Building Financial Models with Excel

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A financial model is a quantitative representation of an organisation’s past, present, and future business operations.  Financial models serve as the foundation and basis of standard financial accounting reports, including the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Cash Flows. All type of organisations and companies use financial models every day to analyse and plan their business activities. This course will give you a firm understanding of the steps involved in building financial models and you should know how to use Excel to put that understanding to work in the form of a working financial model. This course is designed for managers, accounting managers, auditors and accounting officers both in the public and private sector, who wish to work in a more efficient computerised environment in order to improve performance within the organisation.

Course objective

At the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • How to build the Master Budget, the Operating Budget and the Financial Budget
  • Building the consolidated financial statements: Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement; and free cash flows.
  • Analysing a financial model by using sensitivity analysis to test the assumptions underlying the financial model, contribution margin analyses to assess the fixed and variable cost elements of an organisation’s cost structure, and the financial ratio analysis to measure important financial ratios.

Course Outline

  • The Master Budget
  • Overview of Budgets and Financial Models
  • Operating Budget – Assumptions, Sales, and Collections
  • Operating Budget – Cost of Goods Sold, Inventory, and Purchases
  • Operating Budget – Operating Expenses
  • Operating Budget – Income Statement
  • Financial Budget – Capital Budget and Cash Budget
  • Financial Budget – Balance Sheet
  • Financial Statements and Free Cash Flows
  • Consolidated Financial Statements
  • Free Cash Flows and Dashboard
  • Analysis of a Financial Model
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Contribution Margin Analysis
  • Financial Ratios Analysis

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