Book | 2013

Business Analysis and Valuation: Using Financial Statements, Text and Cases

by Krishna G. Palepu and Paul M. Healy


This book provides a framework for business analysis and has been used by business schools throughout the world. It provides a foundation for analysis using four key steps: 1) Strategy analysis: Identifying a firm's strategy and understanding sources of its competitive advantage; 2) Accounting analysis: Assessing how a firm's financial statements reflect its economics and determining whether any adjustments are needed. This new edition (5th ed) specifically covers measurement questions for firms reporting under US GAAP and International Standards; 3) Financial analysis: Evaluating a firm's performance using ratios and cash flow data; and 4) Forecasting future performance and estimating its value. These steps are applied to a variety of business contexts, including securities analysis, credit analysis, merger & acquisition decisions, and governance. The book includes a broad range of classic and new HBS cases to illustrate the concepts and applications.

Keywords: Governance; Debt Securities; Valuation; Performance Evaluation; Financial Statements; Credit; Business Ventures; Strategy; Financial Condition; Mergers and Acquisitions; Forecasting and Prediction;


Palepu, Krishna G., and Paul M. Healy. Business Analysis and Valuation: Using Financial Statements, Text and Cases. 5th ed. Cengage Learning, 2013.