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How to Read and Analyze Financial Statements

  • CIA
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • CVA
  • IAP
  • QIAL
How to Read and Analyze Financial Statements

2.5 Credits


Subject Area


Webinar Qualifies For

2.5 CPE credit of Accounting for all CPAs

2.5 CPE credit for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)

2.5 CPE credit for Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)

2.5 CPE credit for Internal Audit Practitioner (IAP)

2.5 CPE credit for Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL)

2.5 CPD credit (Verifiable) for Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)

2.5 General Educational credit for Tax Professionals / Bookkeepers / Accountants

Course Description

Is financial statement analysis part of your job?

Is it a component of your corporate or personal investment strategy?

Don’t you wish you had an easier, faster way of doing it?

In this scenario, you need to understand and apply financial statement analysis in an efficient manner.

Current and potential employees, lenders, and shareholders read company financial statements with a different goal or purpose in mind. They use financial statements in a variety of ways, seeking information specific to their needs. This CPE course provides an overview of the basic financial statements and how to interpret the information presented within the statements and footnotes.

This CPE webinar provides a thorough coverage of how to read and analyze financial statements as well as how the analysis can be organized to identify and assess a company’s value drivers.  It begins with videos covering the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows and the statement of shareholders’ equity.  It then moves into the real world, focusing on Home Depot, its key performance measures, leading to a complete ratio analysis.  Home Depot’s performance is then compared to that of Lowe’s Home Improvement in terms of the basic ratios, more much more importantly using an ROE-based model that highlights the companies’ value drivers.

Major topics covered in this online Accounting CPE webinar:

  • What are financial statements?
  • What are financial ratios?
  • How to read a balance sheet?
  • How to read an income statement?
  • How to read a cashflow statement?

Join us for this CPE webinar and you will learn to effectively read and analyze financial statements.

Learning Objectives

  • To determine what a balance sheet measures and describe the basic balance sheet classifications and accounts.
  • To determine what an income statement measures and describe the basic classifications and line items.
  • To review what the statement of cash flows measures and describe the three basic classifications, especially the operating section prepared under the indirect method.
  • To discuss what the statement of shareholders’ equity measures and describe the different accounts that appear on it.
  • To assess Home Depot’s financial condition and performance by reviewing its financial statements.
  • To describe the key areas of business performance and link them to the measures provided by the financial statements.
  • To list, compute and interpret a set of ratios that link to the key areas of business performance.
  • To analyze the differences in the financial condition and performance of Home Depot vs. Lowe’s using a set of financial ratios.
  • To determine how return on equity can be broken down into its determinants and link this model to the measures of the key areas of business performance. 
  • To analyze the differences in the financial condition and performance of Home Depot vs. Lowe’s using the ROE model.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting and audit managers/practitioners
  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • Accounting Practice Owners
  • Bookkeepers & Accountants & Tax Preparers
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Chartered Professional Accountant
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • Young CPA


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