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26. analysis of accounts

define profitability ratios 
profitability ratios are a class of financial metrics that are used to assess a business's ability to generate savings 

26. analysis of accounts

define liquidity 
liquidity is the ability of a business to pay back its short-term debts 

26. analysis of accounts

users of accounts (7)
  • managers
  • shareholders 
  • creditors
  • banks 
  • trade unions and workers 
  • government 
  • other businesses 

26. analysis of accounts

reasons why banks use accounts (2)
  • to decide whether to give a loan or not 
  • to ensure the business is going to repay a loan 

26. analysis of accounts

limitations of using accounts and ratio analysis (4)
  • external users will only be able to use published accounts, which contains only data required by law 
  • ratios are based on past accounting data and may not indicate how the business will perform in the future 
  • accounting days overtime will be affected by inflation and comparison between years may be misleading 
  • different companies may use slightly different accounting methods 

26. analysis of accounts

define liquid 
liquid means that assets are easily convertible to cash 

26. analysis of accounts

liquidity ratios (2)
  • current ratio 
  • acid test ratio 

26. analysis of accounts

profitability ratios (3) 
  • return on capital employed (ROCE)
  • gross profit margin 
  • net profit margin 

26. analysis of accounts

define capital employed 
capital employes is shareholder's equity plus non-current liabilities and is the total long-term and permanent capital invested in the business 

26. analysis of accounts

define profitability 
profitability is the measurement of the profit made relative to either the value of sales achieved or the capital invested in the business 

26. analysis of accounts

profitability is important to: (2)
  • investors when deciding which business to invest in 
  • directors and managers of a business to assess if the business is becoming more or less profitable overtime 

26. analysis of accounts

without analysis of accounts it is impossible to tell whether a business is: (2)
  • performing better the current year than the previous year 
  • performing better than other businesses 

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