analyzing financial statements

Learning Goal: I’m working on a business question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

  • GeneralCo is a retailer of consumer products and believes there will be a long-term increase in the demand for its products. To meet this demand, GeneralCo takes a one-year term loan from a local bank to buy inventory. Assuming the increase in demand for the products occurs, at the end of one year, is it likely GeneralCo will have cash on hand to pay off the loan? Explain.
  • Explain how the matching principle is used in accounting and the effect its use has upon our ability to understand a firm’s cash flows.
  • Assume that WoodsCo., Inc. operates within a reasonably competitive product market. If WoodsCo, Inc. increases the price it charges for its products in an attempt to increase its ROE, will it likely succeed in increasing ROE? Explain your answer.
  • Using the definition of leverage discussed in class, explain how the use of leverage affects a firm’s net income.
  • Two manufacturing firms operate in the same industry and are similar in most relevant respects. Firm A has grown by acquiring other competitors and Firm B has focused on efficient use of its fixed assets. Which firms is likely to have a higher ROA? Why?
  • Your friend notes that a firm shows substantial goodwill on its balance sheet and comments that “People must like the firm a lot!” Based upon what you have learned in class, you should know your friend’s statement is incorrect. Please list and explain two attributes about the firm you know to be true since it shows substantial goodwill on its balance sheet.
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