Cartwright Lumber Company Case

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Cartwright Lumber Company

I. Company Background & Situation
Cartwright lumber company was located in a suburb of a large city in the Pacific Northwest; its operations were limited to the retail distribution of lumber products in the local area. In 1994, Cartwright Lumber Company was established as a partnership by Mark Cartwright and his brother-in-law Henry Stark. However, in 2001, Cartwright brought out Henry’s interest for $105,000 and incorporated the company. About 55% of the total sales of Cartwright Lumber Company were made in the six months from April through September. There were no sales representative; orders were taken exclusively over telephone. Sales volume had been largely on the basis of successful price competition,
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1. Profitability
Profitability ratios are functions of both the industry and a company’s position within the industry. The boundaries are set by the operating characteristics of the industry, within these boundaries profitability ratios are determined by a player’s relative position. Gross profit margin should stay constant or increase because cost of goods sold should be a constant percentage of sales or should decrease as the company’s price increases and/or volume discounts. Gross profit margin was slightly favorable stable at 28%. The horizontal analysis information showed that sales had been averagely increased by 26% from 2001 to 2003.However the operating cost had been averagely increased by 27%. 2. Assets Management
For the assets management, we are looking for receivable turnover, payable turnover, inventory turnover. Turnover ratios measure how many times per year a given resource is consumed. Management’s objective is to stretch out the accounts payable period (low accounts payable turnover) and shorten the periods for accounts receivable and inventory (high accounts receivable and inventory turnover). The average of 2001 to 2003 was 10, 9.2 and 5.1 times respectively. And according to horizontal analysis from 2001 to 2003, the assets and liabilities were keeping increasing.

3. Liquidity & Working Capital
Current ratio measures

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