Self-Study Course Details
Course Description

Common-size analysis is a powerful tool for financial analysis and decision-making. Common-size analysis is a form of ratio or metric analysis that states financial statement amounts as percentages of a base amount. 

Common-size analysis is useful for comparing the financial performance and position of different companies, especially those of different sizes. It also helps to identify trends and patterns over time within a company and across entities. This is very useful for business environmental analysis, peer benchmarking, and building financial projections.

You may already do some forms of common-size analysis, but may not know all the ways it can provide insights and improve projections.

You'll learn:

  • How to build common-size financial statements
  • Ways to perform common-size financial analysis
  • Sources for common-size financial statements
  • How to build fast and easy financial projections with common-size analysis

You'll see examples of analysis and methods I've used in my career, as well as ideas on other ways you may be able to use common-size analysis. 

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the two types of common-size analysis
  • Recall the formulas for common-size analysis
  • Recall how to build projections with common-size analysis
  • None
Advanced Preparation


Author Details
  • Robert Stephens
    Robert Stephens

    Rob Stephens is the Founder of CFO Perspective, which provides continuing education courses for CPAs and financial management courses for business advisors and staff. He has been quoted in Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, Business News Daily, and many other news sources. Rob has a 25-year career that includes serving as CFO for two banks and a health clinic system. He was also Director of Operations at a $4 Billion bank and SVP of Finance of a $2 Billion credit union. Rob is an adjunct instructor for the MBA program at Gonzaga University.

    Rob holds a Masters of Science in Personal Financial Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Therapy from Kansas State University. He received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington and is a CPA.

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