Teaching Note | HBS Case Collection | September 2013

The Case of the Unidentified Industries—2013

by Mihir A. Desai, William E. Fruhan, Jr. and Elizabeth A. Meyer

Abstract

Helps students to understand how the characteristics of a business are reflected in its financial statements. This case consists of an exercise in which students are given balance sheet data in percentage form and other selected financial data for companies in 14 industries. The specific task assigned to the student is to use the balance sheet data along with their basic knowledge of the operating conditions and characteristics of these 14 industries to match each industry to the correct data.

Keywords: financial statements; financial management; finance; accounting statements; ratio analysis; Financial Statements; Finance;

Citation:

Desai, Mihir A., William E. Fruhan, Jr., and Elizabeth A. Meyer. "The Case of the Unidentified Industries—2013." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 214-030, September 2013.