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Business Accounting And Finance: Essentials Of Financial Statement Analysis
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This course is designed for those interested to learn Financial Analysis to understand and interpret Income Statements, Balance Sheets and Cash Flow Statements.

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Financial or MBA Students
  • Prospective Wall Street or Investment Banking Analysts
  • Financial Analysts
  • Anyone seeking a career in Business or Finance who need to learn the essentials of Financial Statement Analysis
  • Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
  • Anyone seeking to understand Financial Statements

What you’ll learn: 

  • Why Account and Financial Statements are important
  • Introduction to Accounting Principles and Practices
  • What are Financial Statements: Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
  • The Importance of Working Capital Management
  • How to use Financial Analysis to understand and interpret Financial Statements
  • Financial Statements Analysis Case Study – Apple Inc.
  • Key Financial Ratio Analysis in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
  • How to apply Financial Statements to Financial Modelling, Valuation and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • This is all critical Financial Training for Financial Analysts


  • There are no prerequisites to this course, just a willingness to learn!

Do you find Financial Statements difficult to read and understand? Are you struggling with the Analysis of Financial Statements?

If you are looking to be a stand out candidate for your next Financial Job, then the work starts here.

The objective of the course is to help you to understand, interpret and apply your knowledge of Finance, Accounting, and Financial Statements.  With my highly structured approach, I will take you step by step through this complex topic, making it easy to follow and easy to understand.  

Financial Statements are useful to:

  • understand a company’s ability to generate cash, the sources and uses of that cash
  • understand whether a business can repay its debts
  • to track profitability
  • derive financial ratios to interpret the performance of the business
  • investigate the financial transactions of the firm

At the end of this course, you will have an in-depth understanding of the purpose and use of financial statements in business and in finance. You will be able to read and interpret them. With understanding of financial statements comes knowledge.

This course will not teach you to become an accountant overnight but it will give you a solid grounding in the understanding and interpretation of Financial Statements.

Importantly, once you learn to read, understand, and interpret Financial Statements, you will have a financial skill which can be applied to any company in any industry, even though each industry sector has its own characteristics.

This course has over 50 lectures, nearly all of which come with a downloadable copy of the Lecture Slide Deck which you can then use offline for revision and learning.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to use Financial Analysis to understand and interpret Financial Statements.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction And Welcome To The Course
Introduction To Financial Statement Analysis 00:00:00
Why Are Financial Statements Important? 00:00:00
Downloadable Course Resources 00:00:00
Section 2 - Introduction To Accounting
What Do We Mean By Financial Accounting? 00:00:00
Accounting Standards And Why They Are Important 00:00:00
The Concepts And Principles Underlying Accounting 00:00:00
Single Entry Vs Double Entry Bookkeeping 00:00:00
Understanding The Accounting Equation 00:00:00
The Accounting Cycle 00:00:00
Financial Statements 00:00:00
Section 3 - Introduction To Financial Statements
Section Introduction – Understanding Financial Statements 00:00:00
Overview Of Financial Statements 00:00:00
GAAP: Accruals And Cash Accounting 00:00:00
Income Statement Or Profit And Loss Account 00:00:00
Introduction To The Balance Sheet 00:00:00
Introduction To The Cash Flow Statement 00:00:00
Cash Flow Metrics Explained 00:00:00
Case Study- Apple Financial Statements 00:00:00
Section 4 - Understanding Working Capital
What Is Working Capital? 00:00:00
What Is The Working Capital Cycle? 00:00:00
Why Is Working Capital Management Important? 00:00:00
Working Capital Analysis 00:00:00
Working Capital Ratios 00:00:00
Working Capital Policies 00:00:00
Working Capital Summary 00:00:00
Section 5 - Introduction To Financial Analysis
Section Introduction – Strategic Financial Analysis 00:00:00
What Is Financial Analysis? 00:00:00
Measures Of Profitability Financial Analysis 00:00:00
Balance Sheet Ratio Analysis 00:00:00
Cash Flow Statement Analysis 00:00:00
Valuation Ratios 00:00:00
Section 6 - Financial Analysis - Case Study And Assignment
Section Introduction: Financial Analysis – Case Study And Assignment 00:00:00
Case Study Assignments Apple Inc Financial Analysis 00:00:00
Apple Inc Financial Analysis – Solution 00:00:00
Discussion Of Measurements Of Growth Analysis 00:00:00
Discussion Of Measures Of Profitability Analysis 00:00:00
Discussion Of Trading Performance Analysis 00:00:00
Discussion Of Working Capital (Liquidity And Efficiency) Analysis 00:00:00
Section 7 - Financial Ratio Analysis In Corporate Finance
What Do We Mean By Corporate Finance? 00:00:00
Financial Ratios In Corporate Finance 00:00:00
Liquidity Ratios In Corporate Finance 00:00:00
Operational Risk Ratios In Corporate Finance 00:00:00
Profitability Ratios In Corporate Finance 00:00:00
Efficiency Ratios In Corporate Finance 00:00:00
Section 8 - Financial Modelling For Mergers And Acquisitions
Why Is Modelling So Critical In Mergers And Acquisitions? 00:00:00
Three Models You Will Need 00:00:00
Understanding The Integrated Financial Statements Model 00:00:00
The Integrated Financial Statements Model Example 00:00:00
Key Tips To Modelling The Integrated Financial Statements Model 00:00:00
The Discounted Cash Flow Model – DCF 00:00:00
Understanding The Discounted Cash Flow Formula 00:00:00
Understanding The Merger Model 00:00:00
Section 9 - Course Summary And Wrap Up
Course Summary And Wrap Up 00:00:00

Course Review


1 Ratings
  1. Anonymous

    An excellent teacher


    Currently I’m studying finance management. John you do an amazing job explaining accounting statements for students of all levels. I really enjoyed your discounted cash flow formula section. Thank you so much!



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