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You are a Business Analyst with Finance Group at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (“Berkshire”).
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a holding company owning subsidiaries that engage in a number of diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, freight rail transportation, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, services and retailing. It is now the end of 2017 and your department must review the financial statements of Berkshire’s investments.
The Finance department has been broken down into teams, and each team is to present a financial statement analysis of a subsidiary of Berkshire. Each has been assigned with a company that Berkshire owns, or has a significant ownership interest.
Prepare a financial analysis, a written report for submission to the department, of your respective target company.
Is the target company performing well in 2016 and 2015 (or the last two years of annual report)? Using the Financial Analysis framework (from the course) and the financial ratios, analyze the financial performance of the company. Discuss any areas of concern, as well as improvement, that you identified in your analysis.
Present your conclusion on the overall financial performance of your target company.
The written report cannot be more than 8 pages (excluding Appendices), double spaced and 12 font. Pages in excess of this limit will not read or graded.
In the Appendix of the written report, please include a copy of the Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement.
Please provide a pdf copy of the financial statements and notes, separate from report. Please do not include the MD&A.