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Balance Sheet is part of any financial statement which provides a snapshot of entity’s financial condition on a given date.

What is Balance Sheet?

Balance Sheet is part of any financial statement which provides the financial condition on a given date. An entity’s balance sheet provides a lot of information which can be used to analyze the financial stability and business performance. The balance sheet is a report version of the accounting equation that is balance sheet equation where assets always equate liabilities plus shareholder’s capital. Investors and creditors generally look at the balance sheet and infer as to how efficiently a company can use its resources and how effectively it can finance them.

The three important sections of any balance sheet are:

  • Assets – Anything that has value and owned by a company
  • Liabilities – This provides a list of debts a company owes to others
  • Capital or Equity- This is the amount invested by the Shareholders

Importance of Balance Sheet

Balance sheet analysis can reveal a lot of important information about a company’s performance. Importance of balance sheet is listed below:

  • It is an important tool used by the investors, creditors and other stakeholders to understand the financial health of an entity.
  • The growth of an organization can be known by comparing the balance sheet of different years.
  • It is an essential document required to be submitted to the bank to obtain a business loan.
  • Stakeholders can understand the business performance and liquidity position of the entity.
  • Ability to undertake expansion projects and meet unforeseen expenses can be determined by analyzing a company’s balance sheet
  • If the company is funding its operations with profit or debt can be known

Sample Format of Balance Sheet

There are several balance sheet formats available and generally, it is categorized as classified, common size, comparative, and vertical balance sheets. The old format of balance sheet called as T shape format or horizontal format as given below:

Balance Sheet

The new format of the balance sheet is also called “vertical format balance sheet” and it lists the Equities and liabilities on the top followed by the assets at the bottom.


MCA Compliance Requirement

Per the 2017 modification to the Companies Act 2013, every company should prepare the profit and loss account and balance sheet as per the format prescribed in new Schedule III. Refer the following link for details on the same:


Detailed note on Sections and Sub-Sections

Section Sub-Section Description
Current Asset Cash Current assets are those which can be liquidated within a short period of time.
Cash is most liquid form of these assets and it includes all funds contained in checking, saving, and money market accounts.
Accounts Receivable Accounts receivable are the amount to be received from the customers also known as debtors. These receivable exists from the time the client is billed to the time the company receives payment from the customer
Inventory Inventory is the items that a company purchases/manufactures and then sells to the customers.

From the time the goods/raw material are purchased or processed to the time, it is sold to the customer, these are termed as inventories.

Fixed Asset Equipments Fixed assets are items that are physical assets that are owned by the company for a long term. Long term assets are generally depreciated over time and so these assets are recorded with a total accumulated depreciation amount subtracted from them.


Vehicle Vehicle is a long term assets held by the company for more than a year and it is depreciated over the time.
Land Land is a fixed asset and held for a longer period of time than any other long term asset. This is one of the fixed asset which is not depreciated instead the value of the land increases as the years pass.
Intangible Asset Goodwill Goodwill is an intangible asset which represents non-physical assets  that add to a company’s value but cannot be easily identified or valued
Current Liability Accounts Payable These are the obligations that will become due in the current period (within a year) and generally includes trade due to vendors and suppliers.

Accounts payable are amounts due to creditors for services or goods that have not yet been paid

Accrued Expenses Accrued expenses are obligations that are recognized in the books but are not yet due, and include wages, interest etc
Taxes Payable This represents the amount of taxes that a company owes to the government. All taxes are generally due to be paid within a year and hence classified as current liability
Long Term Liability Long Term Debt Long-term debts are those obligations which will not be payable within the current year and will become due in more than one year. It represents the total amount due to be paid by the company to  third parties and creditors for over a year or more
Share Holder’s Equity Capital Stock Capital represents the money invested by the owner in the business and it is the total assets minus the total liabilities.

Capital stock changes according to the organisation type – companies report capital as common stock, preferred stock etc whereas Partnerships list the Partner’s capital.

Retained Earning This is the excess earnings retained by the entity to invest in the business. This represents the amount not paid to share holder as dividend



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