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

business valuation methods course

Business valuation course learning objectives:

  • 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

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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 9 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

Prep Courses

5 courses from beginner to intermediate level.


Core Courses

9 courses from beginner to intermediate level.


Elective Courses

Take 3 out of 9 courses at an advanced level.


Get Certified

Submit your FMVA®️ checklist and order your certificate.


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Get access to the Global Corporate Finance Society.


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 (12 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

Vinodh Kumar Soundararajan
Financial Risk Analyst
Excellent Narrative! They made very easy to follow and understand even the most complex areas. A big thank you!
Mohamed Radi Mansour
a very comprehensive course
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
Great presentations and examples
I used this course for brushing up on my knowledge, the presentations are great with all the relevant topics covered.
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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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FMVA® Financial Analyst Certification

Become a Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® by completing all required courses in accounting, finance, modeling, Excel, presentations, and strategy. From beginner to advanced courses you will have the complete training you need to become a world-class financial analyst.


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