Inancial Evaluation of Verizon Communications Inc.

The specific objective of this graded written research exercise is to prepare an Executive level financial reportto the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a mythical company in which you are employed as a financial analyst. This report will pertain to the financial evaluation of a real, publicly-traded, company. It will require independent research (web-based or library), careful financial analysis, and the proper application of key financial theories and formulas.
The company that is to be analyzed for this project is Verizon Communications Inc.

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–FINANCIAL RESEARCH PROJECT –

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OBJECTIVE
The specific objective of this graded written research exercise is to prepare an Executive level financial reportto the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a mythical company in which you are employed as a financial analyst. This report will pertain to the financial evaluation of a real, publicly-traded, company. It will require independent research (web-based or library), careful financial analysis, and the proper application of key financial theories and formulas.
The company that is to be analyzed for this project is Verizon Communications Inc.
SITUATION
You are a financial analyst with the mythical High Technology Corporation (HTC”). HTC is an established manufacturer of a line of electronic components, which services an international market. HTC is currently a new fully-integrated wireless communication service for world-wide use. A competitive technical and economic product evaluation has determined that Verizon Communications Inc. is the best potential candidate for a long-term commitment. The company is offering a competitively favorable deal. However, based on some serious general concerns about the fallout of companies in the industry in general, the CEO has asked your CFO to conduct a financial analysis of Verizon Communications Inc. to determine if it is prudent to commit to this companyS communication system. The cost of cutting over to the new communications system is significant and any interruption in support during the next few years would adversely affect HTCS performance and profit. Specifically, the question is: will THE COMPANY be financially viable over the next two to three years?

YOUR SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENT
Your specific assignment is to research, analyze, and prepare a report for the CFO on the actual financial performance of Verizon Communications Inc.. In addition to reviewing the traditional financial performance indicators, you are also to review the companyi??s past and current stock performance. Your report includes three parts:
(1) An evaluation of THE COMPANYi??S financial performance for the last year. DuPont analysis and analysis of significant financial performance results are required for the last three years. (See detailed description below)
(2) An evaluation of THE COMPANYi??S stock performance for the last one year.
(3) Finally, a specific recommendation, with supporting rationale, as to whether or not the companyi??s recent trend in financial and stock performance is of sufficient financial strength to warrant entering into a long-term commitment.
To assist you in your task, the CFO has provided the following general guidance. Since it is recognized that the industry is undergoing a major contraction, it is very important to comparatively evaluate the companyi??s financial and stock performance trends against its Industry.
You may wish to include all necessary and relevant financial performance and stock information, trends, and projections in supporting your recommendation. These factors may include, financial ratio trends and industry comparatives, capital spending, stock growth, Beta values, credit rating service valuations, bond rating valuations, and management and investment reports when these documents are available.
REPORT REQUIREMENTS
YOUR SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENT
Research and analyze the following information for Verizon Communications Inc.
–Annual Balance Sheets for THE COMPANY for the last three years.
–The Income Statements for THE COMPANY the last three years.
-Annual reports, 10K or 10Q
–Industry norms —
Analystsi?? reports on performance
-Management reports or press releases
Using this information develop an evaluation of the financial performance for Verizon Communications Inc. (Totally 85% of the assignment grade)
-1i??Background and Industry (one short paragraph).
-2i??Select of most significant financial performance results for the company: Compare Revenue, net income, working capital, total assets for the last three years and other results of your choice of the company against the industry or main competitor. Present the table with this information in your report. Write about 1 page of the analysis of these financial performance results. (15% of the project grade)
-3i??Find financial ratios for the company and its major competitor in the Internet. Write about 1-2 pages of analysis of the ratio results you received. (15% of the project grade). Compare the ratio results against the industry or main competitor.
-4Evaluate Return on Equity for the company for the last three years using the DuPont analysis. (10% of the project grade). Compare the companyi??s results to a major competitor.
Taking the information from the Income statements and the Balance sheets, calculate the companyi??s return on equity using the DuPont technique for the company for three years. Show your calculation!
Write about 1 page of analysis of the results that you received. Compare the results to main competitor. If the management of the company would like to improve their return on equity, what should the management of these companies do?
-5Evaluate other areas of financial analysis: capital spending, stock growth, Beta values, credit rating service valuations (if possible), bond rating valuations (if possible), etc. Make an overall conclusion about financial performance of the company during the last years. Compare the results that you received against the industry or main competitor. Summarize the results that you received in 1 page. What are the firmi??s financial strengths and weaknesses? (10% of the project grade)
-6Collect and evaluate the data about stock performance of the assigned companyS for the last one year. Compare the results that you received against the industry or main competitor.
Write about 1-2 pages of analysis of the ratio results you received. (20% of the project grade).
-7Develop a specific recommendation, with supporting rationale, as to whether or not the assigned companyS recent trend in financial and stock performance is of sufficient financial strength to warrant entering into a long-term commitment (about 1 page) (15% of the project grade)