Analytical Tools in Financial Modeling – Vertical Analysis

Vertical Analysis in Financial Modeling

Vertical analysis, also known as common-sized statements, can be used by a good financial analyst to develop insights into the economic characteristics of different industries and of different firms in the same industry when building a financial model.

Look at the illustration below:

Vertical Analysis

In Common-sized statements, various components of the financial statements are standardized by expressing them as a percentage of some base.

Examples of common-sized statements include:

  • Components of the balance sheet expressed as a percentage of total assets
  • Components of the income statement expressed as a percentage of sales

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