A case study approach
Case studies are a core element of our course and will be used throughout.
Review key ratios used to judge operating performance, impact of industry and competitive factors on key ratios, impact of how strategic decisions impact ratios and Du Pont analysis. Effectively use these time-tested tools to summarize, compare and gain insights from financial information.
Identify sources for comparative data for benchmarking.
Forecast and model
Create effective forecasts for financial statements, and model the financial implications of policy changes.
Cost of capital
Develop estimates of the firm’s cost of capital.
Adjustments to the statements
Adjust financial statements to develop better measures of operating earnings and operating assets.
Quality of earnings
Assess the quality of earnings, detect earnings management and make necessary adjustments to the financial statements to improve your analysis.
Learn methods used for calculating the equity value of the firm.
Use market multiples as alternatives to estimating equity value.
Model the impact of operational changes to shareholder value and economic value added (EVA).
Examine the interaction of growth and cash flow needs, use various techniques of cash flow analysis and assess your management of working capital.
Use financial information to gain insights into credit analysis and how loan decisions are made.