Analyzing Performance and Efficiency Ratios

Field: Accounting | Delivery Method: Self Study | CPE Hours: 1.0

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Managers use ratio analysis to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses from which strategies and initiatives can be formed. Shareholders may use ratio analysis to measure your company's results against other organizations or make judgments concerning management effectiveness and mission impact.

Important ratio 'groups' that assist in analyzing a business and its viability are efficiency and performance ratios. Performance ratios measure the function of core operations for a company. These ratios reveal information about how efficiently resources are used to generate sales and cash, among other things.

Efficiency ratios are used to analyze how well a company uses its assets and liabilities internally. Ratio analysis is a useful tool that will improve understanding of financial results over time. It provides key indicators of organizational performance.

This course focuses on specific efficiency and performance ratios and their use.

Learning Objectives

Explore the types and purpose of efficiency ratios including:

  • Sales and Inventory
  • Accounts Receivable (AR) turnover
  • Asset turnover
  • Inventory turnover
  • Explore the purpose of performance ratios.
  • Identify various performance ratios and how to analyze the results including:
  • Days sales outstanding
  • Cash Conversion Cycle
  • Days payable outstanding
  • Days inventory outstanding
  • Days payables outstanding

Field: Accounting
CPE: 1.0
Delivery Method: Self Study
Format: Video

Your Instructor

Lynn Fountain
Lynn Fountain

Consultant, CPA, CGMA, CRMA, MBA, Past Chief Audit Executive

Business Consultant, Trainer, Author

Ms. Fountain has over 40 years of experience spanning public accounting, industry accounting and consulting. Sixteen years of that experience has been in the field of internal audit, risk managment and process improvement. She is well adept to assist your organization evaluate business strategy, perform risk assessments, establish a Sarbanes-Oxley process, synergizing internal audit processes or perform process improvement projects.

As a past corporate executive Lynn has a passion for working with professionals to enhance their processes and provide leading edge education. She has authored and delivered hundreds of training courses for accounting, finance and audit professionals. Her training is filled with not just theory but real world application.

Ms. Fountain has authored three technical publications:

-Leading the Internal Audit Function 

-Raise the Red Flag

-Ethics and the Internal Auditor's political dilemma

Lynn is a recognized leader in the internal audit profession as well as a recognized business professional.  

Ms. Fountain obtained her BSBA from Pittsburg State University and her MBA from Washburn University in Kansas. She has active, current CPA, CGMA, and CRMA credentials.

Course Curriculum

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