Definition

Consolidated financial statements

When a company owns more than 50% of the common stock of another company, it usually prepares consolidated financial statements. These statements present the total assets and liabilities controlled by the parent company. They also present the total revenues and expenses of the subsidiary companies. Companies prepare consolidated statements in addition to the financial statements for the parent and individual subsidiary companies.

Consolidated statements are useful to the stockholders, board of directors, and managers of the parent company. These statements indicate the magnitude and scope of operations of the companies under common control.

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