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Financial Analysis with Modelling and Forecasting



This training program provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of financial analysis, modelling, and forecasting techniques essential for informed decision-making in corporate finance. It empowers them to enhance strategic planning, optimize resource allocation, and maximize financial performance within their respective organizations.

Program Objectives:

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental financial analysis techniques to interpret financial statements and assess company performance effectively.

  • Develop advanced financial models using Excel and other tools to support forecasting, decision-making, and strategic planning.

  • Employ various forecasting methods and techniques to predict future financial trends and outcomes accurately.

  • Conduct comprehensive financial statement analysis to identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement within organizations.

  • Utilize financial modelling insights to make informed investment decisions, evaluate strategic opportunities, and mitigate financial risks.

Targeted Audience:

  • Financial analysts.

  • Investment bankers.

  • Corporate finance professionals.

  • Accounting professionals.

  • Business analysts.

  • Management consultants.

  • Professionals involved in budgeting and planning.

  • Employees seeking to enhance their financial analysis, modelling, and forecasting skills.

Program Outlines:

Unit 1:

Foundations of Financial Analysis:

  • Introduction to financial analysis and its importance in decision-making.

  • Understanding financial statements: balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement.

  • Financial ratio analysis: liquidity, solvency, profitability, and efficiency ratios.

  • Interpretation of financial performance indicators to assess company health.

  • Overview of financial analysis tools and software for data analysis.

Unit 2:

Advanced Financial Modelling Techniques:

  • Introduction to financial modelling and its role in forecasting and decision-making.

  • Building and structuring financial models: assumptions, inputs, and outputs.

  • Sensitivity analysis and scenario planning to assess model robustness.

  • Incorporating dynamic variables and macros in financial models.

  • Best practices for model documentation, version control, and error checking.

Unit 3:

Forecasting Methods and Techniques:

  • Overview of forecasting methods: time series analysis, regression analysis, and causal forecasting.

  • Data preparation and cleaning for accurate forecasting.

  • Building forecasting models using Excel, statistical software, and forecasting tools.

  • Evaluating forecast accuracy and refining models based on performance.

  • Incorporating qualitative factors and expert judgment into forecasting processes.

Unit 4:

Financial Statement Analysis and Interpretation:

  • Advanced analysis of financial statements: trend analysis, common-size analysis, and DuPont analysis.

  • Identifying red flags and warning signs in financial statements.

  • Analyzing capital structure, leverage, and cost of capital.

  • Evaluating company performance relative to industry benchmarks and peers.

  • Communicating financial analysis findings effectively to stakeholders.

Unit 5:

Financial Modelling for Decision-Making and Strategy:

  • Using financial models to support strategic decision-making and planning.

  • Assessing investment opportunities: capital budgeting techniques and investment appraisal.

  • Evaluating mergers and acquisitions: financial due diligence and valuation techniques.

  • Stress testing and scenario analysis for risk management and contingency planning.

  • Integrating financial modelling with business strategy to drive organizational growth and profitability.

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