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Corporate Annual Report: NIKON

Using the 2012 annual report for NIKON:
1. Analyse the major areas of the report.
2. Discuss the key factors that determined the company's financial performance during the year.
3. Discuss what the primary assets held by the company are.
4. Demonstrate how management portrays the internal control environment of NIKON.

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Main Sections

At the start, it gives key statistics, graphs and five key policies, unlike many annual reports that begin with the president's letter. After several pages of financial highlights, the president's letter is presented. Then, the major section are rather typical of annual reports and include

Review of operations by segment
Corporate Governance and Initiatives
Management Discussion and Analysis
Financial Statements
Notes to the Financial Statements
Organizational information
List of directors, auditors and officers

Financial Performance

As you see in the income statement above, net income is about twice the prior year. The reasons are partially higher sales but that is not the full story. The sales are up less than 10% and that is not double! The cost of sales as a percent of sales is down from the prior year and this adds to both gross profit and operating income. The single largest item as a 15,920 gain on insurance settlement, accounting for about half of the increase in net income of 59,306-27313=31,993. There were ...

Solution Summary

The response is 654 pages and has quotes from the annual report in it. The key factors that determine the company's financial performance during the year are given.