Please answer the mini case questions a – e in at least 400 words or more

Please answer the mini case questions a – e in at least 400 words or more


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Mini Case
In 2009, the auto industry was being devastated by the economic downturn. General Motors filed
for bankruptcy and was renamed Motors Liquidation, an event that could not have been imagined
in prior times. Toyota, historically a tough competitor for Detroit, was beginning to be affected as
well, but not nearly to the same extent as GM. Below are the financial statements for the two firms.
GM’s fiscal year ends on December 31; thus, the statements are for the end-of-year for 2007 and
2008. Toyota, on the other hand, has a March 31 fiscal year; therefore the statements are for fiscal
years 2008 and 2009. As a result, Toyota’s financials are three months later than the financials for
General Motors.
a. Prepare a common-sized income statement and common-sized balance sheet for each firm
for both years.
b. How much profit (loss) was each company making per dollar of sales? To what would you
attribute any differences?
c. What differences do you notice in the common-sized balance sheets that could account for
the problems of GM relative to Toyota?
d. Conduct an Internet search on the two firms to gain additional insights as to causes of the
financial differences between the firms in 2008 and continuing into 2009.
e. How are the two companies doing financially today?

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