Financial Strategy: Essential Finance Management Skills

ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

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Who should attend

  • Finance Executive and financial professionals involved in the development and delivery of financial strategy.
  • Junior Executives and financial professionals seeking career advancement and development.
  • Senior and experienced professionals and finance professionals seeking either CPD or a valuable and stimulating “refresher”

About the course

This seminar provides an understanding of the essential fundamentals of corporate finance, financial strategy and financial management. Contemporary practical examples are presented together with the theoretical principles to make the theory come to life. The overriding objective of this seminar is to present a number of integrated and powerful principles to help develop analytical skills and the decision-making capacity of the participants.

It will enable you to:

  • Appreciate the importance of using the appropriate financial strategy to create shareholder value above market expectations
  • Consider how corporate behavior impacts on achievement of corporate objectives, and the importance of corporate governance
  • Understand financial strategy relating to stages of corporate development and capital structure
  • Use and evaluate the various techniques of capital investment appraisal
  • Effectively manage cash and working capital to reduce costs and improve cash flow

## Course Objectives

At the end of this seminar delegates will be able to:

  • Use and evaluate the various techniques of capital investment appraisal
  • Develop appropriate financial strategies
  • Relate financial strategy to business strategy
  • Effectively manage cash and working capital to reduce costs and improve cash flow

## Course Outline

Financial Strategy and Corporate Behavior

  • Corporate Objectives and Financial Strategy
  • Financial Statements – Analysis and interpretation (Part 1)
  • Risk and Company Financing
  • Cost of Equity and Debt Capital
  • Agency Theory
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Statements regulatory

Financial Strategy and Stages of Corporate Development

  • Financial analysis – Analysis and interpretation (Part 2)
  • Strategic Development – Analytical Techniques
  • Du Pont Analysis
  • The Business Life Cycle
  • Capital Structure and Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)
  • Dividend Policy
  • Cash & Working Capital
  • Working capital ratios
  • Z scores & Credit Ratings

Costs & Value Management

  • Cost and Value
  • Cost Analysis and control
  • Strategic approaches to cost reduction and cost management
  • Cost Structure and breakeven
  • New theories and practice in cost analysis. control and management
  • Value management
  • Value based pricing
  • The Value chain
  • Financial strategy and integrated cost / value analysis

Budgeting, Planning and Business Strategy

  • Strategy models
  • Business Strategy related to financial strategy
  • Planning and budgeting models
  • Linking budgets to business and financial strategy
  • Build Managing
  • Delegating budgets effectively
  • Beyond Budgeting

Capital Investment Decisions

  • Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)
  • Evaluating Capital Investment Projects
  • Comparison of Alternative Methods of Investment Appraisal
  • Capital Budgeting

Restructuring, Reorganizations, Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Reasons and Justifications for Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Share Valuation Models and Financing Acquisitions
  • Financial Strategy in Acquisitions and Takeover Bid Defenses
  • Business Restructuring and Reorganizations

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