Income statement

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Income statement, also called profit and loss statement (P&L), is a company's financial statement that indicates how the revenue (money received from the sale of products and services before expenses are taken out, also known as the "top line") is transformed into the net income (the result after all revenues and expenses have been accounted for, also known as the "bottom line"). The purpose of the income statement is to show managers and investors whether the company made or lost money during the period being reported.

The important thing to remember about an income statement is that it represents a period of time. This contrasts with the balance sheet, which represents a single moment in time.

Charitable organizations that are required to publish financial statements do not produce an income statement. Instead, they produce a similar statement that reflects funding sources compared against program expenses, administrative costs, and other operating commitments.


[edit] Usefulness and limitations of income statement

Income statements should help investors and creditors determine the past performance of the enterprise, predict future performance, and assess the capability of generating future cash flows.

However, information of an income statement has several limitations:

  • Items that might be relevant but cannot be reliably measured are not reported (e.g. brand recognition and loyalty).
  • Some numbers depend on accounting methods used (e.g. using FIFO or LIFO accounting to measure inventory level).
  • Some numbers depend on judgments and estimates (e.g. depreciation expense depends on estimated useful life and salvage value).

See also: Creative accounting

                - INCOME STATEMENT BOND LLC -
             For the year ended DECEMBER 31 2007

                                               $         $
GROSS PROFIT (including rental income)                496,397
  ADVERTISING                                6,300
  BANK & CREDIT CARD FEES                      144
  BOOKKEEPING                                3,350
  EMPLOYEES                                 88,000
  ENTERTAINMENT                              5,550
  INSURANCE                                    750
  LEGAL & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES              1,575
  LICENSES                                     632
  PRINTING, POSTAGE & STATIONERY               320
  RENT                                      13,000
  RENTAL MORTGAGES AND FEES                 74,400
  UTILITIES                                    491
      TOTAL EXPENSES                                   (194,512)
NET INCOME                                              301,885

[edit] Items on income statement

[edit] Operating section

  • Revenue - Cash inflows or other enhancements of assets of an entity during a period from delivering or producing goods, rendering services, or other activities that constitute the entity's ongoing major operations. Usually presented as sales minus sales discounts, returns, and allowances.
  • Expenses - Cash outflows or other using-up of assets or incurrence of liabilities during a period from delivering or producing goods, rendering services, or carrying out other activities that constitute the entity's ongoing major operations.
    • General and administrative expenses (G & A) - represent expenses to manage the business (officer salaries, legal and professional fees, utilities, insurance, depreciation of office building and equipment, office rents, office supplies)
    • Selling expenses - represent expenses needed to sell products (e.g., sales salaries, commissions and travel expenses, advertising, freight, shipping, depreciation of sales store buildings and equipment)
    • Selling General and Administrative expenses (SG&A or SGA) - consist of the combined payroll costs (salaries, commissions, and travel expenses of executives, sales people and employees), and advertising expenses a company incurs. SGA is usually understood as a major portion of non-production related costs, opposing production related costs such as raw material and (direct) labour
    • R & D expenses - represent expenses included in research and development
    • Depreciation - is the charge for a specific period (i.e. year, accounting period) with respect to fixed assets that have been capitalised on the balance sheet.

[edit] Non-operating section

  • Other revenues or gains - revenues and gains from other than primary business activities (e.g. rent, patents). It also includes unusual gains and losses that are either unusual or infrequent, but not both (e.g. sale of securities or fixed assets)
  • Other expenses or losses - expenses or losses not related to primary business operations.

[edit] Irregular items

They are reported separately because this way users can better predict future cash flows - irregular items most likely won't happen next year. These are reported net of taxes.

  • Discontinued operations is the most common type of irregular items. Shifting business location, stopping production temporarily, or changes due to technological improvement do not qualify as discontinued operations.
  • Extraordinary items are both unusual (abnormal) and infrequent, for example, unexpected natural disaster, expropriation, prohibitions under new regulations. Note: natural disaster might not qualify depending on location (e.g. frost damage would not qualify in Canada but would in the tropics).
  • Changes in accounting principle is, for example, deciding to depreciate an investment property that has previously not been depreciated. However, changes in estimates (e.g. estimated useful life of a fixed asset) do not qualify.

[edit] Earnings per share

Because of its importance, earnings per share (EPS) are required to be disclosed on the face of the income statement. A company which reports any of the irregular items must also report EPS for these items either in the statement or in the notes.

