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The financial planning process is an ongoing function that, when corporations do not give enough attention to, causes several surprises in operations, funding and shareholder value. Having proper forecasts prepares management and shareholders for exploring potential growth and required investments, and ensuring that the business creates value for shareholders in the long run.

The course starts by explaining the need for financial planning and forecasting in today’s business environment, and how to differentiate between good forecasts and bad ones. The course also explains how financial planning is dependent in essence on historical performance and perceived future prospects of the business, the industry and in a wider range, the economy.

The course discusses detailed concepts for forecasting financial statements, starting with revenues and associated direct and indirect cost, the required investments in CAPEX or working capital to achieve the operational targets, and identifying any funding gaps and determining the best funding options. At the end of the course we discuss possible payouts to shareholders, or reinvesting the profits in the business again.

The course also discusses preparing different scenarios for each variable in order to assess the different interactions among them. At the end, the course discusses techniques to explain whether or not the business is doing well in the long run.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how to prepare a proper financial plan.
  • Recognize the different effects of changes in variables on the business.
  • Explore how to calculate the external funding needed for the business.
  • Identify key concepts to evaluate the performance of the business.
  • Recognize how to compare the results of the forecasts with management's & shareholder's expectations
Last updated/reviewed: May 14, 2018

2 Reviews (13 ratings)Reviews

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Member's Profile
Very detailed for 1 CPE Audio quality had many pops and drops - needs a better mic or post-production.
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Anonymous Author
good course

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. 

 

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact:
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Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  4:41Introduction to Financial Planning & Forecasts
  2:09Where to Start & Desired Outcome
Projections
  4:22Revenue Projections
  5:34OPEX Projections
Planning and Analysis
  2:22Fixed Assets Planning
  6:52Working Capital Planning, Non-operating items, Provisions
  3:35Existing Debt and Shareholders' Equity
CONCLUSION
  7:38Funding Gap & Sensitivity Analysis
Continuous Play
  36:52Finanical Planning and Forecasts Full Video
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Financial Planning & the Forecasts
  PDFFinancial Planning & the Forecasts Glossary/Index
REVIEW and TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM