Interpreting Financial Statements (Adv)

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Interpreting Financial Statements (Adv).

If you need a deeper understanding of how to analyse and interpret financial statements we cover it on this course. Building on knowledge obtained from the “intro” course we take the analysis to the next level. 

To properly analyse and interpret a set of accounts it helps to be cynical and have a critical eye.  We explore the techniques that can be used and also look at it from the organisation’s perspective – what bias may they have tried to achieve and how do you spot that.

Companies’ financial statements, their results and accounting scandals have never been more high profile.  We’ll use real world examples (remembering that hindsight is a wonderful tool) looking at what the warning signs could have been and how they could have been spotted. 

This course is particularly helpful for corporate lawyers, senior management, anyone starting in an analysis role and those working in procurement.

  • All levels
  • Non accountants
  • All industries

Prior attendance on Introduction to Finance and the Intro course is recommended

One to two days face to face

Interpreting (adv) – Learning Outcomes

  • Considering different stakeholder requirements
  • Obtaining a deeper understanding of basic ratios
  • Understanding the more complex ratios
  • Understanding other analysis techniques (not just relying on ratios!)
  • Applying analysis to more involved sets of accounts, for example larger companies, groups
  • Where else to look for information
  • Understanding how accounts are frequently “manipulated” and what to do to attempt to spot these
  • Real life case studies looking at where lessons could have been learned (with hindsight…)
Interpretation of Financial Statements

Note: This course is part of the catalogue of courses we can offer within our Finance For Non Finance Managers (FFNFM) Training.




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