Fundamentals Of Management Accounting: Barclays Bank PLC Essay

Question:

Discuss about a Report on Fundamentals of Management Accounting for Barclays Bank PLC?

Answer:

I selected Barclays Bank PLC, one of the leading financial institutions. On their company website I found their 2014 year -end report and consolidated position statement. (Or balance sheet).

Barclays bank has total liabilities of ? 1,209,044 million and holds total assets of ? 1,265,756 million. The debt to asset ratio of the bank is 0.95:1. Ratios above 1 indicate a deteriorating financial health and as the debts are more than the assets. Here the ratio is very close to 1; however still it is in better position as it is below 1 and indicating a good financial health.

I compared the 2014 balance sheet to the 2008 balance sheet. I thought this would be a good way to measure the bank performance and ability to survive in the short term during 2008 financial crisis. Total liabilities in 2008 were ? 1,953,663 million and the total assets were ? 1,987,542 million. The debt to asset ratio was 0.98:1, showing that the company had not moved much in six years Allan, W. (2008).

From the balance sheet, no detail information about the revenue and operating expenses is analyzed as here only the profit is given. Moreover, the balance sheet does not contain any information about the human resource of the company (Barclaysus.com, 2014).

Barclay bank’s balance sheet does not differentiate between current and long term assets. This could be a deficiency when calculating some ratios like current ratio, quick ratio. An investor could make estimation at the current assets but it will not be possible to know the current liabilities unless it is separately mentioned in the balance sheet.

References

Allan, W. (2008). Fundamentals Of Management Accounting. Amsterdam: CIMA/Elsevier.

Barclaysus.com,. (2014). Retrieved 14 August 2015, from

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