# Financial Ratio Analysis

Purpose of Assignment

Students should understand how to use the financial information and tools learned in the class on a public company, obtain public company SEC reports, and use that data to calculate a company’s financial ratios and their comparison to industry or competitor standards.

Assignment Steps

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Select one of the publicly traded corporations listed below and obtain the most current SEC Form 10-K (annual financial report) from the company’s web site (Do not use the Annual Report that is sent to shareholders):

• Lowes Corporation (Selected this company)

Calculate and analyze the following ratios for your selected company for the last two years from the SEC Form 10-K: (Add formulas within the answers)

• Current Ratio
• Inventory Turnover
• Debt Ratio
• Time Interest Earned
• Gross Profit Margin
• Equity Multiplier
• Return on Assets
• Net Profit Margin
• Return on Equity (Use three ratio DuPont method)

Compare and contrast your company’s ratios to industry and competitor standard ratios obtained from Yahoo Finance, Morningstar, MotleyFool, Macroaxis or other Internet sources, and provide a detailed answer and analysis as to why your company’s ratios are different than the industry/competitor standard.

Prepare your analysis in a minimum of 875 words in Microsoft® Word. The use of Microsoft®Word tables is encouraged.

Make sure to use in-text citations according to the references used!

Cite the source of the industry/competitor ratio information.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit the “the most current SEC Form 10-K (annual financial report)” The one you are going to get for this assignment from Lowes website, as well!