ACCT 201 Chapter 2 Summary: A Further Look at Financial Statements
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ACCT 201 Chapter 2 Summary: A Further Look at Financial Statements Sections of a Classified Balance Sheet. In a classified balance sheet, companies often group similar assets and similar liabilities together using standard classifications and sections. This is useful because items within the groups have similar economic characteristics. The groupings help users determine: (1) whether the company has enough assets to pay its debts and (2) what claims by shortand longterm creditors exist on the company’s total assets. A classified balance sheet generally contains the following standard classifications: Current Assets Assets that are expected to be converted to cash or used up in the business within one year or one operating cycle whichever is longer. Examples of current assets: cash, shortterm investments (which include short term U.S. government securities), receivables (accounts receivable, notes receivable, and interest receivable), inventories, and prepaid expenses (rent, supplies, insurance, and advertising). On the balance sheet, current assets are listed in the order in which they are expected to be converted into cash (order of liquidity). Some companies use a period longer than one year to classify assets and liabilities as current because they have an operating cycle longer than one year. The operating cycle of a company is the average time required to go from cash to cash in producing revenuebuy inventory, sell it, and collect the cash from the customers. LongTerm Investments Assets that can be converted into cash, but whose conversion is not expected within one year. These include longterm assets not currently used in the company’s operations (i.e., land, buildings, etc.) and investments in stocks and bonds of other corporations. Property, Plant, and Equipment Assets with relatively long useful lives. Assets currently used in operating the business. Sometimes called fixed assets or plant assets. Examples include land, buildings, machinery, equipment, and furniture and fixtures. 1 ACCT 201 Chapter 2 Summary: A Further Look at Financial Statements Record these assets at cost and depreciate them (except land) over their useful lives. The full purchase price is not expensed in the year of purchase because the assets will be used for more than one accounting period. o Depreciation is the practice of allocating the cost of assets to a number of years. o Depreciation expense is the amount of the allocation for one accounting period. o Accumulated depreciation is the total amount of depreciation that has been expensed since the asset was placed in service. o Cost less accumulated depreciation is reported on the balance sheet. Intangible Assets Noncurrent assets. Assets that have no physical substance. Examples are goodwill, patents, copyrights, and trademarks or trade names. Current Liabilities Obligations that are to be paid within the coming year or operating cycle whichever is longer. Common examples are notes payable, accounts payable, wages payable, bank loans payable, interest payable, taxes payable, and current maturities of longterm obligations. Within the current liabilities section, companies usually list notes payable first, followed by accounts payable, and then the remaining items in the order of their magnitude. LongTerm Liabilities Obligations expected to be paid after one year. Liabilities in this category include bonds payable, mortgages payable, long term notes payable, lease liabilities, and pension liabilities. Many companies report longterm debt maturing after one year as a single amount in the balance sheet and show the details of the debt in notes that accompany the financial statements. Stockholders’ Equity: Stockholders’ equity consists of two parts: 2 ACCT 201 Chapter 2 Summary: A Further Look at Financial Statements Common Stock investments of assets into the business by the stockholders. Retained Earnings income retained for use in the business. Tools for Analyzing Financial Statements and Ratios for Computing a Company’s Profitability. Ratio analysis expresses the relationship among selected items of financial statement data. A ratio expresses the mathematical relationship between one quantity and another. Ratios shed light on company performance o Intracompany comparisons – covers two years for the same company o Industryaverage comparisons – based on average ratios for particular industries o Intercompany comparisons – based on comparisons with a competitor in the same industry. Using the Income Statement Creditors and investors are interested in evaluating profitability. Profitability is frequently used as a test of management’s effectiveness. To supplement an evaluation of the income statement, ratio analysis is used. Profitability ratios measure the operating success of a company for a given period of time. Earnings per share o Is a profitability ratio that measures the net income earned on each share of common stock? o Is computed by dividing (net income less preferred dividends) by the average number of common shares outstanding during the year. o By comparing earnings per share of a single company over time, one can evaluate its relative earnings performance on a per share basis. o Comparisons of earnings per share across companies are not meaningful because of the wide variations in numbers of shares of outstanding stock among companies. 