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The Ferret vs The US Economy: Our Monthly Economic Report

To keep our clients’ businesses healthy, happy, and one step ahead of their competition, we’re always looking for indicators to show us where the US economy is headed. Depending on what the future holds, we might recommend increasing sales initiatives, adjusting cash on hand, increasing or decreasing debt, or other strategies to weather tough times […]

Would You Accept a Self Valuation of a Business?

“My business is a lot different than others in my industry.” How many times have you heard this comment from a seller? Although this might be a common statement from a business seller, is it accurate? When the owner of a small, privately held business firmly believes that their business is unique, the owner’s ideas about […]

Granite Construction Financial Analysis

According to their website, Granite Construction is a “builder of roads, tunnels, bridges, airports and other infrastructure” operating out of Watsonville, California. They’re known for their work on Interstate 64 in St. Louis, the Queens Bored Tunnel in New York, and the Las Vegas Monorail, the 3 combined topping $1B. This company is building big things. […]

Domino’s Pizza Financial Analysis

Creative and unique digital strategies have helped push Domino’s to record-level earnings and share prices. We wanted to see if the numbers behind this fast food giant support all the great financial press we’ve seen lately. We were not disappointed.

Coach, Inc Financial Analysis: Room for Improvement

The stock price chart (from Google Finance, COH) shows the roller-coaster this stock has been in the last 10 years. In our analysis, we’re going to concentrate on the last 4 years or so and see what went wrong and what corrections we recommend.

Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVVI) Is Doing It Right

In 2010, we would have recommended they stop seeking revenues and start focusing on gross profit margins and gross profit dollars – increase prices and do it now! Over the next 3 years, prices increased, gross profit margin increased by almost 1/3, and the annual revenues declined 24%. These changes made sure the business stayed healthy during a time that could have really hurt their future prospects.