Financial Statement Analysis: Measuring & Interpreting Business Performance

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

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Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth


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The purpose of this course is to help a business professional understand the financial accounting process and to develop skills necessary to evaluate an enterprise’s financial position and its operating, investing, and financing activities. The first part of the course emphasizes the measurement concepts and the mechanics of moving from business transactions to the principal financial statements: balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash Flows. The second part introduces tools for analyzing financial statements, with an emphasis on integrating industry economic and business strategic factors into the analysis and interpretations.

Key frameworks include:

– Measuring Financial Position: Balance Sheet – Measuring Operating Performance: Income Statement – Measuring Cash Flows – Financial Statement Analysis – Pro-Forma Financial Statements (Budgeting, Sensitivity)


Module 1 - Measuring Financial Position - Balance Sheet


  • Pre – reads : Overview & Balance Sheet


  • Balance Sheet Basics
  • Measurement & Recognition of Assets and Liabilities
  • Recognition Principles
  • Shareholder Equity – Types
  • Double Entry Book Keeping – Overview


  • Problem Set: Balance Sheet for Small Beginnings Corporation

Module 2 - Measuring Operating Performance - Income Statement


  • Pre – reads on Income Statement


  • Income Statement Basics
  • Cash versus Accrual Basis in Accounting
  • Revenue Recognition and Expense Measurement
  • Relation between Income Statement & Balance Sheet
  • Accounting Process
  • Comprehensive Example with Closing Entries: General Enterprises


  • Problem Set: Balance Sheet for Up-and-Running Corporation

Module 3 - Measuring Cash Flows


  • Pre-reads on Statement of Cash Flows


  • Statement of Cash Flow Basics
  • Informational Value of the Statement of Cash Flow
  • Relationship Between the Three Financial Statements
  • Preparing a Statement of Cash Flow
  • Comprehensive Example: Preparation of Statement of Cash Flow
    • First Step Company
    • Salene
  • Analysis of Statement of Cash Flow


  • Problem Set: Statement of Cash Flow for Aston Corporation

Module 4 - Financial Statement Analysis


  • Pre-reads on Financial Statement Analysis Framework
  • Financial Statement Analysis Basics
  • Return on Assets, Return on Equity
  • Role of Financial Leverage
  • Key Risk Ratios
  • Working Capital Management


  • Prepare Case: Wal-Mart Profitability & Risk
  • Discussion: Wal-Mart Profitability & Risk

Module 5 - Pro Forma Financial Statements (Budgeting, Sensitivity)


  • Pre-reads on Pro Forma Financial Statements


  • Projection: Revenues & Expenses
  • Projection: Asset Structure & Capital Structure
  • Projection: Expenses, Cash Balance, and Cash Flow
  • Pro Forma Analysis
  • Budgets and Performance Targets


  • Prepare Case: Wal-Mart Pro Forma Financial Statements

Module 6 - Wrapping Up

  • Final Examination


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Social Capital

  • Build new networks through peer interaction
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Brand Capital

  • Certificate from Emeritus in collaboration with Tuck School of Business At Dartmouth

Intellectual Capital

  • Global Business Education
  • Rigorous and experiential curriculum
  • World-renowned faculty
  • Globally connected classroom: peer to peer learning circles
  • Action learning: learning by doing


Phillip Stocken

Bio Phil Stocken specializes in accounting and business analysis. He teaches accounting and financial management, analysis, and reporting in both executive education programs and MBA classes. He is highly skilled at conveying the essential information in financial statements and financial stateme...

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