Guide to Analysing Companies

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-09
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press
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This is a comprehensive guide to making sense of a company's annual report, measuring a business against its competitors, judging the creditworthiness of a company, assessing the investment potential, and putting a value on a company.

Author Biography

A. H. (Bob) Vause is a Fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants and an Emeritus Fellow of Templeton College, Oxford, where he has taught for more than 20 years. He is a consultant to many large companies.

Table of Contents


Part 1. Understanding the basics.

1. The annual report - and what underlies it.

2. The balance sheet.

3. The income statement.

4. The cash flow statement.

Part 2. Assessing the facts.

5. Guideleines for financial analysis.

6. Measuring profitability.

7. Measuring efficiency.

8. Working capital and liquidity.

9. Capital and valuation.

10. Strategy, success and failure.

Part 3. Useful Benchmarks.

11. Practical examples of ratio analysis.


Abbreviations and acronyms.


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