This is a accounting exam

Question:Recent financial statements for the following organisations were published on Study Direct in week 1: – Rolls Royce – Sainsbury – Southern Water – Oxfam – University of Sussex


Using the information which you have brought into the exam on your note, use appropriate methods of analysing financial statements to compare and contrast the financial performance and current financial status of two of these organisations.


Methods which you may use include:

– Relevant ratios

– Comparison of key elements of the financial statements

– Horizontal or vertical analysis

– Any additional methods which you have researched


Define Corporate Social Responsibility. Using the financial statements of the same two companies as considered above, compare and discuss their respective approach to CSR, identifying aspects common to both and aspects that differ



Tutor’s Keypoint:

  • Notes on solution In addition to strength and structure of essay, marks were awarded for: – Selection of appropriate ratios

– Horizontal and vertical analysis over 5 years

– Comparison of information in the balance sheet and income statement and cash flow

– Accuracy of calculation

– Discussion of profitability

– Discussion of efficiency

– Discussion of liquidity

– Discussion of solvency

– Discussion of changes in business risk

– Discussion of limitations of financial statements and use of ratios, horizontal and vertical analysis

– Discussion of sectors and markets operating in

– Share price (where relevant), current and historic

– Comparison of key ratios with other comparable companies

– Analysis of Directors statements and comparison with figures

– Comments on audit report

– Comments on key items in notes to the financial statements – Additional methods of analysis researched


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