Lowes Corporation and Home Depot

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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 (Compare to Home Depot)

Calculate and analyze the following ratios for your selected company for the last two years from the SEC Form 10-K:

  • Gross Profit Margin
  • Equity Multiplier
  • Return on Assets

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 150 words for each bullet point in Microsoft® Word. The use of Microsoft®Word tables is encouraged.

Cite the source of the industry/competitor ratio information.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

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