Interpreting Financial Statements



A company’s financial statements provide a lot more insight into how the company is operating then many non-financial managers realize. You just need to know how to interpret them and that is what this course is all about! In this course we’ll demystify the jargon and show you how to see beyond the numbers. As a result you will be able to gain a much better understanding of how a business is operating and what actions or decisions may need to be taken to improve those numbers. To show you how to do that I will be walking you through the financial statements of a number of companies including Apple, Microsoft and Accenture. However, the ultimate aim is of course to help you to apply this to your own organization. We have therefore included several exercises to help you do just that. So, by the end of this course, you won’t have just learned about how to interpret financial statements in general – you’ll have actually learned how to apply this to the financial statements of your own company and as a result you’ll have a much better understanding of your own company’s financial performance and what you can/need to do to help maintain or improve it.