Because no set of accounting standards has universal acceptance, companies may differ in reporting treatment based on their jurisdiction. For that, FSA is critical in assessing a true company¿s overall financial position. It requires the ability to analyze a company¿s reported results with its economic reality, normalize differences in accounting treatment to make valid cross company comparisons, identify quality issues that may exist in reported financial statements, and discern evidence of financial statement manipulation by management.
The introduction of the course covers the main sources of information used to evaluate a firm¿s financial performance. This include the three major financial statements: balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement, and also statement of changes in equity also it will mention notes to these statements and management reporting. In depth, it will be addressing the construction, elements, pertinent ratios, and common- size analysis are studied for each major financial statement. Next, the course will cover financial analysis techniques including the use of ratios to evaluate corporate financial health.
Finally, the course also introduces the concept of financial reporting quality and the financial reporting quality differences that may exist between companies and the means for identifying them. Warning signs of poor- or low-quality reporting are covered.
-Module 1- Overview of Financial Reporting and Financial Statement Analysis.
-Module 2 - Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss: Asset and Liability Valuation and Income Recognition
-Module 3 - Income Flows versus Cash Flows: Understanding the Statement of Cash Flows
-Module 4 - Ratio Analysis: Financing, Investing & Operating Activities
-Module 6 - Accounting Quality
-Module 7 - Forecasting Financial Statements