Enter the stock symbol S to locate information for Sprint Nextel Corp. on Market Insight. Find the companyâ€™s most recent annual Balance Sheet in the Excel Analytics section.
a. Examine the companyâ€™s assets and liabilities. What proportion of total assets are current assets? What proportion of total liabilities are current liabilities? Does it seem that there is a good match between the duration of the assets and the duration of the liabilities?
b. Look at the Annual Statement of Cash Flows for Sprint Nextel, which is also found in the Excel Analytics section. Check the Financing Activities section to see if the company has issued new debt or reduced its debt outstanding. How much interest did the fi rm pay during the period?
c. Repeat the exercise with several other companies of your choice. Try to pick companies in different industries. Do you notice any patterns that might be due to the industrial environments in which the fi rms operate?