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NEW! Create Customized Financial Accounting Case Assignments with the Accounting Case Template

The Accounting Case Template (ACT) is a web tool I designed that allows instructors to quickly build an introductory financial accounting case assignment. A variety of options are provided from which the instructor can choose, allowing the instructor to quickly build a case assignment customized for his/her specific course. It takes about two minutes to […]

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Do cash dividends paid affect a company’s breakeven point?

A recent blog posting for the Wall Street Journal had the headline “Big Oil Reaches for a Modest Goal: Breaking Even – Energy Journal[1].” The article stated that the “two-year slump in oil prices led…[big oil companies]…to rein in spending and lay off workers but the firms still didn’t make enough money in 2016 to […]

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How does Apple’s issuance of bonds and buyback of its own stock impact its accounting equation?

In May 2017, Apple Inc., filed a prospectus with the SEC, indicating that it would be issuing another $7 billion in bonds during 2017. (Apple issued $10 billion in bonds in February 2017 in the US and $1 billion in Taiwan.) With the bond proceeds, Apple will be buying back its own stock. Apple has […]

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How will Brooklinen, the luxury bedsheets startup, account for its $10 million Series A stock issuance?

Vicki and Rich Fulop, a millennial couple from Brooklyn, New York, went on vacation and stayed in a hotel where they fell in love with the bedsheets. When the Fulops made inquiries about how they might purchase the bedsheets, they found out that those sheets were not available for sale by retail customers.  Similar sheets […]

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How is Tesla’s balance sheet impacted by its issuance of common stock and convertible five-year notes?

Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) is ramping up to begin production of the Tesla Model 3. The Model 3 is an all-electric four-door compact luxury sedan that will have a range of at least 215 miles. It will be the most affordable of the Tesla models, starting at $35,000 for the base model. As of mid-March […]

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Introductory financial accounting Jeopardy game for end-of-semester review

At the end of the semester, I thought it might be useful to have a review game before the final exam. I have created a Jeopardy-style game that covers basic topics within an introductory financial accounting course. This PowerPoint file contains a Jeopardy-style game suitable for use in an introductory financial accounting class. There are […]

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How will Dr Pepper Snapple’s dividend impact its financial statements?

On November 16, 2016, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) made the following announcement: “Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.53 per share on the company’s common stock.  The dividend is payable in U.S. dollars on January 5, 2017, to shareholders of record on December […]

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How will Snapchat’s upcoming IPO impact its assets, liabilities, and equity?

For the past year, there has been speculation that Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, was planning to have an initial public offering (IPO.) Finally, in February 2017, Snap filed the paperwork with the SEC indicating it was going to be issuing stock soon. Snap’s IPO is expected to be the most expensive tech […]

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How will The Cheesecake Factory’s dividend announcement and payment impact its balance sheet?

On October 26, 2016, the Board of Directors of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ: CAKE) declared …”a quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 22, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 9, 2016” (source: News Release, 10/26/2016, “The Cheesecake Factory Reports Results for […]

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How would Microsoft’s $40 billion stock buyback and cash dividend impact its balance sheet?

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) recently announced plans to buy back up to $40 billion of its own stock. In the same announcement on September 20, 2016, Microsoft also stated that it would be increasing the cash dividend by 8% for the dividend to be paid on December 8, 2016, to shareholders of record on November 17, […]

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