Concepts For CVS:
1. What inventory methods does CVS use to value its inventory: is it the same or different from what Walgreen’s uses? If it is different how will that impact the financial statements?
2. How much is CVS’ reserve for estimated inventory losses?
Analysis For CVS:
1. Calculate inventory turnover and days inventory on hand for the past five (5) years in order to determine a trend.
2. Compare to Walgreens (for the last 5 years) and the industry average (for the current year).
3. What inventory method does CVS and Walgreens use?
4. Are there any major fluctuation or difference to comparators, give reasons for the fluctuations or differences using what you know regarding the industry, the economy, and linking what you have read in the management discussion and analysis as well as the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements related to inventory.
5. Has CVS or Walgreens improved its performance over the past 5 years?
6. Which company appears to make the most efficient use of inventory?
Text: Financial Accounting: Tools for Business Decision Making Author: Kimmel, Weygandt, Kieso Publisher: Wiley Ed/Year: 7th/2013 ISBN-13 (hard cover): 978-1118162286 ISBN (e-text): 978-1118562178
Morning Star Financial History Directions for Locating the Data for the Five Year Information 1. financials.morningstar.com/ratios/r.html?t=CVS 2. Select Key Ratios 3. Scroll Down to the Section your need: A. Profitability B. Growth C. Cash Flow D. Financial Health E. Efficiency Ratios 4. Repeat the procedure to get Walgreens by using;
financials.morningstar.com/ratios/r.html?t=WBA Directions for Locating Industry Averages 1. https://www.zacks.com/stock/research/CVS/industry-comparison 2. https://www.zacks.com/stock/research/WBA/industry-comparison Please employ the preceding sites for the CVS and WBA Industry Average Information.