This is a short course to understand how to look at financial performance of a company vs the peers in industry. We lay out a framework to assess the health of a company and outline a few ratios that are critical in this exercise. The students will learn how to rank companies in an industry based on the performance of financial ratios.
What is this course about?
This course is look at financial performance of companies based on the financial statements that they publish. We will differentiate the good performing companies from the bad ones using a few parameters and metrics.
What kind of materials are included?
This is mostly a presentation that has been used for the course. You can sit back with a cup of coffee and learn this course. There is a recommended practice exercise which may be interest to you.
How long will the course take?
The course is approximately 45 mins of time. However, the practice exercise may take time and you may want to connect with the faculty to discuss. Please feel free to raise your questions through discussion boards or email contacts. We will be happy to assist you.
Why take this course?
This course is basic yet very fundamental on how you can analyze the financial performance. You may find it very helpful in your job or college project to outline a framework to analyze the health of a company. There is a lot of practical application for the course that you may enjoy.
What are the requirements?
- The students are expected to have basic understanding of accounting statements. None the less, we do explain the accounting statement in brief which should help to refresh the concepts learned in college.
What am I going to get from this course?
- Assess the financial performance of a company and compare it with peers. The students will be able to give rankings to different companies based on financial health as we define in the course.
- Develop an understanding of key metrics important to analyze and differentiate companies.
What is the target audience?
- This course can be taken by any one who has interest in looking at financial performance of companies – be it business planning professionals, analysts with consulting or private equity companies as well as finance students in a MBA college.