Analyzing Financial Statements for Non-financial Professionals

Analyzing Financial Statements for Non-financial Professionals

Financial statements of an organization often conceal more than they reveal. Being able to analyze them and extract meaningful information is an essential skill that financial as well as non-financial professionals should have. Ratio analysis can be used to determine relationships between two elements of the same financial statement or between one element of one financial statement and another element of a different financial statement. This type of analysis can also be used to compare your company’s performance to a number or key indicators, including your competitors, industry averages and benchmarks.

Target Audience
Non-financial professionals who wish to gain understanding or refresh their knowledge of finance and accounting without going into debit and credit transactions.

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Lesson Objectives

Get familiar with basics financial statements analysis. Enables Non-financial Professionals understand the key analysis elements; profitability, efficiency, liquidity and solvency ratios. It also explains horizontal and vertical analysis of the financial statements using examples.

Analyzing Financial Statements for Non-financial Professionals

  • Determine the value of a company’s key profitability and efficiency ratios;
  • Calculate liquidity and solvency ratios;
  • Classify examples as reflecting the use of horizontal or vertical analysis.


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