Financial Modelling in Excel

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  • Model design and structure
  • International spreadsheet best practice
  • Testing and auditing a model
  • Forecasting techniques
  • Sensitivity and risk
  • Optimisation and targeting
  • Management dashboards and reporting

On completion of this 3-day training programme delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the different types of financial models and their application
  • Construct models that are robust and scalable
  • Incorporate elements such as risk, sensitivity, optimisation and forecasting into models
  • Produce management reports, summaries and meaningful charts

Course Structure
Day 1: Overview of modelling techniques
Day 2: Forecasting, risk and scenarios
Day 3: Optimisation, data analysis and reporting

Teaching Methodology
The programme is taught using demonstrations combined with practical and interactive case studies. The exercises in each session reinforce the concepts covered in each 0f the units. Emphasis is placed on delegates gaining practical, hands-on experience of the design and construction of financial models in Excel. Comprehensive product notes and modelling software are provided for future reference.

Course Background
When looking at any financial opportunity, the ability to perform accurate and realistic analysis is imperative. In today’s ever-changing business environment, the capability to just manipulate spreadsheets is not enough. You have to be able to incorporate all the “what if” scenarios and stress test any proposal to its limits. A working financial model can facilitate and improve the reliability and quality of your decision-making.
Modelling techniques are used in many different areas, such as investment appraisal, capital planning, budgeting, valuation, financial analysis and forecasting. Banks and businesses worldwide rely on the information produced by financial models – for many it is the key to success.
The course begins by concentrating on the advanced use of Excel. These skills will be applied to the construction of financial, valuation and investment models. Delegates will then learn how to incorporate forecasting, optimisation, risk assessment and sensitivity scenarios into these models.
The course is taught using a step-by-step approach so delegates will be able to construct financial models for a wide range of practical scenarios.


Who should attend

  • CFOs
  • Financial Controllers and Managers
  • Financial and Business Analysts
  • Risk Managers
  • Accountants
  • Corporate Treasury Managers
  • Middle Office Staff
  • General Managers



Dubai Hotel

This programme takes place on a non-residential basis at a central Dubai hotel. Non-residential course fees include training facilities, documentation, lunches and refreshments for the duration of the programme. Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, however, a list of convenient hotels (many at specially negotiated rates) is available upon registration.

Dubai has an incredible number of hotels. Courses held here are mainly held at the J.W. Marriot hotel, Sheraton Dubai Creek and Le Meridien all in central Dubai.
J.W. Marriott Hotel – Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, PO Box 16590, Dubai, U.A.E
Phone +971 4 607 7811; Fax +971 4 607 7011
At the JW Marriott Dubai you will enjoy luxury on your terms; impeccable service and elegant surroundings allow you to relax and focus on your own agenda. With 344 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites the J.W. Marriott provides an oasis of calm in a busy city while the award-winning restaurants have the recipe for satisfying a taste for international flavour.        
Sheraton Dubai Creek – Baniyas Street, PO Box 4250, Dubai, U.A.E
Phone +971 4 228 1111; Fax +971 4 221 3468
After undergoing a complete renovation, the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel& Towers reopened October 10th, 2002 with a fully refurbished interior and exterior. The 255 room hotel now offers more creek-view rooms, redesigned atrium lobby, outstanding food and beverage facilities, upgraded rooms with state-of-the-art data connectivity, and Dubai's newest conference facilities. 

Le Meridien – PO Box 10001, Airport Road, Dubai, U.A.E
Phone +971 4 282 4040; Fax +971 4 282 5540
Le Meridien Dubai is a five star deluxe hotel built on two floors and surrounded by 38 acres of landscaped gardens. The hotel is elegantly furnished with a french accent that incorporates the individual character and flair of the local culture. The hotel is minutes away from the commercial districts and shopping centres and a short distance from Dubai International Airport. Facilities include a choice of 15 restaurants and bars, 24-hour room and laundry service, two fully equipped business centres and a state-of-the-art Spa and fitness club.



Dubai Finance

This programme takes place on a non-residential basis at a central 4 to 5* Dubai hotel. Non-residential course fees include training facilities, documentation, lunches and refreshments for the duration of the programme. Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, however, a list of convenient hotels (many at specially negotiated rates) is available upon registration.

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Day 1

Overview of Modelling Techniques

Module 1
Introduction and Overview

Outline of financial modelling
Examples of Excel financial models
Useful Excel features and techniques
Exercise: analysing examples of modelling techniques

Module 2
Spreadsheet Best Practice

Model design and structure – key steps
Financial analysis basics – financial statements
Cash flow and ratios
Case outline - introduction
Exercise: Defining a model plan for a financial analysis model
Model design
Exercise: Techniques for modelling financial statements

Module 3
Auditing and Testing

Examples of spreadsheet errors
Essential testing and auditing techniques
Example: testing financial analysis model with cash flows and ratios
Exercise: debugging and checking a financial model

Module 4
Practical – Project Model 1

Practical project model exercise

Questions and answers

Day 2

Forecasting and Risk

Module 5
Macros and Security

Visual Basic in Excel
Writing and auditing and macros
Spreadsheet security
Exercise: writing and auditing macros

Module 6
Forecasting Models and Time Series Analysis

Review of forecasting methods
Understanding financial ‘drivers’ for analysis, valuation and project models
Exercise: deriving forecast free cash flow and ratios
Linear methods
Smoothing and seasonality
Exercise: producing a forecast with time series analysis

Module 7
Risk Techniques

Valuation model and cost of capital fundamentals
Exercise: calculating the cost of capital
Risk and multiple answers
Scenario techniques
Advanced financial functions
Exercise: Producing a valuation and testing the results

Module 8

Practical – Project Model 2

Review of initial answers and identification of potential risks
Adding risk techniques to the project model in module 4

Questions and answers

Day 3

Optimisation and Reporting

Module 9

Optimisation and Targeting

Overview of optimisation and targeting
Goal seek and Solver methods
Example: targeting using the composite valuation model

Module 10
Practical – Project Model 3

Extend the project model to answer management questions and target specific results
Completing and auditing the project model

Module 11
Management Reporting

Requirement to consolidate and summarise data
Exercise: consolidating data from different sources
Excel report manager
Exercise: pivot tables
Techniques for summarising data
Exercise: producing a management analysis

Module 12
Practical - Management Reporting and Forecasting

Analysis of company financial data
Exercise: extend the valuation model to produce a meaningful management summary report with charts

Questions and answers

Course summary and close

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