Comprehensive Problem: Sun Microsystems

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Comprehensive Problem: Sun Microsystems
A complete analysis conducted on the financial statements and status of Sun Microsystems exposed key issues determined to be of great import to shareholders. After examining the research findings and analysis, it seems that Sun Microsystems finances have not maintained a steady incline. In fact, it had definitely experienced some highs and lows in its return on investment and stockholders’ equity over a four- year evaluation spanning the years 1998 through 2001. In an effort to decipher the problems within the company’s operations, data from the following reports and ratios offered considerable clues. To collect relevant data, the annual percentage change in net income per common share diluted, net income/net revenues, the major income statement accounts to net revenues, return on stockholders’ equity, the price/earnings (P/E) ratio, and the book values per share for each year numbers were examined. In order for Sun Microsystems to see a greater return in its bottom line assets, it must consider an alternative approach in operating its organization. The following is a comprehensive view of the finances of Sun Microsystems from 1998-2001. Sun Microsystems has experienced significant fluctuations in performance. The annual percentage change in net income per common share diluted and profit margins were as follows: Table 1

Percentage change in net income per common share-diluted
1999$ .312000$ .552001$ .27
1998$ .241999$ .312000$ .55
$ .07$ .24$-.28

Table 2
Profit Margin

Sun Microsystems saw tremendous growth in net income between 1999 and 2000 leading up to a sharp decline between 2000 and 2001. The income statements show increased revenues in 2001, contradicting the data above. Further analysis provides an explanation for the deceleration of income growth in...
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