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How Do I Find Financial Ratios?

Sources of industry and company ratios worldwide.

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Ines Perkovic
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Financial Ratios ...

Financial Ratios ...

  • are useful indicators of a company's performance and financial status 
  • can be calculated using information provided in a company's financial statements (e.g., balance sheet, income statement, etc.) 
  • measure various aspects of a business operation such as ... 
    • profitability (e.g., return on sales ratio)
    • liquidity (e.g., current ratio)
    • efficiency (e.g., inventory turnover ratio)
    • effectiveness (e.g., return on investment ratio) 
    • solvency or financial strength (e.g., debt to equity ratio) 
  • can be used to identify a company's strengths and weaknesses relative to its competitors
  • can be used to benchmark a company's financial performance against the industry averages or norms in which it operates
  • are often included as part of a business plan or loan agreement

More on Ratios

For more information on financial ratios, try searching Omni to find books and other resources that discuss and explain how to calculate, use and interpret financial ratios. Some possible searches include:

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