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Financial Statement Analysis

Prepare an eight- to ten-page fundamental financial analysis (excluding appendices, title page, abstract, and references page) that will cover each of the following broad areas based on the financial statements of your chosen company:

a. Provide a background of the firm, industry, economy, and outlook for the future.

b. Analyze the short-term liquidity of the firm.

c. Analyze the operating efficiency of the firm.

d. Analyze the capital structure of the firm.

e. Analyze the profitability of the firm.

f. Conclude with recommendations for the future analysis of the company (trend analysis).

Writing the Final Paper
The paper

· Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft Word (Links to an external site.) resource.

· Must include a separate title page with the following:

o Title of paper in bold font

§ Space should appear between the title and the rest of the information on the title page.

o Student’s name

o Name of institution 

o Course name and number

o Instructor’s name

o Due date

· Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.

· Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.

o For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Writing Center resources.

· Must use at least three scholarly sources from the University of Arizona Global Campus University Library, in addition to the text.

· Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.

· Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) guide.

·  (Links to an external site.)Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Total Possible Score: 25.00

Provides a Background of the Firm, the Industry, the Economy, and the Outlook for the Future

Total: 7.00

Distinguished – Provides an accurate and thorough background of the firm, the industry, the economy, and the outlook for the future.

Proficient – Provides a background of the firm, the industry, the economy, and the outlook for the future. The background has a few inaccuracies or minor details are missing.

Basic – Provides a limited background of the firm, the industry, economy, and the outlook for the future. The background has several inaccuracies and/or relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Attempts to provide a background of the firm, the industry, economy, and future outlook; however, the background has many inaccuracies and/or significant details are missing.

Non-Performance – The background of the firm, the industry, the economy, and the outlook for the future are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.

Analyzes the Short Term Liquidity, Operating Efficiency, Capital Structure and Profitability of the Firm Using the Financial Statements

Total: 9.00

Distinguished – Accurately and thoroughly analyzes the firm’s financial statements, including short term liquidity, operating efficiency, capital structure, and profitability. 

Proficient – Analyzes the firm’s financial statements, including short term liquidity, operating efficiency, capital structure, and profitability. The analysis has a few inaccuracies or minor details are missing.

Basic – Partially analyzes the firm’s financial statements, including short term liquidity, operating efficiency, capital structure, and profitability. The analysis has several inaccuracies and/or relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Attempts to analyze the firm’s financial statements, including short term liquidity, operating efficiency, capital structure, and profitability; however, the analysis has many few inaccuracies and/or significant details are missing.

Non-Performance – The analysis of the firm’s financial statements is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Concludes With Recommendations for Future Analysis of the Firm(Trend Analysis)

Total: 7.00

Distinguished – Concludes with accurate and thorough recommendations for future analysis of the firm’s financial status, including trend analysis. 

Proficient – Concludes with recommendations for future analysis of the firm’s financial status, including trend analysis. The recommendations have a few inaccuracies or minor details are missing.

Basic – Concludes with limited recommendations for future analysis of the firm’s financial status, including trend analysis. The recommendations have several inaccuracies and/or relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Attempts to conclude with recommendations for future analysis of the firm’s financial status, including trend analysis; however, the recommendation have many inaccuracies and/or significant details are missing.

Non-Performance – The recommendations for future analysis are either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Critical Thinking: Explanation of Issues

Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Clearly and comprehensively explains the issue to be considered, delivering all relevant information necessary for a full understanding.

Proficient – Clearly explains the issue to be considered, delivering enough relevant information for an adequate understanding.

Basic – Briefly explains the issue to be considered, delivering minimal information for a basic understanding.

Below Expectations – Briefly explains the issue to be considered, but may not deliver additional information necessary for a basic understanding.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. 

Written Communication: Content Development

Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Uses appropriate, pertinent, and persuasive content to discover and develop sophisticated ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole.

Proficient – Uses appropriate and pertinent content to discover ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole.

Basic – Uses appropriate and pertinent content but does not apply it toward discovering or developing ideas. Overall, content assists in shaping the written work.

Below Expectations – Uses content, though it may be unrelated or inappropriate to the topic. Content does not contribute toward the development of the written work and may distract the reader from its purpose.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.

Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors and is mostly easy to understand.

Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors which may slightly distract the reader.

Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors which distract the reader.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: APA Formatting

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.

Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors. 

Basic – Exhibits limited knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements. 

Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Page Requirement

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages. 

Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages. 

Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of correctly formatted pages.   

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Resource Requirement

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Proficient – Uses the required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.

Below Expectations – Uses an inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

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