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Foundations Of Financial Management
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Foundations Of Financial Management

Foundations Of Financial Management

Book edition 16th
Author(s) Stanley B. Block, Geoffrey A. Hirt, Bartley Danielsen
Pages 768 pages
ISBN 9781259277160

Short Answer

Explain how the Du Pont system of analysis breaks down return on assets. Also explain how it breaks down return on stockholders’ equity

With the Du Pont system of analysis, the return on assets is calculated by multiplying the net profit margin with the total assets turnover. And the return on the stockholder’s equity is calculated by multiplying the return on the asset with the equity multiplier.

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The Du Pont analysis breaks down the equation of Return on Equity (ROE) into three parts:

  • Profitability is measured by the profit margin (Net income/Revenue)
  • Asset efficiency is measured by asset turnover (Revenue/Average Total Assets)
  • Financial leverage is measured by the equity multiplier (Average Total Assets/Average Total Equity)

 By the Du Pont system, return on assets is broken down as

By the Du Pont system, the return on stockholder’s equity is broken down as

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For December 31, 20X1, the balance sheet of Baxter Corporation was as follows:

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