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Palm Inc. & Research In Motion Limited

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Project InstructionsThe project is to analyze and compare the financial statements of two Canadian or US public companies from the same industry. In order to avoid duplication of projects the instructor must approve the companies covered in the term project before any work is done. The names of the companies you plan to analyze must be submitted to me by e-mail before the end of the second week of the course. It is recommended that the companies chosen for the project should not be banks, insurance companies or in the financial services or real estate sectors because they need specialized knowledge that is not covered in this course. The companies selected should have been in business for at least 5 years.All the information needed should be available from the two most recent annual (do not use quarterly reports) reports. The data needed for each company is:1. The three most recent year end balance sheets;2. Detailed income and cash flow statements for the past 2 years.Your report, which should not exceed 10 double-spaced typewritten (12 pt. font) pages, excluding appendices, should address the following:I. Using the ratios from Exhibit 14.4 of the text, assess and compare theperformance of the companies, and their financial health. Addresswhich company performed better, what is the trend for each over thepast two years, and how does the performance of eachcompare over the most recent 2 years (worth 75% of the grade).II. Consider the qualitative information, comments and future objectives containedin the non-financial portions of the annual report. Comment on whetherthe reported results support the statements, and whether the company'sfinancial position will enable it to achieve its stated objectives. Whichcompany is better poised for the future (worth 15% of the grade)?III. Comment on the degree of disclosure offered, and on the clarity (or lack thereof)of the statements themselves and the notes (worth 10% of the grade).Copies of the financial statements (balance sheet, statement of retained earnings, income statement, cash flow statement), BUT NOT THE FOOTNOTES OR THE ENTIRE ANNUAL REPORTS, on which your report is based must be submitted with your project.I. Business Background:Palm Inc., ("PLMO" in NASDAQ, hereinafter as PLMO) and Research In Motion Limited ("RIM" in TSE and "RIMM" in NASDAQ, hereinafter as RIM) are competitors in wireless communication industry by providing both integrated handheld hardware, software and services that support various wireless network standards.Palm Inc. is one of the pioneers in handheld devices field by being key provider of handheld computing devices and operating systems. Before the restructure in 2003, Palm consisted of the Solutions Group and PalmSource. Its business includes production of Palm related hardware and software, and third-party licensees. As of May 31, 2003, PLMO had shipped over 22.3 million Palm-branded devices and approximately 29.1 million Palm-powered devices have been sold worldwide....

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