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State Library of Queensland - Heritage Collections Learning Room

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South Brisbane, QLD 4101


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Corporate Finance for Non-Finance Professionals

Corporate Finance for Non-Finance Professionals is an intensive 2-day course designed to provide you with a strong foundation into the world of corporate finance. This class is for those that want to understand how corporations maximize value for their shareholders through capital budgeting and allocation, and capital structure. You will learn how to determine the value of companies and projects, as well as learn how to estimate risk. By the end of this course, you will understand how firms source funds, how company’s return value to its stakeholders, and how capital structure and budgeting shape the company. We will also explore real options as a means for evaluating projects.

What will you learn?

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of equity and debt financing.
  • Understand how capital structure, or the amount of debt impacts upon the firm’s value and stability.
  • Apply Project Evaluation Criterion such as NPV, IRR, and Payback Periods to inform business decisions.
  • Apply the real option concept to evaluate projects.
  • Analyse a company’s financial and annual report.
  • Understand how a firm’s overall cost of capital is calculated.
  • Understand how consultants estimate a firm’s cost of equity.
  • Understand the motivations behind new share issuances, and dividend policy.
  • Understand how DCF and Multiples Valuation Methods can be manipulated, and the importance of clear assumptions.

What do you get at the workshop?

  • Morning Tea and Lunch is provided for both days.
  • Printed Course Workbook: this contains all the course materials and exercises that we will be covering through-out the course.
  • USB: all excel files, solutions, and templates for this course will be supplied to you on a USB.
  • Certificate of Competition: certificate to recognise your completion of the course, and as a record of your continuing professional development.
  • Access to Online Course: you will be given free access to our online course on project evaluation. This video course provides additional exercises and lectures for those that want to further refine their skills and knowledge.

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone interested in learning the basics of valuations, and what factors drive this valuation.
  • Anyone that wants to learn practical and highly applicable Microsoft Excel Skills.
  • Professionals that want to learn core finance concepts and quickly apply it.
  • Professionals interested in learning how to apply DCF models
  • Professionals interested in learning how to apply Project Evaluation tools
  • Professionals that want to learn how risk, timing, and the magnitude of cash flows impacts upon valuations

What to bring on the day:

  • All course materials will be provided. An open mind, and hunger to learn is all that is required.

Course Outline and Lesson Plan

Lesson 1: Sources of Capital

  • Equity Financing
  • Debt Financing
  • Convertible Debt
  • Case Study: Which Is Right For My Firm?

Lesson 2: Capital Structure

  • Weighted Average Cost Of Capital (WACC)
  • Cost Of Equity & Beta
  • Debt, Leverage, And WACC

Lesson 3: The Power of Leverage

  • Brief Overview Of Historical Returns
  • Impact Of Leverage On Equity Holder’s Wealth

Lesson 4: Calculating and Evaluating Cash Flows

  • Income Statements
  • Constructing A Pro-Forma Income Statement
  • Understanding Cash Flows

Lesson 5: Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Method

  • Calculating Free Cash Flows
  • Free Cash Flow To Equity
  • Free Cash Flow To The Firm
  • DCF Case Study

Lesson 6: Estimating Equity Risk for Private Firms

  • Identifying Peer Firms
  • Un-Levering Beta
  • Re-Levering Beta With Target Capital Structure
  • Underlying Assumptions

Lesson 7: Multiples Method

  • Identifying Comparable
  • EBITDA And EBIT Ratios
  • Multiples Example

Lesson 8: Understanding Financial Statements

  • Brief Overview Of Financial Ratios
  • Purpose Of Different Financial Statements
  • Purpose Of Common Size Statements

Lesson 9: Case Study - Understanding Financial Statement

  • Identify, Analyse, And Discuss The Financial Statements Of Existing Public Companies.

Lesson 10: Quantifying the huge valuation of Start-ups

  • The Main Assumption Of Million Dollar Start-Ups
  • Calculating Terminal Value

Other Details:

If you have any questions about the course, or would like to know if the course is right for you, feel free to contact us at info@perpetualcognition.com

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