FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS
As a financial manager, you will find the skill of being able to analyze financial statements immensely helpful. You will also find that other players in the financial market, such as investors and lenders, also use financial statements analysis to understand the strengths and weaknesses of companies in many areas including profitability, efficiency, and liquidity. In addition, financial statements analysis also allows you to compare companies of different sizes within similar industries.
For this Discussion, review the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission article, “Beginners’ Guide to Financial Statements,” see link below.
https://www.sec.gov/reportspubs/investor-publications/investorpubsbegfinstmtguidehtm.html
This resource explains the relationship between the various sections of financial statements within an Annual Report and how they are used by organizations both internally and externally. Next, locate financial statements representing different reporting periods from the company you are focusing on for your Final Paper.
Post a 200- to 250-word financial statement from the company you have selected, addressing either a positive or a negative financial change for the organization. Explain how the specific financial statement you chose can help to identify trends for the organization that would be useful for its shareholders.
APA format and be sure to support your work with specific citations from the Learning Resources and any additional sources.
Learning Resources
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission article in the link above
Ross, S. A., Westerfield, R. W., & Jordan, B. D. (2017). Essentials of corporate finance (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Irwin. VitalBook file.

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