balance sheet


Definition of balance sheet

: a statement of financial condition at a given date

Examples of balance sheet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To address that concern, regulators changed the formula for the ratio to treat Treasury securities and reverse repurchase agreements on a bank’s balance sheet on a par with cash. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "U.S. Banking Regulator Backs New Liquidity Requirements," 20 Oct. 2020 Sun Country's leadership praised the entire workforce for their role in shoring up the company's balance sheet over the past seven months, including voluntary furloughs or working reduced hours. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "Sun Country downsizes HQ staff, 18 get notices today," 8 Oct. 2020 Despite an improved balance sheet, Credit Suisse’s shares were down, hurt by stock offerings Mr. Thiam had deemed necessary to strengthen capital reserves. Kate Kelly, New York Times, "The Short Tenure and Abrupt Ouster of Banking’s Sole Black C.E.O.," 3 Oct. 2020 Vericast has been seeking to shore up is balance sheet and started a debt exchange to push out maturities coming due in 2021. Katherine Doherty,, "Perelman’s Coupon Company RetailMeNot to Sell for $420 Million," 29 Sep. 2020 Unlike many retailer companies that were forced into bankruptcy because of debt, Tuesday Morning didn’t have a problematic balance sheet. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Shareholders of Dallas-based bankrupt retailer Tuesday Morning may be in the money," 18 Sep. 2020 Interest rates were low by the standards of the last few decades, and the Fed’s balance sheet was enlarged by asset purchases. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 7," 11 Sep. 2020 With the company saying it’s unable to predict when cruises resume, that’s a long-term line item on a balance sheet that logged $4.4 billion in losses in the second quarter alone. Fran Golden, Fortune, "The perfect storm: What do you do with cruise ships that cannot set sail?," 11 July 2020 Engine-maker Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC plans to raise $2.6 billion in a rights issue to bolster its tattered balance sheet. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Buying Into Uber Freight; Maritime’s Fresh Cyberattacks; Moving Boeing Planes," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of balance sheet

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balance sheet was circa 1771

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23 Oct 2020

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“Balance sheet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of balance sheet

: a statement that shows the financial condition of a company at a particular time by listing the amount of money and property that the company has and the amount of money it owes

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Legal Definition of balance sheet

: a statement of financial condition at a given date

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