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Interim Financial Reporting is a detailed financial report prepared by a company for measuring and evaluating the firm’s progress on a less than annual basis, such as monthly, quarterly, and half-yearly financial reports. It provides an overview to businesses, shareholders, investors, and other users to understand the firm’s capacity to generate profits, determine cash flows, and the company’s liquidity position and financial standings.
Interim Financial Reporting helps make investment decisions based on the disclosed financial information of the company. These decisions are made throughout the year rather than at the end of the financial year.
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A company’s annual earnings projection can be based on quarterly, half-yearly financial reports. The proposed share price can be based on the estimated annual earnings.
The projection made under the interim reports over the year can help make more realistic and achievable goals in Annual Financial Reporting.
The periodic internal control report can ensure the optimum performance of the management and keeps a check on daily business operations.
The financial information reported under the interim financial reports throughout the year can improve the quality of annual financial reports.
Indian Accounting Standard (IAS 1) defines a complete set of financial statements that include the following components:
A balance sheet, cash flow and profit/loss statements are critical to financial reporting. An accurate balance sheet summarises the company’s assets, liabilities, details of shareholders, etc. This can also develop appropriate strategies after assessing the company’s strengths and weaknesses.
A profit & Loss statement is also referred to as an Income statement. The information provided can help demonstrate the firm’s return on investment, risk absorption, and operational capabilities of a company. It helps understand the company’s profitability around the year and presents them in a condensed form.
The statement of cash flows is a piece of financial information to understand a company’s solvency position. The information related to the constant movement of cash from revenue the expenses can be made available under the head of cash flow statements. The statement tells the status of funds in account and can convert the short-term investments into cash if the need arises.
In respect of maintaining transparency and full disclosure, a number of standards are followed for preparing either Interim Financial Statements or Annual Financial Statement.
The primary objective of Interim Financial Reporting is to provide a periodic financial assessment of a company’s performance. An Interim Financial Statements provide an overview of the business’s financial health before the end of the annual reporting time.
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Raghvendra Sonker has completed his Graduation from Gujarat National Law University. He has a keen interest in legal drafting, writing articles, and research papers. His core interest areas are Banking and Financial Issues.
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