Chapter 4 The Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flows

Chapter 4 The Income Statement and Statement of Cash...

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(Spiceland 6 th ed) Question 4-1 The income statement is a change statement that reports transactions — revenues, expenses, gains and losses — that cause owners’ equity to change during a specified reporting period. Question 4-2 Income from continuing operations includes the revenue, expense, gain, and loss transactions that will probably continue in future periods. It is important to segregate the income effects of these items because they are the most important transactions in terms of predicting future cash flows. Question 4-3 Operating income includes revenues and expenses and gains and losses that are directly related to the principal revenue generating activities of the company. Nonoperating income includes items that are not directly related to these activities. Question 4-4 The single-step format first lists all revenues and gains included in income from continuing operations to arrive at total revenues and gains. All expenses and losses are then grouped and subtotaled, subtracted from revenues and gains to arrive at income from
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Unformatted text preview: continuing operations. The multiple-step format reports a series (multiple) of intermediate totals such as gross profit, operating income, and income before taxes. Very often income statements adopt variations of these formats, falling somewhere in between the two extremes. Question 4-5 The term earnings quality refers to the ability of reported earnings (income) to predict a company’s future earnings. After all, an income statement simply reports on events that already have occurred. The relevance of any historical-based financial statement hinges on its predictive value. Question 4-6 Restructuring costs include costs associated with shutdown or relocation of facilities or downsizing of operations. They are reported as an operating expense in the income statement. Chapter 4 The Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flows QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW OF KEY TOPICS...
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