Week 1 – assignment 2 bus401 | BUS 401 Principles of Finance | Ashford University

Common Size Financial Statements: Appendix B [WLO: 4] [CLO: 2]

In your first assignment this week you retrieved the financial information for your chosen company. Analysts must evaluate a company’s financial statements to understand its performance over time. Common size statements “allow analysts to compare the relative composition of the company’s accounts over time” (Hickman et al., 2013, Section 11.3, para. 5). For this assignment, you will take the formatted financial statements you retrieved using Mergent and construct common size income statements and common size balance sheets for your chosen company. The video below explains how to construct a common size income statement and balance sheet using Excel.

Title this assignment “Appendix B.” Be sure to save both formats (Excel and PDF) of these files for later use.


Prior to beginning work on this assignment,

  • Review Chapter 2 and Chapter 11: Section 11.3 in Essentials of finance.
  • Complete the Week 1 – Assignment 1, Historical Financial Statements: Appendix A
    • You will be using the Excel file from Mergent for this assignment
  • Watch the following video that will go over how to create and format Appendix B

Construct Appendix B:

Using the formatted income statement and balance sheet in Excel from Week 1 – Assignment 1, and following the instructions in the BUS401| Creating Common Size Financial Statements in Excel (Links to an external site.) video,

  • Calculate and format the common size income statement for the three years.
  • Calculate and format the common size balance sheet for three years.
  • Save this Excel file as a PDF and title it “Appendix B”.

Submission Format:

  • Submit the PDF version of Appendix B to Waypoint.

The Common Size Financial Statements: Appendix B PDF file must contain the formatted common size income statement and balance sheet.

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