Financial modelling

This intensive one-day course will help delegates build financial models through a range of practical model-building exercises. It will assist in the understanding of valuations and will review the most common methodologies used by the market. As an IR practitioner, you will have come across financial statements in the course of your work, although not necessarily on a day-to-day working basis. This practical, interactive course, runs in a workshop-style format, using Excel, so delegates will be expected to have access to a laptop rather than a tablet or handheld device during the course. Delegates are also expected to have an understanding of valuation techniques.

Please note, this course usually runs once per year.

What will I gain?

  • The ability to review an integrated set of P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow forecasts

  • Knowledge of key forecast metrics such as: EBITDA, EBIT, EPS etc.

  • An understanding of the value of financial ratios to evaluate business performance

  • An overview of valuation methodologies, including DCF

"I enjoyed the course and found it to be a useful overview. The main challenge is that it's a topic with so much to cover but some useful practical elements were covered in one day."

"The course was engaging and useful, pitched at the right level. An excellent tutor too, and the exercises and materials provided were great - both to guide the course itself, keeping it practical and also for future reference."

"Good session. Very well presented and exercises are very to the point and helpful."

Course tutor: James Gilpin

James has been a financial trainer for over 10 years with extensive investment banking and financial training experience. He provides training to graduates and banking professionals in the areas of accounting, corporate finance, capital markets, derivatives, valuation, M&A and financial modelling

After graduating from Cambridge University, James began his career with Arthur Andersen. He later joined HSBC Investment Bank and worked in the Corporate Finance and Advisory Division, assisting in origination and execution of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate finance transactions. Following HSBC, James joined Merill Lynch International. Here he worked in the Investment Banking Division on such matters as takeovers, equity and debt issues, capital structure analysis and corporate risk management.


  • Financial Modelling House Keeping
  • The model starting point: An integrated set of P&L, Balance Sheet & Cash Flow forecasts
  • Analysis of Business Performance
  • An overview of valuation methodologies: Absolute & Relative approaches to valuation
  • Discounted Cash Flow
  • Relative Valuation approaches
  • Putting it all together: A case study

(Attendees will receive an information pack in advance containing the basic model to be used for the course, including historic P&L, Cash Flow and Balance Sheet statements).

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Course level

Specialist courses



CPD points


Course dates

7 December 2022
9.00am to 4.30pm

  • IR Society members (£605 + VAT)
  • IR Society Premium members (course allowance included in membership package)
  • Non-members (£769 + VAT)
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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.

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