Fin 571 wk 3 assignment

For the assignment you should analyze Starbucks and Darden Restaurants, two companies in different segments of the food service industry.  It is helpful to fully explore the Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Statement of Cash Flows.  Your analysis should, at a minimum, encompass all of the DuPont System of ratio analysis (see Section 4.4 in the text); there are additional supporting metrics/ratios for some elements that also can be considered.  

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In your summary of your analysis, use the results of your ratio analysis to compare the two companies as to their performance.  What are important are completeness of your analysis, correctness of your calculations, and the logic supporting your conclusions.  Your submission should have two files, an Excel spreadsheet showing your calculations of the ratios/metrics for each company and a Word document containing your analysis. 


The needed financial statements can be found at most financial information sites, through the SEC’s EDGAR database (go and follow the links) in the SEC Form 10K filing, or at the company web sites. The ticker symbol for Darden is DRI and for Starbucks SBUX.  Financial statements through and including the 2013 fiscal year are available for each company.


Review the assigned company’s financial statements from the past three years.


Calculate the financial ratios for the assigned company’s financial statements, and then interpret those results against company historical data as well as industry benchmarks: 


  • Compare the financial ratios with each of the preceding three (3) years (e.g. 2014 with 2013; 2013 with 2012; and 2012 with 2011).
  • Compare the calculated financial ratios against the industry benchmarks for the industry of your assigned company.


Write a 500 to 750 word summary of your analysis.


Show financial calculations where appropriate.