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JWI 530: Financial Management IAssignment 1© Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University confidential and proprietary information and may not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed,in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University.This course guide is subject to change based on the needs of the class.530 –Assignment 1 (1202)Page 1of 5Assignment 1: Annual Report AnalysisParts A and B Due Sunday, Midnight of Week 5 (30% of Final Grade)OverviewA critical financialaccounting skill is the ability to read, analyze, and make actionable decisionsfrom any financial statement. Business leaders gain valuable information from the annual reports of direct competitors, companies that operate in similar fields, and companies in which they are considering an investment or partnership.InstructionsYou are the CFO of a family owned, regional mass merchandise retailer. You operate in a very competitive market against a host of large national retailers.Your CEO is a big believer in learning from players of all sizes,and is requesting your analysis and guidance. While there are dozens of potential companiesworth exploring, you wantto begin by taking a closelook at two major players:Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and JCPenney(NYSE: JCP). You have decided to organize your work into TWOcomponents:Part A: Financial Analysis Snapshot of key data from theannualreportsPart B: Executive Memoand brief Video Presentationof your analysisPart A: Financial Analysis Snapshot Submission RequirementsNOTE: All work is to be completed and submitted in the Excel templatein the assignmentmodule in Blackboard.Go to the Investor Relations section of each company’s website and download their annual reports.You may need to download more than onereport to get all required historical data.Use the Annual Reports/10K to populate the Excel template.oSome entriessimply require finding the respective line item amounts,whileothers will requirecalculations (these are indicatedin in template).oNote that some historical data and ratios have already been provided in the template.

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