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Understanding the P&L Statement (Part 1)

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4.1 – Overview of the financial statements

You can think about the financial statements from two different angles:

  1. From the maker’s perspective
  2. From the user’s perspective

A maker prepares financial statements. He is typically a person with an accounting background. His job involves preparing ledger entries, matching bills and receipts, tallying the inflows versus the outflows, auditing etc. The final objective is to prepare transparent financial statements that best represent the company’s true financial position. To prepare such a financial statement, certain skills are required. Usually, these skills are developed through the rigour of a Chartered Accountant’s training program.

On the other hand, the user just needs to be in a position to understand what the maker has prepared. He is just the user of the financial statements. He need not really know the details of the journal entries or the audit procedure. His main concern is to read what is being stated and use it to make his decisions.

To put this in context, think about Google. Most of us do not understand Google’s complex search engine algorithm that runs in the backend. However, we all know how to use Google effectively. Such is the distinction between the maker and the user of financial statements.

A common misconception amongst the market participants is that they believe the fundamental analyst needs to be thorough with financial statement preparation concepts. While knowing this certainly helps, it is not really required. To be a fundamental analyst, one needs to be the user and not the financial statement maker.

There are three main financial statements that a company showcases to represent its performance.

  1. The Profit and Loss statement
  2. The Balance Sheet
  3. The Cash flow statement

Over the next few chapters, we will understand each of these statements from the user’s perspective.

4.2 – The Profit and Loss statement

The Profit and Loss statement is also popularly referred to as the P&L statement, Income Statement, Statement of Operations, and Statement of Earnings. The Profit and Loss statement shows what has transpired during a time period.  The P&L statement reports information on:

  1. The revenue of the company for the given period (yearly or quarterly)
  2. The expenses incurred to generate the revenues
  3. Tax and depreciation
  4. The earnings per share number

From my experience, the financial statements are best understood by looking at the actual statement and figuring out the information. Hence, here is the P&L statement of Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL). Let us understand every line item.


4.3 – The Top Line of the company (Revenue)

You may have heard analysts talk about the top line of a company. When they do so, they are referring to the revenue side of the P&L statement. The revenue side is the first set of numbers the company presents in the P&L.


Before we start understanding the revenue side, let us notice a few things mentioned on the header of the P&L statement:


The header clearly states:

  1. The statement of P&L for the year ending March 31, 2014, hence this is an annual statement and not a quarterly statement. Also, since it is as of March 31st 2014, it is evident that the statement is for the Financial Year 2013 – 2014 or it can be referred to as the FY14 numbers.
  2. All currency is denominated in Rupee Million. Note – 1 Million Rupees is equal to Ten Lakh Rupees. It is upto the company’s discretion to decide which unit they would prefer to express their numbers in
  3. The particulars show all the main headings of the statement. Any associated note to the particulars is present in the note section (also called the schedule). An associated number is assigned to the note (Note Number)
  4. By default, when companies report the numbers in the financial statement, they present the current year number on the left-most column and the previous year number to the right. In this case, the numbers are for FY14 (latest) and FY13 (previous)

The first line item on the revenue side is called the Sale of Products.

Since we know, we are dealing with a batteries company. Clearly, the sale of products means the Rupee value of all the battery sales the company has sold during FY14. The sales stand at Rs.38,041,270,000/- or about Rs.3,804 Crore.  The company sold batteries worth Rs.3,294 Cr in the previous financial year, i.e. FY13.

Please note, I will restate all the numbers in Rupee Crore as I believe this is more intuitive to understand.

The next line item is the excise duty. This is the amount (Rs.400 Crs) the company would pay to the government; hence, the revenue must be adjusted.

The revenue adjusted after the excise duty is the net sales of the company. The net sales of ARBL are Rs.3403 Crs for FY14. The same was Rs.2943 Crs for FY13.

Apart from the sale of products, the company also draws revenue from services. This could probably be in the form of annual battery maintenance. The revenue from the sale of services stands at Rs.30.9Crs for FY14.

The company also includes “other operating revenues” at Rs.2.1crs.This could be revenues through the sale of products or services that is incidental to the company’s core operations.

Finally, the revenue from Sale of products + Sale of services + Other operating revenues sums up to give the company’s total operating revenue. This is reported at Rs.3436 Crs for FY14 and Rs.2959Crs for FY13. Interesting, there is a note; numbered 17 associated with “Net Revenue from Operations” will help us inspect this aspect further.

Do recall, in the previous chapter we had discussed notes and schedules of the financial statement.

The following snapshot gives the details of note 17.


The notes clearly give a more detailed analysis of the split-up of revenues from operations (does not include other income details). As you can see under the particulars, section ‘a’ talks about the split up under sales of products.

