Monitoring a company’s performance using ratio analysis and comparing those measures to industry benchmarks often leads to improvements in company performance. Not to mention these ratios are often part of loan covenants. The following article provides an overview of the 5 categories of financial ratios and links to their description and calculation.
Use the following Financial Ratios to measure financial performance against standards. In addition, analysts compare these ratios to industry averages (benchmarking), industry standards or rules of thumbs and against internal trends (trends analysis). Furthermore, the most useful comparison when performing financial ratio analysis is trend analysis. They are derived from the three following financial statements:
5 Categories of Financial Ratios
The five (5) major categories in the financial ratios list include the following :
- Liquidity Ratios
- Activity Ratios
- Debt Ratios
- Profitability Ratios
- Market Ratios
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