Certified Financial Management Professional

LEORON Professional Development Institute
Training overview
Professional Course
Virtual Classroom
2 days

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Course description

Certified Financial Management Professional

This program focuses on the key concepts and techniques of strategic financial management, which has as its key aim the creation of corporate value over the long run. Financial management relies crucially on two principal activities which are extensively examined in the program: one is the investment decision, that is, putting productive assets on the balance sheet; and two, the financing decision, which is concerned with optimal capital structuring on the liability side, that is, the use of debt in relation to equity. This course is crucial for all financial managers who require a rigorous understanding of how corporate value creation is linked to the timing and riskiness of cash flows and the cost of capital. The participant will gain practical insight into the management of working capital, the performance of financial analysis, including an examination of the relevant metrics and value drivers in managing the business, as well as consideration of the sources of long-term financing to the firm. Attention is also given to financial distress and corporate restructuring issues as well as the development of strategic business plans. The course develops key skill competencies through the application of sound theoretical content within a practical, real-life inspired case-study based environment.

Who should attend?

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for

This course has been specifically designed for the benefit of:

  • CFOs
  • Financial managers
  • Financial controllers
  • Internal auditors
  • Strategic planners
  • Business analysts

Training content

Day 1

Morning Session

The Quality of Corporate Financial Information and Accounting Concepts

  • Overview of a typical structure of an annual report and its limitations
  • Financial accounting standards and audit opinions
  • The distinction between financial accounting and management accounting
  • Key components of financial statements
    • Balance sheet
    • Income statement
    • Cash flow statement

Afternoon Session

Working Capital and Liquidity Issues Components of working capital and calculations

  • The link between working capital and financial statements
  • Management interpretation of ratios as a performance tool
  • Peer group benchmarking and operational implications
  • Liquidity measurement / management and free cash flows
  • The use and abuse of EBITDA
  • Funding strategies – aggressive or a conservative approach

Day 2

Morning Session

A Review of Key Financial Ratios and their Analysis

  • Detailed examination of financial ratios linking financial statements and practical realities of the business
    • Profitability and return ratios
    • Short term solvency and liquidity ratios
    • Long term solvency and stability ratios
    • Information through comparison
  • DuPont Framework for Assessing Performance
    • Earnings and efficiency in earnings
    • Ability to turn assets into profit
    • Financial leverage
    • Finding the red flags
    • Benchmarking - tracking peer performance

Afternoon Session

Long Run (Strategic) Investment Decisions and Investment Analysis

  • Importance of long-term investment decisions
  • How can we be sure we are creating value?
  • The importance of management incentives and agency risks
    • Return on Investment
    • Return on Capital Employed
    • Residual Income measures
  • Developing a conceptual distinction between value creation and destruction
  • Techniques of screening projects and evaluating investment alternatives
  • Cash-based versus profit-based assessments -- strengths and weaknesses
  • How to determine free cash flows and how they are used
    • Free cash flow to equity and to all capital providers

Certification / Credits

Key Takeaways

  • An understanding of how the IFRS financial statements are put together and their limitations in business and investment analysis
  • A systematic approach of analyzing financial statements and ratio analysis for assessing business and investment opportunities
  • Effective use of investment appraisal screening and evaluation tools (payback/DCF/ IRR/ MIRR)
  • Broader understanding of current and traditional sources of long-term financing instruments
  • Greater insights into using effective advocacy documents to pitch your investment and business conclusions

Why choose Leoron?

LEORON has worked with some of the largest companies in the World - but importantly we care about the individual. Through our Customer Happiness Team we ensure that everyone who attends a LEORON course has the support before, during and after to ensure their training needs are met.

We offer the highest level of training delivery, whether that be in our live-virtual training or in-classroom sessions, with our expert instructors guiding you through everything so that you’re left feeling assured and confident to utilize your new knowledge going forward.

About Leoron

LEORON Professional Development Institute

LEORON is the fastest growing global training institute in the World, having evolved over the past 11 years into a dominant training institute that offers a comprehensive set of training and development solutions to both individuals and businesses. Our locations...

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