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Your Course Project

Financial Statement Analysis Project—A Comparative Analysis of Kohl’s Corporation and J.C. Penney Corporation

Below is the link for the financial statements for Kohl’s Corporation for the 2010 fiscal year ending January 29, 2011. Under the term Groupings Filter, change the term All Forms to Annual Filings using the drop-down arrow and press Search.

You should then scroll down and select the 10k dated 3/18/2011 and choose to download in Word or PDF format.

http://www.kohlscorporation.com/InvestorRelations/sec-filings.htm

Below is the link for the financial statements for J.C. Penney Corporation for the 2010 fiscal year ending January 29, 2011. Under the term Groupings Filter, change the term All Forms to Annual Filings using the drop-down arrow and press Search.

You should then scroll down and select the 10k dated 3/29/2011 and choose to download in Word format.

http://ir.jcpenney.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=70528&p=irol-sec

A sample project template is available for download in Doc Sharing. The sample project compares the ratio performance of Tootsie Roll and Hershey using the 2012 financial statements of Tootsie Roll and Hershey provided at their websites.

Description

This course contains a Course Project where you will be required to submit one draft of the project at the end of Week 5 and the final completed project at the end of Week 7. Using the financial statements for Kohl’s Corporation and J.C. Penney Corporation, respectively, you will calculate and compare the financial ratios listed further down this document for the fiscal year ending 2010 and prepare your comments about two companies’ performance based on your ratio calculations. The entire project will be graded by the instructor at the end of the final submission in Week 7 and one grade will be assigned for the entire project.

Overall Requirements

For the Final Submission

Your final Excel workbook submission should contain the following. You cannot use any software but Excel to complete this project.

1.  A completed worksheet title page tab, which is really a cover sheet with your name, the course, the date, your instructor’s name, and the title for the project

2.  A completed worksheet profiles tab, which contains a one-paragraph description regarding each company with information about their histories, what products they sell, where they are located, and so on

3.  All 16 ratios for each company with the supporting calculations and commentary on your worksheet ratio tab. Supporting calculations must be shown either as formulas or as text typed into different cells. The ratios are listed further down this document. Your comments for each ratio should include more than just a definition of the ratio. You should focus on interpreting each ratio number for each company and support your comments with the numbers found in the ratios.

4.  The Summary and Conclusions worksheet tab, which is an overall comparison of how each company compares in terms of the major category of ratios described in Chapter 13 of your textbook. A nice way to conclude is to state which company you think is the better investment and why.

5.  The Bibliography worksheet tab must contain at least your textbook as a reference. Any other information you use to profile the companies should also be cited as a reference.

Required Ratios for Final Project Submission

1.  Earnings per Share of Common Stock

  1. Current Ratio
  2. Gross Profit Margin
  3. Rate of Return on Sales (Net Profit Margin) 
  4. Inventory Turnover
  5. Days’ Inventory Outstanding (DIO)

7.  Accounts Receivable Turnover

8.  Days’ Sales Outstanding (DSO)

  1. Asset Turnover
  2. Rate of Return on Total Assets (ROA)
  3. Debt Ratio
  4. Times Interest Earned Ratio
  5. Dividend Yield (For the purposes of this ratio, use Yahoo Finance to look up current dividend yield and stock price; just note the date that you looked up this information.)
  6. Rate of Return on Common Stockholders’ Equity (ROE)
  7. Free Cash Flow
  8. Price/Earnings Ratio (Multiple) (For the purpose of this ratio, for both Kohl’s and J.C. Penney, use the market price per share on January 31, 2011.)

The Excel files uploaded in the Dropboxes 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 7 Dropbox by Sunday at the end of Week 7.

For the Draft

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 7 arrives. Supporting calculations must be shown either as formulas or as text typed into different cells. If you plan on creating your own spreadsheet, please follow the format provided in the Tootsie Roll and Hershey template file. 

Please upload your draft submission to the Week 5 Dropbox by Sunday at the end of Week 5.

Other Helpful Information

If you feel uncomfortable with Excel, you can find many helpful references on Excel by performing a Google search.

Chapter 13 contains ratio calculations and comparison comments related to Apple and Dell so you will likely find this information helpful.

BigCharts.com provides historical stock quotes.

Either APA or MLA style can be used to complete the references on your Bibliography tab. There is a tutorial for APA and MLA style within the Syllabus.

Grade Information

The entire project will be graded by the instructor at the end of the final submission in Week 7, and one grade will be assigned for the entire project. The project will count for 18% of your overall course grade.

Category

Points

%

Description

Documentationand Formatting

9

5%

The report will be submitted in the form of an Excel Workbook, with each page (worksheet) of the workbook named appropriately. Please do not use any other software (such as MS Works or Lotus) to complete the project. A quality report will include a title worksheet tab, a worksheet tab for the profile of the two companies, a worksheet tab for the ratio calculations and comments, a worksheet tab for the summary and conclusion, proper citations if applicable, and a Bibliography worksheet tab for the references.

Organizationand Cohesiveness

9

5%

A quality report will include the content described above in the documentation and formatting section. The ratios should be listed in the same order in which they appear in the project information above.

Editing

18

10%

A quality report will be free of any spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors. Sentences and paragraphs will be clear, concise, and factually correct. Ratios will be expressed as numbers or percentages, depending on what is appropriate, as is shown in the textbook. Note that not all ratios are shown as percentages. Two decimal places is sufficient for each of the ratios.

Content

144

80%

A quality report will have correct ratio calculations and accurate supporting commentary. Any assumptions, if made, should be spelled out clearly. Supporting calculations must be shown either as formulas or as text typed into different cells.

Total

180

100%

A quality report will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.


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