Overview of Financial Statements

After preparing your adjusted trial balance, the next step in the accounting cycle is to prepare your financial statements. Learn about the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flow, and retained earnings statement in this tutorial. Continue reading

TIE Ratio

The TIE Ratio shows the ability to pay interest charges out of earnings. (TIE stands for times interest earned.) This interactive tutorial walks you through the calculations, including where to find the numbers on the financial statements. Continue reading

Return on Equity Du Pont

Return on equity (ROE) measures profitability related to ownership. Management at Du Pont came up with Return on Equity (Du Pont), an approach that showed that return on equity depends on ROA and the equity multiplier. This interactive tutorial explains the concept by walking you through the calculations, including where to find the numbers on the financial statements. Continue reading

Return on Assets Du Pont

Return on assets (ROA) is a percentage of the after-tax income as compared to the total assets of the company. Management at Du Pont came up with Return on Assets (Du Pont), an approach that determines the impact of asset turnover and profit margin on profits. This interactive tutorial explains the concept by walking you through the calculations, including where to find the numbers on the financial statements. Continue reading

Gross Profit Ratio

The gross profit ratio indicates how much of each sales dollar is available to meet expenses and profits after merely paying for the goods that were sold. This interactive tutorial explains the gross profit ratio by walking you through the steps, including where Sales and Cost of Goods Sold are on the Income Statement. It lets you use your own numbers — great for checking homework answers! Continue reading

Income Statement, Multi-Step

Learn about the structure and contents of a multi-step income statement by examining one for the fictitious company Bogus Manufacturing, Inc. Continue reading