Getting Under the Hood
Getting Under the Hood
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Preface & Acknowledgements
Ch 1: Getting Started and Prepared
The Annual Report to Stockholders
Choosing A Company
Reports You Will Need
Ch 2: The Basic Information
What You Want to Learn About Your Company and Why
Management Challenges and Success
Ch 3: The Chairman and Management Speak
Analyzing the MD&A Items
Analyzing the Message to Stockholders
Ch 4: Where are the Numbers
The Balance Sheet
Statement of Cash Flows
Statement of Stockholder's Equity
Notes to the Financial Statement
Ch 5: Looking Under the Hood of Your Annual Report
Industry and Competitor Ratios
How well can your company pay its bills
Is our company making money
How well is management performing
How much can your company borrow
How is the stock performing
Ch 6: Buy, Sell, Hold or Stay Away
Calculating the Altman Z-ScorePreface
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+ Ch 4d: Stockholders' Equity and Notes
+ Ch 5: Looking under the Hood of an Annual Report
+ Ch 6: Buy, Hold or Stay Away
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❝ As a full time accounting consultant providing service to small mid cap companies the book has become an invaluable resource. The book takes the mystery out of an SEC annual report. It helps the reader tie accounting principles together in a way that’s easy to grasp. Bittar does a great job of explain the why’s of accounting and not just the numbers. ❞
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❝ Getting under the Hood of an Annual Report” is an insightful and comprehensive guide that encompasses all of the fundamentals of an Annual Report. It is an essential tool for those seeking a basic understanding or a must needed refresher of the analytical information that drives the capital markets. It is delivered in simple terms, rather than jam-packed with overwhelming jargon. ❞
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