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Guide To Analysing Companies, Fifth Edition by Bob Vause

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Introduction

T HE AIM OF THIS BOOK is to provide an understanding of how to analyse and assess the performance and financial position of a company from the various sources of information available. Financial analysis is as much an art as it is a science. Combine any two figures from an annual report and a ratio is produced; the real skill is in deciding which figures to use, where to find them and how to judge the result.

Before attempting to analyse a company, a sound grasp of financial terminology and presentation is required. Part 1 of this book explains the content and intent of the main financial statements appearing in a company’s annual report: the balance sheet; the income statement (profit and loss account); and the cash flow statement. ...

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