Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Accounting, Auditing, and Taxation (ICAAT 2016)

Profitability Measurement and Analysis in Estonian Business Practice

Authors
Maret Branten, Jaan Alver
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Maret Branten
Available Online December 2016.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icaat-16.2016.2How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Estonia, income statement, profitability analysis, profitability measures
Abstract
The paper considers whether and how Estonian companies use and analyze the profitability measures. On the one hand, profitability measures should be a central component of the management control systems, but on the other hand, they should be linked to the wealth measurement objective. In this context, the importance of a quality analysis in companies cannot be overestimated. The activities of Estonian companies and their attitudes to profitability analysis have been considered by using the results of a survey carried out in companies. The survey aims to draw attention to areas which need improvement. It has been shown how the companies make use of the traditional income statement in the analysis process and whether any adjustment is needed; whether profits as a manifestation of the value of a company merit attention; whether attention is accorded to the capital maintenance problem and the price of capital - hence the real growth of the wealth; whether the cash-based profit or contribution margin, for example, are analyzed. An accountant's role in the analysis process is also under consideration.
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Proceedings
5th International Conference on Accounting, Auditing, and Taxation (ICAAT 2016)
Part of series
Advances in Economics, Business and Management Research
Publication Date
December 2016
ISBN
978-94-6252-261-9
ISSN
2352-5428
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icaat-16.2016.2How to use a DOI?
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This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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