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Background: As one of the world's largest retail giants, Wal-Mart provides a perfect illustration of inventory disclosure.

Required: Locate the Investor Relations section of Wal-Mart's corporate website, and access the 2013 annual report. The 2013 financial statements are for the period February 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013. Refer to http://stock.walmart.com, the 2013 10-K http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/104169/000010416913000011/wmt10-k.htm to answer the following questions.

1. Discuss two types of information, other than financial statements, that can be found on Walmart's Investor website.
2. Briefly discuss why you think Walmart has chosen a fiscal year end of January 31.
3. What is Walmart's ending inventory as of January 31, 2013? What percentage of Walmart's total assets is the Inventories asset?
4. What is Walmart's Cost of Sales expense for 2013? Walmart does not highlight Gross Profit on its Income Statement. What is Walmart's 2013 Gross Profit? What percentage of Walmart's Net Sales is Cost of Sales expense?
5. Briefly discuss Walmart's key accounting policies related to inventory. Which of these methods did we cover in class?
6. Locate Walmart's discussion of purchase obligations in Management's Discussion and Analysis. What is the total of payments due 2014 related to purchase commitments? What does Walmart include in this amount? Are purchase orders included?

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CHAPTERS 8 AND 9: INVENTORIES (7 POINTS)

Background: Chapters 8 and 9 discuss several accounting principles related to inventory valuation on the Balance Sheet. As one of the world's largest retail giants, Wal-Mart provides a perfect illustration of inventory disclosure.
Required: Locate the Investor Relations section of Wal-Mart's corporate website, and access the 2013 annual report. The 2013 financial statements are for the period February 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013. Refer to http://stock.walmart.com, the 2013 10-K http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/104169/000010416913000011/wmt10-k.htm to answer the following questions.
1. Discuss two types of information, other than financial statements, that can be found on Walmart's Investor website.
Two types of information include:
• Comparable store sales: This presents sales from US stores and clubs each 13-week period based on a 4-5-4 retail calendar
• Unit count and square ...

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1. Rate of return on Equity (ROE) = Net Income / Shareholders' Equity

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ROE = (Net Income/Sales) x (Sales/Assets) x (Assets/Shareholders' Equity)

The three components are actually: profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage, respectively.

2. Return on Assets (ROA) = Profit margin x Asset turnover = Net income/Assets

3. Gross Margin = Gross profit/Sales

4. Inventory turnover = Cost of goods sold / Ending inventory

5. The Collection Period = Accounts receivable/Credit sales per day, where credit sales per day (or simply "sales per day" are computed by dividing total sales for the year by 365.

6. Fixed-asset turnover = Sales/Net property, plant and equipment

7. Financial leverage ratios:

Debt-to-assets ratio = Total liabilities/Total assets

Debt-to-equity ratio = Total liabilities/Shareholders' equity

8. Liquidity ratios:

Current ratio = Current assets/Current liabilities

Acid test = (Current assets - Inventory)/Current liabilities

Intel's financials use a few different labels than the equations above. Here are some hints:

Total sales is equal to Net Revenue in the Income Statement

Cost of goods sold is equal to Cost of sales in the Income Statement

Current liabilities and current assets are different from total liabilities and total assets. Make sure you add current liabilities and other long-term liabilities to come up with total liabilities.

When you have finished your calculations, summarize them in a brief (2-3 page) report, and describe any conclusions that you can draw about the company from examining these figures. Be sure to show your calculations. If there doesn't seem to be any discernible pattern of information that you can draw forth, say so, but at least tell us a little bit about what you tried to look for. On the basis of one module, you won't have the skill necessary to make a very sophisticated analysis, but at least you can get a sense of how analysts look at the numbers and make them into meaning.

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