Advanced Skills In Statistical Reporting And Comparison Tables

Course Code: FA16

►Course Objective


  • Analyse and interpret an organisation’s annual report and accounts
  • Use ratio analysis to evaluate financial position and financial performance
  • Use analytical techniques to forecast future performance
  • Critically evaluate the impact on financial position
  • Performance of the subjective nature of accounting policies
  • Identify the impact of profit, cash flow and risk on capital investment projects and business valuations


►Target Audience


  • Project Managers and other professionals
  • CFOs, Controllers and Treasurers responsible for the financial management of the organisation
  • and any other managers who wish to improve, refresh and update their understanding of analysis of financial information, and application to effective decision-making


►Course Outline



Introduction to Advanced Financial Analysis

  • Why Analyse Financial Data?
  • Who are the Users of Financial Information?
  • Sources of Financial Information
  • Published Annual Report and Accounts – what is their purpose?
  • The Structure and Contents of an Annual Report and Accounts in the UK and other countries
  • Creative Accounting, Financial Scandals and the Agency Problem
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reporting
  • The Three Main Financial Statements: Income Statement; Balance Sheet; Statement of Cash Flows



Analysing the Annual Report And Accounts

  • Using Ratio and other analyses of the Annual Report and Accounts to Assess Financial Position and Financial Performance
  • Profitability and Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) Analysis
  • Efficiency and Working Capital
  • Liquidity and the Short-term Solvency
  • Investment and Growth
  • Financial Structure and Long-term Solvency
  • Ratio Analysis using Excel
  • Excel Trend Analysis using common-size Horizontal Analysis and Vertical Analysis for comparability



Analytical Tools, Cash vs. Profit and the Cash Forecast

  • The Dupont System of Ratio Analysis, and Pyramids of Ratios
  • Segmental Analysis and Value Added Analysis of the Annual Report and Accounts
  • The Fundamental Statistical Tools and Graphical Representations
  • Using Statistical Techniques to Analyse and Forecast Financial Data
  • The Impact of Alternative Asset Valuation Methods on the Balance Sheet and Profitability
  • Cash Flow vs. Profit – The Best Measure of Financial Performance
  • Working Capital and the Cash Flow Operating Cycle
  • Direct and Indirect Cash Flow Analysis and the Cash Flow Forecast



Financing the Business, Capital Investment Project And Business Valuation

  • Analysis of the Balance Sheet to Identify Long-term Debt and Equity, and Short-term Financing
  • Capital Cost Models: cost of equity using dividend growth and Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM); cost of debt
  • Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)
  • Optimal Capital Structure Models to Minimise WACC
  • Future Values, Present Values, and Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)
  • Using Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Modified Internal Rate of Return (MIRR) and Equivalent Annual Cost (EAC) to Analyse and Evaluate Capital Projects
  • The Reasons for Business Valuations
  • Business Valuation Models



Analysing And Predicting Corporate Failure, Business And Financial Risk

  • Predicting Financial Distress and Corporate Railure – the Altman Z-score model
  • Risk and Uncertainty
  • Risk Analysis using expected values, Standard Deviation, and Coefficient of Variation
  • Sensitivity, simulation, scenario and Break-even Analysis Techniques
  • The Analytical Tools to Manage Risk
  • Systematic Risk, Unsystematic Risk, Business Risk and Financial Risk
  • Financial Risk– interest rate and foreign currency exchange rate exposures
  • Using Insurance, Hedging and Derivatives to Mitigate and Minimise risk

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