This course contains a Course Project, where you will be required to submit one draft of the project at the end of Week 6, and the final completed project at the end of Week 8. Using the financial statements for Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc., respectively, you will calculate and compare the financial ratios listed further down this document and prepare your comments about the two companies’ performances based on your ratio calculations. The entire project will be graded by the instructor at the end of the final submission in Week 8, and one grade will be assigned for the entire project.
The students will be assigned to work in teams of at least two no later than Week 3. The teams will be required to collaborate at least three weeks on the project using a collaboration tool, such as Big Blue Button, or similar technology, and provide evidence of use of the tool. It is recommended that the students begin their project no later than week 6, when the draft is due, and continue through the end of week 8, when the final project is to be delivered.
Note: You will collaborate as teams for the course project throughout the course. Each team member will be required to submit their individual project deliverables.
Below is the link for the financial statements for Apple Inc. for the fiscal year ending 2017.
When you arrive at this website, please do the following.
First, select SEC Filings, next select Annual Filings using the drop-down arrow labeled All Filings and then select 2017, using the drop-down arrow labeled Year,
You should select the 10-K dated 11/03/2017 and choose to download in PDF, HTML, or Excel format. The PDF format is the best format for searching.
Below is the link for the financial statements for Alphabet, Inc. for the fiscal year ending 2017.
First, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on SEC filings and additional information. Next, click on Alphabet SEC filings. Type 10-K in as the Filing Type and click Search. Click on Documents for the 10-K dated 2018-02-06. Finally, click on the link next to the Form 10-K. This will open the 10-K in HTML format which is searchable.
A Sample Project Template (Links to an external site.) is available for download. The sample project compares the ratio performance of Nike and Under Armour using the 2014 financial statements of Nike and Under Armour provided at their websites.
For the Final Submission:
Your final Excel workbook submission should contain the following. You cannot use any other software but Excel to complete this project.
Required Ratios for Final Project Submission
Note: The Excel files uploaded as the assignment submission should not include any unnecessary numbers or information (such as previous years’ ratios, ratios that were not specifically asked for in the project, etc.).
Please upload your final submission to the Week 8 Assignments page by the Saturday ending Week 8.
Create an Excel spreadsheet or use the project template to show your computations for the first 10 ratios listed above. The more you can complete regarding the other requirements, the closer you will be to completion when Week 8 arrives. Supporting calculations must be shown either as a formula or as text typed into a different cell. If you plan on creating your own spreadsheet, please follow the format provided in the Nike and Under Armour template file.
Please upload your draft submission to the Week 6 Assignments page by the Sunday at the end of Week 6.
Other Helpful Information:
If you feel uncomfortable with Excel, you can find many helpful tutorials on Excel by performing a Google search.
Chapter 13 contains ratio calculations and comparison comments for two fictitious companies Chicago Cereal and Giant Mills so you will likely find this information helpful.
APA style must be used to complete the references on your Bibliography tab. The Library contains information on APA formatting.
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