Demystifying Company Accounts and Valuations - Module Two

This two-day course provides the foundation knowledge needed to understand a set of accounts and be able to answer questions from analysts, investors and the financial press.

Module One will clearly explain accounting jargon, together with the relevance and limitations of financial statements. You will learn how to identify which key numbers are important in communicating your company’s story and the issues that need explaining.

Module Two will help you to understand in more depth how financial analysts and investors look at companies. It is not necessary to have a financial background to take Module Two, but you should have completed Module One or have an equivalent understanding of basic accounting concepts.

What will I gain?

By attending this course, you will gain

  • Foundation knowledge in understanding a set of company accounts
  • Fluency in financial jargon
  • A clear understanding of the relevance and limitations of financial statements
  • An understanding of the key principles behind most commonly used valuation methods
  • A grasp of the fundamentals of the discounted cash flow valuation model and key sensitivities
  • An awareness of risk and return parameters and non-financial considerations impacting investment decision-making

Who should attend?

  • CIR candidates
  • IROs with no formal accountancy training, yet have a basic understanding
  • Those wanting to understand in more depth how financial analysts and investors assess companies 

When and where is this course running?

The course dates shown on the right hand side are Module 1 dates. It is expected that you should attend both modules of the class.

In-Person, City of London

  • Module 1: Tuesday 20 August 2024
  • Module 2: Wednesday 21 August 2024

"Excellent, jargon free teaching with plenty of time for examples and discussion. Very grounded in the real world of IR / accounting."

"Excellent course - I now have a much fuller understanding of accounts and valuations. Very helpful."

"Really enjoyed the structure of the course. Concise but very informative. Great use of real life examples which made complicated topics easier to understand such as the different ratios used."

Course tutor: Deborah Morton-Dare

Deborah specialises in financial training for all levels from beginners to advanced. She presents a comprehensive range of courses to a diverse range of corporate clients and financial institutions and specialises in making complex technical subjects comprehensible. 

Deborah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young and then worked in Corporate Finance gaining wide ranging experience in a variety of corporate and financial institutions. She then worked as a financial consultant to companies assisting them in raising finance and structuring.


Module One

  • Introduction
  • The Accounting Foundations - what is financial information?
  • The components of a balance sheet
  • The components of a Profit and Loss Account
  • Cashflow statements

Module Two

  • Introduction
  • Fundamental concept of discounted cash flow
  • Risk vs return
  • Business strategy
  • Introduction to valuation methods
  • Conclusion: What really matters
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Course level

Core courses

Course dates

21 August 2024
9.30am to 4.30pm

  • IR Society members (£1,240 + VAT, Module One and Module Two)
  • IR Society members (£620 + VAT, Module Two only)
  • IR Society Premium members (course allowance included in membership package, one licence per Module)
  • Non-members (£1,720 + VAT, Module One and Module Two)
  • Non-members (£860 + VAT, Module Two only)
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Discounts for multiple bookings
We offer a 10% discount on course fees when booking two professional development courses, and 20% when you book three or more.