The study examines the "Impact of financial ratio analysis on investment decision in a multinational organization "A case study of Guinness Nigeria plc, Ikeja Lagos In today's growing business environment of Nigerian economy, many organizations in the business related industry have been noted for facing challenges on how to survive owing to the fact that there has been a drastic reduction in the investment plans of investors and other key interested parties in the industry. The reason for the above development is not far-fetched because those interested parties concerned with investment in companies were not provided with adequate information that will guide and assist them in choosing an appropriate investment decision. Management however are saddle with the responsibility of making available a company's financial data and details open to the general public in order to access them on their performance of the administrative of the company over the years, and to attract more investment opportunities that the company requires for growth and development. To this end, outsider not within the company will be able to carry out a thorough investigation on a company profitability level provided they are presented with an Annual report that will depict the financial statement of the company in detail. To develop a programme that will attract an investment desire among people towards companies in Nigeria which is an important factor for companies growth and development; effort should be directed by management in the helms of affair by ensuring that a proper financial ratio analysis is conducted to enable users of financial statement gain a better insight of the company and to help them in choosing a profitable investment option. Data generated from the sixty (60) respondents were analyzed through the use of percentage distribution and correctional chi-square analysis was adopted as the statistical technique for testing.


Content                                            Page

Title page    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    i

Approval    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    ii

Dedication    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    iii

Acknowledgement    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    iv

Abstract    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    v


1.1    Background of the study

1.2    Statement of the problem

1.3    Purpose of the study

1.4    Research questions

1.5    Research hypothesis

1.6    Significance of the study

1.7    Scope and limitations of the study

1.8    Plan of the study

1.9    Operational definition of terms


2.1   Introduction

2.2   Theoretical framework of ratio analysis

2.3   An overview of financial statement

2.4   The users of financial statement

2.5   Comparison of ratio

2.6   Types of ratios

2 .7 Analysis of the various types of ratios.

2.8   Significance of ratio

2.9   Objective of financial ratios  

2.10 Limitation of ratio analysis

2.11 Coping with problem encountered in the financial statement analysis

2.12   Relationship between inflation, financial ratios and the financial statement.

2.13   Summary of literature review


3.1     Introduction

3.2     Research of the research questions

3.3     Research hypothesis

3.4     Research design

3.5     Data collection method

3.6     Population of study

3.7     Sample design

3.8     Method of data analysis

3.9     Description of questionnaire


4.1     Introduction

4.2     Analysis of respondent’s bio data

4.3      Analysis of respondent’s respondents

4.4     Testing of hypothesis


5.1     Summary of findings

5.2 Conclusion

5.3 Recommendations


Appendix 1




Business enterprises are in operation basically to provide goods and services which will satisfy the needs and desires of customers at a lower cost and in return will maximize their profit effectively on the services rendered by them. It is the responsibility of the management of a business enterprise to make sure that the activities being carried out by their enterprises are properly and documented.

The recording of the business operation should be prepared in monetary term in a manner that the various interested party to the company's financial statement will have the opportunities to determine whether the business is performing well in its functions or otherwise. The management is totally responsible for the" planning, organizing, coordinating as well as controlling and making corrective decision that seeks to the progress and advancement of the business organization.

Decision making is a managerial function. It requires the assessment or analytical study of past, present operation future prospects and the probable outcome of decision which could be made. One important instrument which has helped business over the years in this area is the financial ratio analysis.

Financial statement in order to gain insight into the financial position and performance of a business enterprise. It is the relationship between financial data in the financial statement to aid in the evaluation of the business strength and weaknesses. It also provide us with information that is useful for investment decisions such as "should we acquire ABC corporation or otherwise? It encompasses a variety of accounting ratios that reflect on a particular events, results or existing conditions.

The financial statement is an accounting statement showing the profit and loss account of a business firm for a particular year, also the balance sheet, showing the financial position of the company. Various users include specific interest and needs.(project topics   final year project topics )

The users include the following bodies such as; the management, shareholders, creditors, government employees, customers, financial analysts and advisers as well as competitors. It is from this statement drawn their conclusion the company's performance, its managerial ability and competence as well as the future prospect of the business under consideration.

