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Financial Statement Analysis : A Practitioner's Guide

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An updated guide to the essential discipline of financial statement analysis In Financial Statement Analysis, Fourth Edition, leading investment authority Martin Fridson returns with Fernando Alvarez to provide the analytical framework you need to scrutinize financial statements, whether you're evaluating a company's stock price or determining valuations for a merger or acquisition. This fully revised and up-to-date Fourth Edition offers fresh information that will help you to evaluate financial statements in today's volatile markets and uncertain economy, and allow you to get past the sometimes biased portrait of a company's performance.
* Reflects changes in the financial reporting landscape, including issues related to the financial crisis of 2008-2009 * Provides guidelines on how to interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements * Offers information for maximizing the accuracy of forecasts and a structured approach to credit and equity evaluation Filled with real-life examples and expert advice, Financial Statement Analysis, Fourth Edition will help you gain a firm understanding of the techniques that will help you interpret financial statements, which are designed to conceal more than reveal.
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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 612.35g
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4th Edition
  • 0470635606
  • 9780470635605
  • 96,176

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Financial statement analysis is an essential skill for individualsinvolved in investment management, corporate finance, commerciallending, and the extension of credit. Over the years, it has becomean increasingly complex endeavor, as corporate financial statementshave become more difficult to decipher. But with the FourthEdition of Financial Statement Analysis, you'll learn how tohandle the practical challenges that are part of the business.

Written by leading investment authority Martin Fridson andColumbia Graduate Business School Professor Fernando Alvarez, thisreliable resource outlines the analytical framework needed toscrutinize financial statements, whether you're evaluating acompany's stock price or determining valuations for a merger oracquisition. Fully revised to reflect new concerns and challengesin this field, the Fourth Edition of Financial StatementAnalysis will put you in a better position to get past thesometimes biased portrait of a company's performance.

Divided into four comprehensive parts--Reading Between theLines, The Basic Financial Statements, A Closer Look at Profits, and Forecasts and Security Analysis--this practical guidecontains:



Insights that will allow you to evaluate financial statementseffectively in volatile markets and an uncertain economy



Discussions on properly interpreting balance sheets, incomestatements, and cash flow statements



Valuable new case studies of fraudulent reporting



Tips for maximizing the accuracy of forecasts and a structuredapproach to credit and equity evaluation



Revelations about how earnings can be exaggerated or evenfabricated



And much more



All too often, financial statements conceal more than theyreveal. But by undertaking genuine, goal-orientedanalysis--instead of simply going through the motions ofcalculating standard financial ratios--you can uncover thetrue financial condition of a company.

Filled with real-world examples and expertadvice, FinancialStatement Analysis, Fourth Edition will help you excel atinterpreting financial statements and enable you to use thisinformation to make better business decisions.
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Praise for Financial Statement Analysis FOURTH EDITION



-I love this book. It helps to develop the questioning mind--the mind of a financial detective. It teaches the art of skepticism and critical thinking. Readers go beyond definition and calculation and learn interpretation.-
--Philip L. Cooley, PhD, Prassel Distinguished Professor of Business, Trinity University



-Over my decades of involvement with high-yield bonds, Marty Fridson has been the leading speaker of truth. As he so accurately states in Financial Statement Analysis, the credit investor is required to engage in a game of cat-and-mouse with company management's intent on minimizing their cost of capital by putting a positive gloss on their financial statements. The Fourth Edition of Marty's terrific book is the bible on how to detect and deal with these efforts.-
--Howard Marks, Chairman, Oaktree Capital Management



-Financial Statement Analysis is a unique text; it combines great academic work with numerous real-life examples to form a highly useful reference for equity investors, debt holders, and investors who straddle both asset classes. Whether you are an investor, an investment advisor, or a teacher, Financial Statement Analysis will prove very valuable.-
--Margaret M. Cannella, former head of Global Credit Research, J.P. Morgan and Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School



-Marty has seen it all! He has had a front-row seat to see the birth, death, and rebirth of the high-yield bond market . . . several times over! In the Fourth Edition of Financial Statement Analysis, Marty clearly demonstrates that despite the enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002, and other attempts to curtail abuse of the system, one needs a critical analytical eye to be certain that management is not trying to obfuscate the truth. The case studies provide excellent and timely examples of some of the techniques that companies have used to mislead investors.-
--Edward Z. Emmer, former global head of Corporate and Government Ratings and Equity Research, Standard & Poor's



-Those who read financial statements without understanding the strategic context in which they are written will land on the losing end of the gripping episodes with which bond-market legend Marty Fridson illustrates in the Fourth Edition of his classic reference, Financial Statement Analysis. And all of us who depend on the markets sending capital to its best use should hope that investors read this book first.-
--David Musto, Professor of Finance, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania



-This book rightly urges resolute skepticism when inspecting financial statements. Its great value, though, is in the plain-spoken stripping down of real-world and illustrative examples that show how to see past the numbers to the practicalities and incentives behind them--and so help analysts and journalists alike ask the right questions.-
--Richard Beales, Assistant Editor, Reuters Breakingviews
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Table of contents

