Provided by: Plum Solutions

Financial Modelling in Excel Workshop

Business and Management Skills

This course is designed for business professionals who need to explore the practical usage of advanced excel functions in a financial model. By creating your own user-friendly financial model, you will learn to translate business concepts into a structured format to identify weaknesses and predict future performance.
Related Software Programs or Products: Excel
This is primarily ilt training
workshop / seminarThis is a workshop seminar
Course Level:intermediate
Duration:1 days
Training Presented in:English
Training Provided by Plum Solutions
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Financial Modelling in Excel Workshop Seminar Schedule

November, 2017
1st Nov   Saxon's Training Facility, Melbourne   [Register]
14th Nov   Saxon's Training Facility, Sydney   [Register]
February, 2018
20th Feb   Saxon's Training Facility, Melbourne   [Register]
March, 2018
6th Mar   Saxon's Training Facility, Sydney   [Register]
Financial Modelling in Excel Workshop
Learning Objectives
During the course, participants will create their own financial model to take away and use for future reference. You will learn how to design and create a user-friendly model which can then be used by anyone with limited knowledge of Excel.
You will learn how to:
Build a financial model from scratch, or modify and improve an inherited model
Select the most appropriate formula to achieve the desired outcome
Identify common errors in modelling & mitigate errors by building in error checks
Prevent incorrect use of your model by protecting worksheets
Validate data entry by setting data entry parameters
Develop manual scenario selection
Mitigate liability by providing assumptions
Gain an in-depth understanding of how to build a business case
Communicate the results of your model clearly and concisely
This course builds on students' existing knowledge of Excel tools and functions and incorporates these into a financial model.
Course Content
About Financial Modelling
What is Financial Modelling?
Definition of a financial model. Can all spreadsheets be called financial models?
Model Design
Designing and planning the layout of your model. Considering factors such as the purpose and audience of the model.
Skills needed for Financial Modelling
The technical, design, business and industry knowledge required for financial modelling
Best Practice in Financial Modelling
Overview of the six points of financial modelling best practice
Excel Tools
Excel Versions
Upgrading to Excel 2013 and technical differences between versions. Considerations when building a model for users of different versions.
Conditional Formatting
Creating an automatic variance alert. Using icon sets, colour scales and data bars to add visual interest to model outputs.
Hiding and Grouping
Keep your model tidy and easy to follow by hide unnecessary information or unused parts of the model whilst still following best practice guidelines
Dos and Don ts for Linking Between Files
Ways to improve model integrity and reduce errors between linked files
Financial Modelling Techniques
What Makes a Good Financial Model?
Attributes of a good model such as user-friendly and structural features
Strategies for Reducing Errors
Techniques to employ during the model building process to reduce the potential for formula or logic error
Building Error Checks
Creating in-built, self-balancing error checks and error alerts
Bullet-Proofing your Model
Using worksheet protection to prevent entry, and restricting data entries using data validations. Prevent misuse of your model by restricting incorrect inputs.
What-if Analysis with Goal Seek
Back-solve from a desired formula output to determine a model input using the goal seek Excel tool
Overview of Scenario Analysis Methods
Technical methods of creating scenario and sensitivity analysis in Excel
Essential Formulas
Cell Referencing & Named Ranges
Applying absolute and relative cell referencing and understanding its importance in Financial Modelling. Using named ranges for assumptions reference.
Logical Nested Functions
Using IF, OR and AND functions, and nesting these together to create simple but intelligent formulas for use within financial models
Aggregation Functions
Applying the COUNTIF and SUMIF functions to reports and data summaries
Using a VLOOKUP Function
Correctly building this much-loved and often over-used Excel function
Tiering Tables
Practical application of one of the more complex and widely used calculations in financial modelling, such as tax calculations and volume break discounting
Using the FORECAST / TREND Function
Hypothetically forecasting future data based on historical trends using simple regression analysis in Excel
Formula Selection
Which formula or tool is most appropriate in which modelling situation?
Building a Business Case
Case Study: Build an individual business case using a range of financial functions and tools utilising best practice financial modelling techniques
Calculating Staff costs
Modelling with consistent, nested formulas to calculate costs for employees with variable start and end dates, including compounding inflation
Forecasting customer numbers
Calculating customer acquisition numbers from the potential pool of customers with documented assumptions. Mitigate liability by including appropriate caveats and key assumptions.
Modelling market penetration in a business case
Using assumed takeup rates to model market penetration
Forecasting Product Profitability
Assess business case feasibility cashflow forecast
Project Evaluation
Evaluate project feasibility with IRR (Internal Rate of Return), NPV (Net Present Value) and the payback period
Analysing & Presenting your Model
Practical: Create a best, base and worst case scenario on your model. Select from the drop-down box and watch the results change
Scenarios and Sensitivity Analysis
Manual sensitivity analysis, creating drop-down switches for scenario selection. Adjusting inputs variables to impact outcomes.
Model Documentation
Summarising key assumptions, documentation and source referencing, Writing operation instructions
Presentation of Model Output
Summarising results and display of findings. Communicate the results of your model clearly and concisely whilst getting the key message across to the audience. Summarising model data into a presentation
About The Training Provider: Plum Solutions
Plum Solutions - Plum Solutions provides workshops and online courses in Financial Modelling & Analysis using Excel. Based in Sydney, Australia, Plum Solutions has been providing professional financial modelling solutions since 2004. The business is based on core principles of honesty, integrity, accuracy and professional conduct.
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