Vodafone financial analysis

Link to Vodafone annual report: http://docdro.id/9SaMPKA

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  1. Draw up a Common Size Consolidated Income Statement for Vodafone for 2015, 2014 and 2013. You should base your work on the Smith and Nephew class example.  The Consolidated Income Statement itself is on page 105 of the Vodafone report.


Outline the three most important points – in your opinion – to emerge from your Common Size Consolidated Income Statements.  You should write about 3-5 sentences per individual point (5 sentences is the absolute maximum ).  (note: Ignore ‘Other Comprehensive Income’ items)


  1. Draw up a Common Size Consolidated Statement of Financial Position for Vodafone for 2015, 2014 and 2013. You should base your work on the Smith and Nephew class example.  The Consolidated Statement of Financial Position itself is on page 106 of the Vodafone report.  You do not need to look at prior year annual reports – the comparative figures given on that page are sufficient. 2013 is uploaded separately.


Outline the three most important points – in your opinion – to emerge from your Common Size Consolidated Statement of Financial Position.  You should write about 3-5 sentences per individual point (5 sentences is the absolute maximum).


3.       Calculations Related to the Financial Statements of Vodafone Group.  You should focus on the Consolidated Income Statement and Consolidated Statement of Financial Position only. 


·         Please calculate the ratios under ‘List of Required Ratios’ below.  You should calculate each ratio for Vodafone for 2015, 2014 and 2013. 

·         Use End of Year figures rather than averages for any Balance Sheet items

·         Please Read Appendix A Guidance Notes


Profit Margin
Asset Turnover
Gross Margin
Operating Income Margin
Sales to Long Term Assets
Sales to Current Assets
Debt Ratio
Debt to Equity Ratio
Times Interest Cover
Average Collection Period
Average Payment Period
Average Inventory Days
Current Ratio
Quick Ratio
Price Earnings
Market to Book
Dividend payout ratio
Firm Stock return
Overall Market return


After carrying out your analysis, comment briefly on each ‘set’ of ratio calculations (i.e., explain what they mean and what you can draw from your calculations).  The ‘sets’ are as follows as per the Smith and Nephew calculations: ‘ROE’; Operating; Efficiency; Liquidity; Working Capital; Investors. A few sentences on each set is enough.    


  1. I will not ask you to calculate Cash Flow Ratios. However, please examine the Statement of Cash Flow and briefly list what you consider to the the most important points to emerge from a general examination of the Cash Flow Statements over the periods covered. You should list three to five points (maximum five points) and write briefly (a couple of sentences) on each.



  1. Finally, you have done a lot of analysis work on Vodafone. I would like to close the assignment by asking you to comment on
  • The overall performance of Vodafone over 2013-2015
  • Whether it looks like a good investment
  • Whether it looks like a company which a bank would be happy to give a substantial loan to


  • In answering this question, you should draw on your responses to the earlier questions. However, you should not write more than 2 double spaced pages on this at the very most (and feel free to write less). This is the ‘freedom’ part of the assignment in that you can focus on whatever you want.  I look forward to reading a diverse range of answers.  Two completely different answers could both achieve high grades here.


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