4 Timeless Articles on Financial Statement Analysis

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Introduction to Analysis of Financial Statements

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  • Financial statements enable investors to analyze a company’s fi nancial strength and performance.
  • The income statement measures a period of time, whereas the balance sheet is a snapshot of a single day.
  • All three statements are interlinked, with changes to one ultimately affecting the other two.

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The Income Statement: From Net Revenue to Net Income

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  • The income statement shows the revenues, expenses and income recognized over a period of time.
  • Companies use accrual accounting to show when revenues and expenses occured, as opposed to when is transferred.
  • Gross and operating margins can help reveal important trends about how a company is performing.

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The Balance Sheet: Assets, Debts and Equity

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  • The balance sheet lists all of a company’s assets and liabilities at a certain point in time.
  • The proportion of cash, receivables, fixed assets and debt varies by industry.
  • Changes in accounts receivables and accounts payables can provide warning signs about a company or its customers

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The Cash Flow Statement: Tracing the Sources and Uses of Cash

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  • The cash flow statement is a link between the balance sheet and the income statement.
  • Though a positive change in cash is good, what really matters is how the cash was increased and spent.
  • Free cash flow measures how much cash was generated that can be spent at management’s discretion

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