Prepare a columnar report for the controller of Heartland Inc. comparing the industry averages for the ratios published by the trade association with the comparable ratios for Heartland

Heartland Inc. is a medium-size company that has been in business for 20 years. The industry has become very competitive in the last few years, and Heartland has decided that it must grow if it is going to survive. It has approached the bank for a sizable five-year loan, and the bank has requested Heartland’s most recent financial statements as part of the loan package. The industry in which Heartland operates consists of approximately 20 companies relatively equal in size. The trade association to which all of the competitors belong publishes an annual survey of the industry, including industry averages for selected ratios for the competitors. All companies voluntarily submit their statements to the association for this purpose. Heartland’s controller is aware that the bank has access to this survey and is very concerned about how the company fared this past year compared with the rest of the industry. The ratios included in the publication and the averages for the past year are as follows: Ratio……………………………………………………… Industry Average Current ratio …………………………………………………………….1.23 Acid-test (quick) ratio ……………………………………………………0.75 Accounts receivable turnover ………………………………………………33 times Inventory turnover ………………………………………………………….29 times Debt-to-equity ratio ……………………………………………………….0.53 Times interest earned ………………………………………………………8.65 times Return on sales ……………………………………………………………6.57% Asset turnover ……………………………………………………………..1.95 times Return on assets ……………………………………………………………12.81% Return on common stockholders’ equity …………………………………..17.67% Heartland Inc. Statement of Income and Retained Earnings For the Year Ended December 31, 2017 (thousands omitted) Sales revenue ………………………………………………………..$ 542,750 Cost of goods sold …………………………………………………..(435,650) Gross profit ………………………………………………………..$ 107,100 Selling, general, and administrative expenses ……………………….$ (65,780) Loss on sales of securities …………………………………………………(220) Income before interest and taxes ……………………………………$ 41,100 Interest expense …………………………………… ……………………(9,275) Income before taxes ………………………………………………….$ 31,825 Income tax expense …………………………………… ……………….(12,730) Net income ……………………………………………………………$ 19,095 Retained earnings, January 1, 2017 ………………………………………58,485 …………………………………………………………………………..$ 77,580 Dividends paid on common stock ………………………………………(12,000) Retained earnings, December 31, 2017 ……………………………….$ 65,580 Required 1. Prepare a columnar report for the controller of Heartland Inc. comparing the industry averages for the ratios published by the trade association with the comparable ratios for Heartland. For Heartland, compute the ratios as of December 31, 2017, or for the year ending December 31, 2017, whichever is appropriate. 2. Briefly evaluate Heartland’s ratios relative to the industry averages. 3. Do you think that the bank will approve the loan? Explain your answer. View Solution:
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