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The definitive guide to how to analyze and assess the strengths and weaknesses of any company.How do you tell how well run a company is and how well it is doing? Which ratios and benchmarks should you use to assess performance? What can be done to massage company results? How do you recognize danger signs on the corporate horizon? How do you compare companies operating in different sectors or even different countries? All these important questions as well as many more are answered in this clear and comprehensive guide aimed at anyone who wants to make sense and practical use of a company's annual report, measure a business against its competitors, and assess the investment potential of a company or put a value on a company.

Author Biography: Bob Vause is a Fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants and of Templeton College, Oxford, where he has taught for more than 20 years. He is consultant to many large companies.

In this completely revised fourth edition, noted academic and consultant Vause helps managers, investors, analysts, and students understand and uncover a business's true worth and performance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861979858
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Economist Guide to Analysing Companies Series
  • Edition description: 4th ed.
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

A. H. (Bob) Vause is a Fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants and an Emeritus Fellow of Templeton College, Oxford, where he has taught for more than 20 years. He is a consultant to many large companies.

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Table of Contents


Part 1. Understanding the basics.

1. The annual report - and what underlies it.

2. The balance sheet.

3. The income statement.

4. The cash flow statement.

Part 2. Assessing the facts.

5. Guideleines for financial analysis.

6. Measuring profitability.

7. Measuring efficiency.

8. Working capital and liquidity.

9. Capital and valuation.

10. Strategy, success and failure.

Part 3. Useful Benchmarks.

11. Practical examples of ratio analysis.


Abbreviations and acronyms.


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