Research and Markets: Independent Financial Advisors - Business Ratio Report

Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:07am EDT

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DUBLIN--(Business Wire)--
Research and Markets
(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2702ba/independent_financ) has
announced the addition of the "Independent Financial Advisors - Business Ratio
Report" report to their offering. 

This Business Ratio Report compares the financial performance of the leading
players in this Industry sector, offering a quick and cost-effective competitor
analysis tool for senior management. 

Ratios are an invaluable tool for comparing the performance of companies on a
like-for-like basis. Using ratios, the relative profitability, growth or debt
levels, for example, of differently sized companies can be directly measured or
compared with ease. Your Business Ratio Report focuses on the performance of key
players in the industry it examines. Having closely analysed the sector, our
editors and analysts have compiled the largest companies, so you don't have to.
A Business Ratio report is, in effect, a complete financial reference for the
sector. 

What you can look for when reading your Business Ratio Report:

* Trends The results given in a Business Ratio report generally cover at least
the previous three full accounting years, therefore any fluctuations in any area
can be easily pinpointed 
* Benchmarks The average results for each ratio together with the industry
profile of the average company in the sector can both be used as benchmarks to
compare individual company performance. 
* Size All the major companies in the sector are ranked on the basis of sales,
profits, total assets and employee numbers (PERFORMANCE LEAGUE TABLES Section
4). The largest and smallest of the key players can be easily identified, while
the relative size of any company can be assessed. 
* Growth The average annual growth of each company's sales, profits, total
assets and number of employees over the three-year period being analysed is
calculated and ranked (Performance League Tables Section 4). This key
information highlights strong and weak performers, which companies are expanding
or losing market share, increasing or decreasing asset investment, or taking on
or shedding employees. The industry results are also given for comparison
purposes.

This information is perfect for all kinds of planning and decision-making
including:

* Competitor Analysis The depth of financial analysis provided on each company
in each report offers you a comprehensive insight into the performance of
individual businesses over recent years. The performance ratios let you easily
identify the financial strengths and weaknesses of competitors in terms of
profitability, liquidity, gearing, efficiency and employee performance 
* Simple Benchmarking A Business Ratio Report is ideal for benchmarking your own
company's performance. You can choose to benchmark your company against a major
competitor, or assess the overall industry average performance. And you can
focus on the criteria that are important to your business, such as
profitability, employee performance or sales growth. Setting realistic
performance targets becomes easier for you; with Business Ratio Reports, you
will know that they are based on solid facts about your industry. 
* Tracking Performance Trends With at least three years of financial data for
each company and the entire industry you can identify performance trends
instantly. 
* Identifying Acquisition Targets Business Ratio Reports make it simple for you
to identify potential acquisitions. You can easily find companies fitting your
criteria using the Performance League Tables.

A Business Ratio Report takes the hard work out of financial performance
analysis. You are left free to focus on using the vital information it imparts
to drive your business forward. 

Executive Summary:

This summary brings you a sample of key details from this invaluable Report. The
Report itself includes many further analyses of the performance of individual
companies and the industry as a whole. 

The Report provides in-depth financial analysis on these companies in these 4
clear sections:

* Performance League Tables 
* Individual Company Profiles 
* Industry Overview 
* Industry Averages

This Business Ratio Report focuses on the leading 92 companies operating as
Independent Financial Advisors. The Report analyses company and industry
performance over the three years up to 7th August 2009. During this period, the
average Report company experienced a 15.8 percent reduction in turnover, with
sales falling from 8.6 million in 2006/07 to 7.2 million in the third analysis
year. Pre-tax profits also followed a negative trend, decreasing by 64.8 percent
from 1.2 million in the initial year of review to 421,000 in 2008/09. 

Key Topics Covered:

* Industry Overview A clear, concise commentary gives you an overview of the
industry's financial performance. Graphs and tables make it easy for you to spot
performance trends. 
* Company Profiles This part of the report provides information on all the
companies included in the analysis. To make comparison between companies easier,
the information is presented in a standard format for each: 
* Contact Information 
* Company Structure 
* Accounting/Financial Data 
* Performance Analysis 
* League Table Positions 
* Performance League Tables This section ranks companies on a full range of
financial ratios. All the tables are listed in order of 'best' to 'worst'
results to help you gauge which are the strongest companies on any criteria. In
addition, each table brings you the ratio result for the sector as a whole, so
you have a benchmark 'average' for comparison purposes. 
* Industry Profile The Industry Profile lists basic Profit & Loss and Balance
Sheet data for the 'average' company in the sector. This can then be used as a
benchmark for comparison with individual company profiles in the report.

Companies Mentioned:

* Alan Boswell & Co. Ltd 
* The Alexander Beard Group PLC 
* Alexander Hall Associates Ltd 
* Ashley Law Managemnt Srvcs PLC 
* AWD Group PLC 
* BA Financial Ltd 
* Barker Poland Financial Management Ltd 
* Berkeley Morgan Ltd 
* Berns Brett Ltd 
* Bestinvest (Consultants) Ltd 
* Blacktower Financial Advisers Ltd 
* Boyd Coughlan Ltd 
* + many more

For more information visit
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2702ba/independent_financ

Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager,
press@researchandmarkets.com
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
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