How to Read a Financial Report: Wringing Vital Signs Out of the Numbers, 7th Edition
May 2009, ©2009
Financial reports provide vital information to investors, lenders, and managers. Yet, the financial statements in a financial report seem to be written in a foreign language that only accountants can understand. This Seventh Edition of How to Read a Financial Report breaks through the language barrier, clears away the fog, and offers a plain-English user's guide to financial reports. The book helps you get a sure-handed grip on the profit, cash flow, and financial condition of any business.
Here's what's new in the Seventh Edition:
Discussion of the transition to international accounting and financial reporting standards
A streamlined centerpiece exhibit used throughout the book to explain connections between the three financial statements
An integrated section on analyzing profit, cash flow, and solvency for investors, lenders, and managers (now Part Two in this edition)
Reflection on financial reporting and auditing in the post-Enron era
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1 Starting with Cash Flows.
2 The Three Financial Statements.
3 Profit Isn't Everything.
4 Sales Revenue and Accounts Receivable.
5 Cost of Goods Sold Expense and Inventory.
6 Inventory and Accounts Payable.
7 Operating Expenses and Accounts Payable.
8 Operating Expenses and Prepaid Expenses.
9 A Unique Expense: Depreciation.
10 Accruing the Liability for Unpaid Expenses.
11 Income Tax Expense and Its Liability.
12 Net Income and Retained Earnings; Earnings per Share (EPS).
13 Cash Flow from Operating (Profit-Making) Activities.
14 Cash Flows from Investing and Financing Activities.
15 Footnotes to Financial Statements.
Part Two—Financial Statement Analysis.
16 Impact of Growth and Decline on Cash Flow.
17 Financial Statement Ratios.
18 Profit Analysis for Business Managers.
Part Three—Reliability of Financial Report.
19 Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards.
20 Accounting Methods and Massaging the Numbers.
21 Audits of Financial Reports in the Post-Enron Era.
22 Parting Comments.
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