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Praise for Financial Statement Analysis A Practitioner's Guide Third Edition "This is an illuminating and insightful tour of financial statements, how they can be used to inform, how they can be used to mislead, and how they can be used to analyze the financial health of a company." -Professor Jay O. Light Harvard Business School "Financial Statement Analysis should be rePraise for Financial Statement Analysis A Practitioner's Guide Third Edition "This is an illuminating and insightful tour of financial statements, how they can be used to inform, how they can be used to mislead, and how they can be used to analyze the financial health of a company." -Professor Jay O. Light Harvard Business School "Financial Statement Analysis should be required reading for anyone who puts a dime to work in the securities markets or recommends that others do the same." -Jack L. Rivkin Executive Vice President (retired) Citigroup Investments "Fridson and Alvarez provide a valuable practical guide for understanding, interpreting, and critically assessing financial reports put out by firms. Their discussion of profits-'quality of earnings'-is particularly insightful given the recent spate of reporting problems encountered by firms. I highly recommend their book to anyone interested in getting behind the numbers as a means of predicting future profits and stock prices." -Paul Brown Chair-Department of Accounting Leonard N. Stern School of Business, NYU "Let this book assist in financial awareness and transparency and higher standards of reporting, and accountability to all stakeholders." -Patricia A. Small Treasurer Emeritus, University of California Partner, KCM Investment Advisors "This book is a polished gem covering the analysis of financial statements. It is thorough, skeptical and extremely practical in its review." -Daniel J. Fuss Vice Chairman Loomis, Sayles & Company, LP...

Title : Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide
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ISBN : 9780471409151
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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide Reviews

  • Ahmed Daabel
    2019-02-10 04:31

    According to the author's introduction, the goal of "Financial Statement Analysis" is to "acquaint readers who have already acquired basic accounting skills with the complications that arise in applying textbook-derived knowledge to the real world of extending credit and investing in securities." It succeeds admirably in this purpose. By using case studies drawn from real world situations that illustrate how even a basic analysis can reveal problems before it's too late, the book is a cogent, topical, and valuable reference for any user of financial statements.Part 1 sets the stage by positing the adversarial nature of financial accounting. Unlike the textbook approach, in which rational companies disclose audited statements in order to convey impartial data about their financial condition, "Financial Statement Analysis" begins with the proposition that the producers of financial statements have motives other than those suggested by traditional texts. Although you would find few people who would argue against this proposition today, it is still valuable to be reminded of the potential agency issues facing corporate officers and auditors.Part 2 provides an intoduction to the financial statements, devoting a chapter to each. The main emphasis here is on helping the analyst develop judgement. For example, the balance sheet chapter provides insights into problems that arise from the difficulty of assigning a value to an asset, while the income statement chapter details the many pitfalls of pro-forma earnings. Throughout, the authors note critical issues to consider that go beyond the numbers.Part 3 discusses the thorny problem of profits. Beginning with the simple formulation that "profit = revenue - costs," the authors discuss the myriad of complexities that arise in distinguishing real, economic profits from accounting profits. The first chapter discusses various tools used to manipulate the revenue recognition process; diverse examples include a software company, a lay-away program at a major retailer, and memberships at a health club. The next chapter discusses expense recognition using a similar framework. Perhaps the most interesting chapter in this section discusses the role of auditors. In light of the Enron fiasco, which post-dates this book's publication, the discussion is prescient and will no doubt need to be expanded in future editions! Part 4 ties the previous sections together to illustrate how to use your new found scepticism to make forecasts. The first chapter provides a step-by-step illustration of how combine an existing set of statements with your assumptions about the future to produce your own forecasts. Each projected statement (income, cash flow, and balance sheet) is accompanied by a line-by-line description of relevant issues (economic, historic, etc...) to consider. The chapter also discusses how to construct a sensitivity analysis under varying assumptions. Unlike the previous chapters, this one provides a detailed explanation of how to actually go through the process, and was particularly appreciated by this reader. The other chapters in the section focus on the computation of the various ratios used in credit and equity analysis. Importantly, however, they move beyond the mechanics by providing the reader with insight into how to use, interpret, and recast the ratios under varying assumptions. As stated at the outset, the focus remains on helping the reader develop insight.Finally, the book contains a useful glossary that provides definitions and examples for many economic, financial, and accounting terms and concepts.One caveat, however. If your accounting skills are weak or rusty (like mine), you might might find the lack of more step-by-step examples and problem sets frustrating. In this case, you might consider supplementing the book with a more traditional textbook. (In the author's defense, they state in the introduction that accounting is assumed, so it's not really fair to fault them for this). Overall, however, the book is a very useful tool.

  • Bin Li
    2019-02-10 05:18

    Compared to other books, this book didn't provide many valuable ideas to help reader x-Ray financial statements. For each chapter, it includes 3-5 examples to explain the author's point. Personally, if you are looking for a book to help you pickup stocks, this book is not quite helpful.

  • Vikas Kukreja
    2019-02-04 05:21

    While purchasing this book, I was in two minds due to high price. But it feels worth every penny as its filled with invaluable content which is so imp for every investor to know. As buffet said "return of investment is more imp than return on investment" and this book does the job perfectly. With real life cases and frauds explained in detail, it cautions investors of how to be alert and save oneslf of dangerous traps and would be scams.I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in having indepth knowledge of real corporate finance and valuations.

  • Elena
    2019-01-28 12:40

    This book provides an excellent bird's eye view of the accounting practices, highlighting the most common pitfalls an analyst can fall in. Mostly an interesting narrative, at times it includes some common truths, e.g. "the elusiveness of true value". Credit Analysis and Equity Analysis are the most useful chapters, covering financial ratios and valuation methods in detail.

  • pavana Kumar Varanasi
    2019-02-11 12:44

    A very good introduction on basic things like percentage balance sheet and percentage profit and loss account. It also takes some examples like "six flags" company and explain its fixed and variable costs etc. I would recommend it once you have basic knowledge of account

    2019-01-27 09:40

    Excellent guide to understand simple accounting and how to spot misleading financial statements and line items with ease. Great book for any supplement for a career in finance and/or accounting

  • Richard Rockwood
    2019-02-05 08:24

    Howard Marks recommends this book.