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Understanding and Interpreting Accounts - Day 2

This is day two of two-day programme which provides delegates with the core accounting principles they need to be aware of to read and analyse a set of accounts effectively. Day one of the course aims to demystify company accounts and covers basic accounting principles and explains the real meaning of accounting jargon.


This course is suitable for non-financial managers and anyone who needs a foundation in financial literacy, understanding and analysing a set of financial statements.


Learning Objectives

 Day two applies the foundation knowledge developed on Day one (course can be booked separately) to financial analysis skills and how to measure financial performance. The course is intended for those with no previous accounting experience who need to be able to understand and interpret a set of accounts.

Course Content

Measuring financial performance – using the accounts – how ratios can be used effectively to help you understand

  • Profitability/liquidity and gearing

An approach to financial analysis

What non-financial factors should be considered first?

How to look at the numbers in the context of the business sector and maturity

The framework of ratio analysis

  • Liquidity and gearing ratios
  • Profitability ratios
  • Investment ratios

How to use cash flow statements in assessing a company

Using credit rating agencies – what do their ratings tell you?

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