in-text citations and a reference list. The Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your PaperLinks to an external site. and APA: Formatting Your References ListLinks to an external site. provide instructions and examples.