Investment decision is the allocation of a firms capital finds to investment proposal to yield future benefit that will meet up the expectation of all investors in a company.

This research work therefore, intends to find out the impact of financial ratio analysis on investment decision in a multinational organization, using GUINNESS NIGERIA PIc located in Ikeja as a case study.


Investment decision is one of the most critical and crucial decision of an organization. It is a very important decision for the growth and survival of most organization in Nigeria.

The problem of this research study shall centers on the reason why business fail to prosper in the function. (i.e. achieving their objective of profit making) enterprises fails to achieve their targeted goals due to wrong choice of investment decision taken which may result from the followings:

Inadequate fact data or information about the project being under taken. The wrongly analysis of the technique use for company's evaluation and performance. Insufficient availability of investment analyst and expert that can give "advice on what, where and how to invest one's resources.

4.    Difficult to decide on a proper basis for comparison because organization ratio have meaning only when they are compared with some standards.

5.    There is inherent assumption that the historical data used for ratio analysis are inviolate fixed and applicable under all situations, however the dynamic of political and economic factors may prove such data as out of date".


The general purpose of this study is to examine and analysis the impact of financial ratio analysis on investment decision in a multinational organization (GUINNESS NIGERIA PLC). These are:

To examine the commitment of resources with the expectation of realizing future benefit over a reasonable long period in the future. To determine how matters relating to dividend policy affect the organization stability. To examine how Investment decision affect the future profitability either by way of increase in revenue or cause an increase in efficiency and reduction in cost.

4.    To examine" the factors that determines the growth and survival of the organization over-time

5.    To make recommendation to the management, shareholders and investors on how to execute their investment plans.


The research question covers all aspects of the study and shall be used to drawn valuable information on the impact of financial ratio analysis on investment decision.

The questions will include: -

How will the commitment of present resources be able to realize the future benefit in a reasonable long period? How will matters relating to divided policy in your organization affect its stability? How will Investment decision affect the future profitability by way of increase in revenue or increase in efficiency and cost reduction? How will the factors that determine the growth and survival of your organization over a time can be examined? How will the Investment plans In relation to management, shareholder and investors recommendation can be executed?



Ho: Commitment of resources does not lead to realization of company's objectives.

Hi:  Commitment of resources lead to realization of company's objectives.


Ho: Investment decision does not affect the future profitability and cost reduction.

Hi:  Investment decision affects the future profitability level, efficiency and cost reduction


The research study is being conducted with the primary aim to provide useful information to the GUINNESS NIGERIA PLC under study in particular and to other company on matters relating to investment.

The study also attempt to provide valuable information to management concerning their internal control, profitability and efficient of management of assets. It also aims to provide sufficient information to shareholder on a company's profitability's stability and potential for growth.

The study attempt to provide good information to creditors on the ability of a firm to pay interest and repay the principal sum on a due date.

It will also benefit the government by supplying them information on a business profit made by a company in order to assess tax liabilities and other information concerning a business enterprise.


This work endeavour to examine critically what exactly is meant' by any financial ratio analysis, its implication and how it can be used by the management on Investment decisions. It shall also make an insight on the accounting ratios in the interpretation of financial statements and reports to social statements and report to see how it would be useful to the useful to the users. It also centers on GUINNESS NIGERIA PLC.

However, time constraint to and financial impediment on this research work has led to inability of covering numbers of organization.


The study is made up of five chapters.

Chapter one is the General introduction of the study, while chapter Two is the Literature review. Chapter three is made up of Research methodology while Chapter four is Data Analysis and interpretation. Lastly, Chapter five is the summary of findings, conclusion and recommendations.


Liquidity Ratio: These are ratio that reflects the ability of a firm to meet its short-term obligation using assets that are most readily converted into cash.

ii.    Long Term Solvency and Stability Ration: These are ratios concerned with the ability of a company to meet its long-term obligation.

iii. Profitability and Efficiency Ratio: These are ratios concerned with relative profitability and efficiency of utilization of resources of a business.

iv. Investor I Stock Market Ratio: These are ratio used in the stock exchange to enable them compare alternative investment.



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