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Workshop overview

Financial modelling requires a broad skill set: Accounting, finance, spreadsheet, design, presentation and communication skills are all used. This workshop brings together those skills and shows how they can be applied to produce best-practice financial models.

Why you should attend

You will gain skills in producing models that are efficient, user-friendly, easy to adapt and feature-rich. Your models will generate key insights and support for analysis, reporting, decision-making and management.

Key takeaways

Who should attend

The following roles will benefit from the workshop:


Introduction to financial modelling objectives and outcomes

  • The true breadth and scope of financial modelling
  • The process of financial modelling
  • How the financial system we are modelling responds to its drivers
  • Key metrics and how they feed into the decision-making process

Generating key metrics and performance indicators

  • Understanding the business being modelled
  • Understanding drivers, constraints, inputs and outputs
  • How are key metrics derived?
  • Quantifying key metrics such as value and risk

Financial modelling as a valuable management tool

  • Reporting on how realised key metrics compared with modelled metrics
  • What caused variances?
  • What “trajectories” are key measures taking?
  • Using financial models for scenario, sensitivity, attribution, and what-if analysis
  • Risk assessment: gaining a sense of risk exposure

Finance concepts and financial functions

  • Applying finance principles and functions
  • Key concepts: Present and future value, discount and hurdle rates, cost of capital
  • Spreadsheet financial functions: NPV, XNPV, IRR, NOMINAL

Spreadsheet functions, tools and features used in financial modelling

This section of the course presents a broad scope of spreadsheet applications, some are simple and others are more complex. Their purpose is to illustrate many of the capabilities - some of them not well known - of spreadsheets. Almost all of the examples are interactive.

  • Logical, referencing and aggregation functions
  • Arithmetic and ranking functions
  • Error handling functions
  • Date functions
  • Auditing tools
  • Custom formats
  • Charts and templates
  • Keyboard shortcuts

Accounting and finance concepts that underlie modelling

Financial modelling builds on accounting and finance concepts. This section reviews the accounting and finance theory that is needed for effective financial modelling.

  • Balance Sheet
  • Income statement
  • Cash flow statement
  • Finance concepts

Design and construction of models

  • Structuring the model
  • Logical organisation of tabs and worksheets
  • Determining appropriate periodicity
  • Dealing with one-off / irregular or short-term events
  • Planning for sensitivity / scenarios / stress-test analysis
  • Generating summary sheets: High and low-level model results
  • Model consistency checking and reporting
  • Valuation
  • Calculation of ratios

Goal-Seeking and the Solver

  • Iteration
  • Goal seek
  • Solver
  • Optimisation


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