Sample consolidating balance sheet
A standard company balance sheet has two sides: assets, on the left and financing, which itself has two parts, liabilities and ownership equity, on the right.The main categories of assets are usually listed first, and typically in order of liquidity. The difference between the assets and the liabilities is known as equity or the net assets or the net worth or capital of the company and according to the accounting equation, net worth must equal assets minus liabilities.
A consolidated balance sheet is a compilation of a company’s balance sheet information and all its subsidiaries.
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) requires companies with multiple business divisions, special purpose entities, or partially owned subsidiary businesses to be included in the parent company’s balance sheet information.
A balance sheet is often described as a "snapshot of a company's financial condition".
Of the four basic financial statements, the balance sheet is the only statement which applies to a single point in time of a business' calendar year.
Banks and investors use this information to determine the value of the company’s assets and how much debt the company has incurred to purchase these assets or run its daily operations.