Interpreting financial statements

Achieve proficiency in interpreting the financial statements of a company. Learn how to prepare financial ratios.
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Interpret financial statements - balance sheet, income statement, cash flows statement
Prepare cash flows statement for any given company
Prepare and interpret 25 world-wide known financial ratios
Evaluate the financial health of a company
Get acquainted with "must know" finance matters - valuation, mergers and acquisitions, etc


  • Basic finance jargon is expected
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Already familiar with Microsoft Excel


This new course starts from the grounds of financial statements and show how they are obtained in the first place. Then it expands on the three main financial statements: balance sheet, income statement and cash flows, by showing their advantages and disadvantages, what they tell and what they hide from the viewer, how they differ from each other and how they are linked. We will focus a lot on the cash implications of financial statements, and by the end of this course we will be able to use cash flows to evaluate the health of a company and we will be able to understand, prepare and analyze “most wanted” financial ratios. Moreover, we will grasp what you need to know on adjacent subjects like weighted average cost of capital, valuation methods, mergers and acquisitions, currency translation and others. Every topic is presented from an industry best practice perspective and is accompanied by a final quiz to test your progress. Besides using small study cases that illustrate particular areas, we will be accompanied throughout the course by a four year period financial data of a study company, for which we will recreate and interpret together the cash flow statements and ratios for three years. It shall be optional, however advisable, that you will continue our endeavor and derive the cash flows statement and ratios, together with their interpretation, for the last year of the analysis. No worries, I will provide permanent assistance should you need additional help to finalize the homework.

If you’re a finance student, an entrepreneur or a finance professional willing to expand on financial statements knowledge, this course if for you, as you will find a lot of new or untold information, perfectly structured and covering all hot topics. If you’re rather new to finance matters, this course if perfect to build a solid knowledge, however you should be at least familiarized with the finance jargon. However, even if you did not experienced financial statements before, the course content does not leave you with missing pieces for the financial statements puzzle. Basic mathematical skills are a prerequisite and you will also need access to a computer with installed Microsoft Excel and basic Excel skills to finalize the analysis.

This course consists of videos lectures and shall require more than three hours of your time, with estimations for the homework analysis to account for another three hours.

I am assured that after taking this course, you will be confident in analyzing financial statements and be able anytime to prepare and interpret the cash flow statement and the financial status for any given company.

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Who this course is for:

  • Best suited for beginners and experienced individuals with an interest and minimal knowledge in finance

Course content

7 sections50 lectures1h 58m total length
  • Course outline and goals


Finance Expert
Gabriel Dragne
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Hi! My name is Gabriel Dragne.

I'm a Finance expert with more than 15 years of experience in consulting and financial reporting.

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