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Analysis of Financial Statements, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-91447-1
294 pages
June 2012
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Revised and up to date, the Second Edition includes valuable information that addresses questions such as:
* What is transparency and why do we care?
* How can financial statements inform investors?
* How can financial statements mislead investors?
* How has the Sarbanes-Oxley Act changed companies' financial disclosures?
* What should you look for in financial disclosures when judging a company's financial health?
* How do financial statements relate to the value of a company's stock?
* Why is cash flow so important to a company's financial health?

Throughout Analysis of Financial Statements, Second Edition, the authors demonstrate the nuts and bolts of financial analysis by applying the techniques to actual companies. The authors set the stage for financial analysis in Part One with their discussions of financial statements and the quality of financial statements. In Part Two, they walk you through how to judge a company's financial health using financial disclosures in financial ratio analysis, earnings analysis, and cash flow analysis. In Part Three, the authors take analysis a step further by discussing how investors and creditors can use financial statements to more effectively assess a company's performance and risk. Peterson and Fabozzi wrap up this Second Edition with a set of lessons for investors and analysts:

Lesson 1: Understand what you are looking at
Lesson 2: Read the fine print
Lesson 3: If it's too good to be true, it may be
Lesson 4: Follow the money
Lesson 5: Understand the risks
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Table of Contents


About the Authors.


Chapter 1. Introduction.

Chapter 2. Financial Statements.

Chapter 3. The Quality of Financial Information.


Chapter 4. Financial Analysis.

Chapter 5. Equity Analysis.

Chapter 6. Cash Flow Analysis.


Chapter 7. Measuring Company Performance.

Chapter 8. Credit Analysis.

Chapter 9. Analysis of Risk Using Fundamentals.

Chapter 10. The Lessons We Learn.


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Author Information

Pamela P. Peterson (Tallahassee, FL), Ph.D. CFA is a professor of Finance at Florida State University where she teaches undergraduate courses in corporate finance and doctoral courses in empirical research methods. Professor Peterson has published articles in numerous journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, and the Financial Analysts Journal. She and David R. Peterson co-wrote the AIMR monograph Company Performance and Measures of Value Added. Professor Peterson has written collaboratively with Frank J. Fabozzi on Analysis of Financial Statements published by Frank J. Fabozzi Associates, Capital Budgeting, and Financial Management and Analysis, both published by Wiley.

Frank J. Fabozzi (New Hope, PA) is the Frederick Frank Adjunct Professor of Finance in the School of Management at Yale University. Frank is a Fellow of the International Center for Finance at Yale University, the editor of the Journal of Portfolio Management, a member of Princeton University’s Advisory Council for the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, and a trustee of the BlackRock complex of closed-end funds and Guardian Life sponsored open-end mutual funds.

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New to This Edition

  • Strong author platform. The trusted author team of Peterson and Fabozzi are updating Analysis of Financial Statements to reflect the changes in the industy over the past five years.
  • Update of an important and rapidly changing topic. The accounting world has been stormy of late.  Peterson and Fabozzi offer examples and updates from the world of financial statement analysis such as relating financial statement analysis to valuation, a short coverage of recent scandals and the effect of Sarbanes-Oxley, added emphasis on revenue recognition issues, distinguishing pro-forma from GAAP, simplifying models, and expanding on different earnings amounts. 
  • More comprehensive scope.  Peterson and Fabozzi present a reorganization of the existing material in order to streamline the text to accomodate the updates.  Discussion of material within specific chapters is now broadened and used in cross-reference and/or moved to new chapters to contain ideas.
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