2. Evaluate the asset, debt, and equity structure of Lucent technologies, as well as trends and changes found on the common size balance sheet.
Assets are current assets plus long-term assets, current assets were about 49.42% and fixed assets equal about 10%.Which has been mostly financed by long-term liabilities of 96% and short-term liabilities of 31%, this equals to 127% financing do to negative equity on previous year losses. In 2004 assets decreased to at about 48.52%, the company sold some of the fixed assets equaling about 13.5%. There was also an increase in inventory from 4% in 2003 to 4.8% in 2004. There was an increase in long-term liability of about 9% but there was also a decrease in short-term liability of about 9.5% which helps offsets the increase in the long-term liabilities. There was improvement in equity of about 9% for the year.
3. What concerns would investors and creditors have based on only this information?
According to the balance sheet the company is not financially sound with mostly long-term financing 82% and short-term of about 26% a total of about 108% this is still high, Lucent inventory has also increased this is also something that needs to be kept in mind if the demand for the product starts to decline and there’s to much inventory that’s not moving what will be the carrying cost and can the company with stand those costs, and as an investor or creditor I am sure they definitely don’t want to see negative equity. As stated there was profit gain of $2002 in 2004 showing the company can improve and its financial planning seems to be on the right patch and I am sure they will continue to improve. As a creditor the company shows 48.5% in total current assets which is good in case the firm needs to liquefy more assets when needed as it did previously, and 26% in total current…...