Financial Analysis & Valuation™

at Columbia Business School - Morningside Heights

Course Details
$6,550 3 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Dec 07, 8:30am - Dec 09, 5:30pm Eastern Time (3 sessions)

Morningside Heights, Manhattan
3022 Broadway Uris Hall
Btwn W 116th & W 120th Streets
New York, New York 10027
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Class Level: Advanced
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 25
Teacher: Doron Nissim

What you'll learn in this financial analyst training:

Creating value is the central task for any executive. To generate value, managers need to be able to assess the financial impact of their decisions, which in turn requires an understanding of financial analysis techniques and valuation methods. Financial Analysis and Valuation for Strategic Decision Making will help you evaluate the financial consequences of business decisions and how to value companies, businesses, and projects.

Please note that this program requires a basic understanding of the following:
  • Financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement
  • How accrual accounting differ from cash accounting, including revenue recognition (realization principle), expense recognition (matching principle), and asset and liability measurement (historical cost, selective fair value)
  • Time value of money and present value calculations
These concepts, above, are covered in Columbia Business School Executive Education program Finance and Accounting for the Non-financial Executive. Participants will receive pre-course material that covers these concepts.

By completing Financial Analysis and Valuation for Strategic Decision Making, you will gain an understanding of financial statement analysis, corporate finance, and valuation methods. You will learn how to use tools to evaluate the financial consequences of various operating, investing, and financing decisions. Specifically, you will be able to:
  • See how business decisions and activities are reflected in financial statements
  • Reformulate the financial statements to facilitate an informative analysis
  • Analyze the reformulated financial statements
  • Develop cash flow forecasts and pro forma financial statements
  • Estimate the cost of capital
  • Value companies, businesses, and investment projects
  • Assess the value of mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances
  • Understand how various strategic, operating and financing decisions and activities affect value
  • Conduct scenario and sensitivity analyses
  • Evaluate and manage business risks
Upon completion of this program, you will earn three days towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits.

This three-day program is comprised of class lectures in which concepts will be developed and explained, with an emphasis on implementation. Participants will receive an excel workbook containing a valuation model and various financial analysis tools and use it to solve real-world exercises. The class notes, excel workbook and, most importantly, knowledge acquired in the program will provide participants with the tool kit needed for conducting financial analysis and valuation.

During this program, participants will explore the following topics:
1) Basics of fundamental valuation
  • The value of any investment or asset (e.g., project, business, company, stock, bond) is the present value of the net cash flow that the asset is expected to generate or save
2) The discounted cash flow (DCF) model for equity valuation
  • Deriving the model
  • Defining and measuring free cash flow
  • Forecasting free cash flow
  • Estimating WACC
  • Terminal value
  • From DCF value to value per share
  • Scenario and sensitivity analyses
3) Relative valuation models
  • Price multiples
  • Conditional price multiples
4) Implementing the framework
  • Valuing companies, businesses, and investment projects
  • Assessing the value of mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances
  • Analyzing the value implications of various strategic, operating and financing decisions
Participant Profile
This course is designed for upper- and senior-level executives and other professionals interested in deepening their knowledge of financial analysis and valuation.

This is not an “entry level” program, so participants should have a basic understanding of financial analysis, including financial statements, balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and accounting.

This program is ideal for executives in non-finance roles or in such departments as strategic planning, marketing, operations, product development, consulting, and sales who need a higher level of proficiency in understanding, evaluating, and making decisions based on the financial standing of their business unit, business, or organization.

It is also ideal for financial executives, financial analysts and portfolio managers.

Admissions Qualifications
Successful candidates should have managerial experience and responsibilities matching a program’s “Who Should Attend” or “Participant Profile” description. All registrations are subject to approval by Columbia Business School.

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Refund Policy
Notification of withdrawal must be sent in writing to CourseHorse. Full refunds can be obtained up to 30 days before the program start date. Due to the costs incurred for program preparation and administration, any cancellations or requests for transfers or deferrals received 30 days or less from the program start are subject to penalty fees as described below. 
  • More than 30 days notice: 0% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
  • 14 to 30 days notice: 30% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
  • Less than 14 days notice: 50% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
Columbia Executive Education, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit enrollments regardless of acceptance status. Individuals who have paid tuition but who are deemed ineligible to participate due to such enrollment limitations will receive a refund.

Requests must be submitted in advance to Columbia Business School Executive Education and will be reviewed on an individual basis, based on participant qualifications and lead time needed for any program pre-work.

Transfers: Transfer requests must be submitted to Columbia Business School Executive Education and must indicate the new dates and/or new program the participant wishes to attend. Transfers are valid only within one year of the original program start date.

Refunds: Any remaining balance of a cancelled program's payment can be applied to another Columbia Business School Executive Education program within one year of the program date. After one year, the balance is nonrefundable.

Full tuition is nonrefundable under these conditions:
  • The registrant or substitute does not enroll in another program within one year of the original start date, and/or
  • The registrant or substitute defers or transfers more than two times.


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8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Doron Nissim 3 $6,550
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Dec 08 8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Doron Nissim
Wed, Dec 09 8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Doron Nissim

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