Spring 2014 MBA Course

B8009-003: Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

MW - Full Term, 04:00PM to 05:30PM

Location: WJW 311

Instructor: Sharon Katz

Prerequisite(s): B6001

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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.


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Sharon Katz

Assistant Professor

Sharon P. Katz joined Columbia Business School's faculty in 2010. He teaches the Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation course in both the MBA and EMBA programs, and is a co-director of the executive education course Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive.

Professor Katz's research interests focus primarily on equity valuation, tax avoidance, and earnings quality, with particular attention to private equity ownership...

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