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Vlerick Business School Executive Education

Understanding Annual Reports

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An annual report gives a picture of the financial capability of your company. But how do you read the balance sheet? This programme tells you the story behind the numbers in the annual accounts. You learn to understand the balance sheet, profit-and-loss statement, cash flow overview and how to carry out a ratio-analysis. You become familiar with the most relevant essential concepts and put it into practice with real-life examples.

Want to learn how to use financial terminology and how to assess the health of your organisation via an interactive and professional approach? Come and join.


What is the added value of following the programme 'Understanding Annual Reports'?

Play with the key concepts in Accounting and Finance via our interactive FAST© simulation game. Become an expert at subjecting the figures to a financial analysis.


The programme 'Understanding Annual Reports' consists of two days:

Module 1: Introduction to Annual Reports

  • Key concepts
  • FAST© simulation game
  • Balance sheet and profit-and-loss account
  • Cash flow

Module 2: Interpretation of Balance Sheets and Profit-and-Loss Accounts

  • Financial analysis of the figures
  • Practice-based case studies
  • What are liquidity, profitability and solvency?
  • What does value-added really mean?

Who should attend

  • Professionals who want to acquire a thorough basic knowledge in interpreting the financial reporting of an organisation
  • Anyone without financial background and looking for a course on the fundamentals of financial management


Sophie Manigart holds a Civil Engineering and an MBA degree and is Doctor in Management (Ghent University). She is Full Professor at Vlerick Business School, where she holds the Gimv Private Equity Chair, and is Professor at Ghent University. She was Visiting Researcher at Wharton School of Busin...
Wouter is a passionate and experienced teacher who truly enjoys explaining financial management principles by linking finance to business models and firm strategies.Wouter is an energetic and passionate professor whose lectures are full of real life examples that help students explore the excitin...


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