You might remember Cuba Gooding Jr.’s immortal line from the movie Jerry Maguire, “Show me the money!”
That’s what financial statements do for investors – show the money that companies earn, own, and owe.
These statements appear in a company’s annual report, and are broadly classified into three categories:
- Balance Sheet
- Profit & Loss Account
- Cash Flow Statement
Over the next few weeks, we will discuss these key financial statements that companies use to communicate their performance with investors, and how you can use them to identify the best long-term investment opportunities.
Let’s start with the Balance Sheet, also known as the ‘Statement of Financial Position’ of a company.