Obtain the most recent financial statements from a limited company. Ideally, this will be the organisation you work for, or an organisation you are otherwise familiar with.
Use the statement of financial position to identify the sources of finance, and summarise them in your initial post, splitting them into shareholders; funds and borrowings. Calculate the gearing ratio and interest cover ratio for the organisation and comment on the implications of these figures for both the organisation and the investors.
What do you think might be the advantages and disadvantages of financing your business through borrowings rather than shareholders funds?
Do you think there are any additional sources of finance which should be considered by your chosen organisation?
The learning outcomes for this discussion are:
- Explain the importance of finance within an organisation
- Apply appropriate techniques to analyse and evaluate financial information
1.How do these figures compare with previous years? Often it is useful/appropriate to consider all financial data in a trend format.
2.How do McDonalds figures compare/contrast with their competitors?
3.How would success be defined for McDonalds here?