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# Reformulation for Multi-Year Capitalization of Operating Leases Use the information provided below for Southwest Airlines to...

Reformulation for Multi-Year Capitalization of Operating Leases

Use the information provided below for Southwest Airlines to answer the requirements.

\$ millions 2013 2014 2015
Net operating assets (NOA) \$ 7,337 \$ 6,812 \$ 7,818
Net nonoperating obligations (NNO) (332) (296) 127
Total stockholders' equity 7,669 7,108 7,691
Net nonoperating expenses (NNE) 119 118 106
Net operating profit after tax (NOPAT) 873 1,254 2,287
Net income 754 1,136 2,181
Revenue 18,810 19,716 20,931

Below are the adjustments that analysts would use to account for Southwest's operating leases as if they were capitalized. Adjustments are based on the present value of Southwest's operating leases for fiscal years 2013-2015.

Balance Sheet Adjustments (\$ millions) 2013 2014 2015
Net operating assets (NOA) +3,267 +4,244 +3,188
Net nonoperating obligations (NNO) +3,267 +4,244 +3,188
Equity 0 0 0
Income Statement Adjustments (\$ millions) 2013 2014 2015
Interest expense +129 +167 +126
Net nonoperating expense, NNE +81 +105 +79
Net operating profit after tax, NOPAT +81 +105 +79
Net income 0 0 0

a. Compute the following ratios using the unadjusted and the adjusted numbers for each year. For simplicity only, use year-end balances for NOA, NNO, and equity.

Round ROE, RNOA, and NOPM to one decimal place (ex: 0.2345 = 23.5%).

Round NOAT and FLEV to two decimal places.

Use negative signs with answers, when appropriate.

2013 2014 2015

b. Does the lease capitalization make a large difference in any of these ratios?

Lease capitalization makes a large difference in both the RNOA and FLEV ratios.

Lease capitalization makes a large difference in both the ROE and RNOA ratios.

Lease capitalization makes a large difference in both the RNOA and NOPM ratios.

Lease capitalization makes a large difference in both the ROE and FLEV ratios.

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