This course will participants to develop the best practice approaches to structuring fully flexible and auditable models whilst cultivating the most efficient data analysis tools and solve other common modeling problems.

This programme has been designed to enable participants to conduct a full financial analysis of a corporate customer, in the context of the customer’s business model and external environment.


Why this course

  • This course brings together the key elements of financial statement analysis to help participants improve their financial analysis skills, enable them to ask the right questions, see the real risks facing businesses and investors, feel more confident in their ability to comment on business activities and performance and analyze financial health for management.

    These skills and the required technical knowledge will be put into practice throughout the course using interactive examples and case studies, putting theory and technique into context.

What to expect

  • List and differentiate between the important components of basic financial statements

  • Explain financial statements’ ratios and formulate Excel sheets and graphs for financial statements analysis

  • Illustrate creative accounting schemes and critique the validity of accounting rules used

  • Assess the quality of financial reports and evaluate quality of earnings and cash flows reported

  • Analyze the financial position and performance of a company over a period of time and draw conclusions regarding its sustainability

What is the course schedule?


Day 1 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM


  • Users of financial data

  • Content of the annual financial report

  • Regional versus global standards

  • Non-financial elements of the annual financial report and their importance

  • Emotional and cognitive biases affecting analysts’ judgment

  • Understanding the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement

Day 2 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM


  • Top-down approach for analysis

  • Macroeconomic factors to assess country exposure

  • Indicators of GDP, unemployment rates, inflation and interest rates

  • Deficit-to-GDP, debt-to-GDP and GDP growth rates

  • Industry analysis: understanding Michael Porter’s five forces shaping industry’s long term profitability

  • Starbucks, Apple Inc., Nike and McDonald’s cases

  • Common size analysis to improve comparability

  • Calculating trends and growth patterns

  • Ratio analysis to assess key aspects of company performance

Day 3 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM


  • Framework for assessing company’s quality of financial reports

  • Potential problems that affect quality of financial reports

  • Defining concept of sustainable and persistent earnings

  • Recommending adjustments to improve quality and comparability

  • Evaluating the earnings quality of a company

  • Evaluating the cash flow quality of a company

  • Indicators of balance sheet quality

  • Sources of information about risk

  • Who should attend?
  • Chief accountants, accounting managers, senior accountants, finance directors, finance managers, financial analysts, financial controllers, financial accounts managers, heads of finance departments, credit controllers, corporate financiers, credit risk analysts, bankers, and relationship managers.

  • Participants
  • The course will have a maximum of 10 people who will be selected based on the type of business they are in and their job role to ensure a thorough mix of industries, ideas and experience.

  • Training Style
  • The course will have a maximum of 12 people who will be selected based on the type of business they are in and their job role to ensure a thorough mix of industries, ideas and experience.

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