Module 4 - Financial Statement Analysis

Two unique features of this series are (1) the Open Line with the tutor offering you direct support by answering your questions or giving you additional resources on topics covered in the courses and (2) the link we make between Finance and Accounting on the one hand and World 4.0 on the other. Finance is no longer a historic account of events but it looks into the future helping managers make valuable predictions and decisions.

This is a modularised online programme, on practical skills for all professionals and will equip you with skills you need in your daily working life, immediately from day 1.

Whether you are a manager looking for skills in how to link finance to business processes, or a prospective accountant that wants to start a career in Accounting under IFRS and Finance, or a working accountant that wishes to enhance their Accounting and financial management knowledge to support their daily work, you will find this course unique and resourceful.

It is also a refreshed way of looking at Accounting and Finance and some of the things we will be covering may not be available in books or publications or on the Internet.

In this 3-hour module, we start with basic skills in reading and understanding Financial Statements (Modules 1 and 2 in this series) and build on them skills in analysing and interpreting Financial Statements. By the end of the learning process you will be able to see behind the numbers the business processes that they relate to and suggest solutions to issues identified. 

You will therefore be able to take lead in discussions about decisions regarding the future of your organisation.

The entire module is case study based and practical.

Content course:

  • Risk and Profitability.
  • Ratio analysis – from absolute values to relative values. Each ratio is analysed in detail to see what components in the formula relate to what parts of the business.
  • Comprehensive case study – Applying ratio analysis and identifying critical issues.
  • From Ratio Analysis to Business Process Management – illustrations how Finance links to business partnership.
  • Attention to some specific ratios that are usually misunderstood, for example is high gearing desired or does it pose a threat to the organisation?
  • Accounting Standards like IFRS and their influence on ratio calculations.
  • Horizontal and Vertical Analysis – case study.
  • Moving to the market and looking closely at ratios like Price/Earnings (P/E) and Dividend Yield. What exactly do these ratios tell us?
  • Non-Financial measures of Performance.
  • Case studies to be solved at times convenient to participants.

On completion of this online course, you will receive a certificate.

This module is a part of the Finance in Business e-learning course.

The course is delivered in English.

Check out the next module in the series.

Are you looking for live interactive training on this topic? Find out more about our Finance in Business modularised course programme: case study workshops for business professionals delivering the practical financial skills you need for your daily work.

Show your certificate of completion for this course and get a 10% discount for the Finance in Business Online Live workshops.


Patrycja Bawolska

Patrycja is the supervisor of the popular "Finance for Non-Financial Professionals" training course series.

Phone number: +48 797 305 720


59,00 72,57 incl tax

Access for (months): 12

Duration: 3h

Tutor: Marinos Athanassiou

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