Financial statements

  • From the e-Activity, review the financial statements in the Annual Report as of September 29, 2014. These are the Consolidated Statements of Operations, Consolidated Statement of Stockholders Equity, Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow, and Consolidated Balance Sheet.
  • Use the Decision Toolkit summary on page 23 of the text to discuss the numbers reported in the statements above. Answer the four questions providing the facts in the statements, AND use critical thinking to respond to the 4th column, “How to Evaluate Results”.

The E-activity is to Go to Apple Inc.’s Website and review its most recent financial statements on its Financial Information page, located at Be prepared to discuss. 









Are the company’s operations profitable?

Income statement

The income statement reports a company’s revenues and expenses and resulting net income or loss for a period of time.

If the company’s revenue exceeds its expenses, it will report net income; otherwise, it will report a net loss.

What is the company’s policy toward dividends and growth?

Retained earnings statement

How much of this year’s income did the company pay out in dividends to shareholders?

A company striving for rapid growth will pay a low (or no) dividend.

Does the company rely primarily on debt or stockholders’ equity to finance its assets?

Balance sheet

The balance sheet reports the company’s resources and claims to those resources. There are two types of claims: liabilities and stockholders’ equity.

Compare the amount of debt versus the amount of stockholders’ equity to determine whether the company relies more on creditors or owners for its financing.

Does the company generate sufficient cash from operations to fund its investing activities?

Statement of cash flows

The statement of cash flows shows the amount of cash provided or used by operating activities, investing activities, and financing activities.

Compare the amount of cash provided by operating activities with the amount of cash used by investing activities. Any deficiency in cash from operating activities must be made up with cash from financing activities.

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