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When comparing 2017 to 2008, how can Target Corporation’s EPS rise, yet its net earnings decrease?

Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) has been repurchasing its common stock over the past several years. Target’s fiscal year ends on the Saturday nearest to January 31. Use the information from Target’s 2017 and 2008 fiscal years (a ten-year gap) in this table to answer the questions that follow. Target Corporation Comparing 2017 EPS to 2008 […]

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How is the balance sheet of Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, impacted by its Initial Public Offering?

Rovio Entertainment Corporation, the maker of the Angry Birds mobile games, recently made its Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Helsinki NASDAQ stock exchange. Rovio stock is not available through U.S. stock exchanges. Rovio’s headquarters is in Finland. It also has offices in the United States, Sweden, China, and the United Kingdom. Rovio’s IPO in […]

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Given that Toys “R” Us has declared bankruptcy, what are its current, quick, and debt ratios?

Toys “R” Us (see https://www.toysrusinc.com/investors) declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2017, for its US operations. The toy retailer is seeking to restructure or remove some of its debts. Toys “R” Us is also looking to take similar actions for its Canadian operations. Here are the two most recent Toys “R” Us balance sheets. […]

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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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