Financial Analysis Fundamentals

[Level 1] Use ratios from financial statements to produce financial analysis | taught by Lisa Dorian
  • 90 Videos
  • 12 Quizzes
  • 4 Multimedia
  • 4 Downloads
  • 4.0 hrs

Course Curriculum

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Course description

This four module course demonstrates how you can perform a financial analysis on any organization using a wide variety ratios derived from its financial statements.


Part 1 - Vertical and horizontal income statement analysis
In this module, we work through the various components of the income statement and explain how best to analyze it. Using real-life case studies, you will learn how to perform robust vertical and horizontal income statement analysis using various performance ratios. You will also learn how to approach benchmarking income statement performance against an appropriate peer group. By the end of this module, you will be able to undertake a comprehensive financial analysis of any income statement.

  • Review the various components of the income statement
  • Conduct a comprehensive vertical and horizontal analysis of the income statement
  • Benchmark income statement performance against an appropriate peer group

Part 2 - Balance sheet and leverage ratios
In this second module, you will analyze the balance sheet to determine the operational efficiency of a company. Key ratios taken from the balance sheet and its implications on a company's cash flow are thoroughly explained in this segment. Illustrated using a technology and a retail company, we will show you how to conduct a comprehensive analysis using efficiency ratios to determine how efficiently a company is generating revenue. Exercises are provided to help apply proper benchmarking techniques and determine how a company is performing compared to its 5-year history and the industry as a whole. By the end of this course, you will be able to examine the overall financial condition and performance of a company more efficiently and effectively using the ratios and research methods demonstrated in this module

  • Breakdown and define each component of the balance sheet
  • Explain overall efficiency ratios: Total asset turnover and net asset turnover ratio
  • Explain Working capital efficiency ratios: Inventory efficiency, accounts receivable efficiency, and accounts payable efficiency ratios
  • Determine how to reduce the working capital funding gap to improve operational efficiencies
  • Undertake trend analysis to determine the overall financial performance of a company and forecast future performance.

Part 3 - Cash flow statement and ratios
In this third module, you will analyze the cash flow statement to better understand the inflows and outflows of cash throughout the year. Using different financial ratios taken from the balance sheet, we will help you assess the solvency and leverage of a business. In the end, we will examine different funding options for an organization looking to both operate efficiently and grow. The cash flow statement, and different components that make up this statement, will be explained thoroughly to help you assess the financial situation of an organization. By using examples drawn from a technology and retail company, you will understand how different ratios can be used to properly assess the operation of an organization from a cash management stand point. By the end of this course, you will be able to analyze how management is raising and using funds by reviewing the cash flow statement of the business. But more importantly, you will be able to understand how debt and equity interact with leverage, and how different levels of leverage can affect a company.

  • Breakdown and understand each component of the cash flow statement
  • Understand different types of debt financing tools (e.g. bonds, syndicated loans, and leasing), equity (e.g. common shares and preferred shares), and leverage ratios (e.g. debt to tangible net worth, and total assets to equity.)
  • Use real-life cash flow statements to assess the operations of a company

Part 4 - Rates of return and profitability analysis
In this module, you will combine everything learned in previous modules to unlock the drivers of financial performance. This module guides you through the pyramid of ratios, demonstrating how you can use the pyramid to uncover the profitability, efficiency, and leverage drivers for any organization. By the end of this course, you will understand how to effectively use the pyramid of ratios to analyze any organization. This module includes a hands-on case study and an Excel spreadsheet template that can be used to generate individual ratios and a pyramid of ratios from any set of financial statements.

  • Unlock the drivers of the return on equity ratio
  • Analyze the profitability, efficiency, and leverage ratios that make up the pyramid of ratios
  • Understand the links between the pyramid’s primary, secondary, and tertiary ratios
  • Construct a pyramid of ratios using a set of published financial statements and perform a complete financial analysis.
  • Return on Equity (ROE) and Dupont analysis

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Instructor

Lisa Dorian
Lisa Dorian
Head Instructor, Managing Director, MDA Training

Lisa is Managing Director at MDA Training and head of the global accounting learning practice. Lisa has designed and delivered courses in financial accounting and analysis, risk and controls, capital investment appraisal, budgeting and financial management to a wide range of organizations including Huntsman Chemicals, Zurich Insurance, Deutsche Bank, ATB Financial, BC Ferries and ICBC as well as for the Chartered Professional Accountants across Western Canada and Bermuda.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba, and then moved on to become a Chartered Accountant. She is also have a U.S. Certified Public Accountant designation. In addition to her professional designations, she is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Risk Management Assurance professional and accredited by the Institute of Internal Auditors to conduct quality assessments/validations.

Specialties: Enterprise risk management framework implementations; Workshop facilitation and corporate training in the areas of business and finance strategy, risk management and governance.

Reviews (9)

Financial Analysis Fundamentals

by Bienvenido Jesus B. Castro Jr., CPA
The course has further refined and broaden my knowledge and understanding, the pyramid of ratios was explained very well and an excellent tool in analyzing a financial performance

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by Richard Hastings
Have done financial analysis before, but this included quite a few things that I had not come across before. In particular: the 'pyramid approach', which is a good way of looking at what makes up the key drivers of ROE.

Really useful!

by Barbara Alvarez
Helped me understand financial ratios, how to calculate them, and when/where to use them.

financial analysis course review

by Cara Nowen
really good review of all the key ratios for income statement, balance sheet, etc. thanks!
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Financial Analysis Fundamentals

by Bienvenido Jesus B. Castro Jr., CPA
The course has further refined and broaden my knowledge and understanding, the pyramid of ratios was explained very well and an excellent tool in analyzing a financial performance

by Ekaterina Shilova

:)

by Richard Hastings
Have done financial analysis before, but this included quite a few things that I had not come across before. In particular: the 'pyramid approach', which is a good way of looking at what makes up the key drivers of ROE.

by Aarav Singh

Really useful!

by Barbara Alvarez
Helped me understand financial ratios, how to calculate them, and when/where to use them.

by barbara arnold

financial analysis course review

by Cara Nowen
really good review of all the key ratios for income statement, balance sheet, etc. thanks!

by Rustom Rupand

by Tim Vipond