Cost Accounting

1) Short overview of the company’s current business. Company history is not necessary; you should
focus on what the organization does currently to generate operating income.
2) Brief explanation of your findings including: how does the number of stores changes with the total
operating expenses? What data did you use to reach this conclusion? What are the limitations of
this simplified model?
3) Your forecast for each company’s 2020 annual operations (i.e., Pro-forma Income Statements for
each company). First, predict the number of stores in 2020 and then use the model developed in
step 2 to forecast the costs. Creating forecasts for sales in 2020 and be sure to identify and
explain any assumptions you make when creating the forecast, e.g., assuming the same
expense-to-sales ratio.
4) Compare your forecasted 2020 performance with the actual 2020 performance and discuss the
differences.
5) Compare and contrast the two companies.
2. 17 PowerPoint slides (i.e., 1 title slide, 1 table of contents, 1 executive summary (i.e., what you found
out), 6 slides per company analyzed (total of 12 slides), 1 summary comparison slides, and 1
recommended next steps slide).
The presentations are scheduled on Nov 16th and Nov 18th. Each team will have 15 minutes to present
their project and answer questions from the audience (25 points). Teams will also be evaluated based on
the questions and feedbacks they provide to their peer teams (5 points).
Information source:
For public companies, financial statements and information on its strategic business plans can normally
be found via:
– Annual Reports to Shareholders (through company investor relations web sites)
– SEC filings such as “10-Q”s and “10-K”s (available at www.sec.gov under “EDGAR Filers”)
– Business news agencies (e.g., www.wsj.com, www.money.com, www.money.cnn.com,
www.foxbusiness.com, etc.)
– General internet searches for the company, its key executives or industry

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