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Understanding Financial Statements for Non-Financial Managers

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ASPE is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider of business analysis training. Select Project Delivery courses offer IIBA continuing development units (CDU) in accordance with IIBA standards.


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This course will teach you real-world skills for immediately navigating even complex financial documents, reports, and statements as soon as you return to your office.

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Course Outline

1. Program Overview - Examining key elements of Financial Statements, why they are important

  • What are financial statements, key elements, what they represent
  • Why financial statements are important in business
  • Who uses financial statements to help plan, who should be using them
  • How financial statements are developed
  • How financial statements can be used in decision making
  • How financial statements affect your organization
  • How major projects are evaluated and funding approved
  • How cost accounting operates in determining a department's performance

2. Accounting Principles - Understanding the "big picture"

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Conservatism
  • Internal Control
  • Materiality
  • Adequate Disclosure

3. How Accounting Systems Function - How they are audited by examining journal entries

  • Types of Financial Statements, which are the most reliable
  • The Dual Entry Accounting System
  • The Balance Sheet
  • The Income Statement
  • The Retained Earnings Statement
  • Comprehensive Income Statement
  • Financial Statements Footnotes

4. Accounting Concepts - Learning what calculations and inner workings are used in your organization and why

  • Cash vs. Accrual Accounting
  • LIFO vs. FIFO
  • Dollar Value FIFO
  • Capitalization vs. Expensed
  • Goodwill Calculation
  • Deferred Taxes

5. Accounting Classification - The first step in financial analysis

  • Current Assets
  • Current Liabilities
  • Fixed Assets
  • Intangible Assets
  • Long Haul Debt
  • Owner's Equity

6. Financial Analysis - from your viewpoint, what you need to know

  • What does Financial Analysis mean?
  • What you need to look for in determining your company's financial health
  • What you should be looking for as an investor or manager
  • How financial professionals determine financial risks
  • Ratio Analysis
    • Liquidity Ratios
    • Leverage Ratios
    • Operating Ratios
    • Profitability Ratios
    • Bankruptcy Predictors
    • Security Analysis

7. The World of EBITDA - What it means

  • Uses of EBITDA
  • What it tells you and the "rest of the world"
  • What EDBITDA does not tell you
    • Overstating cash flow
    • Misleading measure of liquidity
    • Changes in working capital
    • Omitted expenses
    • Capital expenditures
  • Why you need to understand EBITDA as a benchmark

8. Capital Budget Analysis - Learn to better plan for the future of your department

  • Break even analysis
  • Net present value analysis
  • Internal rate of return
  • Pay back period
  • Weighted cost of capital analysis

9. Cost Accounting - From inventory to overhead, how to add it all up

  • Inventory
    • Inventory and profitability
    • Lower of costs or market
    • Finished goods
    • Work in progress
    • Raw materials
  • Direct Costs
  • Indirect Costs
  • Overhead allocation
  • Standard costs
  • Equivalent costs
  • Direct materials
    • Price variance
    • Quantity variance
  • Labor
    • Rate variance
    • Time variance
  • Factory overhead
  • LIFO vs. FIFO
  • Dollar value LIFO

10. Budgeting, an important building block of a solid financial plan

  • Sales Forecast / Budget
  • Cost of goods sold budget
    • Direct materials budget
    • Direct labor budget
    • Factory overhead budget
  • Sales and general administration budget (SG&A)
  • Capital expenditures budget
  • Cash budget

11. Recognizing and preventing forgery, embezzlement and fraud

  • System of checks and balances
  • When assets are really expenses
  • Recognizing revenue in the correct period
  • How to correctly document inter and intra-company sales
  • Gross vs. Net
  • Compensation vs. reimbursement

12. Course Wrap Up and Discussion

Who should attend

Any mid-level manager with no formal accounting or finance background will benefit greatly from this one day program.

  • Office managers
  • Department heads
  • Sales managers
  • MIS professionals
  • Programmers working with financial information, legal counsel and anyone touched by the financial workings of an organization will benefit greatly in their decision making ability and career advancement.