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Overview
Working capital management is critical to an organization’s ability to meet its short-term obligations. When proposing new projects or investment ideas for corporations, it is critical to consider working capital red flags such as excess credit use by the business or a low cash balance. Managing such issues early on can help corporations acquire a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Prompt
Using the business you selected for Project Two, complete the calculations for determining working capital, and describe their relevance in assessing financial health.
Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:
Financial Statement(s): Explain the various financial statement(s) needed to calculate a business’s working capital and how each financial statement is used. Provide examples to support your claims.
Working Capital’s Role: Discuss how effective working capital management supports a healthy business.
Working Capital Interpretation: Use the appropriate formula to calculate working capital, then discuss the business’s current financial liquidity position.
For example, does the business have sufficient working capital on hand to address bills to suppliers? Will there be potential cash inflow at the end of the year?
Working Capital Management Direction: Discuss the current direction of the business regarding working capital management.
Keep in mind that financial statements reflect a specific moment or period of time and the value of the business’s working capital during that period. To get a better understanding of the direction in which a business is going, use the business’s balance sheets from Mergent Online to compare the business’s value today against its value from one year ago.
Guidelines for Submission
Your submission should be a 2 to 3-page Word document with 12-point Times New Roman font, double spacing, and one-inch margins. Any sources should be cited according to APA style.
Module Five Activity Rubric
Criteria
Proficient (100%)
Needs Improvement (70%)
Not Complete (0%)
Value
Financial Statement
Explains the various financial statement(s) needed to calculate a business’s working capital and how each statement is used
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include explaining in more detail the various financial statement(s) needed to calculate a business’s working capital and how each statement is used
Does not attempt criterion
15
Working Capital’s Role
Discusses how effective working capital management supports a healthy business
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include discussing in more detail how effective working capital management supports a healthy business
Does not attempt criterion
20
Working Capital Interpretation
Uses the appropriate formula to calculate working capital and discusses the business’s current financial liquidity position
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include discussing in more detail the business’s current financial liquidity position or using the appropriate formula to calculate the working capital
Does not attempt criterion
20
Working Capital Management Direction
Discusses the current direction of the business regarding working capital management
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include discussing in more detail the current direction of the business regarding working capital management
Does not attempt criterion
25
Articulation of Response
Clearly conveys meaning with correct grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, demonstrating an understanding of audience and purpose
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors in grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, negatively impacting readability
Submission has critical errors in grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, preventing understanding of ideas
20

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