Preface to Fourth Edition xi


Acknowledgments xv


PART ONE - Reading between the Lines


CHAPTER 1 - The Adversarial Nature of Financial Reporting 3


The Purpose of Financial Reporting 4


The Flaws in the Reasoning 8


Small Profits and Big Baths 11


Maximizing Growth Expectations 12


Downplaying Contingencies 18


The Importance of Being Skeptical 20


Conclusion 24


PART TWO - The Basic Financial Statements


CHAPTER 2 - The Balance Sheet 29


The Value Problem 30


Comparability Problems in the Valuation of Financial Assets 32


Instantaneous Wipeout of Value 34


How Good Is Goodwill? 35


Losing Value the Old-Fashioned Way 38


True Equity Is Elusive 40


Pros and Cons of a Market-Based Equity Figure 41


The Common Form Balance Sheet 43


Conclusion 45


CHAPTER 3 - The Income Statement 47


Making the Numbers Talk 47


How Real Are the Numbers? 52


Conclusion 77


CHAPTER 4 - The Statement of Cash Flows 79


The Cash Flow Statement and the


Leveraged Buyout 81


Analytical Applications 86


Cash Flow and the Company Life Cycle 87


The Concept of Financial Flexibility 99


In Defense of Slack 104


Conclusion 106


PART THREE - A Closer Look at Profits


CHAPTER 5 - What Is Profit? 111


Bona Fide Profits versus Accounting Profits 111


What Is Revenue? 112


Which Costs Count? 114


How Far Can the Concept Be Stretched? 116


Conclusion 117


CHAPTER 6 - Revenue Recognition 119


Channel-Stuffing in the Drug Business 119


A Second Take on Earnings 123


Astray on Layaway 127


Recognizing Membership Fees 128


A Potpourri of Liberal Revenue


Recognition Techniques 131


Fattening Earnings with Empty Calories 132


Tardy Disclosure at Halliburton 138


Managing Earnings with Rainy Day Reserves 141


Fudging the Numbers: A Systematic Problem 143


Conclusion 147


CHAPTER 7 - Expense Recognition 149


Nortel s Deferred Profit Plan 149


Grasping for Earnings at General Motors 154


Time-Shifting at Freddie Mac 157


Conclusion 159


CHAPTER 8 - The Applications and Limitations of EBITDA 161


EBIT, EBITDA, and Total Enterprise Value 162


The Role of EBITDA in Credit Analysis 166


Abusing EBITDA 169


A More Comprehensive Cash Flow Measure 171


Working Capital Adds Punch to Cash


Flow Analysis 174


Conclusion 176


CHAPTER 9 - The Reliability of Disclosure and Audits 179


An Artful Deal 180


Death Duties 183


Systematic Problems in Auditing 184


Conclusion 189


CHAPTER 10 - Mergers-and-Acquisitions Accounting 191


Maximizing Postacquisition Reported Earnings 191


Managing Acquisition Dates and Avoiding Restatements 195


Conclusion 197


CHAPTER 11 - Is Fraud Detectable? 199


Telltale Signs of Manipulation 199


Fraudsters Know Few Limits 201


Enron: A Media Sensation 201


HealthSouth s Excruciating Ordeal 210


Milk and Other Liquid Assets 217


Conclusion 221


PART FOUR - Forecasts and Security Analysis


CHAPTER 12 - Forecasting Financial Statements 225


A Typical One-Year Projection 225


Sensitivity Analysis with Projected Financial Statements 237


Projecting Financial Flexibility 242


Pro Forma Financial Statements 245


Pro Forma Statements for Acquisitions 246


Multiyear Projections 253


Conclusion 263


CHAPTER 13 - Credit Analysis 265


Balance Sheet Ratios 266


Income Statement Ratios 275


Statement of Cash Flows Ratios 280


Combination Ratios 283


Relating Ratios to Credit Risk 290


Conclusion 304


CHAPTER 14 - Equity Analysis 307


The Dividend Discount Model 308


The Price-Earnings Ratio 313


Why P/E Multiples Vary 316


The Du Pont Formula 324


Valuation through Restructuring Potential 328


Conclusion 334


APPENDIX - Explanation of Pro Forma Adjustments for Hertz Global Holdings, Inc./DTG 335


Notes 341


Glossary 353


Bibliography 367


About the Authors 369


Index 371
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"Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide is a well-organized, thorough exploration of the challenges facing practitioners who rely on financial statements to make investment and lending decisions. Reference books about accounting, while valuable for their insights, are seldom this enjoyable to read. This book is different because the authors seamlessly integrate fascinating real-life examples and instructive fictional scenarios into each chapter to illustrate their points. For anyone with a passing interest in the subject, or for new analysts learning the trade, Financial Statement Analysis is an amazing resource."
?Christopher Shayne, CFA, Director of Product Operations for Enterprise Risk Solutions at Moody's Analytics "Any book that reaches its 4th edition (updated to 2011) should be good. That's true in spades for Financial Statement Analysis. Fridson and Alvarez have written a classic. It should be required reading and a constant reference source on the bookshelf of any investor intending to buy individual company stocks or bonds."
?Canadian Financial DIY blog

"In the 1990s, Benjamin Graham's Security Analysis served as [Value Partners?] reference book, but since then they have been using Martin Fridson's Financial Statement Analysis: A Practioner's Guide."
?excerpt from The Value Investors: Lessons from the World's Top Fund Managers by Ronald Chan, Bruce C. N. Greenwald (Foreword)
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About Martin S. Fridson

MARTIN FRIDSON is Global Credit Strategist at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, one of the world's largest asset managers. Over a twenty-five-year span with brokerage firms including Salomon Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch, he became known for his innovative work in credit analysis and investment strategy. Fridson has served as president of the Fixed Income Analysts Society, governor of the Association for Investment Management and Research (now CFA Institute), and director of the New York Society of Security Analysts.
FERNANDO ALVAREZ is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance and Economics at the Columbia University Graduate Business School, where he teaches entrepreneurship finance. From 2003 until 2008, he was associate professor in the Finance and Economics Department and director of entrepreneurship programs at Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick. Alvarez has taught at New York University's Stern School of Business where he was associate professor on innovation and entrepreneurship, and Babson College where he was assistant professor of finance.
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