  1. Sale of storage batteries in the form of finished goods for the year FY14 is Rs.3523 Crs versus Rs.3036 Crs in FY13.
  2. Sale of Storage batteries (stock in trade) is Rs.208 Crs in FY14 versus 149 Crs. Stock in trade refers to finished goods of previous financial year being sold in this financial year.
  3. Sale of home UPS (stock in goods) is at Rs.71 Crs in FY14 versus Rs.109 Crs FY13
  4. Net sales from sales of products adjusted for excise duty amounts to Rs.3403 Crs, matching the number reported in the P&L statement.
  5. Likewise, you can notice the split up for revenue from services. The revenue number of Rs.30.9 tallies with the number reported in the P&L statement
  6. In the note, the company says the “Sale of Process Scrap” generated revenue of Rs.2.1 Cr. Note that the sale of process scrap is incidental to the operations of the company, hence reported as ‘Other operating revenue”.
  7. Adding up all the revenue streams of the company, i.e. Rs.3403 Crs+ Rs.30.9 Crs +Rs.2.1 Crs gets us the Net revenue from operations = Rs.3436 Crs.
  8. You can also find similar split up for FY13

If you notice the P&L statement, apart from net revenue from operations, ARBL also reports ‘Other Income’ of Rs.45.5 Crs. Note number 18 reproduced below explains what the other income is all about.


As we can see, the other income includes income that is not related to the company’s main business. It includes interest on bank deposits, dividends, insurance claims, royalty income etc. Usually the other income forms (and it should) a small portion of the total income. A large ‘other income’ usually draws a red flag, demanding a further investigation.

So adding up revenue from operations (Rs.3436 Crs) and other income (Rs.45 Crs), we have the total revenue for FY14 at Rs.3482Crs.

Key takeaways from this chapter

  1. The financial statement provides information and conveys the financial position of the company.
  2. A complete set of financial statements include the Profit & Loss Account, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement.
  3. A fundamental Analyst is a financial statement user, and he needs to know what the maker of the financial statements states.
  4. The profit and loss statement gives the profitability of the company for the year under consideration.
  5. The P&L statement is an estimate, as the company can revise the numbers at a later point. Also, by default, companies publish data for the current year and the previous year, side by side.
  6. The revenue side of the P&L is also called the top line of the company.
  7. Revenue from operations is the main source of revenue for the company.
  8. Other operating income includes revenue incidental to the business.
  9. The other income includes revenue from non-operating sources.
  10. The sum of revenue from operations (net of duty), other operating income, and other incomes gives the ‘Net Revenue from Operations’


  1. sugumar says:

    Again thanks for the wonderful explanation :).
    You said ” Usually the other income forms (and it should) a small portion of the total income. A large ‘other income’ usually draws a red flag and it would demand a further investigation” .Why should the “larger other income” be viewed seriously?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      That is because a well managed company should generate revenues through core operations and not really through ‘Other’ sources. Hence it always makes sense to check the schedule of other income.

    • jvain2005 says:

      Any public listed company needs to clearly state the intent of the business and most of the figures or majority of the revenue should be from that intent. In case of AMRON it should be related to batteries. Any “other” head becomes catch all bucket and any wrong doing of the company to generate revenue or the wrong doings of the promotors can easily be hidden in that bucket. Most importantly, “other” head will not explain the nature of the business company did to generate that revenue and that in itself should raise red flag. Anything that you do not understand from a company, the company should be avoided. Hence, “other income” should be as low as possible.

      • Karthik Rangappa says:


        Also, Other income includes income from rent, interest, dividends. So always make sure to check the schedule of other income.

  2. Durgesh kumar says:

    How can we justify the statement ,if it is manipulated or on higher side

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      You just need to cross check the numbers across the 3 financial statements. Also, once you develop some experience with regard to reading the statements, you will get a hang of identifying financial frauds.

  3. Durgesh kumar says:

    Can u explain stock in trade concept ….

  4. Durgesh kumar says:

    Can u explain stock in trade concept

  5. Ranjeet46 says:

    Respected sir,
    As i can see from the snapshots provided for the other expenses column as given in note 18 of this financial statement, i can see that the other income for the current financial year (fy14) is less by 10 crore with regard to the previous financial year:. What are we to understand by this difference?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Other income is income mainly from dividends, rental, and interest…all of which are non operational incomes. So lesser the value of other income better it is.

  6. kjgaurav says:

    In Key takeaways- the 10th point – ‘Net Revenue from Operations’ should not include other Income, and i think should be corrected. Please let me know if I am wrong.

    • Shubhra says:

      It is ‘Other Operating Income’ not ‘Other income’ . It is an Operational Income and not the Income from other sources. I think it is correct.

      • Karthik Rangappa says:

        Other income is due to non operational activity – like rental income or dividends from investment….all income from operational activity is termed as ‘Revenue from Operations’.

  7. civils.aditya says:

    I tried to see the price of ARBL on NSE but could not get. Then I searched for ‘Amara Raja Batteries Limited’ and got it with symbol ‘AMARAJABAT’. Is the symbol changed from ARBL to AMARAJABAT or am I going wrong somewhere?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      The symbol has always been AMARAJABAT, but in the module for some reason I have used ARBL…sorry if this created any confusion.

