Upcoming Course Dates

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This course is run in conjunction with NIRI.
Bookings will be made via their website.

4 hours Introductory Skills
Wed 7 Dec 2022
Zoom Virtual Classroom

Member price: $395
Non-member price: $445


Prerequisite Courses

If you are unsure whether this course is right for you, please contact Miranda Lane (info@financetalking.com)

Related Courses
The following courses are closely related to this course.

Financial Information Essentials – NIRI Virtual

4 hours Introductory Skills

If you would like to get to grips with the jargon of earnings releases 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 the financial jargon of earnings
  • Understand the financial statements & what they’re telling you
  • Learn about the 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 for 4 months to the following eLearning 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, amortization & impairment)
  • Perspectives of key target audiences on earnings

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 Earnings

  • 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