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After years of dreaming about owning your own business, you decided that owning a coffee shop would be perfect. Rather than start from scratch, however, you and your partners decide to look at two existing establishments, Better Brew and Perfect Blend. The two are for sale at the same price, and they are located in equally attractive areas. You manage to get enough financial data to compare the year-end condition of the two companies, as shown below. Study the numbers carefully; your livelihood depends on choosing wisely between the two establishments.

Better Brew Perfect Blend
Cash $10,000 $25,000
Accounts receivable 2,000 4,000
Coffee equipment 50,000 80,000
Supplies 11,000 18,000
Other assets 22,000 34,000
TOTAL ASSETS $95,000 $161,000

Liabilities and Owners' Equity
Accounts payable $21,000 $38,000
Bank loans payable 49,000 68,000
Owner's equity 25,000 55,000

Other data
Personal withdrawls from cash during 2003 $40,000 $38,000
Owners' investments in business during 2003 $16,000 $32,000
Capital balances for each business on January 1, 2003 $30,000 $12,000

December 31, 2003, year end balance sheets

What factors should you consider before deciding which company to buy? What additional data might be helpful to you? (Note that net income is implied).

What questions should you ask about the methods used to record revenues and expenses?

On the basis of the data provided, which company would you purchase? Detail the process you used to make your decision.
Assignment adapted from: Mescon, M.H., Bovee, C.L., Thill, J.V. (2001). Business Today (pp. 450). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall

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The 492 word, cited solution, first presents lists of factors, additional data required, and questions about methods. Ratio analysis is included as part of the 4 reasons for the author's choice of which company to purchase

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The factors you should consider before buying the company would include:
1. The owner's equity.
2. The loans outstanding.
3. The current level of sales.
4. The goodwill of the company.
5. The current cash in hand.
6. The standard of the equipment and its condition.
7. The composition of 'the other assets'
8. The supplies in hand.

Additional data required:
1. The current sales of the company.
2. The net profit of the company.
3. The earning before tax.
4. The tax paid.
5. The interest burden on bank loan.
6. Fictitious assets.
7. Cost of goods sold.
8. Amount of doubtful/bad debts.


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