Assessment overview The purpose of this assessment task is for you to apply your ratio analysis and financial analysis skills to a real company. You will work individually to analyse the performance of Country Road and advise on the near-term prospects of this company. Assessment details This assessment requires you to analyse the financial information of Country Road and evaluate the organisation’s performance. Based on your analysis of relevant information relating to Country Road, you are required to prepare a structured report commenting on the profitability, operating efficiency and liquidity of the company. The recommended structure for the report is provided below. The profitability and efficiency of the company should be analysed using the required ratios. Firms are accountable for generating profit with the assets employed. Use the DuPont method of analysis to suggest possible reasons for changes over the 3-year period. In addition, the firm must pay its debts as and when they fall due, therefore you are required to assess the liquidity/gearing of the business using the appropriate ratios. Use the data from the financial statements in the annual report to conduct the ratios. You may use published information from the library databases to compare with your findings. Your report should cover a 3-year period commencing 2011 and ending 2013, and should be sufficiently broad in scope to to demonstrate your understanding of findings following the analysis. Use your analysis to draw a conclusion about the near-term prospects of this organisation.