  8. ajay says:

    Hi Karthik,
    Thanks a lot for sharing information in a lucid manner.
    However, I would like to know the source from where you have taken the P&L for ARBL. Because I can’t find the same line items on ex. moneycontrol as I see in your snapshots.

  9. ajay says:

    Another thing, pl efer to the attached snip.
    1.What are atock adjustments & their impact?
    2.I also see misc expenses much more than employee costs! I wish to know the details of misc expenses (no notes are available on moneycontrol P&Ls)
    3. What are preoperative exp capitalised?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Ajay – I would suggest you do not look at moneycontrol. Its always better to look at the Annual Reports directly…you get more information with lot of clarity.

      Stock adjustments are mainly to do with adjusting previous year inventory carried forward to current year. Some companies treat this a top line, hence added on the revenue side.

  10. priya says:

    Waste. Even a child knows

  11. RK kumar says:

    hi karthik, ril’s q3 was beating street estimates but the day before result stock started to crack,corrected sharply from 1080 to 1040 and after the result beaten down to 1000 range may be due nifty management,call writing and expiry pressure then after reaching 1015 post expiry its downward journey resumed now it is near 960 and i believe it may reach 940 and 920 soon as nifty is also weak and its weight age on nifty where as tata steel’s loss mounted q3 loss – 2000 cr instead of street expectation of – 1000 cr but stock rallied more than 15 points post results, why ril’s good result over looked and ts rallied ,how can we trust fundamental analysis and do operators exist in Indian stock market?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      There are couple of things to watch out for when the results come out –

      1) Are the results better than expectation or worst or did it meet expectations?
      2) If the results are better, can it sustain for the coming quarters?
      3) If it can sustain, what are the headwinds? Does the company have a realistic approach to deal with it?
      4) Guidance for the future quarters

      The stock price is a function of all this and more…and not just the quarterly results.


    suppose a company lists its 40% share in the stock market. and from initial round of selling the company get the fund of say 1 crore. but now what? as now these 40% share belongs to the trader and trading is done between the traders.. so if say the price of the stock get high, how does the company profit from this because these trading is happening between the traders so the money goes from one trader to another.. so how can a company profit from there stocks getting higher?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Once the stock gets listed, the stock price dictates the valuation for all shareholders. Higher the stock price, higher the valuation, and higher the net wroth of shareholders including the promoters.

  13. Jeswin Joy says:


    This is an incredible place to be. I haven’t received this kind of clarity in concepts and detailed explanation from anywhere else. You are doing awesome work to educate non-finance guys like me. Thank you so much for sharing this priceless information with us. Keep up the good work and dedication. Wish you all the best in life, investing and business.

  14. garg10may says:

    The modules are really good, I am going through almost all of them. Previously I detested financial statements and maybe feared them. But now I am enjoying the same and looking forward for learning more and more.

    Can you give an example of financial fraud, why I am asking so is, I don’t think we need to be concerned about frauds since these are audited and if the company is really doing fraud it won’t be detectable so easily. Like is case of Satyam why nobody was able to detect them, so many people might be reading there ARs.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      I agree, but few simple checks and asking yourself few basic questions why reading AR helps. For example Satyam had debt on their books, one may have asked why the company has debt while their peers dint. Usually questions like this leads you to identifying such frauds. However I must tell you, this is easier said than done!

  15. sammandar khan says:

    What is the mean of note numbers here 18, 19, 20, 20 ?

  16. sameerkhan says:

    Hi Karthik sir
    when the products sales are 3804 then what is the mean again that income “The company also includes “other operating revenues” at Rs.2.1crs.This could be revenues through the sale of products or services that is incidental to the core operations of the company.”


  17. someonesceptic says:

    Hi Karthik,
    Expense and revenue numbers of 2013 in the annual report 0f 2013(AMARAJABAT) do not match with expense and revenue numbers of 2013 in the annual report 0f 2014. Is it some mistake made by auditors or an amendment?

  18. Anurag Vatipally says:

    Thank you for taking the time in educating us. Very well written and easy to understand. My question is how do I transfer all the data from the APR into excel and how do I create a template for analysing the data. Do you have any suggestions on how to create a template through which I can analyze and track the past and present Financial performance of a company.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Anurag, there is no option but to do the old fashioned ‘data entry’ work here. The problem is there are no ‘free’ online resources which give out the right data. The rest of the things you are talking about is core to financial modelling. We will discuss this when we take up the same.

      Good luck.

  19. Gowtham says:

    For I see you have given some rating, How can I list all the rated stocks

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      No, I’ve not really rated any stocks at rate star. Do you see my name there? If yes, can you please share the link here?

      • Gowtham says:

        I mean, Not you, some rating from Zerodha, I see out of 99 stocks, for example coal india is rated as 46/99, infosys at 30/99.
        You can visit ratestar and visit any of these stocks and you will see rating there. I want the complete list of that.

