Interesting the section on balance sheet is only two pages long.
In a nutshell, a balance sheet is a snap-shot that summarizes everything the company owns (assets) and owes (liabilities). The difference between what the company owns and owe belongs to shareholders and this is called equity. The following equation must hold for all balance sheet
Assets = Liabilities + Equity
Beyond this very simple discussion on the balance are some items investors need to be aware of.
Assets minus Liabilities is also known as a company’s Book Value. Dividing the market capitalization of the stock by the total book value will generate the P/B ratio. Value investors buy low P/B ratio companies because they are in essence buying up assets at a price lower than its value. Interesting, if you have gone for a lower P/B ratio in the Singapore stock market, you would get a return of 10.11% over the return of