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Financial Accounting for Lenders

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While accountants must learn to prepare financial statements, lenders must learn to deconstruct them
to understand their impact on the company’s financial health. This course presents accounting from the
lender’s point of view, and demonstrates the skills participants need in order to make informed credit
analysis decisions. Participants also learn the complex accounting principles used by large corporations.


Anyone who needs to understand how to evaluate business financial statements, including commercial
lenders, business lenders, credit analysts, and underwriters. Those who encounter complex financial
statements should take all 8 modules of the course, those who do not encounter complex financial
statements should take modules 1-7 and not module 8.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a complete set of financial statements and the links between them
  • Leverage an understanding of accounting rules to identify accounting risk in financial statements
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting rules applied in financial statements
  • Convert accrual basis financial statement data into information that can be used to determine debt service capacity
  • Apply complex accounting concepts to the analysis of financial risk (Module 8)
  1. Financial Accounting Framework
    • Introduces accounting standards and how they are developed
    • Explains basic accounting system rules and measurements
    • Outlines the components of a complete set of financial statements and the underlying definitions of the various accounts
  2. Accrual Accounting Basis
    • Compares and contrasts cash and accrual accounting
    • Demonstrates the evolution of the balance sheet and income statement of a start-up business
    • Presents revenue and expense recognition methods and their application to financial statements
  3. The Balance Sheet: Assets
    • Presents an overview of balance sheet transactions and their effect on cash 
    • Provides an in-depth view of current assets, including accounts receivable, bad debt write-offs, inventory, and pre-paid expenses
    • Describes the accounting for fixed assets and depreciation
    • Demonstrates the accounting for intangible assets, including amortization of intangibles and the impairment of goodwill
  4. The Balance Sheet: Liabilities and Equity 
    • Addresses the impact of liabilities on repayment of loans
    • Provides an in-depth understanding of interest-bearing and non-interesting bearing liabilities
    • Explores the different types of bank debt and the financial statement disclosure requirements for long-term debt
    • Describes the accounting treatment of operating and capital leases
    • Compares and contrasts the presentation of equity for each type of business organization
    • Presents three perspectives on the analysis of equity
  5. The Income Statement
    • Reviews the function and structure of a typical income statement
    • Explores the components of net sales, cost of goods sold, and gross profit
    • Discusses inventory valuation methods and how they impact profits
    • Describes common operating expenses and the calculation of operating profit margin
    • Demonstrates different depreciation methods and quantifies the impact of each on taxable income
    • Illustrates the links between the income statement and balance sheet
    • Explores the underlying reasons behind changes in the drivers of cash flow
  6. Connecting Statements and Levels of Insurance
    • Describes the purpose and contents of the statement of shareholders’ equity and statement of retained earnings
    • Analyzes the direct and indirect cash flow formats and the components of operating, investing, and financing activities
    • Demonstrates the link between the statement of shareholders, equity, statement of retained earnings, and statement of cash flows to the balance sheet and income statement
    • Addresses required disclosures included in notes to the financial statements
    • Describes management and accountant responsibilities when preparing financial statements
    • Explores the levels of assurance provide by each type of financial statement and audit opinion
  7. Understanding Business Cash Flow 
    • Explores how the asset conversion cycle is represented in financial statements
    • Analyzes how timing differences in the operating and capital investment cycles cause financing needs
    • Identifies sources and uses of cash by analyzing the borrower’s income statement and changes in the balance sheet
    • Applies the analysis of sources and uses of cash to determine business cash flow
    • Demonstrates the calculation and fundamental analysis of indirect cash flow statements
  8. Complex Accounting for Corporations – Those who encounter complex financial statements should take the optional 8th module
    • Explores accounting principles commonly seen in the financial statements of large or publicly held corporations
    • Demonstrates differences in financial presentation between GAAP and IFRS
    • Introduces the accounting methods behind financing of accounts receivable
    • Presents the accounting for investment in other companies
    • Delves into the fixed asset concepts of purchases, sales, and impairments
    • Provides an in-depth view of complex liabilities, including bonds, pensions and other post-retirement benefits, derivatives, and asset retirement obligations
    • Explains cash flow implications of stock dividends, splits, and options, and demonstrates the calculation of earnings per share
    • Establishes when provisions should be included on the balance sheet or in the notes to the financial statements
    • Describes transactions and events that must be reflected in other comprehensive income (OCI)
    • Reviews public company disclosure requirements

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