Upcoming Course Dates

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

4 hours Developing Skills
Wed 3 Nov 2021

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


Prerequisite Course
To get the most out of this course, you should have completed the following:

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.

Working with Earnings – NIRI Virtual

4 hours Developing Skills

Take your understanding and analytical skills to the next level. We start with a reminder of shareholder value before considering what your key target audiences really want from earnings releases.  We look at analyzing the balance sheet in terms of capital structure and capital allocation (including levels of debt and signs of financial distress). We also look at profitability, including how profits convert to cash flows and free cash generation.  Everything you need to help you ask the right questions and add value to the earnings process.


  • Be able to understand and evaluate earnings
  • Appreciate why investors, analysts and the media ask the questions they do
  • Contribute effectively to the earnings communication process

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 courses which will help you consolidate your knowledge:

What you will learn

Financial Information in Practice

  • Financial statements recap
  • Reminder of how analysts, investors and journalists use financial information
  • The link with shareholder value

Balance sheets & Funding

  • Key points to look for in a balance sheet
  • Leverage/gearing metrics and what they tell you
  • Capital allocation – has it been worthwhile?

Profitability & Cash Generation

  • Adjusting for one-off items (non-GAAP metrics/adjusted profits)
  • Key issue that impact profits (prices, volumes, currencies, M&A etc)
  • Free cash flow generation

Pulling it All Together

  • Key metrics for commentators and how they use them
  • Spotting the red flags

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