In the course of a given day, a bank loan officer might be asked to issue loans to a host of businesses ranging from a sheet metal shop to a day-care center.

Each industry is necessarily different in terms of its ultimate business and financial goal. An annual net profit margin of 4% for a sheet metal business could be cause for celebration, while that same margin at a day-care center would be cause for serious concern.

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