Shows readers how to use financial and accounting methods to get to the heart of pressing business problems. This book focuses more closely on tailoring accounting tools to meet individual manager's needs.
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JOHN A. TRACY is Professor of Accounting, Emeritus at the Leeds School of Business of the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has served as a staff accountant at Ernst & Young and is the author of the bestselling How to Read a Financial Report and Accounting for Dummies, both available from Wiley.
Table of Contents
PREFACE. PART 1: FINANCIAL REPORTING OUTSIDE AND INSIDE A BUSINESS. CHAPTER 1 GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS. Accounting Inside and Out. Internal Functions of Accounting. External Functions of Accounting. A Word about Accounting Methods. End Point. CHAPTER 2 INTRODUCING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. Three Financial Imperatives, Three Financial Statements. Accrual Basis Accounting. The Income Statement. The Balance Sheet. The Statement of Cash Flows. End Point. CHAPTER 3 REPORTING PROFIT TO MANAGERS. Using the External Income Statement for Decision Making Analysis. Management Profit Report. Contribution Margin Analysis. End Point. CHAPTER 4 INTERPRETING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. A Few Observations and Cautions. Premises and Principles of Financial Statements. Limits of Discussion. Profit Ratios. Book Value Per Share. Earnings Per Share. Market Value Ratios. Debt Paying Ability Ratios. Asset Turnover Ratios. End Point. PART 2: ASSETS AND SOURCES OF CAPITAL. CHAPTER 5 BUILDING A BALANCE SHEET. Sizing Up Total Assets. Assets and Sources of Capital for Assets. Connecting Sales Revenue and Expenses with Operating Assets and Liabilities. Balance Sheet Tethered with Income Statement. End Point. CHAPTER 6 BUSINESS CAPITAL SOURCES. Business Example for This Chapter. Capital Structure of Business. Return on Investment. Pivotal Role of Income Tax. Return on Equity (ROE). Financial Leverage. End Point. CHAPTER 7 CAPITAL NEEDS OF GROWTH. Profit Growth Plan. Planning Assets and Capital Growth. End Point. PART 3: PROFIT AND CASH FLOW ANALYSIS. CHAPTER 8 BREAKING EVEN AND MAKING PROFIT. Adding Information in the Management Profit Report. Fixed Operating Expenses. Depreciation: A Special Kind of Fixed Cost. Interest Expense. Pathways to Profit. End Point. CHAPTER 9 SALES VOLUME CHANGES. Three Ways of Making a $1 Million Profit. Selling More Units. Sales Volume Slippage. Fixed Costs and Sales Volume Changes. End Point. CHAPTER 10 SALES PRICE AND COST CHANGES. Sales Price Changes. When Sales Prices Head South. Changes in Product Cost and Operating Expenses. End Point. CHAPTER 11 PRICE/VOLUME TRADE OFFS. Shaving Sales Prices to Boost Sales Volume. Volume Needed to Offset Sales Price Cut. Thinking in Reverse: Giving Up Sales Volume for Higher Sales Prices. End Point. CHAPTER 12 COST/VOLUME TRADE OFFS AND SURVIVAL ANALYSIS. Product Cost Increases: Which Kind? Variable Cost Increases and Sales Volume. Better Product and Service Permitting Higher Sales Price. Lower Costs: The Good and Bad. Subtle and Not So Subtle Changes in Fixed Costs. Survival Analysis. End Point. CHAPTER 13 PROFIT GUSHES: CASH FLOW TRICKLES? Lessons from Chapter 2. Cash Flow from Boosting Sales Volumes. Cash Flows across Different Product Lines. Cash Flow from Bumping Up Sales Prices. End Point. PART 4: CAPITAL INVESTMENT ANALYSIS. CHAPTER 14 DETERMINING INVESTMENT RETURNS NEEDED. A Business as an Ongoing Investment Project. Cost of Capital. Short Term and Long Term Asset Investments. The Whole Business versus Singular Capital Investments. Capital Investment Example. Flexibility of a Spreadsheet Model. Leasing versus Buying Long Term Assets. A Word on Capital Budgeting. End Point. Chapter Appendix. CHAPTER 15 DISCOUNTING INVESTMENT RETURNS EXPECTED. Time Value of Money and Cost of Capital. Back to the Future: Discounting Investment Returns. Spreadsheets versus Equations. Discounted Cash Flow (DCF). Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return (IRR). After Tax Cost of Capital Rate. Regarding Cost of Capital Factors. End Point. PART 5: END TOPICS. CHAPTER 16 SERVICE BUSINESSES. Financial Statement Differences of Service Businesses. Management Profit Report for a Service Business. Sales Price and Volume Changes. What about Fixed Costs? Trade off Decisions. End Point. CHAPTER 17 MANAGEMENT CONTROL. Follow through on Decisions. Management Control Information. Internal Accounting Controls. Independent Audits and Internal Auditing. Fraud. Management Control Reporting Guidelines. Sales Mix Analysis and Allocation of Fixed Costs. Budgeting Overview. End Point. CHAPTER 18 MANUFACTURING ACCOUNTING. Product Makers versus Product Resellers. Manufacturing Business Example. Misclassification of Manufacturing Costs. Idle Production Capacity. Manufacturing Inefficiencies. Excessive Production. End Point. APPENDIX A: GLOSSARY FOR MANAGERS. APPENDIX B: TOPICAL GUIDE TO FIGURES. INDEX.
The Fast Forward MBA in Finance by John A. Tracy
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