Creative Cash Flow Reporting and Analysis: Uncovering Sustainable Financial Performance

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"With Creative Cash Flow Reporting, Charles Mulford and Eugene Comiskey have established themselves as the Graham and Dodd of sniffing out financial shenanigans. This book is destined to become a classic—it is the last word on cash flow."
Herb Greenberg, Senior Columnist, CBSMarketwatch.com

"The combination of academic rigor with excellent accessible writing and ...

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Overview

Praise for Creative Cash Flow Reporting

"With Creative Cash Flow Reporting, Charles Mulford and Eugene Comiskey have established themselves as the Graham and Dodd of sniffing out financial shenanigans. This book is destined to become a classic—it is the last word on cash flow."
Herb Greenberg, Senior Columnist, CBSMarketwatch.com

"The combination of academic rigor with excellent accessible writing and explanation on display makes this book extraordinarily valuable for investors of any skill level."
Bill Mann, Senior Editor, Investing, The Motley Fool

"Creative Cash Flow Reporting is destined to become the gold standard in the field of forensic analysis of corporate cash flow."
Thornton L. O'glove, founder, Quality of Earnings Report

"With this book, professors Mulford and Comiskey take popular analytical dogma about cash flow reporting and stand it on its head: cash flow can be manipulated."
Jack Ciesielski, Publisher, The Analyst's Accounting Observer

"I always assumed that operating cash flow was the last word when it comes to evaluating a company's results. No more! Mulford and Comiskey's latest effort opened my eyes to what really counts: sustainable cash flow."
Harry Domash, Publisher, Winning Investing newsletter; Investing columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, MSN Money

"Mulford and Comiskey have created another superb guide for serious users of financial statements. This book should be a companion for anyone examining the quality and sustainability of a firm's earnings and cash flow."
Mark N. Hurley, Head, Global Risk Education, JPMorgan Chase

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book is a must-have reference for anyone interested in serious financial statement analysis and uncovering manipulations to earnings from creative reporting of cash flows." (Graziado Business Report.com; Issue 4, Vol 10, 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471469186
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/14/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 799,228
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles W. Mulford, PhD, CPA, is Invesco Chair and Professor of Accounting in the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He has coauthored three books, including the bestselling The Financial Numbers Game, published by Wiley. He has appeared on numerous broadcast networks, including CNBC, ABC News, and Bloomberg TV. He regularly consults with major domestic and international commercial banks and money management firms on issues related to credit and investment decision-making.

Eugene E. Comiskey, PhD, CPA, CMA, is Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Callaway Chair, and Professor of Accounting in the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. For more than twenty years, he has consulted with commercial banks around the world. He is the coauthor of three books, including The Financial Numbers Game, and has published numerous papers in a wide range of professional and academic journals.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

About the Authors.

1. Seeking Sustainable Cash Flow.

An Artificial Boost to Operating Cash Flow.

Classifying Cash Flow.

Sustainable Cash Flow.

Creative Cash Flow Reporting.

Ignoring the Statement of Cash Flows.

Cash Flow Analysis.

Plan of This Book.

Summary.

2. Structure of the Statement of Cash Flows.

Historical Background.

Arrival of the Statement of Cash Flows.

Non-GAAP Measures of Cash Operating Performance.

International Differences in the Statement of Cash Flows.

Summary.

3. Is It Operating or Investing Cash Flow?

Investing Cash Flow.

GAAP Flexibility: Is It Operating or Investing Cash Flow?

Beyond the Boundaries of GAAP.

Summary.

4. Is It Operating or Financing Cash Flow?

Financing Cash Flow.

GAAP Flexibility: Is It Operating or Financing Cash Flow?

Beyond the Boundaries of GAAP.

Summary.

5. Income Taxes and the Statement of Cash Flows.

Tax Reporting Essentials.

Classification of Tax-Related Cash Flow.

Nonrecurring Income Tax Cash Flows.

Summary.

6. Nonrecurring Sources and Uses of Operating Cash Flow.

Characteristics of Nonrecurring Items of Operating Cash Flow.

Examples of Nonrecurring Cash Sources and Uses.

Management Identification of Nonrecurring Operating Cash Flow.

Locating Nonrecurring Items of Operating Cash Flow.

Cash Flow Tracking.

Summary

7. Measuring Sustainable Operating Cash Flow.

Sustainable Operating Cash Flow.

Calibrating Operating Cash Flow Adjustments.

Measuring Sustainable Operating Cash Flow.

Completed Sustainable Operating Cash Flow Worksheet.

Frequency and Size of Adjustment Items.

Summary.

8. Using Operating Cash Flow to Detect Earnings Problems.

Relationship between Earnings and Operating Cash Flow.

Earnings Supported by Artificial Means.

Excess Cash Margin.

Summary.

9. Analyzing Operating Cash Flow.

Cash Flow Analysis Statement.

Using the Cash Flow Analysis Statement.

Cash Flow Drivers.

Closer Look at Core Operating Cash Flow.

Summary.

10. Understanding Free Cash Flow.

Uses of Free Cash Flow.

What Is Free Cash Flow?

Free Cash Flow to Common Equity: A Closer Look.

Capital Expenditures.

Acquisitions and Free Cash Flow.

Summary.

Glossary.

Subject Index.

Company Index.

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