A Cash Flow Approach to Analyzing Long-term Liabilities: A Pedagogical Exercise
Financial Education Association
Journal of Financial Education
This paper presents a classroom exercise that helps students develop a mastery of analyzing long-term liabilities, including both on and off-balance sheet financing. This technique is best used as an extension to the traditional ratio-based financial analysis methods. While conceptually simple, this cash-flow based methodology provides a rich opportunity to introduce students to complex debt instruments, off-balance sheet financing, the complexities in some notes to financial statements and the relationships between valuation cash flows and debt service cash flows. The method is illustrated with a detailed example based on HCA Holdings, Inc.
Recommended CitationTrifts, Jack and Asare, Kwadwo, "A Cash Flow Approach to Analyzing Long-term Liabilities: A Pedagogical Exercise" (2015). Accounting Journal Articles. Paper 107.