This course contains a Course Project, where you will be required to submit one draft of the project at the end of Week 6, and the final completed project at the end of Week 8. Using the financial statements for Celgene Corporation and Gilead Sciences, Inc., respectively, you will calculate and compare the financial ratios listed further down this document and prepare your comments about the two companies' performances based on your ratio calculations. The entire project will be graded by the instructor at the end of the final submission in Week 8, and one grade will be assigned for the entire project.
The students will be assigned to work in teams of two no later than Week 3. The teams will be required to collaborate at least three weeks on the project using a collaboration tool, such as Big Blue Button, or similar technology, and provide evidence of use of the tool. It is recommended that the students begin their project no later than week 6, when the draft is due, and continue through the end of week 8, when the final project is to be delivered.
Below is the link for the financial statements for Celgene Corporation for the fiscal year ending 2016.
When you arrive at this website, please do the following.
First, under View, select Annual Filings using the drop-down arrow labeled All Filings and then select 2017, using the drop-down arrow labeled Year,
You should select the 10k dated 2/10/2017 and choose to download in PDF, HTML, or Excel format. The PDF format is the best format for searching.
Below is the link for the financial statements for Gilead Sciences, Inc. for the fiscal year ending 2016.
First, select 2017 under the Year filter using the drop-down arrow labeled All Years and then select Annual filings under the Groupings filter using the drop-down arrow labeled All Forms. Press the large Search button to access the requested annual filing for 2016.
You should select the 10k dated 2/27/2017, and choose to download it in PDF, Word, or Excel format. The PDF format is the best format for searching.
A sample project template is available for download. The sample project compares the ratio performance of Tootsie Roll and Hershey using the 2014 financial statements of Tootsie Roll and Hershey provided at their websites.
For the Final Submission:
Your final Excel workbook submission should contain the following. You cannot use any other software but Excel to complete this project.
- A Completed Worksheet Title Page tab, which is really a cover sheet with your name, the course, the date, your instructor's name, and the title for the project.
- A Completed Worksheet Profiles tab which contains a one-paragraph description regarding each company with information about their history, what products they sell, where they are located, and so forth.
- All 16 ratios for each company with the supporting calculations and commentary on your Worksheet Ratio tab. Supporting calculations must be shown either as a formula or as text typed into a different cell. The ratios are listed further down this document. Your comments for each ratio should include more than just a definition of the ratio. You should focus on interpreting each ratio number for each company and support your comments with the numbers found in the ratios. You need to specifically state which company performed better for each ratio.
- The Summary and Conclusions Worksheet tab is an overall comparison of how each company compares in terms of the major category of ratios described in Chapter 12 of your textbook. A nice way to conclude is to state which company you think is the better investment and why.
- The Bibliography Worksheet tab must contain at least your textbook as a reference. Any other information that you use to profile the companies should also be cited as a reference.
Required Ratios for Final Project Submission
- Earnings per Share of Common Stock
- Current Ratio
- Gross (Profit) Margin Percentage
- Rate of Return (Net Profit Margin) on Sales
- Inventory Turnover
- Days' Inventory Outstanding (DIO)
- Accounts Receivable Turnover
- Days' Sales Outstanding (DSO)
- Asset Turnover
- Rate of Return on Total Assets (ROA)
- Debt Ratio
- Times-Interest-Earned Ratio
- Dividend Yield [For the purposes of this ratio, use Yahoo Finance to look up current dividend per share and stock price; just note the date that you looked up this information.]
- Rate of Return on Common Stockholders' Equity (ROE)
- Free cash flow
- Price-Earnings Ratio (Multiple) [For the purpose of this ratio, look up the market price per share as of December 30, 2016 for Celgene Corporation and for Gilead Sciences, Inc..]
Note: The Excel files uploaded as the assignment submission should not include any unnecessary numbers or information (such as previous years' ratios, ratios that were not specifically asked for in the project, etc.).
Please upload your final submission to the Week 8 Assignments page by the Saturday ending Week 8.
For the Draft:
Create an Excel spreadsheet or use the project template to show your computations for the first 10 ratios listed above. The more you can complete regarding the other requirements, the closer you will be to completion when Week 8 arrives. Supporting calculations must be shown either as a formula or as text typed into a different cell. If you plan on creating your own spreadsheet, please follow the format provided in the Tootsie Roll and Hershey template file.
Please upload your draft submission to the Week 6 Assignments page by the Sunday at the end of Week 6.
Other Helpful Information:
If you feel uncomfortable with Excel, you can find many helpful tutorials on Excel by performing a Google search.
Chapter 12 contains ratio calculations and comparison comments related to Apple and Dell, so you will likely find this information helpful.
BigCharts.com provides historical stock quotes.
Either APA or MLA style can be used to complete the references on your Bibliography tab. There is a tutorial for APA and MLA style within the Plagiarism link, which can be accessed through the Syllabus.
See the grading rubric for details on how your grade will be determined.
Field of study:
Saturday, February 8, 2020