Financial Modelling in Excel

3 days 13-15 Dec 2016, Dubai UAE £3,545.00 Download brochure Add to basket

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Course Description


  • 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


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.

Alastair Day

Alastair is a finance professional with extensive experience of finance and leasing. Alastair was previously a director of a start-up leasing company where the directors expanded the business rapidyly and eventually sold it to a public company.

Later, Alastair established an independent lessor and consultancy where he conducts consulting and contracting assignments on financial modelling.

Alastair designs and delivers courses covering aspects of financial modelling, credit and leasing.

He is the author of a number of finance publications e.g. Mastering Financial Modelling, Mastering Cash Flow and Valuation Modelling, Mastering Risk Modelling and Mastering Financial Mathematics in Excel together credit and leasing books such as Advanced Lease Finance and Lease and Finance Evaluation.

Alastair has a degree in German and Economics from London University and an MBA. He has served as an associate lecturer at the OUBS and as an examiner at the ifs School of Finance.



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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