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    Question 5 (10)
    The following information is applicable to questions 5.1 to 5.4:
    Ladders Ltd had their financial year end on 31 July 2015. The manager of the business you work for has tasked you to do an analysis of Ladders Ltd as he wants to go into a supplier agreement with them and needs to be sure that they are profitable and have good working capital efficiency before he signs such a large agreement. Assume that all purchases are on credit. Below you will find extracts from the financial statements of Ladders Ltd:
    Extract from the statement of comprehensive income:
    R15 000 000
    Cost of sales
    R11 000 000
    Operating expenses
    R2 000 000
    R1 200 000
    R216 000
    Net profit
    R584 000
    Extract from the statement of financial position:
    Total assets
    R8 500 000
    R1 300 000
    Other current assets
    R2 400 000
    Total liabilities
    R8 400 000
    Accounts payable
    R3 200 000
    Question 5.1 (1)
    What was Ladders Ltd's gross profit for 2015?
    Question 5.2 (2)
    What was the company's return on assets (ROA) for 2015?
    Question 5.3 (3)
    Calculate the average payment period for the 2015.
    Question 5.4 (4)
    Calculate the current ratio for Ladders Ltd and comment on how this may impact on your business if you were to become a supplier that sells on credit to Ladders Ltd.

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    Solution Summary

    This solution illustrates how to compute a company's gross profit, return on assets, average payment period and current ratio.