financial statement analysis- Estee Lauder Companies Inc.


Date:15/04/18 Words: about 1100 (max 1200)

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After understanding the company, go to the financial statements, which along with the footnotes to the statements are our main focus. Additional information after the statements will aid you.

1. On the basis of the information supplied in this annual report prepare a brief discussion and analysis of ELC’s performance and financial position.

2. In particular, you should address the following points:
a. What is the ELC’s core operating activity through which it generates revenues? When does ELC recognize its revenues from this core operating activity? Discuss the treatment of payment discounts and product returns.

b. Discuss the accounting treatment of inventories and its implications on the 
balance sheet and income statement numbers. 

c. Which types of intangible assets are included in the “other indefinite lived 
intangible assets”? Discuss the firm’s policy on amortization and/or impairment of intangible assets and its implications on numbers in the financial statements. Provide examples to illustrate your points. 

d. Discuss the treatment of goodwill and other intangible assets and explain why they increased in 2017. 

e. How much did ELC originally pay for all the Machinery and Equipment that it owned as of June 30th 2017? 

f. Assume that capital expenditure and recorded depreciation expense for 2017 relate exclusively to the Machinery and Equipment. Assume that the firm has purchased Machinery costing $334 million during 2017. Assume that the only thing that the firm sold was one machine for cash. How much did the firm receive in proceeds from the sale? How much did the firm originally pay for the machine that was sold? At the time of the sale, what was the accumulated depreciation on the machine that was sold? Did ELC record a gain or a loss on the sale of the machine? 

g. Did ELC have capital or/and operating leases? Discuss the treatment of the leases and its implications on the numbers in the financial statements. 

h. Explain which transactions during 2017 affected Total equity. Which particular accounts reflected these changes in total equity? 

i. Did ELC have share buybacks and share issues during 2017? Discuss the implication of these activities on its accounts. 

j. What were the key components of comprehensive income for 2017? What events caused currency translation gains/losses during 2017? 

k. Did ELC issue any shares as a part of stock option compensation plan in 2017? Discuss the implication on the shareholders wealth of the shares issued under the stock option plan? Estimate ELC’s stock option overhang at the end of fiscal 2017. Explain your findings.

Skills: Accounting, Finance, Financial Analysis, Financial Research

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