Enter the statement line item and the total base figure into the calculator to calculate the vertical analysis.

## Vertical Analysis Formula

The following equation is used to analyze a financial statement using vertical analysis.

VA = (SL/B) * 100

- Where VA is the vertical analysis (%)
- SL is the statement line item ($)
- B is the total base figure/amount ($)

## FAQ

**What is a vertical analysis?**

A vertical analysis is the process of analyzing financial statements as a percentage of a total base item. In other words, the ratio of a statement line item to the base item.

**What is vertical analysis used for?**

Vertical analysis is most often used when looking at income statements, balance sheets, or cash flow statements to understand how each line item effects the overall statements.

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