How To Read And Analyze Financial Statements

  • Accountant
  • CFP (US)
  • CIA
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • CVA
  • IAP
  • QIAL
  • CWS

Published: January, 2022

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Course Description


  • Balance Sheet
    1 mins
  • statement of cash flows
    24 mins
  • The home depot, inc financial statements
    46 mins
  • Key elements of running a successful business
    61 mins
  • Financial ratios - Home Depot vs Lowe's
    91 mins
  • Critical Success indicators
    124 mins

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 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 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 cash flow statement?

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

Learning Objectives

  • To discuss balance sheet measures, basic balance sheet classifications, and accounts.
  • To analyze income statement measures and reviewing the basic classifications and line items.
  • To review the statement of cash flows measures and analyzing the three basic classifications, especially the operating section prepared under the indirect method.
  • To discuss 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 assess 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 discuss 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.

Recommended For

  • This accounting CPE course for CPAs is recommended for CMAs, CVAs, CIAs, Accountants, Staff of Accounting Firms, Accounting Freshers desiring to learn to read and analyze financial statements.
  • This basic-level course is most beneficial to professionals new to this topic who may be at the staff or entry-level in the organization but also for a seasoned professional with limited exposure to this topic.
  • CPAs in private practice, CFO/controllers, financial managers, auditors, financial analysts, practitioners who provide accounting, tax, or consulting services to businesses.
  • This course is perfect for business owners and managers with P&L responsibility in reading financial statements and using them to make sound financial decisions.

Who Should Attend?

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

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 3.5 CPE Credit for Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL)
  • 3.5 CPE Credit for Internal Audit Practitioner (IAP)
  • 3.5 CPE Credit for Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • 3 CPE Credit of Accounting for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 3.5 CPE Credit for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 3.5 CPE Credit for Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)
  • 3.5 CPE Credit for Certified Business Appraiser/Master Certified Business Appraiser (CBA/MCBA)
  • 3.5 CE Credit of Tax Planning for Certified Financial Planner (US) (Approval No. 298851)
  • 3 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 3 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 3.5 General Credit for Accountant/Bookeeper

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About Presenter

Jamie Pratt, Ph.D

Professor, PRATTedu

Jamie Pratt was the Alva L. Prickett Chair of Accounting at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and now holds the title of Distinguished Emeritus Professor.  He received his doctorate in business from Indiana University in 1977, and has held faculty positions at the University of Washington (Seattle), the University of Zurich (Switzerland), Northwestern University and INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), returning to Indiana in 1991.

Jamie’s research interests are in financial reporting and analysis, where he has published over 30 articles in the top academic research journals (including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and Issues in Accounting Education), and he has taught courses in financial reporting and analysis at every level (introductory, intermediate, advanced) in every program (undergraduate, MBA, PhD).  He has received over 30 teaching awards and recognitions, and also taught executive education courses throughout the world.  Research and/or teaching recognitions have also come from the following organizations: American Accounting Association, American Taxation Association, Big 4 accounting firms (KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers), Indiana Society of CPAs, the Universities of Manchester (England), Kwansei Gakuin (Japan) and Kentucky, and Business Week magazine.  His resume also includes two textbooks (one in its 11th edition), two computer-based interactive case platforms, a financial analysis case book, and several instructor guides that support these products.  

He is now CEO of PRATTedu (, which produces and delivers online video-based courses, primarily in the area of financial reporting and analysis.

About Company

Are you a beginner in the world of financial analysis, a CPA, or somewhere in between? Are you looking for an edge in your education but don’t have much free time?  Prattedu is for you!  Prattedu’s video-based courses will provide a powerful perspective on what is required for success in business and, if you are CPA, you will earn CPE credits as well!


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Ratings and Review


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Conner Mitchell, CPA (US)

Dec 27th, 2021

Good experience

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