\text{Earnings per share} = \frac{\text{Net income} - \text{Preferred stock dividends}}{\text{Weighted average of common stock shares outstanding}}

There are two forms of EPS reported:

  • Basic: in this case "weighted average of shares outstanding" includes only actual stocks outstanding.
  • Diluted: in this case "weighted average of shares outstanding" is calculated as if all stock options, warrants, convertible bonds, and other securities that could be transformed into shares are transformed. This increases the number of shares and so EPS decreases. Diluted EPS is considered to be a more reliable way to measure EPS.

                             Family Fitness and Fun
                              STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 Revenues                             $12,580.2    $  10,900.4     $  8,290.3 
 Cost of sales                          6,740.2       5,650.1        4,524.2 
    Gross profit                        6,835.0       5,657.3        3,270.1 
 Selling, general and administrative 
  expenses                              3,624.6       3,296.3        3,034.0 
 Other (income) expense, net            1,100.3         (20.0)          18.0      
    Operating profit                    2,122.1       2,166.0        2,013.1 
 Interest expense, net                    119.7         124.1          142.8 
    Income before income taxes          2,102.4       1,980.9        1,870.3 
 Provision for income taxes               680.3         620.6          582.0 
    Net income                        $ 1,720.1    $  1,421.3     $  1,190.3 

                                VIACOM INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
                                       (In millions)	
  Year Ended December 31,                                   2004         2003         2002
 Revenues                                               $ 22,525.9   $ 20,827.6   $19,186.8   
    Operating                                             12,545.8     11,879.8    10,735.5   
    Selling, general and administrative                    4,142.1      3,732.3     3,498.6   
    Depreciation and amortization                            809.9        741.9       711.8   
    Impairment charge (Note 3)                            17,997.1            —            —   
      Total expenses                                      35,494.9     16,354.0    14,945.9   
 Operating income (loss)                                 (12,969.0)     4,473.6      4,240.9 
 Interest expense                                           (718.9)      (742.9)      (799.1) 
 Interest income                                              25.3         11.7        12.0   
 Other items, net                                              7.6         (3.0)       (32.9) 
 Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before 
  income taxes, equity in earnings (loss) of affiliated 
  companies and minority interest                        (13,655.0)     3,739.4     3,420.9   
 Provision for income taxes                               (1,378.6)    (1,497.0)    (1,338.3) 
 Equity in earnings (loss) of affiliated companies, 
  net of tax                                                 (20.8)          .1        (37.3) 
 Minority interest, net of tax                                (5.1)        (4.7)        (3.3) 
 Net Income (loss) from continuing operations          (15,059.5)     2,237.8      2,042.0  
 Discontinued operations (Note 2):                     
    Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations          (1,182.7)      (718.8)      255.3   
    Income taxes, net of minority interest                    92.4        (83.6)       (90.7)
    Net Income (loss) from discontinued operations      (1,090.3)      (802.4)       164.6  
 Net Income (loss) before cumulative effect of 
  accounting change                                      (16,149.8)     1,435.4     2,206.6   
 Cumulative effect of accounting change, net of minority 
  interest and tax (Note 1)                               (1,312.4)       (18.5)    (1,480.9)
 Net Income (loss)                                   $ (17,462.2)   $ 1,416.9   $   725.7   
                                        Fig I-3

[edit] Top line

The term "top line" refers to the total revenues or sales mentioned in the income statement. This refers to the fact that the total revenues collected by a company appears at the top of the income statement.

[edit] Bottom line

"Bottom line" is the net income that is calculated after subtracting the expenses from revenue. Since this forms the last line of the income statement, it is informally called "bottom line". It is important to investors as it represents the profit for the year attributable to the shareholders.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  • Harry I. Wolk, James L. Dodd, Michael G. Tearney. Accounting Theory: Conceptual Issues in a Political and Economic Environment (2004). ISBN 0324186231.
  • Angelico A. Groppelli, Ehsan Nikbakht. Finance (2000). ISBN 0764112759.
  • Barry J. Epstein, Eva K. Jermakowicz. Interpretation and Application of International Financial Reporting Standards (2007). ISBN 9780471798231.
  • Jan R. Williams, Susan F. Haka, Mark S. Bettner, Joseph V. Carcello. Financial & Managerial Accounting (2008). ISBN 9780072996500.

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