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Finance for Managers Programme

All too often, a manager's performance is measured by how effectively they oversee departmental budgets. To succeed as a non-financial manager, knowledge of basic financial principles and the budgeting process is critical. This course transforms financial and accounting concepts into decision-making tools you can use successfully every day. You learn to apply the fundamentals of finance to improve budget management, increase potential profits and assess the financial viability of projects. The aim of this two day workshop is to help managers to better understand financial based decision making. Managers at all levels are increasingly required to make decisions that require understanding of finance concepts and skills such as financial reporting and analysis, managing cash flow and working capital, evaluating investment proposals and cost/pricing models. The topics for this workshop have been chosen to provide participants with the essential tools, skills and knowledge that will allow them to make decisions based on the financial data they are receiving and also to understand the effect of their decisions on the financial outcomes of the business

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

This highly interactive and intensive training course provides attendees with the tools and techniques on analysing financial reporting and leveraging on this information to make informed decisions. Our format combines real-world practical case study examples, hypothetical scenarios, role-playing, group exercises and tutorial style presentations with a focus on collaborative and interactive learning

Who should attend?

This course is designed for, but not restricted for Human Resources and Personnel Management. Non-financial managers and anyone who wants to develop their knowledge of financial practices to improve their managerial skills. Business Leaders who would like develop financial skills that can be used in there management role would also benefit from this course

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

Day 1

Making sense of financial reports and statements

When used correctly financial statements enable the reader to tell the financial story of the business and to understand the financial outcomes resulting from the strategic choices made and the level of operational performance delivered. In this session we will look at how businesses report their financial performance. Key Issues and topics:

  • Understanding the message contained in financial statements
    • Balance sheet
    • Income statement
    • Statement of cash flows
  • Acknowledging the concepts and principles used in the preparation of financial statements
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Discussing how assets (including intangibles) are measured
  • Understanding the relationship between cash flow and profit creation
  • Identifying the complexities associated with asset, liability and equity measurement
  • Mastering financial terms

Practical Exercise: Examination of the financial statements of a listed company

Financial statement analysis

Managers are expected to understand a wide array of business performance and business stability measures. In this session we will examine measures commonly used in management and discuss their respective strengths and weaknesses. Key issues and topics:

  • Using financial data to evaluate business performance
    • Return on assets, return on equity, earnings per share
    • Using financial data to evaluate financial stability
  • Leverage, gearing, interest coverage

Practical Exercise: Using financial statement analysis to evaluate a listed company

Budgeting and financial forecasting

Cash flow problems are the ultimate cause of all business failures. Learn why profitability cannot guarantee survival and how businesses avoid liquidity traps through effective cash management. Key issues and topics:

  • Understanding why cash management is critical in an organisation
  • Identifying financial warning signals
  • Anticipating and avoiding budgeting pitfalls
  • Planning and implementing financial budgets
  • Preparing and managing cash flow forecasts
  • Reporting and managing budget variance

Practical Exercise: Developing, monitoring and evaluating a cash budget and variance report

Managing finance in difficult times

The current economic climate requires businesses to take a different view about how finance is managed.

In particular, cash management is critical. Key issues and topics:

  • How to ensure financial survival
  • The critical measures to focus on
  • How to build financial resilience in the business
  • Where to focus your attention to head off solvency problems

Day 2

Initiating a capital restructuring process from top-down to involve every

management level

The cost of a capital is one of the dominant concepts in modern-day financial management. Understanding the concept is essential to all managers and is fundamental to fully understanding concepts such as value based management and capital investment analysis. Key issues and topics:

  • Capital asset pricing model
    • Market risk premium
    • Cost of equity
    • Beta value
  • Weighted average cost of capital (WACC)
  • Profit vs value measures

Practical Exercise: Estimating the cost of capital for a listed business

A look at value-based performance measures

Value-based management is part of the new wave of management practice and understanding financial value and how it is measured is essential knowledge for managers. We will look at techniques for measuring economic value added and also market value added. Key issues and topics:

  • Economic Value Added (EVA)
  • Market Value Added (MVA)

Practical Exercise: Estimating EVA and MVA for a listed business

Capital Investment decisions

Managers of firms search for and are frequently faced with opportunities to invest in real assets. An explanation of how these opportunities should be assessed to maximise the value of the firm is the primary objective of this session. Key Issues and topics:

  • Payback period analysis
    • Discounted cash flow methods
    • Net present value
    • Internal rate of return
    • Making investment evaluation decisions on the basis of the NPV rule
  • Dealing with sunk costs
  • How to adjust for risk of projects
  • Sensitivity analysis
  •  Appropriate use of hurdle rates

Practical Exercise: Real-world examples will be used to demonstrate how businesses use capital investment evaluation techniques to assist in making value creating asset acquisition decisions.

Understanding the relationship between Cost, Price and Profit

Managers are often required to make decisions regarding pricing of products or services and also how to ensure resources are being applied to the best range of product/service offerings. In this session we learn how the technique of full costing assists managers in decision-making. Key issues and topics:

• Full costing model

• Strategy, cost and price relationships

• What to be aware of in cost-based decision making

• Using cost systems in making product range decisions

• Using cost systems in making product price decisions

• Costing models for the services sector

Practical Exercise: Costing systems utilised in a number of different organisations and industries will be examined in this session.

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Benefits to you

• Integrate financial concepts and policies into the management decision and budgeting process

• Evaluate the financial viability of projects and activities through income statements and balance sheets

• Employ cash flow to analyse business status

• Calculate the cost of business activities

• Control business operations through effective budget management

• Communicate effectively with financial executives and staff

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Duration of Course

2 days Day Course

Course details

Location & Dates:

Kuala Lumpur, TBA and Bangkok, TBA

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