  20. Sivakumar says:

    Recently I hv. registered in zerodha. the varsity is awesome. n very useful . Thank U sir. n pl. keep it up , see the company’ s goodwill increase only by doing service like this. people will automatically come to zerodha n we will also recommend zerodha to our friends. I hv. searched yr. peer companies before signing up . U look very reasonable.

  21. amit says:

    nice explanation…keeping it simple is a masterstroke ….

  22. omkar shende says:

    sir why we dont post plant and machinery on profit and loss a/c debit side because purchase of that asset is our expenditure please ans.

  23. hemanshi g says:

    what is mean by excise duty?

  24. Avinash says:

    Hi Karthik,

    When you say ‘The P&L statement is an estimate, as the company can revise the numbers at a later point’, what does this mean?

    Does the revision in figures happen at a later date due to errors committed while preparing the statements or some other reason?
    and what is its impact on our investment decision?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Yes, usually the revision (if any) is made to correct omissions. The restated numbers should not be too different from the actual numbers.

  25. Aashish Rana says:

    Hi karthik
    Thanks for sharing such a profound information to us.i really learnt alot,really grateful to u for making efforts to educate us. I just have one question.
    I want to buy the stocks by analyzing their past performance( upto10 year) that means I want to look at the stock price only after I have figured out what the stock is worth of. So how do I choose stock from thousand of stocks without getting influenced by price?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      You will have to develop a broader investment theme, Aashish. This theme will define the sector and kind of companies. For example, you can choose to invest in Data consumption as a theme – obvious themes may include, companies in telecom, cables, hardware, and broadband services. So you will now have to start filtering out companies which fit your criteria.

  26. siddharth kotkar says:

    Hi kartik,
    I really appreciate your efforts in creating such a easy to understand course on the markets. I have one quick question, when you say
    large ‘other income’ raises a red flag , how do you define large in terms of numbers like 1 % or 2% because every AR has some ‘other income’ values.

  27. chidambaram says:

    Hi Sir,
    What do u mean by saying “From my experience, the financial statements are best understood by looking at the actual statement and figuring out the information.”What is that “actual statement” mean?

    • Don’t form opinion on a stock based of financial highlights, excerpts, etc. Better if you dig deep and read the actual statement released by the company. You can find this in the company’s website under Investor Information

  28. Sachin Thorat says:

    Dear sir, taxes are levied on PBT amount or total revenue generated ?

  29. Shilpa says:

    Dear Karthik,

    Amazing Job in preparing the whole content. Its very simple effective and practical , I am glued to read more and more 🙂

  30. venkatesh says:

    All your modules are quite helpful for a beginner like me. Thanks a ton sir.

  31. Arun says:

    Appreciate the hard work !!! 🙂
    I used to ask people what is Stock and …. . but now i learn and learning everything from zerodha.
    Thanks for clear content !!!

  32. Surjeet says:

    Kartik – your presentation of the content and example explanations are awesome, i mean it, i have become a fan of your style. Thanks a lot educating us, keep it up….

  33. Kiran says:

    Hai karthik really superb stuff!!! Can inask on e doubt??? All AR will publish these sub divisions as para??

  34. M.josephraj says:

    Hai sir,
    I am learning lot of information about fundamental analysis by varsity.sir i want to detailed report on revenue from operations and expenses .how to get the details of it.pls help me sir.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      YOu need to check the notes associated with the P&L. You will have a detailed overview.

      • M.josephraj says:

        Thanks for your reply sir.but I didn’t forget the how to check the details pls gives me any examples .sorry for the trouble sir.thank you

        • Karthik Rangappa says:

          Joseph, next to the revenue in P&L, you will find a note number associated. Look at that number and scroll down to the schedule sheet and there you will get a detailed breakdown into the revenue.

  35. Hiren Kukadiya says:

    Dear Karthik,
    Thanks for a valuable information.
    Please let me know, when will ZERODHA be listed in market.
    I am eagerly waiting for investing in ZERODHA.
    Touch wood ZERODHA has bright furture because of good management like you.

  36. Tushar says:

    Thanks for the explanation. I am carrying out DCF valuation for a company, but I am unable to find a format which segregates COGS and Operating expenses and provides details of EBITDA EBIT EBT and so on. Annual reports give the format explained here. is there any way to identify this format? or we will have to prepare the p/l and b/s from scratch to carry on financial modeling?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Tushar, remove the finance cost, depreciation, and amortization from the expense part to identify operating expenses. You can deduct the operating expenses from operating income to figure out Operating profits or EBITDA.

  37. Ajay says:

    Sir in 10th point of Key takeaways from this chapter…
    i think “other income” should not be included in “Net Revenue from Operations”
    am i right??

  38. Amit mavani says:

    Hi sir

    If company sell it’s property or machinery
    this income also calculated in net profit ?

