Recommended Prep Courses

These preparatory courses are optional, but we recommend you to complete the stated prep course(s) or possess the equivalent knowledge prior to enrolling in this course:

  1. Accounting Fundamentals
  2. Reading Financial Statements
  3. Excel Crash Course
  4. Building a 3 Statement Financial Model

Business Valuation Modeling Course Overview

This business valuation course provides students with the skills they need to perform detailed business valuation modeling using three main methods: Comps, Precedents and DCF Analysis. 

The valuation training provided in this course will be valuable to those who are looking for a detailed and step-by-step explanation of how to value a company based on comparable companies, past M&A transactions and a Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) models.

Business Valuation Methods

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Business Valuation Course Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the difference between equity value and enterprise value
  • Learn how to calculate various equity and enterprise value multiples
  • Understand the drivers of equity multiples and value a business using equity multiples
  • Calculate and analyze valuation multiples
  • Learn the most common multiples: EV/Revenue, EV/EBITDA, EV/EBIT, P/E
  • Learn when it is most appropriate to use each type of multiple
  • Value a company using comparable company analysis
  • Value a company using precedent M&A transactions
  • Value a company using discounted cash flow techniques
  • Complete Excel-based case studies and solutions 
  • Utilize a PDF valuation reference guide that can be downloaded to your computer and use during the course of for future reference.
  • Calculate free cash flows to the firm and free cash flows to equity
  • Outline the main drivers of free cash flows
  • Value a business using a two-stage DCF valuation model
  • Learn how to calculate the cost of equity, cost of debt and the weighted average cost of capital
  • Calculate beta in an Excel spreadsheet
  • Calculate an organization's weighted average cost of capital (WACC)
  • Create a football field chart to summarize the various valuation methods used in the analysis: Comps, Precedents, DCF

Allocating Cash Flow by Investor Type

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Comparable Company Analysis

Learn how to build a Comps table and calculate all the equity value and enterprise value ratios required to value a business.

Comps table comparable company analysis

Drivers of Business Valuation

Learn about the main drivers of free cash flow to the firm and business valuation in this course.

Forecast Free Cash Flow and corporate business valuation

Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Modeling

In this corporate valuation course, you will learn to build a DCF model from scratch, building on the skills you developed from CFI's prior courses on building a 3 statement model.

Discounted Cash Flow DCF modeling course

Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) - Corporate Valuation

Learn how to perform weighted average cost of capital (WACC) analysis in Excel and use the slope function to calculate a company's beta.

WACC corporate business valuation course

Corporate Valuation Football Field Chart

Create a football field chart in Excel at the end of the course to combine the analyses of all methods used in the corporate valuation model built earlier in the course.

Football field chart summary corporate valuation model

Who Should Take This Corporate Business Valuation Course

This online class is designed for professionals working in private equity, investment banking, corporate development, and other areas of finance and accounting.  The course provides both foundational building blocks for beginners and covers more advanced aspects of valuation for experienced practitioners.

Financial Modeling and Analyst Training

For beginners to advanced users, this corporate valuation modeling course is designed to teach you how to be a complete financial analyst. 

This class is one of the 10 required "Core" courses for CFI's financial analyst training program, which grants the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA) certification.

What You'll Learn


Business Valuation Modeling

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Path to Certification

Prerequisite Courses

8 courses from beginner to intermediate level.


Core Courses

11 courses from beginner to intermediate level.


Elective Courses

Take 3 out of 10 courses at an advanced level.


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Submit your FMVA®️ checklist and order your certificate.


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How the Certification Works

FMVA® Financial Analyst Certification courses are offered 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to start the financial analyst program anytime and learn when it’s most convenient for you.
Students must complete all core and elective courses (14 in total) and demonstrate mastery of the topics through successful completion of course materials, quizzes, and assessments.
Within 48 hours of program completion, your Blockchain Verified FMVA Certification will be emailed to you.

What Our Students Say

Dans Jurcāns
Strong introduction to business valuation by intrinsic and market methods
This course covers the most commonly used valuation methods for a business, and the associated terms, ratios and multiples, in an easy-to-understand and accessible manner. Every calculation is demonstrated and explained in walkthrough Excel models, and ultimately tied together in one simple summary sheet and chart. Excellent resource for both newcomers and industry practicioners!
Matome Tsholetsa Malema
Business Valuation Part I
Brilliant course and covers the subject matter comprehensively
Fernando Mora
Business Valuation Modeling
I highly recommend this course, the way you learn is interactive and easy way to learn. This are the best courses in the market. Thank you CFI.
Zenzele Ndlovu

