- Locate and post a screen shot of an actual Income Statement from the latest fiscal year for one of the following companies:
- Sears (Note: use this link Sears Holding Corp 10-K)
- Pick an Income Statement Line Item or Ratio from the list below:
- What does this line item or ratio measure and why is it important item for Management to understand this number?
- Identify the past 4 years of amounts for your line item or ratio (Note: this will require you to track down additional historical Income Statements to get the older data). Share this data with the class using a data table or chart.
- Answer the following questions:
- What is the trend for this line item or ratio?
- Has the line item or ratio amount increased or decreased?
- Is this a “good” thing or a “bad” thing? For this company?
- What might management do to improve this line item or ratio?