Data Analysis for Accountants Final Project

Week 10 – Take Home Project                                                                   Due DECEMBER 2, 2020


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Pick 2 SEC listed companies from different industries.   I would encourage you to pick companies/industries you are familiar with or interested in.   This will aide your analysis of the numbers.

Go to edgar and download into excel the financial statements for the past 3 years.

(look for the latest 10-k filing, and the previous 10-k filing.)


For each company do the following:

  1. Write a paragraph regarding the company, the industry it is in and it’s place in the industry including its main competitor(s).


  1. Perform a Horizontal Analysis of the company for the past 3 years. (Looking at important lines, what is improving/worsening over the past 3 years?  Is there growth in important numbers?  What is driving the growth or lack of growth?)



  1. Perform a Dupont Analysis of the company for the last 2 years. (What drives the company ROE measure?  Is it improving/worsening?  How could it improve?)



  1. Perform an Altman-Z test for the past two years. (Key questions:  From your tests is the company safe or at risk?, is it getting safer or riskier? Can you explain why?)



  1. Evidence of the analysis should be in the Excel files, take the most interesting data of analysis and include them along with commentary and explanations in a well-formatted document.


Turning in the assignment:

Bundle the files in a zip file with your

In the zip (compressed file) you should include – both Excel files and 1 Word document that contains analysis of each company separately.




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