Question

The following information relates to Costco Wholesale Corporation and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., for their 2012 and 2011 fiscal years.


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a. Compute the following ratios for the companies’ 2012 fiscal years:
(1) Current ratio.
(2) Average days to sell inventory. (Use average inventory.)
(3) Debt to assets ratio.
(4) Return on investment. (Use average assets and use “earnings from continuing operations” rather than “net earnings.”)
(5) Gross margin percentage.
(6) Asset turnover. (Use average assets.)
(7) Return on sales. (Use “earnings from continuing operations” rather than “net earnings.”)
(8) Plant assets to long-term debt ratio.
b. Which company appears to be more profitable? Explain your answer and identify which ratio(s) from Requirement a you used to reach your conclusion.
c. Which company appears to have the higher level of financial risk? Explain your answer and identify which ratio(s) from Requirement a you used to reach your conclusion.
d. Which company appears to be charging higher prices for its goods? Explain your answer and identify which ratio(s) from Requirement a you used to reach your conclusion.
e. Which company appears to be the more efficient at using its assets? Explain your answer and identify which ratio(s) from Requirement a you used to reach yourconclusion.


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