Business Analysis


Traditionally, accounting profession is known to use an all inclusive approach to measuring income. Virtually all transactions, other than shareholder related transactions like issuing stock and paying dividends, are eventually channeled through the income statement.


However, there are certain situations where the accounting rules have evolved in sophistication to provide special disclosures. The reason for the added disclosure is to make it easier for users of financial statements to sort out the effects that are related to ongoing operations versus those that are somehow unique.


Business Analysis is an important concept in any decision making process. It goes an extra mile in taking the figures and numbers generated by the accountants and giving meaning to them. Its from the meaning derived or attached to these numbers that the management can make relevant decisions that affect the running of the business.


We will be covering all the techniques and tools of business analysis in this course. Part of the course outline is as illustrated below:



                                               BUSINESS  ANALYSIS


                        SUB - TOPICS
Basics in Financial Reporting.

Correcting of Errors ; Discontinued Operations ; Extra-ordinary Items.

Changes in Accounting Methods 

Earnings Before Interest and Taxes ; Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and Dividends. Return on Assets.

Financial Ratios.

Basics of Earnings Per Share ; Diluted Earning Per Share.

Subdividing EPS Amounts ; Price Earnings Ratio ; Book Value Per Share.

Calculating Book Value per share ; Dividend Rates and payout ratios ; Return on Equity . 

Objectives of Financial Reporting.


Threshold Issues.

Other Major Concepts

Development of GAAP

The Audit Function ; The Development of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

The 1929 Stock Crash and the Great Depression ; The Securities and Exchange Commission.

The FASB and its Predecessors ; The Sarbanes - Oxley.

Key Concepts.

The entity assumption ; Going - concern assumption.

The Periodicity Assumption ; Monetary Units Assumption.

The stable Currency assumption.

Global Accounting Issues.

International Trade Issues.

Global Subsidiaries.

The Global Trading Transactions.

Financial Statement Analysis.

The Balance Sheet ; The Income Statement.

Statement of Retained Earnings.

Ratios for Emerson Corporations.

The Trends Analysis.

Cash Flow Statements.

The Cash Flow Statement.

Cash and Cash Equivalents ; Financing Activities.

Investing Activities.

Presentation of Cash Flow Statements.

Methods of Prepairing a Statement of cash flows.

Indirect Approach to Presenting Operating Activities.

Using a Worksheet to Prepare a Statement of Cash Flow.























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