15 Feb Comparing Two Companies: General Mills and Kellogg
Comparing Two Companies: General Mills and Kellogg’sRefer to General Mills’s balance sheet and statement of cash flows at May 29, 2005, andKellogg’s balance sheet and statement of cash flows at December 30, 2006. Answer the followingquestions.1. Calculate the debt-to-equity ratio for the two companies. How do the ratios compare? Whatdoes that tell you about the two companies?2. Did the long-term liabilities of each company increase or decrease during the year? What werethe most important changes? What impact do the changes have on the companies’ cash flows?3. What were the most important sources and uses of cash disclosed in the financing activitiesportion of the statement of cash flows for each company? Kellogg’s had a large cash inflowfrom the issuance of notes payable during the year. Why does the long-term liability portionof the balance sheet indicate a decrease rather than an increase?