What are the Components of Financial Statements?

The components of Financial Statements are the building blocks that together form the Financial Statements and helps in understanding the financial health of the business. and consist of Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow Statement and Shareholders Equity Statement. Each component serves a purpose and helps in understanding the financial affairs of the business in a summarized fashion.

Top 4 Components of Financial Statements

The four components are discussed below:

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#1 – Balance Sheet

Balance Sheet reports the financial position of the business at a particular point in time. It is also known as the Statement of Financial Position or Statement of Financial Condition or Position Statement.

It shows the Assets owned by the business on one side and sources of funds used by the business to hold such assets in the form of Capital contribution and liabilities incurred by the business on the other side. In a nutshell, the Balance Sheet shows how the money has been made available to the business of the company and how the company employs the money.

Balance Sheet Consists of 3 Elements:


These are the resources controlled by the business. They can take the form of Tangible Asset or Intangible AssetsIntangible Assets are the identifiable assets which do not have a physical existence, i.e., you cant touch them, like goodwill, patents, copyrights, & franchise etc. They are considered as long-term or long-living assets as the Company utilizes them for over a year. read more and can also be classified based on Current AssetsCurrent assets refer to those short-term assets which can be efficiently utilized for business operations, sold for immediate cash or liquidated within a year. It comprises inventory, cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities, accounts receivable, etc.read more (which are to be converted into cash within a year) and Non-Current AssetsNon-current assets are long-term assets bought to use in the business, and their benefits are likely to accrue for many years. These Assets reveal information about the companys investing activities and can be tangible or intangible. Examples include property, plant, equipment, land & building, bonds and stocks, patents, trademark.read more (which are not converted into cash within a year).


These are the amounts owed to lenders and other creditors. Liabilities are further classified into Current LiabilitiesCurrent Liabilities are the payables which are likely to settled within twelve months of reporting. Theyre usually salaries payable, expense payable, short term loans etc.read more such as Bills Payable, Creditors, etc. (which are payable within a year) and Non-Current Liabilities such as Term Loans, Debentures, etc. (which are not payable within a year).

Owners Equity

Also known as Capital ContributionContributed capital is the amount that shareholders have given to the company for buying their stake and is recorded in the books of accounts as the common stock and additional paid-in capital under the equity section of the company’s balance sheet.read more by the Owner. It shows the residual interest in the Net AssetsThe net asset on the balance sheet is the amount by which your total assets exceed your total liabilities and is calculated by simply adding what you own (assets) and subtract it from whatever you owe (liabilities). It is commonly known as net worth (NW).read more of an entity that remains after deducting its liabilities. It is also a sign of promoter’s skin in the game (i.e., business).

For each transaction in the Balance Sheet, the fundamental accounting equationAccounting Equation is the primary accounting principle stating that a businesss total assets are equivalent to the sum of its liabilities & owner’s capital. This is also known as the Balance Sheet Equation & it forms the basis of the double-entry accounting system. read more holds:

Assets = Liabilities + Owners Equity

#2 – Income Statement


The Income Statement reportsThe income statement is one of the companys financial reports that summarizes all of the companys revenues and expenses over time in order to determine the companys profit or loss and measure its business activity over time based on user requirements.read more the financial performance of the business over some time and comprise of Revenue (which comprise of all cash inflows from the manufacturing of goods and rendering of services), Expenses (which comprise of all cash outflows incurred in the manufacturing of goods and rendering of services) and also comprise of all gains and losses which are not attributable in the ordinary course of business. Excess of Revenues over Expenses result in Profit and vice versa, resulting in Loss for the business during that period.

Under IFRS, Income Statement also comprises of Other Comprehensive IncomeOther comprehensive income refers to income, expenses, revenue, or loss not being realized while preparing the companys financial statements during an accounting period. Thus, it is excluded and shown after the net income.read more, which consists of all changes in Equity except for shareholder transactions and, as such, can be presented together as a single statement. However, as per US GAAPGenerally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are the minimum standards and uniform guidelines for the accounting and reporting. These standards prohibit firms from engaging in unethical business activities and enable for a more accurate comparison of financial reports to investors.read more guidelines, Statement of Comprehensive IncomeStatement of Comprehensive Income refers to a financial performance statement prepared monthly, quarterly, or yearly, other than the Income Statement. It records the details of the companys unrealized revenue, income, expenses, or loss when a company prepares the financial statements of the accounting period.read more forms part of Statement of Changes in EquityStatement of changes in equity is the adjustment of opening and closing balances of equity during a particular reporting period. It explains the connection between a company’s income statement and balance sheet. It also includes all those transactions not captured in these two financial statements.read more.

#3 – Statement of Changes in Equity


This statement is one of the components of the financial statement which reports the amount and sources of changes in Equity Shareholders Investment in the business over a while. It summarizes the changes in the capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the company over the accounting periodAccounting Period refers to the period in which all financial transactions are recorded and financial statements are prepared. This might be quarterly, semi-annually, or annually, depending on the period for which you want to create the financial statements to be presented to investors so that they can track and compare the companys overall performance.read more, and accordingly, all the increase and decrease during the year when adjusted with the Beginning balance results in Ending balance.

The statement includes transactions with shareholders and reconciles the beginning and ending balance of each equity account, including capital stockThe capital stock is the total amount of share capital (including equity capital and preference capital) that has been issued by a company. It is a way of raising funds by the company to meet its various business goals.read more, additional paid-in capital, retained earningsRetained Earnings are defined as the cumulative earnings earned by the company till the date after adjusting for the distribution of the dividend or the other distributions to the investors of the company. It is shown as the part of owner’s equity in the liability side of the balance sheet of the company.read more, and accumulated other comprehensive income. The statement shows how the composition of equity (share capitalShare capital refers to the funds raised by an organization by issuing the companys initial public offerings, common shares or preference stocks to the public. It appears as the owners or shareholders equity on the corporate balance sheets liability side.read more, other reserves, and Retained Earnings) has changed over the year.

#4 – Cash Flow Statement


This statement shows the changes in the financial position of the business from the perspective of the movement of cash into and from the business. The primary rationale behind the preparation of a cash flow statement is to supplement the Income Statement and Statement of Financial Position as these statements don’t provide sufficient insight into movements in cash balances.

The cash flow statement bridges that gap and helps various stakeholders of the business to understand the sources of cash and utilization of cash. There are three sections to the cash flow statementStatement of Cash flow is a statement in financial accounting which reports the details about the cash generated and the cash outflow of the company during a particular accounting period under consideration from the different activities i.e., operating activities, investing activities and financing activities.read more, namely:


Each component of the Financial Statements serves a unique and useful purpose and helps various stakeholders understand the financial health of the business in a more simplified manner and make better decisions, either an investor or a lender, and so on.

  • The balance sheet statement has its utility lies in showing the position of the business on a particular date.
  • Income Statement, on the other hand, shows the performance of the business during the year and provides a more granular view, thereby complementing the Balance Sheet.
  • The statement of changes in Equity shows how equity capital changed during the accounting period and helps stakeholders understand the Owner’s perspective.
  • Cash flow Statement provides information about the company’s cash receipts and cash payments during an accounting period, which provides meaningful information to analyze the liquidity, solvency, and financial flexibility of the business.

This has been a guide to Components of Financial Statements. Here we discuss the top 4 components, including income statement, balance sheet, cash flows, statement of changes in Equity with its format, and explanation. You may learn more about accounting from the following articles –

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