Assignment 2: Financial Statement Analysis

About this AssignmentFor the Corporate Finance 301 assignment, you will submit a research paper that analyzes an organization’s financial status by examining the financial statements that are publicly available through an online inquiry. A publicly-traded organization will be the foundation of this research paper. You will apply knowledge acquired in the course and the research paper should follow APA formatting style. Audience: upper-level business students.Project PromptsWrite a 1,000-1,200-word analysis discussing a company’s financial situation by evaluating corporate financial data. Select a publicly-traded organization to analyze the company’s financial statements using data from the most recent year. Define each corporate financial statement and explore the data categories within each statement as studied in the course. Analyze each financial statement (balance, income, cash flow) and explain the purpose of each corporate financial statement. Also include what the financial data indicates regarding the financial position of the corporation. Base your analysis on the following financial statements:Balance sheetIncome statementCash flow statement(The statements may be found in a recent annual report; in the company’s 10K filing on the SEC’s EDGAR database; or from other sources.)Using SourcesYou may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least three credible, outside sources and cite them using APA format. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any Study.com lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor’s name).Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Management. You may use like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and Social Science Research Network to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)If you’re unsure about how to use APA format to cite your sources, please see the following lessons:What is APA Format? Definition & StyleHow to Format APA CitationsGrading RubricCategory Unacceptable (0) Needs Improvement (1-3) Good (3-4) Excellent (5) PointsStructure (x2) Structure is illogical or significantly hinders understanding Structure is unorganized and presentation lacks clarity Structure is well-organized and transitions and connections join ideas. Structure is well-organized; ideas flow logically; main points are identifiable 10Description of financial statements (x1) No description of corporate financial statements is present Few or weak financial statement descriptions are present Descriptions are present and analyzed for each financial statement Descriptions are present with more than adequate supporting detail 5Explanation of each financial statement (x1) No explanation of corporate financial statements is present Explanation of financial statements is present but lacks clarity Statement explanations are present but lack supporting detail Explanation of statements includes supporting detail and is well-written 5Mechanics (x2) Incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and use of standard English grammar hinders understanding Several instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar Few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar No or very few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar 10Total Points Possible 30Before You SubmitWhen you are done writing your essay, we suggest taking some time to check for any errors or to add some final touches. We also suggest that you use online plagiarism checkers such as PlagScan or DupliChecker to make sure that your essay is not too similar to any existing materials. Plagiarized submissions will NOT be graded.How to Submit Your PapersWhen you are ready to submit your written papers, please fill out the submission form and attach your case studies as Microsoft Word, PDF, or Text documents. After turning in your case studies, you may go ahead and take the proctored final exam. You do not need to wait for your written response to be graded. You should receive your essay grade within one week.If you are not satisfied with the score you receive on your papers, you may revise or rewrite your papers and resubmit them for grading using the same submission form above. Keep in mind that the grade you receive on your papers is only a portion of your overall grade for the course, and you are free to retake the proctored final exam as well if you choose. Please see the course syllabus for a more detailed breakdown of the grading policy.

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