Fin534 Assignment 1

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Financial Analysis Abstract
In this assignment, assume you are a savvy financial analyst researching companies in which to invest. Select a U.S. publically-traded company you think might be a good investment and perform a financial analysis. Analysis should include the following:
1. Company Overview. Conduct research and describe the company, its operations, locations, markets, and lines of business. Collect financial statements for the past three (3) years, fiscal or calendar (please insert these in the appendix). These financial statements must include at least the income statement and the balance sheet.
2. Evaluate the company’s vulnerability to current financial threats such as a recession, higher interest rates, and global competition.
3. Financial Performance. Based on the financial trends of the company, predict how these trends will impact financial performance in future periods. Explain your rationale for this prediction.
4. Stock Price Analysis. Given the performance of the stock in the periods presented on the company’s financial statements, discuss how the stock is likely to perform in the future, what type of investor would be drawn to this stock, and make a recommendation to management to improve stock performance.

Company Overview

Starbucks opened its doors in 1971 as a roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee, tea, and spices in a single store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, with the mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time (Starbucks Corporation, 2012a). The name comes from the first mate in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and the logo is a Greek mythology inspired twin-tailed sea creature (Starbucks Corporation, 2012a). As of July 1, 2012, Starbucks has 17,651 stores operating in over 60 countries (Starbucks Corporation, 2012a). Starbucks brand portfolio…...

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