Essay, Finance and Accounting FINANCIAL ANALYSIS & CONTROL SYSTEMS You are required to examine in detail the latest available Annual Reports of the companies whose name and website address you have been allocated above, in order to:
Calculate the overall Return On Capital Employed and Provide a comparative analysis of the businesses and their financial performance with regard to: oPricing and cost management OR oOperating working capital management
Your submission should include a review of the most recent available Annual Reports and will use relevant key financial ratios to analyse each businesss financial statements in the Annual Reports.
Consolidated/Group Balance Sheet (or Statement of Financial Position)
Consolidated/Group Income Statement (or The Profit and Loss Account)
The behaviour of the selected ratios should be explained using appropriate references to:
i.Relevant Notes to the Accounts where appropriate
ii.Board Members reports* e.g.:
Chief Executive Officers Review
Financial Directors Report / Financial review
Business review or equivalent
with specific attention being given to demonstrating your ability to relate the financial analysis to the characteristics of the two companies, their industry and market conditions and the ability to draw concise and meaningful conclusions from the analysis (occasionally some of the ratios may already be included in the annual report you must still prepare your own calculation and comment on your own results)
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