Illustrative course outlines

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Advanced performance analysis

What is covered?

This course offers a review of the practicalities of performing comprehensive financial analysis using the pyramid of ratios – a form of DuPont analysis, as well as cash flow analysis to confirm the findings.   The course is highly practical with participants undertaking a case study analysis of a real company.

Who will benefit?

Participants who regularly analyse company performance either internally or externally.  A basic knowledge of accounting is assumed (the main financial statements, i.e. income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement)

Course content

Dissecting corporate performance
    • PEST analysis
    • Porter analysis
    • Assessing management
Trend analysis
    • Using five year/ten year trends in key indicators to identify likely future performance
    • Benchmarking against industry peers
Applying financial ratio analysis
    • DuPont analysis
    • The pyramid of ratios
    • Assessing financial status
Understanding the drivers of cash flow
    • Identifying the underlying life blood of the business - ANCFO
    • Analysing ANCFO
    • Case study


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