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Accounting and Financial Analysis

Deconstruct the numbers to unlock insights into company and competitor performance

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Programme impact

Use financial analysis to understand your business

Gain the skills and knowledge to measure a company's profitability, assess its strengths and weaknesses and understand the main drivers of value.

  • Improve your skills, confidence and knowledge and analyse rigorous financial techniques with practical relevance.

  • Become an expert user of financial statements. Put what you learn into practice looking at real and up-to-date company data and case studies.

  • Explore the current business landscape. Gain an in-depth understanding of accounting tools and advanced-level economic analysis.

  • Understand variations in accounting practice, and learn to control for this when comparing firms.

  • Learn to tell a company’s economic story by measuring its company performance and financial strength.

  • Examine major governance and regulatory issues.

Right for you

This programme is for experienced professionals who need to further develop their expertise in interpreting financial statements to better tell their company’s economic story. Participants should have some exposure to financial reports, statements and balance sheets and often tend to be in finance roles from any industry.


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Attendees include:

  • Analysts.

  • Lawyers.

  • Financial planners and advisors.

  • Risk managers.

  • Board members.

Who attends

Who attends

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Programme Content

Extract more value from financial statements

Deconstruct return on capital to reveal the economics of the business, and the drivers of return and value.

  • Analyse the income statement and balance sheet. Examine key financial concepts such as economic profit, use and misuse of EBITDA, capital, equity, leverage, and GAAP standards.

  • Explore current issues in company reporting including assessing intangibles, impact and ESG and reporting and resilience of banks.

  • Develop your understanding of assets and liabilities, and how M&A impacts your financial statements.

  • Understand the nature of income, including measurement strategies, analysis of cashflow and prediction of financial distress.

  • Gain skills in financial modelling. Forecast and strategise for the future of your business by projecting its financial statements.

  • Learn how companies are evolving their balance sheet models in pursuit of economic value.

Middle East Iteration

Access our world-renowned faculty, immersive learning methods and breakthrough ideas in the heart of London. Due to increased regional interest, LBS has included extra iterations of programmes for Middle East professionals. The programmes deliver all the content and insights from the global cohort, with the additional opportunity to network closely with peers working and living in the Middle East.

Our faculty

Experts in the field

Access some of the world’s leading thinkers whose cutting-edge research in global business is grounded in real-world practicality.

Certificate in Finance

This programme can also be taken as part of the Certificate in Finance. Gain the knowledge and tools to build expertise in finance. Customise your learning by selecting four courses from our extensive, world-class portfolio.

How to apply

Submit your application through our online application form.

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