ACC 700 Milestone #1 Guidelines and Rubric
The first milestone is a rough draft of the first artifact for your professional portfolio, financial statements and analysis. You will complete a set of financials asdescribed in the appendix section of the prompt below for a fictitious company called Chester Inc. You will then submit a report of your findings andrecommendations. This will be graded using the rubric at the end of this document and is an opportunity for you to organize your thoughts and receive feedbackfrom your instructor for the final submission. You should note that the submission guidelines for this milestone are less demanding than those for the finalsubmission. Once you have submitted this milestone and received feedback from your instructor, it is up to you to incorporate this feedback and complete theartifact by meeting the submission guidelines found in the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric document.Client One – Chester, Inc. (Financial Statements and Analysis)Chester, Inc. is a large, publicly traded client at S.N.H.U., LLC. Your task is to develop a comprehensive, professional report for the board of directors. To do this,you will use Chester, Inc.’s trial balance to compose comparative financial statements, analyze data, and interpret results. These financial statements must be ingood form in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Next, you will assess the performance of Chester, Inc. using the financialstatements that you created, along with industry performance data and the financial statements of a competitor. In addition, Chester, Inc. is consideringexpanding into the global market. They would like you to highlight key areas of the financial statements you have prepared and identify how they would bereported differently if composed under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) rather than GAAP.Background and Financial InformationChester, Inc. is a large, publicly traded client operating in athletic wear including clothing, shoes, and accessories. Direct competitors include ColumbiaSportswear Company (COLM – NYSE) and Under Armour, Inc. (UA – NYSE). All of these companies operate in the textile-apparel clothing industry. Chester Inc.operates on a calendar year.Reference the Milestone One Chester Inc. Trial Balance spreadsheet for the past three years’ financials (2013, 2014, and 2015).Additional information:
Land with the land· improvements were sold at book value (no gain or loss) in 2014. (Note: To evaluate the sale, use the following accounts: land,building and land improvements, and Other Noncurrent Assets)
New equipment purchased with cash for $2,739,067 in 2014·
New storage building purchased with cash for $135,000 in 2015·
Balance sheet· Income statement·
Statement of cash flows (indirect method)
Address all three key ratios in each ratio category. Include what each ratio indicates and how the organization performed against its key competitor andindustry averages.
Note that this milestone is a rough draft and the submission guidelines are different for the final project. The final paper will be 8–10 pages in length with at leastfive sources. Refer to the guidelines for submission in the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric document.