Asses and compose 4-6p DS  – Financial Statements as a Key Source of Information

Asses and compose 4-6p DS  – Financial Statements as a Key Source of Information for Financial Decisions Background:Callaway Golf Company was incorporated in 1982 with the purpose of designing, manufacturing and selling high quality golf clubs. The Company became a publicly traded corporation in 1992. Callaway Golf has evolved over time from a manufacturer of golf clubs to one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of golf equipment and accessories.Callaway designs its products to be technologically advanced and invests substantially in research and development each year. The Company’s golf products are designed for golfers of all skill levels including amateur and professional golfers. Callaway Golf generally sells its products to retailers, directly and through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, and to third-party distributors. It also licenses its trademarks and service marks in exchange for a royalty fee to third parties for use on golf related accessories, including golf apparel and footwear, golf gloves, prescription eyewear and practice aids. The Company’s products are sold in the United States and in over 100 countries around the world. For purposes of this assignment, assume that you focus is Drive It Long, which is a close competitor to Callaway Golf. Drive It Long similarly sells golf clubs, golf balls and golf accessories. These products are recreational in nature and are therefore discretionary purchases for consumers. Both firms are affected by the fact that consumers are generally more willing to make discretionary purchases of golf products during favorable economic conditions and when consumers are feeling confident and prosperous. Discretionary spending is also affected by factors including general business conditions, interest rates, consumer confidence in future economic conditions, and the availability of consumer credit. Purchases of these firms’ products may decline during periods when disposable income is lower, or during periods of actual or perceived unfavorable economic conditions. A significant or prolonged decline in general economic conditions or uncertainties regarding future economic prospects that adversely affect consumer discretionary spending would have a negative impact on these firm’s results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.This paper is an exercise designed to better acquaint students with the four main categories of ratio analysis. Financial ratios are a standardized means of comparing information presented in financial statements, in order to analyze the operations of a firm, and to compare operations against certain benchmarks that assist us in drawing conclusions about the firm’s performance. This exercise requires students to compute common financial ratios in the four areas in which these are most often applied to analyze firm performance. This will strengthen the student’s ability to understand what aspects of a firm’s activities that a particular ratio characterizes, and where this information can be found in financial statements. The student will additionally be asked to draw conclusions regarding financial performance using computed ratios.Assume that you are a Senior Financial Manager for Drive It Long Golf, Inc. A close competitor is Callaway Golf Co. (ELY). You are preparing to address the Board of Directors regarding the current financial picture of the firm, following the release of the firm’s Audited Financial Statements. Drive It Long Golf, Inc. has 25,000 shares of common stock outstanding, and the market price for a share of stock at the end of 2016 was $58. Assume that this company’s growth rate is 9%. As Drive It Long’s Senior Financial Manager, you are assumed to be able to offer an authoritative interpretation of the firm’s recent performance.Your paper should be 4-6 pages long with a minimum of 2 references in a double-spaced document using 12 pt. Times New Roman font, utilizing APA format.Callaway Golf. (2016). Annual Report. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Callaway Golf. (n.d.). Callaway Golf. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.  NASDAQ. (2016). Company List (NASDAQ, NYSE, & AMEX). (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Valuepro. (2016). Valuepro. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Yahoo. (2009). Key Statistics – Yahoo.com. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Your paper should be 4—6 pages long with a minimum of 2 references in a double-spaced document using 12 pt. Times New Roman font, utilizing APA format.Callaway Golf. (2016). Annual Report. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Callaway Golf. (n.d.). Callaway Golf. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.NASDAQ. (2016). Company List (NASDAQ, NYSE, & AMEX). (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Valuepro. (2016). Valuepro. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Yahoo. (2009). Key Statistics — Yahoo.com. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.