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Financial analysis for non-financial staff Training

Hands-on course
Duration : 2 days
Ref : BFI
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Reading a balance sheet, gauging a company by its profit and loss account and assessing their correlation. Assessing the performance (gross margin, operating profit, etc.), analyzing its solvency and its strategy. Producing an analysis of the assets and of the capacity for self-financing.


Researching information

  • Understanding the accounts of a company and knowing how to read a balance sheet: equity, solvency, etc.
  • Critique and limitations of the balance sheet.

Hands-on work
Presentation, schematic and analytic reading of a closing balance sheet.

Understanding the company’s business activities through the profit and loss account

  • Understanding its level of output.
  • What was its consumption.
  • Making the connection between the balance sheet and the profit and loss account.
  • Critique and limitations of the profit and loss account.

Hands-on work
Reading a closing balance sheet. General presentation of the profit and loss account, interpretation of the various results.

Introduction to financial analysis

  • What is the purpose of a financial analysis?
  • The value of the financial analysis.

Assessing profitability and financial strength

  • The profit and loss account and the intermediate management balances.
  • Some company performance indicators.
  • Interpreting the various balances in the profit and loss account: gross margin, value added, operating profit/loss.
  • Analyzing and interpreting ordinary, extraordinary and net profit/loss: how did the profit or loss arise?
  • Analysis of profitability.
  • The capacity for self-financing.
  • The principal key ratios which allow the strengths and weaknesses of the company to be identified quickly.

Hands-on work
Training in financial analysis: analysis of the profit and loss account and profitability.

Analyzing financial health through the balance sheet

  • Financing the company’s needs: equity, borrowed capital, capital financing.
  • Operating cycles: to what extent can the company pay its debts in the short term?
  • The principal key ratios: solvency, optimization of the WCR and measurement of liquidity.

Hands-on work
Analysis of the balance sheet. Role-playing. Exercise in restatements and reclassifications.

Understanding the financial strategy

  • Dynamic analysis of the cash reserves.
  • Cash flow statement. Financing table.
  • The financial levers.
  • The advantages of each source of financing.

Valuing the company

  • The valuation of the company.
  • Examples of approaches to the valuation: asset-backed approach, cash-flow method.

Hands-on work
Financial analysis of a company.

Participants / Prerequisite

» Participants

Tout public

» Prerequisite

No particular knowledge.

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Time schedule

Generally, courses take place from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30.
However, on the first day attendees are welcomed from 8:45, and there is a presentation of the session between 9:15 and 9:30.
The course itself begins at 9:30. For the 4- or 5-day hands-on courses, the sessions finish at 15:30 on the last day
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