Brady Corporation is a leader in identification, safety, and material solutions. In 1998, the firm was hit hard by faltering foreign markets, so it embarked upon an aggressive campaign to redesign its cost structure. The firm believes this will help it to enhance future stockholder value. Brady follows the concept of Shareholder Value Enhancement (SVE), which is improved through increased sales, cost control, and effective use and control of assets.

1. calculate and interpret brady's gross margin (netsales-cost of goods sold)/net sales) for the years 1999,2000, and 2001.what conclusions,if any ,can you draw from analyzing these gross margins?
2. continiuimn on brady's consolidated statemants of income. calculate and interpret net profit margin for the years 1999,2000,and2001.note: net profit margin=(net income/net sales).
3. on brady's income statement ,calculate brady's TIE ratio for 1999,2000 and 2001 and interpret your results.
4. looking at brady's balance sheets for the 200 and 2001,calculate the current ratio and comment on any changes in brady's liquidity position.

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What are the problems? Your original post had 4 numbered questions that asked for figures and your intepretations of these figures.

To calculate the answers to the questions accurately, we need the specific financial statements and data for Brady Corporation for the years 1999, 2000, and 2001. The website link you provided might have the necessary information. However, since I cannot access external websites, I am unable to verify the accuracy of those answers.

To help you understand how to calculate these figures and interpret the results, I can provide you with the general formulas and concepts used in financial analysis. You can then apply them to the financial statements of Brady Corporation.

1. Gross Margin: Gross margin is calculated by subtracting the cost of goods sold (COGS) from net sales and dividing the result by net sales.
Gross Margin = (Net Sales - COGS) / Net Sales

Gross margin represents the profitability of a company's core operations after accounting for the direct costs of producing its products or services. A higher gross margin typically indicates better cost control and pricing power.

2. Net Profit Margin: Net profit margin is calculated by dividing net income by net sales.
Net Profit Margin = Net Income / Net Sales

Net profit margin measures the overall profitability of a company, taking into account all expenses and costs incurred in generating revenue. It indicates how efficiently a company manages its expenses relative to its revenue.

3. Times Interest Earned (TIE) Ratio: TIE ratio is calculated by dividing earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) by interest expense.
TIE Ratio = EBIT / Interest Expense

The TIE ratio measures a company's ability to cover its interest expenses with its earnings. A higher TIE ratio indicates better debt-servicing capability and lower risk of financial distress.

4. Current Ratio: The current ratio is calculated by dividing current assets by current liabilities.
Current Ratio = Current Assets / Current Liabilities

The current ratio is a liquidity measure that indicates a company's ability to meet its short-term obligations. An increase in the current ratio suggests improved liquidity and a better ability to cover short-term liabilities.

To perform these calculations accurately, you will need the actual financial data from Brady Corporation's financial statements for the respective years. Once you have the data, you can input the numbers into the formulas mentioned above to obtain the correct answers.