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Financial Analysis & Forecasting

Learn the fundamentals of accounting & financial analysis with this course
  • The Financial Analysis & Forecasting programme provides a vitally important overview of financial analysis, the differences in UK and US accounting terminology, and the fundamentals of accounting statements.

    Through numerous case studies and group discussions, you will develop new skills and a robust, hands-on understanding of P&L, the balance sheet, ratio analysis, cash flow analysis, and project analysis. You will also examine the new accounting standards, the International Accounting Standards Board and the implications of the IAS initiative.


    As the course progresses, you will learn how to use spreadsheet programmes and build models for business analysis and forecasting based on a variety of cases. You will also review the different funding structures and discuss the relationship between business risk and financial risk, the corporate life-cycle and the drivers of different funding strategies.


    Attend this 5-day programme to gain a thorough understanding of:
    • How to analyse a firm’s financial statements when undertaking corporate valuations, including how to derive underlying earnings and cashflow
    • Ratio analysis, including profitability, performance, leverage, liquidity, returns to firm and equity
    • The impact on valuation of debt, financial assets, quasi-debt, provisions, deferred taxes, off balance sheet liabilities and other factors



    Note - A good level of spoken and written English is required to attend this course. Delegates should be of an intermediate standard in English at a minimum. Please refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - as a guide the level required is B2. 

  • Day 1

    Dealing with the fundamentals

    Introduction to financial analysis

    • Differences in UK/US accounting terminology
    • Identifying the relationship between cash flow and profit
    • Development of an integrated cash flow model
    • Recognising it’s all about cash
    • Understanding the relationships between the three main accounting statements
    • Exercise 1 - Accounting terminology

    Fundamentals of accounting statements-the profit and loss account

    • How the P&L has changed over the last 25 years
    • Detailed review of the Profit and Loss account including explanation of all significant accounting terminology
    • Profit types - trading, asset and business
    • Inventory, depreciation, capitalised interest
    • Minority interests and consolidation
    • Exceptional and material items

    Fundamentals of accounting statements-the balance sheet

    • Detailed review of the balance sheet including explanation of all significant accounting terminology
    • Understanding the fixed assets note
    • Accounting goodwill – what is it?
    • Liabilities, pension fund accounting
    • Debt and other liabilities like debt
    • Deferred tax, contingent liabilities

    Financial analysis techniques-ratio analysis

    • Objectives of ratio analysis
    • Developing ratio analysis skills
    • Different types of ratios
    • How much information is there in ratios?
    • Ratio rules – avoiding errors of principle
    Case study: Use of ratios

    Delegates match ratios to different types of businesses
    Delegates consider what ratios do and don’t tell us

    Day 2

    Cash flow analysis and accounting issues

    Understanding cash flows

    • Detailed review of the cash flow statement
    • Analysing and interpreting cash flows
    • Summarising cash flows for analysis

    Case study: Summarising cash flows

    Delegates summarise cash flows for analysis purposes

    Cash flow analysis

    • The four phases in the life of a business
    Case study: Examining patterns of cash flows
    Delegates match cash flows to sectors

    Cash flow analysis-taking it further

    • Dealing with the consequences of growth and no-growth

    Case study: Growth and no-growth cash flows

    Delegates restate cash flows to improve their understanding of performance

    Accounting abuses and update

    • Abuses of Fair Accounting
    • Basic abuses relevant to all businesses
    • More complex abuses relevant to larger groups

    Case study: major Travel group

    Delegates examine and evaluate the P&L of this major UK based travel group

    Global accounting in the new century

    • Overview of the International Accounting Standards Board
    • The implications of the IAS Initiative
    • Review of new standards produced in the last five years

    Day 3

    Financial mathematics and project analysis

    The time value of money

    • Present and future values
    • Defining the discount factor
    • Exercises: Discounting calculations

    Net present value -developing the concept

    • NPV’s and varying future cash flows
    • Perpetuities and annuities
    • Exercises: Annuities and perpetuities

    Project analysis

    • Introduction to project analysis
    • Developing a forecast of the project cash flows
    • Identifying the key risk areas

    Evaluating capital investment projects

    • Discounted cash flow techniques
    • Calculating the internal rate of return

    Case study: Speculative housing project

    Delegates perform investment appraisals to decide whether to proceed with a capital investment

