The waterfall chart or cascade chart below explains Apple’s FY15 financials from net sales to net income. The first bar on the left shows the components that make up Apple’s sales. iPhone comprises a staggering 66% of total sales. The following hanging bars show all the cost components that lead to the last total bar, net income.
In general the waterfall chart is a great way to highlight the primary components that comprise a companies financials. It allows the reader to step through the components while understanding how all the details impact the final numbers. On a slide, it also allows for an appropriate amount of white space to help improve readability.
This chart was created with the latest update of Aploris for Mac that supports Office for Mac 2016.