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How To Read And Analyze Financial Statements

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  • 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.

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
  • Staff of Accounting Firm
  • Young CPA