Using the library and other course resources, find a manufacturing company's annual report.
Calculate the following ratios for the company that you select:
Return on assets
Return on equity
Gross profit margin
Debt to equity ratio
Total asset turnover
Price earnings ratio
Using the calculated ratios, analyze the financial performance of the firm. You will do this by looking at the ratios and comparing them to ratios from previous periods and in some cases, against their competitors. Keep in mind that you are trying to determine how the firm is performing under each of the listed ratios. In a memo to the chief executive officer (CEO), include the following:
Explain the ratios that you calculated.
Address other methods of analyzing financial statements aside from ratio analysis.
Explain your analysis of the firm, and make recommendations for improvement.