    Case study: Eight Projects

    Six delegates evaluate a number of projects and decide which projects should be pursued and which rejected

    The responsibilities of management

    • The essential aspects of the management task

    Case study: Management information

    Delegates review and manipulate management information using Excel

    Costing and break-even analysis

    • Fixed and variable costs
    • Marginal, absorption and standard costing

    Case study: Variance analysis

    Delegates review a variance report and consider the possible causes for variances

    Day 4

    Spreadsheet analysis skills

    Introduction to spreadsheets

    • Using spreadsheet programmes for business analysis and forecasting
    • The issue of spreadsheet risk

    Introduction to computer forecasting

    • Overview of the forecasting process
    • Creating useful models
    • Sales, growth and margins
    • Cost identification
    • Driving the cash flow

    Case study: New low cost airline

    Delegates prepare a spreadsheet summarising the forecasted first twelve months performance of this low cost airline and analyse it

    Case study:
    New low cost airline

    Delegates identify the break-even of the project and develop a cash flow forecast for the same business

    Case study: Financial analysis

    Delegates analyse a business and prepare forecasts of future performance

    Funding structures

    • The relationship between business risk and financial risk
    • The four phases of the corporate life-cycle
    • Identifying appropriate funding structures
    • Recognising the drivers of funding strategies

    Day 5

    Case studies and presentation skills

    Case study:
    Business analysis
    Delegates analyse a business using the methods presented earlier in the course

    Case study: Business forecasting
    Delegates value a business using the methods presented earlier in the course

    Case study: Financial presentation
    In small groups delegates prepare and present a slide based presentation of the salient features gained from the analysis case in session one using spreadsheets and graphical techniques

  • Our Tailored Learning Offering

    Do you have five or more people interested in attending this course? Do you want to tailor it to meet your company’s exact requirements? If you’d like to do either of these, we can bring this course to your company’s office. You could even save up to 50% on the cost of sending delegates to a public course and dramatically increase your ROI.

    If you want to run this course at a location convenient to you or if you want a completely customised learning solution, we can help.

    We produce learning solutions that are completely unique to your business. We’ll guide you through the whole process, from the initial consultancy to evaluating the success of the full learning experience. Our learning specialists ensure you get the maximum return on your training investment.

  • We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

    We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

    • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
    • Track record – 10/10 of the world’s largest banks have chosen us as there training provider and we have delivered training across the largest banks and have trained over 25,000 professionals.
    • Knowledge – our 100+ strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
    • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 25,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 99 countries.
    • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 4.2/5 on service and 4.7/5 on Coursecheck
This course can be run virtually online or as an in-house, tailored learning solution


  • Timothy Jury

    To remain competitive and provide a truly top quality service, lawyers serving the international business and finance markets need a strong understanding of the law and of their clients' requirements. That's where my training comes in.


    The course instructor is a chartered accountant, who qualified with KPMG. He has held main board financial and general management directorships in both quoted and private companies. He has considerable experience of management in turnaround situations and has completed a number of acquisitions, disposals and corporate reorganisations. Following a corporate recovery assignment he joined a major UK consultancy specialising in training for financial services businesses. He spent over two years developing and presenting corporate credit training for a number of large UK banks. Clients included Natwest, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Allied Irish Bank, Co-operative Bank, Hill Samuel Merchant Bank, Swiss Bank Corporation & Trade Indemnity plc.After a further corporate recovery assignment in the textiles industry he became a full time training and strategy consultant offering courses covering all aspects of corporate lending, financial analysis, accounting, valuation, corporate finance, M&A, strategy and management. He combines his lecturing career with consultancy assignments in strategy and change management and advising on corporate recovery situations.In-house training initiatives have been completed for Standard Chartered Bank – India, Societe Generale – London, The Kenya Pipeline Company and others, in addition to developing and delivering Euromoney public courses in places such as London, Germany, South Africa, Egypt, Jamaica, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, India, Poland, Romania, Macedonia, Croatia and Hungary. He is involved in graduate and MBA training for London based investment banks such as Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital. Private consultancy assignments have included advising a leading venture capital fund, the strategic review of a national tape and CD retailer and providing strategy advice and research for a major new business venture in Egypt. He is the co-author of – Advanced Credit Analysis – published by Euromoney in January 1997.