1. Obtain the most recent annual report for two public companies in the high-tech industry. These reports can be downloaded from SEC or many other sites
on internet (See appendix 2 in this document). These reports are publicly available. The reports should contain at least three years of income statement data
and two years of balance sheet data.
2. Analyze at least 3 (three) items on the income statement for your base company that would be important to an investor, and discuss whether your
company’s performance related to these items appeared to be improving, deteriorating, or remaining stable. You can perform ratio calculations and do your
analysis based on the ratios. Justify your answer.
3. Analyze at least 3 (three) items on the balance sheet for your base company that would be important to an investor, and discuss whether your company’s
performance related to these items appeared to be improving, deteriorating, or remaining stable. You may perform balance sheet ratios analysis. Justify your
4. Analyze your base company’s investing and financing activities for the most recent year as identified in the statement of cash flows, specifically identifying
the two largest investing activities and the two largest financing activities. Discuss whether you agree or disagree with the investing and financing strategies
that your company appears to be employing.
5. Identify 2 (two) items not included in (or derived from) the financial statements that you think would be important to someone considering whether to
invest in your company. Discuss your reasons for believing that these two items about the company would be important in making an investment decision.
(Hint: you might want to consider items discussed in the textbook or other business courses)
6. Compare your base company’s financial statements with those of the second company in the high-tech industry. If you were making a decision to invest in
one of the two companies, which company would you choose? Why? (Note: your answer in this section must include some financial issues, but your answer
need not be limited to a discussion of financial issues.)
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