  39. RAJDEEP DEY says:

    I have a doubt here “When the Revenue goes up From previous yr the growth can come from either Volume Growth or Price increase or both” Right. My question is Where can I get the Break up Numbers of the Revenue Growth to figure out is the Growth coming From Vol increase or Price Increase.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Rajdeep, companies publish this data in the annual report itself. I’d suggest you check under the notes associated with the revenue section. Thanks.

  40. dan says:

    Respected Sir,

    I just want to thank you for such wonderful content, trust me the explanation you give is comparable to what Experience Professor will taught of reputed business school. Hats off to you !

    Thanks !

  41. Tarun kumar says:

    Hi karthik

    I was reading the AR of a company which read as follow:

    “During the year under review, the Company has
    completed its Buy Back Offer of 4,50,000 (Four Lakhs
    Fifty Thousand) fully paid up equity shares of Rs. 5/-
    each representing 0.98% of the total paid up equity
    share capital at a price of Rs. 550/- (Rupees Five
    Hundred and Fifty) per share for an aggregate amount
    of Rs. 24,75,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Four Crore
    Seventy Five Lakhs).
    Post buy back, the paid up equity share capital of the
    Company decreased from Rs. 22,88,88,000/- (Rupees
    Twenty Two Crore Eighty Eight Lakhs Eighty Eight
    Thousand) consisting of 4,57,77,600 (Four Crore Fifty
    Seven Lakhs Seventy Seven Thousand Six Hundred)
    Equity Shares of Rs. 5/- (Rupees Five) each to Rs.
    22,66,38,000/- (Rupees Twenty Two Crore Sixty Six
    Lakhs Thirty Eight Thousand) consisting of 4,53,27,600
    (Four Crore Fifty Three Lakhs Twenty Seven Thousand
    Six Hundred) Equity Shares of Rs. 5/- each.

    All these words are uncomprehensible to me.
    Sorry for such a subjective and lengthy statement.
    Can you kindly teach me what does all this mean?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Tarun, this is quite simple. Go back and read one line at a time after reading my reply –

      1) The company in focus has bought back its own shares from the open market. For example, if it had 100 shares in all in the open market and it decides to buy back 25 shares, then the outstanding shares in the market will be 75

      2) The values mentioned in the above text are is valuation i.e share price * the number of shares.

      3) Once a company buys back shares, the number of shares outstanding reduces.

      • Tarun says:

        thank you for the simplification but I didnt get the part where it mentions that
        “equity shares of Rs. 5/-
        each representing 0.98% of the total paid up equity
        share capital at a price of Rs. 550/- ” are bought

        does it mean the face value of the Share is Rs. 5 and they bought it back at Rs.550 each?

  42. Ram says:

    Hey Karthik!
    Could you please share a snapshot of excel, in which you do all these calculations.

  43. palak says:

    Hello sir,

    I have one query.
    Why is revenue different in two statements? means
    In financial report 2018, the company showing PY figures is different from financial report 2017?


  44. palak says:

    I am observing in my companies.
    company BSE limited
    In annual report 2017- 18
    march 31,2018 march 31,2017
    Revenue 47,698 37,365
    In annual report 2016-2017
    march 31,2017 march 31,2018
    Revenue 33,104 26,098

    So why 2017 figures are changed ?

  45. palak says:

    Okay sir. Thankyou

    So, if we want to calculate the financial ratios for the py, we should use restated numbers?
    Secondly, which method is most likely suitable to value the stock. By P/E OR BY P/book value?

    Thank you for helping and educating youth.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Palak, there is no single metric which is considered sacred for valuing stocks. It always is a combination of all these ratios. It also makes sense to compare these across the peers.

  46. palak says:

    Okay sir, means you need to find out different valuation metrics for the companies in different Industry.

    Thank you so much Sir.

  47. Sivaprad Somarouthu says:

    Hi Karthik,

    You mentioned “Finally the revenue from Sale of products + Sale of services + Other operating revenues sums up to give the total operating revenue “.

    Total Operating Revenue = Sale of products + Sale of services + Other operating revenues
    = 3804 + 30.9 + 2.1
    = 3837 Crs

    Total Operating Revenue = Net sale of products + Sale of services + Other operating revenues
    = 3403 + 30.9 + 2.1
    = 3436 Crs

    From figures looks 2nd equation is correct.

    Do we need to consider “Net sale of products” instead of “Sale of products” while calculating Total Operating revenue?


    Hi karthik,
    Thanks for the simplest version of FA.

    Just want to understand “5.

    The P&L statement is an estimate, as the company can revise the numbers at a later point.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Yes, P&L is supposed to be an estimate of the revenue and the expense the company incurs during the year. But these are supposed to very very close to the actual figures. At times, there could be minor adjustments, based on which the numbers can be restated. Please note, the restated numbers should not be widely off the mark.

      • Mihirsinh Parmar says:

        So items recorded in p&l should be based on entries recorded in bank and invoices generated, that’s my understanding so how it should different. Would appreciate if you can give some examples.

