You are given the following data on two companies M and N
( Figures are in Million)
Sales $ 1080$ 1215
A. Which company has the higher profit margin?
B. Which company has the higher investment turnover ?
C. Based on the data given, in which firm would you prefer to invest ?
a. Profit Margins
N has the higher profit margin.
b. Investment Turnover
M has the higher investment turnover.
c. Return on Investment
Both firms have similar returns on investments. Based on this investment criterion, the investments are equally attractive.
As the manager of LOSEN Division of Mc Carthy Corporation you are interested in determining the division’s return on Investment. As division manager you have no control over financing assets but you control acquisitions and disposition of assets. The division controller has given you the following data to aid you in calculating return on investment:
Fiscal year , Jan 1 to December 31 ( 000 omitted ):
Total assets Jan 1$ 400000
Total assets Dec 31525000
Long term debt Jan 175000
Long term debt Dec 3196000
Owners Equity Jan 1278000
Owners Equity Dec 31303000
Net income for the year54000
Interest expense on long term debt4200
Tax rate = 30%
What method would be most appropriate for calculating the division return on investment (ROI) ? Why ?
Using this method what is ROI for the current year ?
Since the division has no control over the financing of its assets employed in its operation, the most appropriate measure of return on investment to use to judge its performance is
= .123 (12.3 percent).
The president of Kelly Company is interested in determining how effective the company’s new controller has been in controlling cash on hand. You have the following information available from the fiscal year preceding the new controllers arrival and the current year :
Current year Preceding year
Cash on hand $ 5479296$6123704
Does it appear that the new controller has been effective in managing cash ?
= 24 days
= 22.4 days
The new controller holds more cash relative to the company’s cash expenses than did the old controller. The higher level may be safer (i.e. less chance of not meeting payments when due), but what is its cost? If the cash balance is excessive, the excess is a low-return use of cash compared to investing it in higher return assets.
The treasurer of GOLD stores Inc was interested in what effect if any new credit terms have had on collections of customer accounts. The usual 30 day payment period was shortened to 20 days in an attempt to reduce the investment in accounts receivable. The following information for the current year and the preceding year ( prior to the payment period change ) is available :
Current year Preceding year
( net of bad debt allowance)$1392790$1207393
Credit sales 1303508511597327
What effect has the new credit policy apparently had ?
= 39 days
= 38 days
The new policy has not changed the payment practices of customers in any...