There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

Knowing the financial health of your company is important. Such knowledge can help you allocate resources and pinpoint areas requiring development and problems needing correction. Do you know how your company is doing financially? Is it growing or contracting? How profitable is your department, and what can be done to improve the profitability picture? These questions and others can be answered if you understand corporate financial statements. On the other hand, if you do not know how your company is doing financially, you cannot provide the needed financial leadership.

With this informative course, you'll learn how to interpret and understand the corporate annual report, including the financial statements, footnotes, review of operations, auditor's report, supplementary schedules, management discussion and analysis (MD&A), and Management's Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. This course also covers how Sarbanes-Oxley 404 reporting differs from traditional reporting. Finally, this course teaches you how to perform financial ratio and cash flow analyses.


Delta Publishing

For many years, Delta Publishing has offered a wide variety of continuing education courses for financial professionals. Topics covered by Delta’s courses include accounting, financial management, budgeting, investments, financial statement reporting, business management, IFRS, ethics, valuations, real estate, and business writing. The diversity and breadth of Delta’s course offerings make the company a prolific and unique contributor to the CPE world. Delta’s well-credentialed authors and contributors have also been published in numerous academic and professional journals and quoted by some of the leading financial media outlets.

Course Specifics

Jan 30, 2018
There are no prerequisites.

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Identify the main point of the income statement
  • List items that would be classified as current liabilities
  • Name examples of operating activities

Chapter 2

  • Identify items to be included in and excluded from the footnote section
  • Specify the importance of the MD&A section of the annual report

Chapter 3

  • Specify a ratio that can measure liquidity of an organization
  • Calculate the average collection period
  • Define a debt ratio

Chapter 4

  • Define the formula for gross profit margin
  • Calculate a company's earnings per share

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Annual Report: Its Components

Learning Objectives

What and Why of Financial Statements

More on the Income Statement

Classified Financial Statements

Classified Income Statement

Classified Balance Sheet


Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Statement of Cash Flows

Contents of the Statements of Cash Flows

Investing Activities

Financing Activities

Operating Activities

Cash Flow Analysis

Operating Section

Investing Section

Financing Section

Preparing and Analyzing the Statement of Cash Flows

Statement of Cash Flows and Corporate Planning

Chapter 1 Review Questions

Chapter 2 – Other Sections of the Annual Report

Learning Objectives

Other Sections in the Annual Report


Review of Operations

Auditor’s Report

Unqualified Opinion

Independent Auditor's Report

Qualified Opinion

Adverse or Disclaimer of Opinion

Notes to the Financial Statements (Footnotes)

Supplementary Schedules and Tables

Two-Year Quarterly Data

Segmental Disclosure

History of Market Price

How to Read a Quarterly Report

SEC Reporting Requirements -Integrated Disclosure System

S Forms

Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A)

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Key Points of Auditing Standard No. 5


Chapter 2 Review Questions

Chapter 3 – Analysis of Financial Statements for Liquidity, Asset Utilization, and Solvency

Learning Objectives

What and Why of Financial Statement Analysis

Horizontal and Vertical Analysis

Working with Financial Ratios


Asset Utilization

Solvency (Leverage and Debt Service)

Chapter 3 Review Questions

Chapter 4 – Analysis of Financial Statements for Profitability and Market Value

Learning Objectives

Profitability and Market Value


Market Value

An Overall Evaluation – Summary of Financial Ratios

Is Ratio Analysis a Panacea?

The Power of Cash Flow Ratios

Sufficiency Ratios

Efficiency Ratios

Sufficiency Ratios

Efficiency Ratios


Summary of Financial Ratios - Trend and Industry Comparisons

Chapter 4 Review Questions

Chapter 1 Review Question Answers and Rationales

Chapter 2 Review Question Answers and Rationales

Chapter 3 Review Question Answers and Rationales

Chapter 4 Review Question Answers and Rationales



Qualified Assessment

Answer Sheet

Course Evaluation

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