CSI Financial Statements 2014: Using Financial Ratios to Identify Companies
This case raises a number of issues related to the relationship between financial metrics and a company's business model and strategy. Specifically, the case requires students to match a company with a financial profile that consists of a common-size balance sheet and additional selected ratios. Students are forced to consider the many different ways a company's business model and strategy impact the financial statements, including effects on gross margin, net margin, inventories, R & D expenditures, and working capital ratios. The case is excellent when used as a capstone exercise after a discussion of financial statement ratios and their use in financial statement analysis. The case has been used in both the first year Financial Reporting course and the Financial Statement Analysis elective in the Babson MBA program. In addition, the case has been used in many different executive education programs that include sessions on financial analysis.