TopicBalance sheet income statement and cash flow relationship.
PostedThu, Sep 05th 2019 22:44 PM
Now that you can answer the question what is a balance sheet. Let’s look at how to read a balance sheet. Investors, creditors, and internal management use the balance sheet to evaluate how the company is growing, financing its operations, and distributing to its owners. A single sheet won’t tell you that much about the company, but a comparative report that shows two to three years of trend will tell you how cash is being spent, the amount of debt being paid off, and the level of investments being made each year. It will also show the if the company is funding its operations with profits or debt.
If you’re running a business and looking for potential investors, or you’re an individual readying to approach lenders, you will be asked for a copy of financial statements. For businesses, the finances to be reviewed are the balance sheet, income statement, statement of retained earnings, and statement of cash flows. An individual will have similar information that can be used on a balance sheet, but it is primarily used to give an overview of investments and assets.