TopicAnalyze ford motor company's balance sheet from its 2012 annual report.
PostedFri, Aug 16th 2019 20:16 PM
Unlike the income statement, the balance sheet does not report activities over a period of time. The balance sheet is essentially a picture a company’s recourses, debts, and ownership on a given day. This is why the balance sheet is sometimes considered less reliable or less telling of a company’s current financial performance than a profit and loss statement. Annual income statements look at performance over the course of 12 months, where as, the statement of financial position only focuses on the financial position of one day.
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.