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Apix Printing, Inc. functions in a competitive environment, namely commercial printing. Assessing and comparing the company’s performance against competitors is critical to future endeavors of expansion and issuance of equity shares. Discuss the following:
- Define working capital, and explain why it is important.
- Why would a company want to compute working capital?
- Using these balance sheets, compute working capital. Provide your analysis regarding working capital.
Primary Task Response: Respond to the following scenario with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.
In anticipation of Mary’s request for comparative analysis, it will be useful at this time to do some research. You know that you can obtain the financials of companies within the same sector or Standard Industry Code as Apix Printing (e.g., commercial printing), and that the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Standard Industry 2012 code for Apix Printing is presently 323111. UseHoover’s Pro to search for two other companies in the same industry as Apix Printing.
When you get to work the next day, you see the following e-mail from Mary:
Here’s the list of financial ratios you asked for. I need you to explain the computation of each and compute these for Apix’s results for the financial statements you’re using for the PowerPoint presentation. Also, compare Apix’s 2-year trend results to that of two other firms in the sector. Indicate how each of Apix’s ratios differ, and indicate whether the two other companies’ ratios or Apix’s ratios are indicative of better performance.
Explain the computation for each of the following, and compute each for Apix and two other companies in the same industry as Apix Printing:
- Current ratio
- (Long-term) debt to equity ratio
- Gross margin percentage
- Net profit margin percentage
- Return on equity percentage
Present your findings of the above data in a table. Add a paragraph that summarizes your results, indicating whether investors would find the financial analysis results of Apix competitive as compared to rivals in the sector. Be sure to include both positive and negative trends in your analysis.
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