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Who should attend the course?

  • New hires who have joined the firm late and missed the in-house program
  • Individuals looking to fill a knowledge gap
  • Experienced bankers looking to refresh their technical skills
  • Teams employed in financial strategy roles from non-banking corporations
  • Graduates preparing to interview for a role in the finance sector
  • Students at business school and looking for a career in finance

Course details

Building a Financial Model from Scratch

Delegates start with an Excel worksheet with two years of historicals of the main case company pre-inputted. The financial statements of the case company are then analyzed, and the latest historical data is cleaned and prepared for the forecasting process. Ratios are calculated and assumptions for each line item in the financial statements are created. The full forecast model is then built. The forecasting techniques for several different items are examined separately, using dedicated Excel files, before being adapted for the case company.


Learning outcomes

  • Identifying relevant information in the company’s financial statements, management discussion, analysis and notes
  • Adjusting historical performance for acquisitions and divestitures
  • Analyzing and making reasonable projections for a company’s operating costs, non-recurring items, other income and expenses
  • Creating assumptions and forecasting balance sheet accounts
  • Revenues and costs
  • Fixed assets - capital expenditure and depreciation
  • Intangible assets
  • Operating working capital
  • Provisions
  • Effective tax rate, taxes payable and the various deferred tax items
  • Debt schedule
  • Equity and share repurchases
  • Building a cash flow statement from scratch
  • Documentation techniques and ratio analysis
  • Integrity checking
"I attended AMT's financial modeling courses and they helped bring me up to speed with a few new techniques and tricks. I've certainly strengthened my financial skills feel that I can make a real difference in my team." ~ research analyst, management consultancy

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Course materials

While this is a face to face training course, a blended learning approach is taken and delegates will be provided with access to AMT Online. Our study materials contain both the knowledge and practice materials required to assist with the learning process and help you in your job role. Course materials include:


  • printed course binder with copy of the slides
  • laminated summary sheets
  • 24/7 access to DELTA online learning environment
  • class recordings
  • course notes
  • quizzes
  • electronic homework/study files

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