Annual Report Formats

Go to AnnualReports.com (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.and review the annual reports recently released by two corporations in the same industry. Review each report and discuss the following questions:

  1. What organizational differences, if any, do you see in the way each corporation discusses its annual performance? Is the data presented clearly so that shareholders can draw conclusions about how well the company performed?
  2. What goals, challenges, and plans do top managers emphasize in their discussion of results?
  3. How does the format and organization of each report enhance or detract from the information being presented?

Write a two- to three-page report (excluding the title and reference pages), formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, that discusses your findings from the annual reports. Make sure you appropriately cite your sources from AnnualReports.com.

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Need help with discussion questions.

  1. Compare and contrast the features of common stock and preferred stock.
  2. Describe the characteristics of long-term debt.
  3. Describe the stages in venture capital financing.
  4. Explain the methods used to issue new securities.
  5. Describe the uses and sources of cash.
  6. Describe the characteristics of the operating cycle and the cash cycle
  7. Identify the three elements which make up the terms of sale.
  8. What factors influence when credit should be granted and the length of the credit period offered to customers?

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University of Phoenix Human Resources Role In the Workplace Research

Write a 700- using your research, of the incident, “I am qualified, Why Not Me?” Include the following in preparing your response:

  • Discuss whether or not you believe that Bobby has a legitimate complaint. Does any organization, like Crystal Productions, have a responsibility to provide training and development opportunities to enhance promotion from within?
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of a promotion from within policy and whether such a policy would be appropriate for Crystal Productions.
  • Identify, if you were the head of HR, the first step in creating the policy, who should be involved in developing the policy, and what you would do in preparing for implementation.
  • Recommend the desired goals/outcomes of such a policy and the impact your new policy would have on staffing and performance management strategies.
  • Summarize what impact the changing workforce might have on your new policy.
  • Summarize a brief policy that addresses hiring from within.

Below is the Incident

INCIDENT 2 I Am Qualified, Why Not Me?

Five years ago, when Bobby Bret joined Crystal Productions as a junior accountant, he felt that he was on his way up. He had just graduated with a B+



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average from college where he was well liked by his peers and by the faculty, and had been an officer in several student organizations. Bobby had shown a natural ability to get along with people as well as to get things done. He remembered what Roger Friedman, the controller at Crystal, had told him when he was hired, “I think you will do well here, Bobby. You’ve come highly recommended. You are the kind of guy that can expect to move right on up the ladder.”

Bobby felt that he had done a good job at Crystal, and everybody seemed to like him. In addition, his performance appraisals had been excellent. However, after five years he was still a junior accountant. He had applied for two senior accountant positions that had opened, but they were both filled by people hired from outside the firm. When the accounting supervisor’s job came open two years ago, Bobby had not applied. He was surprised when his new boss turned out to be a hotshot graduate of State University whose only experience was three years with a large accounting firm. Bobby had hoped that Ron Greene, a senior accountant he particularly respected, would get the job.

On the fifth anniversary of his employment at Crystal, Bobby decided it was time to do something. He made an appointment with the controller. At that meeting, Bobby explained to Mr. Friedman that he had worked hard to obtain a promotion and shared his frustration about having been in the same job for so long. “Well,” said Mr. Friedman, “you don’t think that you were all that much better qualified than the people that we have hired, do you?” “No,” said Bobby, “but I think I could have handled the senior accountant job. Of course, the people you have hired are doing a great job too.” The controller responded, “We just look at the qualifications of all the applicants for each job, and considering everything, try to make a reasonable decision.”

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Elements of the Balance Sheet FD4

Firm: Kellogg’s

Using DuPont analysis is a quick and relatively easy way to assess the overall health of a firm. This week’s lesson (Page 4) includes information on the DuPont equation. Go to finance.yahoo.com and choose a company by entering the company name in the box to the left of “Get Quotes.” Once you have the company overview page open, to the left you will see a list of links for further information on that firm. Near the bottom of the link column are financial statements. Open the firm’s income statement and balance sheet and use the information there to calculate all parts of the DuPont Ratio for the past three years; do not use Nike. If your firm does not have 3 years of full information, choose a different firm. Report each ratio value as well as the numerator and denominator of each of the 4 ratios for the past 3 years (12 ratios in total). Discuss the trends revealed in each ratio. Please be sure to note your firm’s name in the title of your post and please do not duplicate firms. Your instructor is posting information on Nike as an example; you might want to study that post before you begin.

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