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Interpreting Company Reports and Accounts By Geoffrey Holmes

Interpreting Company Reports and Accounts
by Geoffrey Holmes

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This text shows readers how to analyze company reports and accounts in a qualitative and quantitative fashion. This updated edition contains examples on practice, revised to reflect accounts dated 1998 or 1999, as well as improved coverage of international accounting standards.
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Interpreting Company Reports and Accounts by Geoffrey Holmes

Published accounts are often not easy to understand and are sometimes downright misleading but, to those who know how to read them, they provide the most readily available source of information on a company's activities, its profitability and its prospects. This book guides the reader through the conventions and complexities of reports and accounts, explaining how to assess the financial and trading position of a company from year to year, how to spot undue risk-taking, where and how to look for clues on the quality of management and how to detect where window-dressing has been used to disguise poor results.In 1990 the authors wrote: 'Company accounting is currently in a state of flux, confusion and controversy'. It is now in much better shape. In ten years, 15 Financial Reporting Standards (FRSs), countless Financial Reporting Exposure Drafts (FREDs), a host of other documents, and, for the first time in the UK, an exposure draft Statement of Principles of Financial Reporting have been produced by the Accounting Standards Board (ASB). Many earlier abuses have been prevented, and much more information now has to be disclosed, the use and purpose of which the authors seek to explain

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION.1. Company reports and accounts - an introduction.2. Financial reporting standards and principles.FORMATION.3. Forming a company.4. Admission to listing.THE BALANCE SHEET CAPITAL EMPLOYED.5. Share capital and reserves.6. Loan capital.ASSETS: FIXED ASSETS.7. Intangible fixed assets.8. Tangible fixed assets.9. Fixed asset investments.CURRENT ASSETS.10. Stocks and work in progress.11. Debtors.12. Current asset investments, cash at bank and in hand.CURRENT LIABILITIES.13. Bank loans and overdrafts.14. Derivatives and other financial instruments.15. Creditors, provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets.THE PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNTING.16. Profit and loss account.17. Taxation.18. Profit attributable to ordinary shareholders, dividends and earnings per share.CASH FLOW.19. Cash flow statements.THE GROUP.20. Subsidiaries and group accounts.21. Acquisitions and mergers.22. Associates joint ventures and related parties.OTHER.23. Foreign exchange.24. Historical summaries, ratios and trends.25. Chairman's statement, operating and financial reviews and directors' report.26. Corporate governance and the auditors' report.27. Interim statements.28. Other sources of information.29. Inflation accounting.30. Generally accepted accounting principles: UK v US GAAP.31. Putting it all together.32. Future developments in accounting.Appendices.Index.

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Interpreting Company Reports and Accounts by Geoffrey Holmes
Geoffrey Holmes
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