# write a short essay explaining the differences (or similarities) that you find between the profit margins calculated and why you think the profit margins differ

Using https://finance.yahoo.com/, randomly select a company (enter a random letter in the “Quote Lookup” box, click “Show all results for  ” and click the link for a company from the list). Pick a company that sounds interesting (one that you have never heard of before or one that you know very little about). Click “Profile” on the top navigation bar (under the stock price) on the resulting page and read the Description of your company. Next, click the Financials link on the top navigation bar and compute your chosen company’s gross profit margin, operating profit margin, and net profit margin for the two most recent years of provided data. Then, repeat the same process for a second company.

write the name of the first company, followed by a colon, followed by your calculations for GPM (gross profit margin), OPM (operating profit margin), and NPM (net profit margin) for the 2 years. And then do the same for your second company:

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For example:

Nkarta (12/31/18): GPM = 38.3%, OPM = 18.2% and NPM = 3.7%

Nkarta (12/31/19): GPM = 32.2%, OPM = 7.6% and NPM = -2.1% for 12/31/2019

Skillful Craftsman Ed. Tech (9/30/18): GPM = 58.8%, OPM = 33.3% and NPM = 10.2%

Skillful Craftsman Ed. Tech (9/30/19): GPM = 61.6%, OPM = 40.1% and NPM = 16.6%

Finally, write a short essay explaining the differences (or similarities) that you find between the profit margins calculated and why you think the profit margins differ. Your reasons for difference should (in part) be based on the descriptions of the companies (some of which you should share in your essay as you evaluate/explain the differences or similarities).

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