Complete an analyst on General Mills to examine a possible acquisition candidate, completing an initial search and review. Your supervisor is a member of the Controller’s team. The controller reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Your work may be presented to a variety of audiences so professionalism is exceptionally important in all deliverables you create.
Write your paper, read carefully, and consider possible edits and changes.
Start early. Your paper should consist, at a minimum, of the following:
- title page
- 3 – 4 pages single spaced, double space between paragraphs. Page count does not include title page, tables and exhibits, table of contents, and works cited list
- bibliography or works cited (business classes use APA format)
- in text citations (business classes use APA format)
- tables, and appendixes if you wish to copy and paste financial statements or materials you did not write (these will not be part of the ‘page count’)
- Your paper should use one-inch margins on the left, right, top, and bottom of each page, and font set at 12 point.
- Write your paper, in your own words, using accounting words from our textbook and explaining how these relate to the financial statements of your company
- Our discussion postings during the semester should assist you in completing this paper
Written Assignment: SEC 10-K Analysis
Using the Internet, access the SEC 10-K annual report for General Mills.
Review the company’s MD&A as well as financial statements and the accompanying footnotes. Use this information to prepare your “analytic” results. You may want to seek additional background and comparative data on the business. Yahoo Finance has a “competitors” feature we will discuss in class.
The content of your paper should focus on accounting issues and include words used in our accounting class, including financial accounting and the scope of our course, at a higher level than in Principles of Accounting since we are now in Intermediate Accounting. Review the chapters and key concepts for ideas!
Use terms from our class and create displays using the SEC 10-K for your company. The use of headings will label the sections in your paper. Your goal is to explain the financial statements and the information of the SEC 10-K with the knowledge you learn from our class. While not explaining every item in the SEC 10-K, your paper should tell a story and illustrate your mastery of accounting terms and concepts. No more than one page should be devoted to your company’s history and non-financial information. Focus on the Notes to the Financial Statements and the MD&A.