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Financial Reporting: Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation

Dmitry Babooshka
Dmitry Babooshka has been a professional business writer since 2000,with features, reviews, test drives and columns published in "The Moscow News," "The Moscow Times," "the eXile," "FHM," "CAR" and "Restaurant Business." He holds a Master of Business Administrationfrom the University of British Columbia and has been a member of the International Federation of Journalists since 2003.
By Dmitry Babooshka, eHow Contributor

updated: January 23, 2011

Savvyreadings of financial statements allow users to assess the financial position of a company, the success of its operations, and the policies and strategies of its management, all of which provide insightinto future performance. In the analysis of financial statements, users can take the three most common approaches: comparison over time, comparison within the industry and/or the computation of keyfinancial ratios. Detailed analysis of financial statements allows external users to make grounded investment or regulatory decisions, and management can find areas for further improvements.Financial Statement Analysis

o Analysis of a financial statement can reveal the company's historical performance and compare it to its peers in the industry. It can also project future performancebased on past and current information, and assess the company's investment and return potential. The four most common steps of this analysis would be assessing the business environment; reading andstudying the financial statements and footnotes; assessing earnings quality; and predicting future earnings and/or cash flow.

Assess the Business Environment

o Information about the business...
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