Assignment: Balance Sheet and Basic Industries

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Harvard Business School

9-197-010
Rev. May 30, 1997

First Investments, Inc.: Analysis of Financial Statements
In March 1995, Fred Aldrich, a summer trainee with the First Investments, Inc., was called into the office of the head of investment analysis section of the trust department. The following conversation took place: Fred, here are the 1994, 1993, and 1985 Basic Industries Company’s financials (Exhibit 1) and a 10-year summary (Exhibit 2 ). Our trust department has owned this stock since the early 1980s. As you know, our portfolio people place a lot of emphasis on the quality of a company’s earnings and the return on owners’ equity in making stock selections. Well, they are worried. The 1994 Basic Industries annual report
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.3 1,062.5 1,136.9 $2,842.6 241.0 1,037.0 180.0 $4,300.6 1993 1985

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Exhibit 1 (continued)
1994 Liabilities and Equity Short-term borrowings Accounts payable Progress collections and price adjustments accrued Dividends payable Taxes accrued Other costs and expenses accrued Current liabilities Long-term borrowings Other liabilities Total liabilities Minority interest in equity of consolidated affiliates Preferred stock Common stock Amounts received for stock in excess of par value Retained earnings Deduct common stock held in treasury Total shareowners’ equity Total liabilities and equity $644.9 696.0 1,000.5 72.8 337.2 1,128.1 $3,879.5 1,195.2 518.9 5,593.6 $ 71.2 $ — $465.2 414.5 3,000.5 $3,880.2 (175.9 ) $3,704.3 $9,369.1 $665.2 673.5 718.4 72.7 310.0 1,052.6 $3,492.4 917.2 492.1 4,901.7 50.1 — $463.8 409.5 2,683.6 $3,556.9 (184.5 ) $3,372.4 $8,324.2 $ $120.6 376.2 300.5 58.7 318.3 392.6 $1,566.9 364.1 221.0 2,152.0 41.4 — $455.8 266.9 1,384.5 $2,107.2 — $2,107.0 $4,300.6 1993 1985

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Exhibit 2 Basic Industries Company and Consolidated Affiliates: 10-Year Financial Highlights as Reported in 1994 Annual Report (dollar amounts in millions; per-share amounts in dollars)

1994 Summery of operations: Sales of products and services Materials, engineering, and production costs Selling, general & administrative expenses Operating costs Operating margin Other income Interest

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