- Explain briefly what is revealed by the ratios and other calculations in the context of the company’s profitability, efficiency, liquidity, gearing (leverage) and investment performance. In particular, any important changes from 2015 to 2016 should be identified, discussed and, where possible, explained.
- Provide an overall assessment of the company from the perspective of existing and potential equity investors (shareholders). and the written report is not to exceed 2,500 words (excluding the Executive Summaryand calculations which are to be incorporated in an appendix). Students are required to use the ‘APA system’ for the acknowledgment of sources. In order to help ensure that assignments meet required presentation standards, students are strongly advised to use the ‘Presentation check-list’ attached to these notes.
Students may, if they wish, seek and use additional information about the company from sources other than the annual report (for example, from newspapers, business magazines etc.). However, it is not envisaged that students will be engaged in extensive research of this nature and it is expected that the annual report provided will be the primary resource relied upon in completing the assignment.
Students are expected to obtain relevant share price data for the company so that investment ratios (such as a dividend yield ratio) can be calculated. (It is recommended that students obtain the company’s share price as at 30 June 2015 and 30 June 2015 for the purpose of calculating relevant ratios on these dates. Share price data is available, among other sources, from newspapers archived in the library or on the ASX website). Under no circumstances are students to make direct personal contact with the company or its officers (for example by telephone, fax, letter or email) in an attempt to gather further information.