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The Ins & Outs of Financial Reporting: What You Need to Know

Posted on:  April 1, 2022

Accurate and timely financial reporting is one of the most important aspects of any business. It’s  essential in understanding your company’s performance to make sound financial decisions. In this blog post, we will explain what financial reporting is and outline the key types of financial reports. We’ll also discuss the importance of financial reporting software and highlight some of the best options on the market.

What Is Financial Reporting?

Financial statements are written records that convey the business activities and the financial performance of a company. They provide an overview of a company’s financial health and performance. They are used by businesses to make strategic business decisions based on performance and to determine a pathway to achieving their objectives, including, but not limited to, where to allocate and deploy their resources and how to manage their finances.

There are three main financial statements: Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Cash Flow Statements. We’ll discuss each of these financial statements in more detail below.

Balance Sheets

A Balance Sheet provides a snapshot of a company’s financial position at a specific point in time. It shows the assets, liabilities, and equity of a business. Its used to assess the financial health and stability of a company.

The Balance Sheet can help users answer questions such as whether the company has a positive net worth, enough cash and short-term assets to cover its obligations, and whether the company is highly indebted relative to its peers. The Balance Sheet is also used by investors and institutional lenders to make decisions about investing in or lending money to a business.

Since the Balance Sheet is a snapshot in time it is accompanied by both the Income and the Cash Flow Statements to make informed decisions.

Income Statements

An Income Statement, aka Profit and Loss Statement, shows a company’s financial performance over a period of time and reflects the revenue and expenses to derive at a net income or loss. It’s used to assess a company’s profitability and to make decisions about pricing, expenses, sales strategy, and investments.

An Income Statement provides valuable insights into a company’s operations, the efficiency of its management, performance of its departments or sectors, and can be used to evaluate its performance relative to benchmark standards and industry peers.

Essentially, it gives an account of how the net revenue realized by the company gets transformed into net earnings (profit or loss).

Cash Flow Statements

The term cash flow refers to the net amount of cash and cash equivalents being transferred in and out of a company, broken down by its source. Cash received represents inflows, while money spent represents outflows. A Cash Flow Statement shows a company’s inflows and outflows of cash, and it includes operating, investing, and financing activities. The Cash Flow Statement is used to assess a company’s financial health and to make decisions about where to allocate its resources. This is used to make sure a company has enough cash to meet its day-to-day expenses, and to project how cash flows in future may shape up.

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