        • Karthik Rangappa says:

          Yes, I completely agree. However, the difference can arise through provisions/deferred taxes, and other current items. I’d suggest you check the Annual Reports of ARBL for the same period used in this chapter.

  49. Kiran says:

    Hi Karthik,
    Today i wanted to sell shares of Lindie India at 580 but after 2.00pm there were no buyers after price reached 583. I planned for intraday. Now my question is if i would have sold at 580 and as i cannot buy it as there are no sellers, what would have happened to my positions? will it be bought at 583 at closing time?

  50. Ram says:

    Hi Karthik,
    You have wrote that the sum of revenue from operations (net of duty), other operating income, and *other incomes* gives the ‘Net Revenue from Operations’ in the key takeaways from the chapter part.
    How come ‘other income’ is included in ‘net revenue from operations’?

  51. Deependra magar says:

    Should we do this analysis on standalone financial statements or consolidated? Please reply…thnx. the information you hv provided is very useful , learned alot…love you Zerodha

  52. Rajesh Sahu says:

    Nice information karthik,
    but I have one doubt while reading a Balance sheet, Cashflow statement, P&L statement you use Calculator… like accounting equation (I think)

    or just see numbers, and check in mind that the given numbers are correct.

    please reply, whenever possible.

    thank you for sharing your experience 🙂

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Glad you liked the content, Rajesh!
      Most of the times, it is just about reading through the numbers and checking if things are fine. If numbers don’t add up or if something seems off, then maybe it calls for a further inspection. But yeah, most often you take things at face value.

  53. Kcrest says:

    I’ll say again your simple explanation of complex things like these for non-commerce background person like me is a lifesaver.

    If you could enlighten me more, I would like to know what it is you visualize in your mind/brain when reading a P&L statement.
    I mean how do you see it (visual picture) in your mind in what geometrical shapes/symbols/charts/something else, as I would like to know how professionals like you read this in few seconds, so there must be some visualizing process. Plz give me your approach.


  54. Albin joy says:

    How do calculate profit/loss on daily basis,can anyone provide equation like the profit an loss statement in zerodha, i need to keep track of my profit and loss separate spread sheet

  55. Albin joy says:

    yes i want to how to calculate the trading positions, on daily basis

  56. bhavik says:

    Dear Zerodha Team,

    I need to understand what is categoty “Other credits & debits” and why are charges debited into this ?
    THis is additional debit post brokerage charges. Do clarify ?

  57. DrChanna Hubli says:

    Hi Karthik Sir,
    IIn Case of Amarraja batteries, they have different business under the brand name AMARA RAJA BATTERIES. This annual report , whether it includes revenue from all businesses or only main company. How to know about it? If only the Main Company, then what about other unlisted Companies?

  58. Chidambaram says:

    Dear Karthik,

    Thanks so much for the material. They are very helpful. I had a question

    – Assuming all other things equal, how does inflation affect the revenue of the company? For example, if the inflation rate is 7%, then naturally the price of the products sold also increases 7% and hence the revenue increases proportionally. So when reading these numbers should we account for inflation?

  59. Vandana says:

    Hello Karthik,

    I am confused by the following two statements:

    “The P&L statement is an estimate, as the company can revise the numbers at a later point.”

    “Since the annual report is published by the company, whatever is mentioned in the AR is assumed to be official. Hence, any misrepresentation of facts in the annual report can be held against the company. To give you a perspective, AR contains the auditor’s certificates (signed, dated, and sealed) certifying the sanctity of the financial data included in the annual report.”

    How can the annual report be official if the P&L statement can be modified at a later point in time?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Ah, by estimate I mean that the actual number can be in and around the quoted number. For example, if the company states a revenue of Rs.100/-, the actual number can be 100 or anywhere between 98-102.

  60. Srinathjayanna says:

    Sir is this true I have read it in quora article by Abid Hassan of sensibull.

    If we think we can read the balance sheet of companies and find out something which all the banks and hedge funds have missed, and make some great investments on fundamental analysis, we are on an acid trip. Reading balance sheets is not simple. A lot of details are lost in creative accounting (mal)practices. Only an extremely trained eye with deep experience and insider knowledge can do that.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Lol, no. I actually disagree with him on this. Reading company financials is quite easy. This entire module is dedicated towards that effort 🙂

  61. Vandana says:

    So does this mean that as long as the actual value is reasonably close to the quoted value, it is considered acceptable?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Yup, it is. Else, you will have to inspect the reasons for a large change. The company will explain this with an associated note.

  62. Kiran says:

    Hi Karthik,
    Today i placed intradat sell order for dcmshriram at 280 price. It got sold. Quantity is 180. But i could not buy it as there were no sellers. Now when will the order will be completed. Will it be Trading 2 days with higher market price?

