Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide, Fourth Edition

  • 7h 17m
  • Fernando Alvarez, Martin S. Fridson
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2011

An updated guide to the essential discipline of financial statement analysis

In Financial Statement Analysis, Fourth Edition, leading investment authority Martin Fridson returns with Fernando Alvarez to provide the analytical framework you need to scrutinize financial statements, whether you're evaluating a company's stock price or determining valuations for a merger or acquisition.

This fully revised and up-to-date Fourth Edition offers fresh information that will help you to evaluate financial statements in today's volatile markets and uncertain economy, and allow you to get past the sometimes biased portrait of a company's performance.

  • Reflects changes in the financial reporting landscape, including issues related to the financial crisis of 2008-2009
  • Provides guidelines on how to interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements
  • Offers information for maximizing the accuracy of forecasts and a structured approach to credit and equity evaluation

Filled with real-life examples and expert advice, Financial Statement Analysis, Fourth Edition will help you gain a firm understanding of the techniques that will help you interpret financial statements, which are designed to conceal more than reveal.

About the Authors

MARTIN FRIDSON is Global Credit Strategist at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, one of the world's largest asset managers. Over a twenty-five-year span with brokerage firms including Salomon Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch, he became known for his innovative work in credit analysis and investment strategy. Fridson has served as president of the Fixed Income Analysts Society, governor of the Association for Investment Management and Research (now CFA Institute), and director of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

FERNANDO ALVAREZ is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance and Economics at the Columbia University Graduate Business School, where he teaches entrepreneurship finance. From 2003 until 2008, he was associate professor in the Finance and Economics Department and director of entrepreneurship programs at Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick. Alvarez has taught at New York University's Stern School of Business where he was associate professor on innovation and entrepreneurship, and Babson College where he was assistant professor of finance.

In this Book

  • The Adversarial Nature of Financial Reporting
  • The Balance Sheet
  • The Income Statement
  • The Statement of Cash Flows
  • What is Profit?
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Expense Recognition
  • The Applications and Limitations of EBITDA
  • The Reliability of Disclosure and Audits
  • Mergers-and-Acquisitions Accounting
  • Is Fraud Detectable?
  • Forecasting Financial Statements
  • Credit Analysis
  • Equity Analysis
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Books