**Financial Reporting and Analysis II**

**Reading 22. Understanding Balance Sheets**

**Learning Outcome Statements**

g. convert balance sheets to common-size balance sheets and interpret common-size balance sheets;

h. calculate and interpret liquidity and solvency ratios.

*CFA Curriculum, 2020, Volume 3*

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### Subject 5. Uses and Analysis of the Balance Sheet

**Common-Size Analysis of Balance Sheets**

This topic will be discussed in detail in Reading 26 [Financial Analysis Techniques].

**Balance Sheet Ratios**

**Liquidity ratios**measure the ability of a company to meet future short-term financial obligations from current assets and, more importantly, cash flows. Each of the following ratios takes a slightly different view of cash or near-cash items.

**Current Ratio**is a measure of the number of dollars of current assets available to meet current obligations. It is the best-known liquidity measure. A current ratio of less than 1 indicates the company has negative working capital.**Quick Ratio**(**Acid-Test Ratio**) eliminates less liquid assets, such as inventory and pre-paid expenses, from the current ratio. If inventory is not moving, the quick ratio is a better indicator of cash and near-cash items that will be available to meet current obligations.**Cash Ratio**is the most conservative liquidity ratio, determined by eliminating receivables from the quick ratio. As with the elimination of inventory in the quick ratio, there is no guarantee that the receivables will be collected.

**Solvency ratios**measure a company's ability to meet long-term and other obligations.

**Long-Term Debt-Equity Ratio**is an indicator of the degree of protection available to the creditors in the event of insolvency of a company. Higher debt-equity ratio indicates higher financial risk.**Debt-Equity Ratio**includes short-term debt in the numerator.**Total Debt Ratio**=**Financial Leverage Ratio**=

Financial statement analysis aims to investigate a company's financial condition and operating performance. Using financial ratios helps to examine relationships among individual data items from financial statements. Although ratios by themselves cannot answer questions, they can help analysts ask the right questions in financial statement analysis. As analytical tools, ratios are attractive because they are simple and convenient. However, ratios are only as good as the data upon which they are based and the information with which they are compared.

From the earlier discussion it is obvious that there are a significant number of estimates and subjective information that go into financial statements and therefore it is imperative that the end user understands the numbers before calculating and relying on ratio analyses based on these numbers.

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**User Contributed Comments**
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You need to log in first to add your comment. ###### omya

Quick Ratio/ Acid Test Ratio - doesnt include Inventories.

Cash Ratio - doesnt include debtors and inventories.

Solvency ratios - for meeting long term debt obligations.

Debt Equity Ratio- here debt means short term + long term debts both. Here non interest bearing debts are also considered. i.e. accounts payable..

FInancial Leverage Ratio = Total Assets/Total Equity.

###### farhan92

issue with fin lev is that you would assume theres debt involved in the formula