This course helps students understand how firms communicate through financial statements. They learn how to:
- use financial statement analysis as an integral part of the strategic analysis of firms;
- interpret financial statements, analyze cash flows, make judgments about earnings quality and uncover hidden assets and liabilities;
- apply financial statement analysis prospectively to forecast and value firms by applying modern accounting-based technologies.
Students are also exposed to the latest academic research on fundamental analysis. The course has a very practical emphasis, with a wide variety of cases, in-class exercises and a group project, all involving comprehensive analyses of publicly traded companies.
Gary Winnick and Martin Granoff Associate Professor of Business
Sharon P. Katz joined Columbia Business School's faculty in 2010. He teaches Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation in both the MBA and EMBA programs, and is a co-director of the executive course, Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive. Professor Katz is a recipient of the Columbia Business School Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the...