3 ACCT 201 Chapter 2 Summary: A Further Look at Financial Statements Relationship Between a Retained Earnings Statement and a Statement of Stockholders’ Equity. Retained Earnings Statement Describes the events that caused changes in the retained earnings account for the period. Add net income to and subtract dividends from the beginning balance of retained earnings to arrive at the ending balance of retained earnings. Statement of Stockholders’ Equity Reports all changes in stockholders’ equity accounts (i.e., capital stock issued or retired). Ratios for Analyzing a Company’s Liquidity and Solvency Using a Balance Sheet. Using A Classified Balance SheetAn analysis of the relationship between a company’s assets and liabilities can provide users with information about the firm’s liquidity and solvency. Liquidity The ability to pay obligations expected to come due within the next year or operating cycle. Two measures of liquidity include: o Working capital Measure of shortterm ability to pay obligations Excess of current assets over current liabilities Positive working capital (Current Assets > Current Liabilities) indicates the likelihood for paying liabilities is favorable. Negative working capital (Current Liabilities > Current Assets) indicates that a company might not be able to pay shortterm creditors and may be forced into bankruptcy. o Current ratio Measure of shortterm ability to pay obligations Computed by dividing current assets by current liabilities More dependable indicator of liquidity than working capital Does not take into account the composition of current assets (like slowmoving inventory versus cash) 4 ACCT 201 Chapter 2 Summary: A Further Look at Financial Statements Solvency The ability of a company to pay interest as it comes due and to repay the balance of debt due at its maturity. Solvency ratios include: o Debt to Total Assets Ratio Measures the percentage of assets financed by creditors The higher the percentage of debt financing, the riskier the company. Computed by dividing total debt (both current and longterm liabilities) by total assets Using the Statement of Cash Flows to Evaluate Solvency. In the statement of cash flows, cash provided by operating activities indicates the cashgenerating capability of the company. However, cash provided by operating activities fails to take into account that a company must invest in new property, plant, and equipment and at least maintain dividends at current levels to satisfy investors. Free cash flow indicates a company’s ability to generate cash from operations that is sufficient to pay debts, acquire assets, and distribute dividends. It describes the cash remaining from operations after adjusting for capital expenditures and dividends. It is computed by subtracting capital expenditures and cash dividends from cash provided by operations. Meaning of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are a set of rules and practices that provide answers to the following questions. How does a company decide on the type of financial information to disclose? What format should a company use? How should a company measure assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses? The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is a U.S. government agency that oversees U.S. financial markets and accounting standardsetting bodies. The primary accounting standardsetting body in the U. S. is the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). 5 ACCT 201 Chapter 2 Summary: A Further Look at Financial Statements The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) sets standards called International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for many countries outside the U.S. The Public Company Accounting oversight Board (PCAOB) determines auditing standards and reviews the performance of auditing firms. Financial Reporting Concepts. Qualities of Useful InformationTo be useful, information should possess two fundamental qualities: relevance and faithful representation. Relevance if information has the ability to make a difference in a decision scenario, it is relevant. Accounting information is considered relevant if it provides information that o has predictive valuehelps provide accurate expectations about the future o has confirmatory value – confirms or corrects prior expectations. o an item is material when its size makes it likely to influence the decision of an investor or a creditor. Faithful Representation information accurately depicts what really happened. To provide a faithful representation, information must be: o complete—nothing important has been omitted o neutral—is not biased toward one position or another o free from error Enhancing Qualities o Comparability—when different companies use the same accounting principles. To make a comparison, companies must disclose the accounting methods used. o Consistency—when a company uses the same accounting principles and methods from year to year o Verifiable—information that is proven to be free from error. o Timely—information that is available to decision makers before it loses its capacity to influence decisions. o Understandability—information presented in a clear fashion so that users can interpret it and comprehend its meaning. 6 ACCT 201 Chapter 2 Summary: A Further Look at Financial Statements Assumptions and Principles in Financial ReportingTo develop accounting standards, the FASB relies on the following key assumptions and principles: Monetary Unit AssumptionStates that only transactions expressed in money are included in accounting records. Economic Entity Assumption o Every economic entity can be separately identified and accounted for. o Economic events can be identified with a particular unit of accountability. Periodicity Assumption allows the business to be divided into artificial time periods that are useful for reporting. Going Concern AssumptionAssumes the business will remain in operation for the foreseeable future Principles in Financial Reporting Measurement PrinciplesGAAP generally uses one of two measurement principles: the cost principle or the fair value principle o Cost Principle – requires assets to be recorded at original cost because that amount is verifiable. o Fair value Principle – requires that assets and liabilities should be reported at fair value (the price received to sell an asset or settle a liability). Full Disclosure Principle – requires that all circumstances and events that would make a difference to financial statement users should be disclosed. Cost ConstraintDetermining whether the cost that companies will incur to provide the information will outweigh the benefit that financial statement users will gain from having the information available. 7 ACCT 201 Chapter 2 Summary: A Further Look at Financial Statements 8
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