Analyzing Financial Statements


Description: Analyzing Financial Statements is a practical introduction to financial analysis from the viewpoint of the commercial loan officer. This program gives you the skills you need to effectively assess the borrower’s ability to repay loans. It  focuses on understanding business industries and types, plus why they borrow money. It also introduces basic concepts of business financial accounting and entity structures and explains the analysis of business financial statements and tax returns, including cash flow statements. Finally, the course discusses personal financial statements and tax returns, as well as combining business and personal cash flows into a global analysis.​

Audience: Commercial and/or business bankers and credit analysts.

Learning Objectives: After successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the operating cycles of various business industries
  • Analyze the financial data and evaluate the risks of the different industries
  • Define the basic types of legal structures available to a business
  • Describe the general characteristics of the four stages in the business life cycles
  • Explain the different types of financial statement preparation
  • Describe operating expenses and net profit analysis
  • Identify balance sheet considerations
  • Describe the considerations a lender needs to take into account when using ratios to evaluate financial performance
  • Explain how to use industry data when performing a ratio analysis
  • Identify cash flow statements and reports
  • Compare the formats of the banker-prepared UCA cash flow model and the accountant-prepared statement of cash flows (SCF)
  • Describe why a cash budget is a critical tool of financial statement analysis
  • Describe the basic formats for personal financial statements
  • Identify the information that is reviewed and verified prior to analyzing the personal financial statement
  • Calculate and interpret the liquidity ratio, unsecured debt ratio, and debt-to-income (DTI) ratio
  • Use tax return information to develop a personal cash flow
  • Develop a global cash flow and global DSC for a borrower

16 weeks / 45 hours
Member: $455
Non-Member: $540

ABA Credit: 3
ACE Credit: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Finance or Accounting.

Locator Number Start Date End Date
24840 – AFS186 01/03/2017 04/21/2017
24842 – AFS188 04/03/2017 07/21/2017
24843 – AFS189 07/31/2017 11/24/2017

Required Textbook:
Analyzing Financial Statements, 8th Edition – eBook: Member: $100 / Non-Member: $140
Analyzing Financial Statements, 8th Edition – Printed Book: Member: $115 / Non-Member: $156