Balance Sheet Also Called With Balance Sheet Accounts In The General Ledger Are Also Called Plus Balance Sheet Accounts Payable Receivable Together With
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Second your balance sheet is how anyone that you will ever want to do business with will understand your business. Think about getting a loan the first thing your banker wants to see are your financial statements and the first page of your financial statements is your balance sheet. Why is it first? Perhaps because it is the most important. Now think about your situation; you re applying for a loan or a grant or you want to do business with the federal government or an investor is thinking about either coming on board or buying you out and you present your financial statements to them.
Long-term liabilities (non-current) found on the balance sheet include long-term bank loans and notes payable. The creditor s claims against the assets can be seen by examining the fundamental accounting equation stated above where the entity s assets equal the creditors claim which represents liabilities plus the owner s claim of the assets representing the company s equity. Equity: according to the fundamental accounting equation if we rearrange this to solve for equity one can conclude that Equity = Assets - Liabilities. Upon closer examination it can be clearly seen that equity represents the value of a business after liabilities have been reduced from the company s assets. Often equity is referred to as the residual interest of a company. Also it is important to note that the creditors claims to the assets are always settled first before the owner s claim can be realized.
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For most of these kinds of items a company will book their value at whatever was paid for it. While items that depreciate like computers are usually de-valued over a period of time that piece of land will likely appreciate over time and the current value may not be reflected on the balance sheet. This can make the company more valuable than it appears (some value investors refer to these as "asset plays"). For financial companies a ton of assumptions are made on the balance sheet. The actual value of a loan is very difficult to calculate due to variable interest rates risk of default risk of early payment etc. Take that reality and multiply it by the millions of loans a large bank has outstanding and you begin to see why investing in banks is such a difficult and risky endeavor. However since the Magic Formula throws out financial stocks we won t discuss that in much detail here. One other thing to be generally aware of is that both assets and liabilities are categorized as either "current" or "long-term".