A thorough grasp of the principles of financial analysis is a key competency needed for effective management of a business. This 5 day interactive program goes far beyond the typical financial analysis program. It uses both the principles of analysis and the power of Excel  to identify the strategic drivers that can dramatically enhance the shareholder value of your organization. Using Excel , delegates will:

  • Develop the basics of strategic financial planning
  • Apply the latest financial analysis techniques
  • Use the tools of finance, such as the time value of money
  • Determine key performance indicators in order to manage the drivers of business success
  • Create tools to use within their own business

Objectives

On completion of this module delegates will be able to:

  • Identify the key steps in developing a financial model
  • Analyse a company's annual report identifying key performance indicators in order to understand what the numbers are really saying and make projections of future performance
  • Understand the theory of interest and the time value of money and their applications
  • Develop an Economic Value-Added model to see the organization from the shareholders' perspective
  • Project the benefit of Capital Investment
  • Learn how to use Excel  tools such as Solver, Goal Seeker, and Scenario

Training Methodology

The training comprises teaching sessions covering each topic with demonstrations of the applications on each of the topics. Delegates then use the templates prepared in order to apply the knowledge gained on each section to short case studies, using Excel . Additional practice cases are available for delegates who may develop the proficiencies more swiftly.

Organisational Impact

Delegates will be confronted with the issues in financial management and analysis which are needed in order to be effective financial managers. They will emerge with:

  • A thorough understanding of the objectives of profitability and efficiency, essential for companies to succeed in a competitive environment
  • The skill to use Excel  as a tool to assist in resolving issues
  • Skills in basic modelling techniques which will enable them to build models appropriate to their company and industry.
  • A greater understanding of the financial drivers of an organisation
  • The ability to create "what if?" scenarios
  • The skills to impact upon return on investment

Personal Impact

By attending the course each person will:

  • Develop an improved understanding of financial drivers
  • Recognise the necessity of return on investment as an imperative for the company by which they are employed
  • Improve their knowledge of the many applications of Excel  and their confidence in using this package
  • Improve their career prospects
  • Impact upon shareholder value
  • Develop greater confidence in discussing financial strategy

SEMINAR OUTLINE 

DAY 1

Introduction and overview of Financial Modelling and the International Business Environment

  • Define the Terms Model and Financial Model
  • Learn the 10 steps to create good Financial Models
  • Use Flowcharting Techniques to improve your model
  • Overview of the strategic and operational aspects of a global business entity
  • The Organizational Planning Model
  • The Product/Decision/Information Cycle
  • The Objectives of Financial Analysis
  • Creating wealth by adding value
  • Basic metrics of wealth creation and financial performance

DAY 2

Analysing the Annual Report and Creating Shareholder Value

  • Ratio Analysis - The heart of Financial Analysis
  • Use Excel  templates to calculate and interpret liquidity, leverage and profitability ratios
  • Interpret the results of ratio analysis from an accrual accounting perspective
  • The inter-relationship between the DuPont Formula and EVA 
  • How to use the Altman Z-Score
  • Use various investment surveys to benchmark the results of financial analysis
  • What constitutes "Shareholder Value?"
  • Finding the cost of equity
  • Determine the Cost of Debt, Preferred Equity and Common Equity
  • Calculate Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)
  • Develop the EVA  Model
  • Impact of Acquisitions on WACC

DAY 3

The Time Value of Money and the Steps in Building Financial Models

  • The impact time has on the value of money
  • Understand the various interest calculations
  • Using WACC and ROIC as benchmarks
  • Use Excel , to determine Present Value, Future Value, Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, Modified Internal Rate of Return
  • Using IRR as a basis for capital project evaluation
  • Situations that require models
  • Models and Shareholder Value (EVA )
  • Identification of Forecast Validation Criterion
  • Determination of Model and Forecast Horizons
  • The recognition of risk in forecasts
  • The Role of Assumptions in Financial Forecasting

Knowledge

The adage that “knowledge” is power holds very true in this industry. In order to maximize results we are constantly updating and upgrading ourselves. This commitment to ongoing skills development is one of the reasons we are success, the belief that there is a “better way to do things” is what motivates us each and every day. By aligning with us you are going to benefit from our years of expertise in real world scenarios. Classroom learning is great but there is no substitute to real world experience which is what we are bringing to the table.

Quality

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said “price is what you pay but quality is what you get” and that expression is very true. With use we understand that your time is very valuable and you only want the best and most current industry related knowledge which is what we bring to the table.  Instead of giving you massive amounts of inaccurate or outdated information you get precisely what you want, the most current knowledge so you can make truly informed decisions that will directly impact productivity and your bottom line. When results are what you are looking for then the choice is clear, we are your partners in success.

Innovation

Technology has revolutionized the way knowledge is disseminated in throughout the world, what use to take months or even years to reach the masses can be done in a few hours ! In order to remain relevant and viable we need to embrace innovations. The challenge with innovation is knowing when to implement it and what type of return you can expect from it. Instead of risking your time and resources we have the answers for you, Since we are at the vanguard of the industry whenever there is a fruitful innovation we will be there providing you with the information needed to make the right decision.

Respect

We understand you may have unique need so we provide a tailored made (bespoke for our U.K. friends) approach that will address your questions in the most conducive manner possible.  Respect to us means putting your interests, your needs at the forefront of our mind. You will see how genuine we are and that you not just “some customer” you are our partner in success just as much as we are your partner in success. We firmly believe in the “golden rule”, treat others with graciousness, courtesy and respect.  Come experience the difference that quality and respect makes and you will truly be amazed.

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