Advanced Corporate Credit Analysis

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During the financial crisis, many banks and other financial institutions lost billions of dollars due to their failure to analyse credit risks correctly. Even when financial institutions do not suffer direct financial losses due to default or market movements, they may be receiving an inadequate return for the risks involved.

With leveraged instruments set to remain a standard part of corporate capital structures, in both the private and public equity markets, knowing how to analyse credit risk remains key to avoiding losses and to maximising returns.

Summary of course content

  • Advanced financial analysis, including calculating key credit ratios
  • Advanced financial modelling in Excel®
  • Credit enhancement methods; securitization, netting, cashflow ringfencing structures
  • Credit linked notes
  • Parent and subsidiary rating linkage
  • Sovereign risk – importance to corporates; key market and rating criteria
  • Sovereign debt – composite issuance, guaranteed and partially guaranteed debt
  • Company valuation for acquisition finance and distressed situations
  • Deteriorating credits, potential and actual NPLs: warning signs and strategies for minimizing loss


This programme combines formal theoretical instruction with frequent use of exercises and case studies. These are based on real situations and are designed to help delegates implement new practices and to learn from empirical experience. Delegates are expected to know how to use Excel. The course is practical and interactive, with delegates encouraged to ask questions. The techniques taught are intended to be of immediate practical use in the workplace.

Computer-based exercises

All delegates should bring their laptops with Microsoft Excel® 2010 or later to facilitate in-class studies and exercises and should have a basic level understanding of Excel®.

FTS Eligible

This programme is approved for listing on the Financial Training Scheme (FTS) Programme Directory and is eligible for FTS claims subject to all eligibility criteria being met.

Please note that in no way does this represent an endorsement of the quality of the training provider and programme. Participants are advised to assess the suitability of the programme and its relevance to participants’ business activities or job roles.

The FTS is available to eligible entities, at a 50% funding level of programme fees subject to all eligibility criteria being met and to a cap of S$2,000/participant/programme. Please contact us or visit for more information.


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Sarah Martin

Former Executive Director of CSFB and Lehman Brothers, the Course Director has spent seventeen years working as an investment banker in Europe and the US. She has principally worked in the credit markets and has experience of the US and European high grade and high yield markets, the European new issue markets, the Asian convertible bond markets and of corporate restructurings of distressed credits. She specialised in the telecoms sector and was closely involved in the structuring, raising and/or trading of bank and public debt for telecoms companies in many countries, including Europe, South Africa, Asia and Latin America. She also has extensive experience of corporate finance transactions, including mergers, disposals, privatisations, IPOs and capital raisings. Until 2003, she was an Executive Director at Lehman Brothers in Fixed Income Research in London, having also worked for CS First Boston and Kleinwort Benson. She now works on an independent basis advising the legal and private equity professions on credit analysis and company valuation. She has a degree in economics from the London School of Economics and stock exchange qualifications from London and New York.



Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Day 1

Advanced financial analysis, including calculating key credit ratios

Income Statement

  • Revenues and earnings – sustainability, growth outlook, main risk factors
  • Key accounting factors – revenue recognition (IFRS 15), deferred revenue, expense allocation, derivatives (IFRS 9)
  • Adjusting for exceptional and non-core items – restructuring, provisions, impairments, MTM of financial assets and liabilities, disposal gains/losses, employee benefits (IAS 19), business combinations (IFRS 3), leases (IAS 17), customer loyalty programmes (IFRIC 13)
  • Use of EBITDAR, EBITDAX, EBITDA and EBIT – underlying and adjusted
  • Calculating interest and quasi-interest expense
  • Joint venture/associate earnings and minority interests

Cashflow statement

  • Deriving operating and net operating cashflow
  • Impact of NWC movements on cashflow – considering seasonality
  • Does operating cashflow cover tax, interest, investment spending, dividends?
  • Analysing the main sources and uses of cash
  • What are the main cash sources of debt service and debt repayment?

Day 2

Advanced financial analysis, including calculating key credit ratios (continued)

Balance sheet/Statement of financial position

  • Calculating net debt – adjusting for quasi debt, hybrid-debt (eg convertible bonds, preferred), derivatives, financial and non-financial assets, cash collateral
  • Adjusting for off-balance sheet items (securitised receivables, vendor-funding, operating lease receivables/payables, guarantees, performance bonds, buy-back obligations, LCs etc) and recourse/non-recourse entities
  • Advanced ratio calculations: margins, interest cover, dividend cover, ROIC, ROE, leverage, liquidity, debt service, investment cover, Dupont formula

Case studies of complex high yield and high grade corporate financial statements

Advanced financial modelling in Excel

  • Overview of a comprehensive financial forecasting model including key revenue drivers, provisions, deferred tax, joint ventures/associates, minority interests, disposal gains etc
  • Modelling operating leverage – fixed and variable costs
  • Modelling amend and extend facilities
  • Modelling for a new capital structure eg following new shareholder value policies,  share buybacks, acquisitions, deleveraging
  • Modelling new loan features eg PIK toggles, amortizations, cash sweep, equity kickers

Day 3

Credit enhancement methods

Whole business securitization

  • Typical structure and participants
  • Creating cashflow ring-fencing measures
  • Rating considerations

Case study of a recent major ringfencing mechanism to give lenders additional protection


Credit linked notes

Parent and subsidiary rating linkage

Credit assessment of:

  • Nonrecourse projects e.g. associates and joint ventures
  • Non-guaranteed subsidiaries
  • Captive finance subsidiaries
  • Rating agency criteria for associates, j/vs, subsidiaries, finance subsidiaries

Case study to assign ratings to different entities within a group

Sovereign risk – importance to corporates; key market and rating criteria

  • Key themes of 2015: deflation, strong US dollar, oil prices winners and losers, Russia

Case studies covering the current most risky sovereign situations and the impact of recent ECB initiatives

Sovereign debt

  • Sovereign composite issuance
  • Sovereign guaranteed debt
  • Sovereign partially guaranteed debt

Company valuation for acquisition finance and distressed situations

  • Key factors that influence corporate valuation
  • Enterprise value versus equity value
  • Multiple valuations, including PE ratios, EBITDA(R) multiples, revenue multiples, NAV multiples

Day 4

Company valuation for acquisition finance and distressed situations continued

  • Discounted cashflow valuations – uses, advantages and disadvantages, pitfalls
  • Calculating WACC, including tax shields, long term debt cost, cost of equity
  • Calculating unlevered FCF
  • Fade forecasts and terminal valuations

Case studies to practice EV and equity valuations and to cover the importance of corporate valuations to lenders

Distressed credits and NPLs

  • Identifying the problems
  • Early warning signs of business deterioration
  • Developing a revised business plan
  • Does the firm have a future?
  • Basic legal considerations; complexities of cross-border restructurings
  • Assessing recovery rates
  • Assessing the options: liquidation or administration/restructuring
  • Operational restructuring: management changes, strategy changes, running the firm for cash
  • Debt restructuring options:
                  - Renegotiation of terms: PIK, higher interest, extended maturities, additional security, warrants, ratchet exit fees etc
                  - Equity injection
                  - Debt forgiveness
                  - Debt for equity swap/warrants
                  - Debt for debt swap
                  - Discounted debt buyback
                  - Sale of entire company

 Case studies of distressed credits that survived and that went bankrupt

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