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Key financial information for Caribou Coffee and Fazer Group

CARIBOU GROUP

Caribou owns coffee houses. Most locations are currently in the US.

http://www.cariboucoffee.com/

FAZER GROUP

Fazer is probably most known for its chocolate. Below is the link to the company's homepage.

http://www.fazer.com/

What accounting standards are used?
What auditing standards are used by the external auditors?
Analyze and comment on the differences in the annual statements found on the companies' websites. Provide a few specific differences in content and format.
How comparable are these financial statements?

Prepare a table for a period of three years showing some key financial information for the two companies.

Include at least four items from the balance sheet, four items from the income statement, and four items from the statement of cash flow.

Having reviewed and analyzed the financial information, please elaborate on the following three questions.

Which one of the two companies is the most profitable?

Do also compare growth of revenues versus income over time and between the two companies
How can you explain the difference in profitability between the two companies?
Please explain in detail the information you used to answer the above questions.

Please use Excel when computations are involved.

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Caribou "C" vs Fazer "F"

What accounting standards are used?
C: US GAAP
F: International Accounting Standards

What auditing standards are used by the external auditors?

C: Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States)
F: No audit report is presented in their annual report but it is presumed to be international auditing standards

Analyze and comment on the differences in the annual statements found on the companies' websites. Provide a few specific differences in content and format.

Balance sheet: Assets are listed in order of liquidity for C but in reverse order of liquidity for F. The currencies differ. The equity section for US GAAP (C ) shows share details but not ...

Solution Summary

Your tutorial is 417 words and Excel file with four data points from each of the three statements shown for three years on both Caribou and Fazer. Three profitability ratios are computed and analyzed for both firms.

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