CASE 2: MICROLINE CORPORATION

You work in the finance and investment department of Mega Industries, which recently purchased several small high-tech companies. An additional company, Microline Corporation, is presently under consideration. You have been asked to serve on a project team that is preparing a recommendation to the chief financial officer about whether Mega should attempt to acquire Microline. Your duty on this team is to review the company's financial statements and write a memo to the team leader, Sharon Sonneborn. The memo should analyze Microline's solvency position, earning power potential, and the extent to which the reported financial statements reflect the company's “true” financial position and performance. After a brief review of Microline, Sharon believes that you should also address in your report the following important questions:

  1. Is there any evidence that management's bonus caused it to enter into any transactions, especially at year-end, that may not have been in the shareholders' interest?
  2. Has the debt covenant imposed any restrictions that may have influenced any of management's reporting choices?
  3. What was the acquisition price of Littleton when it was purchased by Microline?
  4. Is Microline's bad debt allowance sufficient?
  5. How much cash was received by Ellery Inc. during 2011, and what percentage of Ellery's total income was paid out in the form of dividends?
  6. How much cash was collected from customers during 2011?

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