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  • The quizzes were great! What an easy way to keep a virtual audience engaged.

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Financial Information Essentials – Virtual

4 Hours, 9am - 1pm Introductory Skills

If you would like to get to grips with the jargon of financial results and annual reports and understand how a company’s financial statements work, this is a great introductory course. We cover balance sheets, income statements and cash flows – what they mean and how they fit together. We look at key metrics such as revenue, EBIT, EBITDA and net income and financial ratios such as profit margins – everything you need to get started with financial information.


  • Get to grips with financial jargon of results
  • Understand the financial statements & what they’re telling you
  • Learn about headline numbers, key metrics and financial ratios

What's Included

  • Access to a virtual classroom with a series of online courses to help you consolidate your learning
  • Colour-coded course materials
  • A copy of The FinanceTalking Financial Glossary (pdf)
  • Email or phone your tutor if you have questions

After the course, you will have access to the following online course which will help you consolidate your knowledge:

What you will learn

Accounting Essentials

  • Introduction to financial statements
  • Key jargon and concepts (including capex, opex, goodwill, depreciation, amortisation & impairment)
  • Perspectives of key target audiences on results

Interpreting the Numbers

  • Interpreting financial performance – where to start
  • Different levels of profits – gross profit, EBITDA, operating income etc and who uses what
  • One-off items and adjusted/non-GAAP numbers
  • Profitability metrics (profit margins, interest cover and return on capital)
  • Key issues to consider in the balance sheet (investment in capex and working capital, level of debt/leverage, long-term liabilities etc)
  • Free cash flow and why it is so important

Working with Results

  • Identifying the headlines
  • Components of a great earnings release
  • Real Company examples

How you will learn

We use Zoom to deliver our virtual events

  • Very simple to use
  • Access the event on your laptop or tablet (or even your phone)
  • Discussions and case studies via breakout groups
  • Quizzes and polls