Great course on company valuation. I would highly recommend for any equity research analyst.
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Zeshan Sheikh
It was an awesome course. I would recommend all the students to take this course very seriously and listen to lectures again and again. There is so much conceptual information in the lectures that you are going to need while taking exam. It's a course that is going to lay a foundation for all those who are relatively new to valuation techniques. Thank you CFI. Its a great effort.
Macdonald Ossuetta
Thank you so much for this course. It has provided me with valuable insights into valuation process for businesses.
Antulio Asdrúbal Tinoco Gutiérrez
This is such a practical course. The and the explanations are great for those deep concepts.
Abhay Kumar Sinha
Indeed very interesting course dealing with the terminologies used in business valuation such as multiples, DCF, WACC etc. which are so nicely explained and demonstrated through excel workbooks. It has been an interesting experience undergoing the entire course and appreciate the instructors who made things so easy to grasp and understand.
Olga Nielsen, MBA
I enjoyed the review, the exercises and the quizzes. A very efficient delivery of information. It starts with simple ideas and gradually builds up to actual models that can be used in real life.
Pranav Chand Gaddipati
The course was well designed in such a way even starters with basic idea of EV multiples and P/E multiples can easily understand the concepts and apply them. Thanks a lot CFI for providing this platform
Gunamoy Ray
Highly recommended for working professionals.
Mikhail Powell
Very detailed and easy to follow. Thorough exercises
Richard Mwiinga
The course on Business Valuation is really good and has given me great tools for business evaluation of any kind. I am on my way to becoming a world class financial analyst.
Batbileg Gansukh
Best course in the World. Thank you CFI Education team for supporting us to become World-Class Financial Analyst.
Hendra Rakhmawan
Highly recommended to improve understanding and skills to conduct valuation based on Relative Valuation (comparable and precedent) and Intrinsic Value (using DCF)... the course itself is detailed and structured, including how to present the result nicely.
rolando carmona
The course is very well arranged, I found all the topics that I expected and then some. Even though I have previous knowledge on business valuation, the course me an excellent overview of how the different concepts work, plus it clarified some concepts that I didn't understand properly. Videos are very well arranged, are short enough so as not to become too detailed. The level of detail was just adequate and the speed of concept presentation allowed to follow , but requires total concentration. Great usability, easy to navigate through.
Give nice comprehensive and easy to learn module
Mahmoud Gad Elsaid Abdelhafez
Course is Very Good , I hope from any one to take it
every finance guy should attempt it
Jief Jephthe Dorinvil
I had fun going through all the videos and materials of this course. The Teachers clearly explained every subjects and every points. Examples and practice exercises were well presented and structured to make participants better apprehend lesseons learned in the course.
Cowden John Mphande
Was very good, understandable even for a none finance person
Never know before the Valuation of Modeling & with this course I now can go further in my career. All those calculation is now on my finger-tips. Thank you to the instructors and Business Valuation Modeling course.
Juan Diego Forero
Great course
Coromoto Raidi
I really liked this course. I feel that it was very enriching and helped me to understand many of the calculations I make in my work and, of course, it will help me in the future for the next challenges I have. I highly recommend it.
Lovingtone Mulika
I am progressively becoming more aware of the power of this course and its practicability with regard to my future career endeavors. I look forward to the next till the last course hereon. I liked the previous student course interface more though. I don't know what other students feel about the current one but all is well when it comes to the content.
The course is informative, educative and practical
Moses Kargbo
The business valuation modelling course was detailed and addressed critical areas of knowledge. It has strengthened my ability to perform business valuations using various methods. Thank you.
Abdellatif A. E. Ibrahim
Thank you for the outstanding presentation.
Ntombikayise Cleopatra Mashimbye
Very interesting and informative course.
Tobore Atenaga
The course was highly detailed and informative.
Vinodh Kumar Soundararajan
Excellent Narrative! They made very easy to follow and understand even the most complex areas. A big thank you!
Mohamed Radi Mansour
it was amazing course with multiple aspects for better understanding of concepts and truly comprehensive considering Calculations, concluding, summarizing and graphing it.
Gabriel Oppong Kyekyeku Acheampong
Everything about this course is on point. the lectures are well explained and easy to understand. the added course materials and demonstrations are really really good, excellent actually.
Ko Barclay
I used this course for brushing up on my knowledge, the presentations are great with all the relevant topics covered.
I Wayan Subagia
No Need to review. Easy to learn.As long we try and see the video and do exercise. I am very sorry to make a mistake in give a comment (comment 1 and comment 2). Actually all are excellence.
Raul Fernandez Jr
The course details could have been more in detail in relation the to the questions.
Richard Alfonso Ojeda Cerna
It's okay to start, but there must be more complex cases or real cases
Arthur Chari
Thank you CFI team. I have done finance before but the depth of your material has made me realise the need to continually learn. I am very humbled!
Víctor Hugo Fernández Ramírez
Very important tool for finance jobs
Marco Pelser
This course was a first for me. It was amazing. As with anything in life the value you get from things depend on how far you go to take initiative and learn the details thoroughly. I believe the instructors at CFI have definitely given as exhaustive a set of explanations as anyone could hope for. This has certainly been challenging and enjoyable. Thank you!
Zahid Sameer
This course made something complex, so simple and easy. The step by step instructions and thorough theory material teaches us how to value businesses properly and gives us the guidelines on how to perform them under any scenario.
Idriss Malike Ngari Ontsilambissa
Simply incredible... CFI you are the best. 5 stars.
Delbert Adivnovak
This is extremely helpful and very beneficial! Amazing work with the explanations, comparisons, definitions, and models!
Thanks you the course was nice
Caden Jackson
It's Legit!
Jacob Pertuset
I am currently in San Francisco, working with startups doing accounting etc. These contract roles are few and far between at times. I think this knowledge would be a game-changer for me!
Kaushik Agarwal
The course is well detailed though it tends to get repetitive at times. The instructor did rush through Module 3 very fast and the learning time allotted to it was way too little, with the focus in this module more on learning rather than full and proper explanation. The last module did demand some prior knowledge which was not mentioned in the pre-requisites.
Teka Derick Tikum
Excellent valuation techniques. I don't regret going through this course to discover the in-depth practicality on how to value Companies. Thanks for this course.
Richard Hastings
Otherwise tricky concepts communicated in a very simple and easy to understand (but highly effective) way.
Rajat Kumar
This course provides a good overview of comps and precedents, how to pick relevant ones and how to adjust them for growth, margins etc. Easy to follow and very well explained, thank you!

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