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.



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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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