  63. dhiraj chandra says:

    Hi Karthik,
    Thanks for providing us such a nice material on fundamental analysis.
    One Doubt: In key Takeaways from this chapter “Last Point:10” :The sum of revenue from operations (net of duty), other operating income, and “other incomes” gives the ‘Net Revenue from Operations’.
    Here “other incomes” should be excluded since it doesn’t contribute to Net Revenue from Operations, As you mentioned in this chapter(second last para) that “other incomes” is not related to the main business of the company.
    Even in P/L statement “Net Revenue From Operations” is 34,366.59 and “Other Income” separately written on the last is : 455.14 .
    Or It should quote as “Total Revenue” if “other income” is not excluded.

  64. Bhuvesh says:

    Sir if Assets = Liabilities in balance sheet
    Then share holders equity must always be zero

  65. manoj kumar says:

    Hello Karthik
    Thanks for your writing to make us understand the terms so easily , really owe you a ton
    i was struggling since 2008 to understand the things related to stock and bought some book and use to watch CNBC but nothing helped , and finally i gave with in a year , and in between i tried to explore again but couldnot crack it , But your expalnation are getting me the things now
    some said it rite , everything has it own time and comes with its own time

    i wish i had googled your blog in 2014 itself , my bad luck

    i have one doubt ,
    Net Operating Revenue = Net Revenue from sales + Sale of services + Other Operating revenue
    Total Revenue = Net Operating revenue + Other income

    Please correct me with the equation for Net Operating revenue and Total Revenue ??

  66. Pratibha says:

    Hi Karthik,

    I am reviewing Kotak’s FY19 P&L Statement.

    In schedules they have mentioned other income. Is it ok to update other income in schedule as I assumed schedule is for detailed note on incomes and stating other doesn’t give much info.

    Also, what should we conclude on this?


  67. Pardeep Rawat says:

    Hi Karthik,

    First of all, thanks a lot for making this complicated things in a simple term and I have become a great fan of yours. My question is that why do we dig so deeper in the financial statements when it’s already available in different sources. I mean based on financial statements of any company, different sources have their ratios already calculated like ROCE, EPS, PE ratios then what difference does it make to calculate at your own? The ratios must be same for every source since the source data (Annual reports) and methodology are same. Please advise.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Databases have their own formats, hence its best to take this from AR. Also, as an investor, it is best if you can crunch these yourself, helps you ask and answer many questions during this process, which is really important for you as an investor.

  68. Pardeep Rawat says:

    Thanks Karthik!! In this lockdown, I have decided to enhance my knowledge of fundamental analysis so I will keep bothering you with my stupid questions 🙂

  69. Ajith Kumar says:

    Hello sir, very amazingly explained and thanks for helping us understand FA in such lucid way.
    Also I would like to understand why has company given “Home UPS(stock in trade)” but nothing about “Home UPS(finished goods)” in the schedule 17. Did the company stopped manufacturing them after 2013 or did they included that also in the “Storage battery(finished goods)” and if so then why didn’t they include the same in “Storage Battery(Stock in Trade)”.
    Thank you

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      This you will gain have to check the AR, in the management discussion and analysis section, Ajit. They would have specified here.

  70. Sunny Rai says:

    Hi sir,Sometimes it becomes difficult to find out to clearly finding the Profit After Tax for PAT Calculation.
    Like in case of TCS they first mention” PAT”, then they mention “TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR”,it causes difficulty to which value to take for profit.
    and also which value to take to calculate EPS in this case.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Sunny, in such cases, I’d suggest you read through the associated notes to figure what they mean by the total comprehensive income for the year. Since its not a common P&L line item, they would have given an explanation in the associated notes.

  71. Sunny Rai says:

    Thankyou sir,i have got the answer,
    for PAT Margin I simply used Profit for the Year.
    and to calculate EPS,I used “Profit Attributable to Shareholders”.
    Thankyou Again sir

  72. Kailash says:




  73. Kailash says:

    DEAR SIR ,

    I went through fundamentals on youtube and stilling reading pages on varsity , i know am asking ready made food , i think working individual needs more energy than group , at 58 th minute , a template of bs, pl, cf, dcf is been shown

    it would be helpful for me , as i do follow peter lynch graphs and fundamental analysis , i would miss much if i do on own excel .
    i do belive knowledge is only asset of human and you do super job ,zerodha is surely future of indian financial educator .

    thank you lot for response .

    [email protected]

  74. Suraj says:

    In one of the above comments you said:
    “There are couple of things to watch out for when the results come out –

    1) Are the results better than expectation or worst or did it meet expectations?
    2) If the results are better, can it sustain for the coming quarters?
    3) If it can sustain, what are the headwinds? Does the company have a realistic approach to deal with it?
    4) Guidance for the future quarters

    The stock price is a function of all this and more…and not just the quarterly results.”

    Who’s expectations and what expectations were you talking about?

  75. Mohit Jain says:

    sir, two parameters required to calculate the EPS of a company?

  76. Abhinav Saini says:

    Why Excise Duty is deducted under Revenue Head? I think it should be considered under Tax Head. Please correct me if wrong.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Excise Duty is no longer applicable I think. But anyway, manufacturing companies earlier had to deduct exercise from the final output and then sell.

