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What is exactly the financial statement analysis?

Financial statement analysis is an accounting tool that provides an assessment of a company's economic, financial and asset condition. It is based on the financial statements and reports the data. It contains the profits and losses of a company and therefore serves to derive the general performance of the company.

Why is this activity very important for your SME ?

Until recently there were few SMEs that often used a financial statement analysis as larger companies could use it.

Today, times have changed. Reading the numbers well can make a difference within the strategy and management of an enterprise. Understanding which products it is worth investing in and which jobs can be neglected determines the difference between the growth or decline of a company.

This activity can be a source of interest for various subjects, external or internal to the company. Entities or external individuals can analyse their solvency profile (current or potential lenders), capacity to provide an adequate return on capital (for those who want to buy shares for example) or even just obtain information on the company's situation with respect to competition in the sector.

Through the comparative balance sheet analysis of the various elements available, it is possible to arrive at the following formulation of a "judgement" on the health of the company in all its dimensions:

  • Economic
  • Asset
  • Financial

How it works

The financial statement analysis is based on two fundamental documents for a company:

  • The Balance sheet
  • The Profit and loss statement

In order to perform a correct analysis, it is always necessary to start from the reclassification of the accounts, which includes 3 phases in particular.

  1. Group the account items into groups
  2. Order such groups
  3. Bringing out intermediate results

The reclassification allows for a slightly cleaner first view of the company's situation and is already useful information can be obtained from it.

Analysis by Indexes

Once the intermediate results have been obtained, it is possible to proceed with the calculation of the indices useful for the analysis. The financial statements analysis by means of indexes is a very powerful tool that allows you to use indicators capable of providing a very concise assessment of one's own situation.

How should the data be interpreted?

Better results in terms of interpretation and evaluation are therefore achieved by analysing a series of balance sheets and studying the trend over time of the significant balance sheet ratios, so as to understand in which management is moving the company (dynamic financial statements analysis).

How do I evaluate them?

  • Temporal evolution
  • Comparison with average values of the sector
  • Comparison with "normal" values i.e. with the benchmark
  • Comparison with objectives

Response to results

This is the last activity of the analysis cycle, where the "relay" passes into the hands of those who deal with the Management of the Company, with data that speak clearly, the Manager will have to plan how to proceed using the right Project Management techniques.


The report contain errors?

If you notice incorrect data within the report or find that for some reason the calculated amounts do not match, please follow the steps below:

  • Check that the data in your accounts are correct.
  • Check that you have set up the groups correctly in the settings dialog.

If the errors persist, contact us via our feedback form and send us an example accounting file (*.ac2), even with little data, but allowing us to reproduce the possible problem and correct it.


The extension is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Italian
  • French (translation currently not complete)
  • German (translation currently not complete)

And will adapt according to the language in which the application is set up. For all other languages, the standard version in English will be displayed.

Save your analysis 

You can save the report in the following formats:

  • Html
  • Pdf
  • Excel
  • Latex
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