Financial Statement Analysis Project—A Comparative Analysis of Oracle Corporation and Microsoft Corporation
Here is the link for the financial statements for Oracle Corporation for the fiscal year ending 2011. First, select 2011 using the dropdown arrow labeled Year on the righthand side of the page, and then select Annual Reports using the dropdown arrow labeled Filing Type on the lefthand side of the page.
You should select the 10k dated 6/28/2011 and choose to download in PDF, Word, or Excel format.
http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/investorrelations/sec/index.html
Here is the link for the financial statements for Microsoft Corporation for the fiscal year ending 2011. You need to press the word Go on the lefthand side of the page. Then you should select the 10k dated 7/28/2011 and choose to download in Word or Excel format.
http://www.microsoft.com/investor/SEC/default.aspx?year=2011&filing=annual
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. 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 Oracle Corporation and Microsoft Corporation, respectively, you will calculate and compare the financial ratios listed further down this document for the fiscal year ending 2011 and prepare your comments about the 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 items. You cannot use any software but Excel to complete this project.
A completed worksheet title page tab, which is really a coversheet with your name, the course, the date, your instructor’s name, and the title for the project.
A completed worksheet profiles tab that contains a oneparagraph description regarding each company with information about their histories, what products they sell, where they are located, and so on.
All 16 ratios for each company, with the supporting calculations and commentary on your worksheet ratio tab. Supporting calculations must be shown either as a formula or as text typed into a different cell. 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.
The Summary and Conclusions worksheet tab 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.
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
Earnings per Share of Common Stock
Current Ratio
Gross Profit Margin
Rate of Return on Sales (Net Profit Margin)
Inventory Turnover
Days’ Inventory Outstanding (DIO)
Accounts Receivable Turnover
Days’ Sales Outstanding (DSO)
Asset Turnover
Rate of Return on Total Assets (ROA)
Debt Ratio
Times Interest Earned Ratio
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.)
Rate of Return on Common Stockholders’ Equity (ROE)
Free Cash Flow
Price/Earnings Ratio (Multiple) (For the purpose of this ratio, for Oracle, use the market price per share on May 30, 2011 and for Microsoft, use the market price per share on June 30, 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.).
Here are some of the Microsoft Ratios – (first 12) to ensure you are on the right track.
1. EPS – $2.73
2. Current ratio – 2.6
3. Gross profit rate – 77.7%
4. Profit margin ratio – 33.1%
5. Inventory turnover – 14.8
6. Day in inventory – 25 days
7. Receivable turnover – 5.0
8. Average Collection Period – 73 days
9. Asset Turnover Ratio – 0.72
10. Return on Assets Ratio – 23.8%
11. Debt to Total Assets Ratio – 47.5%
12. Times Interest Earned – 96.2
Thank you.
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