  77. Naga says:

    Hi Karthik, As you mentioned we just need to know how to read AR rather than knowing accounting procedure. But there are time rarely when there is a change in auditing guidelines and it has larger impact on different AR components. To name a few liabilities have been impacted by new Ind AS 116 ‘Leases’. This will impact the most financial ratios but there is no major change in reality in liabilities. What should we do in these times. I think learning a bit about accounting techniques might help.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Of course, it does. All incremental learning helps Naga. The more you learn, the better in terms of edge you’d develop for yourself.

  78. Satish says:

    Hi Karthik, Unable to post comments from personal computer. I did this one using mobile. What can I do?

  79. santhosh m r says:

    dear sir,
    there is a doubt.
    “key take aways from this chapter” point number 10.
    it is stated that net sale of products + other operating revenue + “OTHER INCOME” adds up to give “NET REVENUE FROM OPERATIONS” .
    does other income other income come under net revenue from operations ?
    when i look into the p&l statement other income does not come under net revenue from operations.
    getting a bit confused.

  80. Alok kumar says:

    I am just shocked to see , you are replying to each queries. I soon would be here for answers to my questions. Btw Zerodha varsity is the best collection.

  81. Niharranjan Nayak says:

    valuable lessons

  82. Saurav Das says:

    To start with, its an outstanding course for people like us who just started. I have few doubt. I understand COGS ( Cost of Goods Sold) includes all direct for manufacturing. In Expense Side, Change in inventories of finished good, is the expense company has to bear last year, which was not included in last year Income statement because the inventories were not sold. However, this year when the inventories were sold, it is added as an expense in Income statement. Why are we not including this expense in COGS calculation? Moreover, Salary and Wages of employees, who are involved with production of materiels ( e.g. Battery here in this case) are also not included. Why are they not part of direct cost?

    Reference Annual Report :
    Salaries of Wages of employees : 1361.32
    Changes in inventories of finished goods, work-in-process and
    stock-in-trade : 292.10

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Saurav, Wages etc is mentioned as employee benefit if I remember right. I prefer to consider the entire expense section as the direct expenses.

  83. dk says:

    hi kartik,
    I would like to know what is face value?

  84. Koushik says:

    Thanks for your time ,its very well explained all of it .
    Thank you
    but I went through Asian paints cash flow statement , 2015’s net increase in cash is different to what is shown in the next year on 2016’s cash flow statement as 2015(previous year)
    Asian paints seems like well established company, but what does that indicate about the company?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Koushik, is the difference large? If its slight difference, then its ok since companies usually restate the numbers. If its a large difference, then do check the associated notes for a detailed explanation.

  85. Anshul Agrawal says:

    In the key takeaway section..point 10 is telling that net operating revenue = revenue from operations + other operating revenue + other income….but in note 17 it is showing net operating revenue = revenue from operations + other operating revenue….kindly guide which one is correct

  86. Varun Athreya says:

    What proportion of the total income as other income would you suggest acceptable to consider a company performing well?

  87. Krishna Raviteja Varma Nallaparaju says:

    Hi Zeroda Team,

    From the take away points, the fifth point below is not clear. Can you please kindly justify it? How can a company can change the Financial numbers after audited and Published?

    The P&L statement is an estimate, as the company can revise the numbers at a later point. Also, by default, companies publish data for the current year and the previous year, side by side.

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      Thats right. But companies can restate numbers (not major changes). For example, provision for tax can be X for this year, but that could be + or – and restated the next year. Can happen for any line item in the Financial statement.

  88. Samyak tripathi says:

    What are the modules of PNL

  89. Prithivi Raj says:

    Hi Team, just a suggestion and request.
    Can you please add a button or ribbon to toggle between the section, like next section, previous sections and so on. This make is easier to proceed and go back quickly. Thanks

  90. Akhil Mittal says:

    Srei Infra company’s annual p&l report in which Sales revenue = 3700 cr and Loss = 7000cr.
    how loss is grater than its sale.?

  91. Akhil Mittal says:

    how possible??? loss is greater than its revenue

  92. Chetan Nahata says:

    Respected sir,
    I have a quite simple question at this point of time …right you are teaching us to read the financial statements but how will we identify companies that are worth giving our time ….in simpler words how to short list companies worth further analysis …how do we select companies !?

    • Karthik Rangappa says:

      YOu can use a screening tool for this, I guess some websites provide you with a feature using which you can filter for companies that offer good financial metrics.

  93. chetan nahata says:

    Sir, Some example for such screening tools and sites

  94. Sidhant says:

    But, why it should be lower?
    Can u pls explain?

  95. Nisarg B says:

    what item in other income will be considered a red flag? What’s the min value other income should be to avoid red flags?

  96. Omkar says:

    Why the Excise part is not shown in Expenses as it does not give any profitability to revenue?

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