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Postat den 23rd March, 2022, 18:44 av Mark Dopson

horizontal analysis

The year being used for comparison purposes is called the base year (usually the prior period). The year of comparison for is analysed for dollar and percent changes against the base year. Horizontal analysis allows investors and analysts to see what has been driving a company’s financial performance over several years and to spot trends and growth patterns.

horizontal analysis

The increase in cost of goods sold (78% vs. 77% of sales) may warrant further investigation. A horizontal analysis of the trends in liquidity ratios will reveal how well the company is able to meet its immediate obligations and serve as a tool for creditors to determine the viability and therefore creditworthiness of the company. Although a company wants to have a liquidity ratio that allows it to easily meet its current obligations, it does not want to have one that is so high that it reveals an inability to efficiently deploy cash into revenue-producing assets. This type of analysis is mostly used by investors, financial analysts, and business managers. However, anyone who is interested in the future of a company will be interested in conducting a trend analysis to determine its likely trajectory. This may include creditors, regulatory authorities, and industry observers like business journalists, among others.

Horizontal analysis vs vertical analysis

A business will look at one period (usually a year) and compare it to another period. For example, a business may compare sales from their current year to sales from the prior year. The trending of items on these financial statements can give a business valuable information on overall performance and specific areas for improvement. It is most valuable to do horizontal analysis for information over multiple periods to see how change is occurring for each line item. typically shows the changes from the base period in dollar and percentage. For example, a statement that says revenues have increased by 10% this past quarter is based on horizontal analysis. The percentage change is calculated by first dividing the dollar change between the comparison year and the base year by the line item value in the base year, then multiplying the quotient by 100. A horizontal analysis can be performed on any type of financial statement, but is most commonly used on the income statement.

How is the horizontal analysis performed?

It would make more sense to compare the values for a specific quarter to the same quarter from past years. If you happen to choose a particularly bad time period for your base values, the values for your comparison period may look much better than they are. In other words, vertical analysis can technically be completed with one column of data, but performing is not practical unless there is enough historical data to have a useful point of reference.

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