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Understanding & interpreting financial statements



Understanding & interpreting financial statements



Directors or aspiring directors who wish to have a sound understanding of financial statements and how to interpret them.


  • Explanations of the terms used by finance directors and accountants
  • Training in evaluating the financial state of a business, including the use of financial ratios
  • Development of project finance techniques, using discounted cashflow and ROI  techniques
  • Explanations of the differences in accounting standards and presentation in different countries


Participation in this course will enable you to:

  • Understand and analyse the detailed accounting statements of a company
  • Understand how to assess the financial health of a business and to value it
  • Distinguish between management accounts and the statutory financial reports of a company
  • Appreciate the differences in standards and presentation of accounts in different countries
  • Appreciate the different statutory requirements for filing of accounting information in different countries


  • Understanding accounting statements
    • Balance Sheet
    • Profit & Loss Statement
    • Cashflow statement
    • Sources and Uses of Funds
    • Presentational requirements in different countries
    • Consolidated group accounts
  • Types of capital
    • Shareholder equity
    • Debt instruments
  • Assessing financial health
    • Ratio anlaysis
    • Time value of money
    • Assessing the cost of capitalcapital
    • Business valuation techniques
  • Integrative case studies


This course forms a part of the three day "Directing Finance" module. The other units in the module (each of which can be taken separately if so desired) are:

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