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Home All Courses CFM Certified Financial Management

CFM Certified Financial Management

Course Overview

This program focuses on the key concepts and techniques of strategic financial management, which has as its key aim the creation of corporate value over the long run. Financial management relies crucially on two principal activities which are extensively examined in the program: one is the investment decision, that is, putting productive assets on the balance sheet; and two, the financing decision, which is concerned with optimal capital structuring on the liability side, that is, the use of debt in relation to equity.

This course is crucial for all financial managers who require a rigorous understanding of how corporate value creation is linked to the timing and riskiness of cash flows and the cost of capital. The participant will gain practical insight into the management of working capital, the performance of financial analysis, including an examination of the relevant metrics and value drivers in managing the business, as well as consideration of the sources of long-term financing to the firm. Attention is also given to financial distress and corporate restructuring issues as well as the development of strategic business plans.



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5 Key Takeaways


An understanding of how the IFRS financial statements are put together and their limitations in business and investment analysis.

A systematic approach of analyzing financial statements and ratio analysis for assessing business and investment opportunities.



Effective use of investment appraisal screening and evaluation tools (payback/ DCF/ IRR/ MIRR).

Broader understanding of current and traditional sources of long-term financing instruments.



Greater insights into using effective advocacy documents to pitch your investment and business conclusions.



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Course Outline


Course Background and Overview

  • Delegate introductions and course objectives

  • High level overview of course content

Corporate Financial Information

  • Value of the annual report

  • Understanding the mandatory and discretionary sections of the annual report

  • Information available in the annual report

  • Risk assessment documents in annual report

Case Study: Discussion and review of annual report management discussion and analysis document

Core Accounting Concepts

  • Clarifying the distinction between financial accounting and management accounting

  • Frameworks and how financial accounting works

  • Useful management accounting information to obtain to analyse if available

  • Balance sheet or statement of financial position

  • Income statement or statement of comprehensive income

  • Cash flow statement

  • Different accounting standards and their impact on analysts

  • IFRS and IFRS for SME

Working Capital and Liquidity Issues

  • Review of working capital ratios

  • Components of working capital

  • How working capital ratios are determined

  • Interpreting the working capital ratios and what action should be taken

  • Assessing the working capital cycle

  • What it means; comparison to peer groups; how to draw conclusions

  • Extensive examination of working capital and liquidity issues

  • Extracting potential for improving performance and results

  • Deeper look into the cash flow statements and how to use them

Case Study: Exercise to determine working capital cycle days with in-depth discussion of how to interpret the outcome and identify opportunities to improve corporate performance; mini case studies to illustrate the direct and indirect cash flow presentation formats

Looking back at corporate scandals

  • Overview of significant scandals

  • WorldCom

  • Bernie Madoff

  • Enron


Application of Advanced Ratio Analysis

  • Detailed examination of financial ratios linking financial statements and practical realities of the business

  • Profitability and return ratios

  • Short term solvency and liquidity ratios

  • Long term solvency and stability ratios

  • Information through comparison

  • Structured approach on gearing (leverage) distinguishing between financial and operational gearing

  • Establishing the link between performance and risk taking

Case Study: Complex team-based case study requiring in depth team discussion and analysis that challenges the understanding of expectations of financial ratios where each team is tasked with objective to match a set of ratios with the ten companies. This has been an excellent tool used in many training programs for the delegates to gain a more practical understanding of ratio analysis.

Using the DuPont Framework for Assessing Performance

  • Detailed examination of financial ratios linking financial statements and practical realities of the business

  • Discussion of the three levers in the DuPont analysis
    - Earnings and efficiency in earnings
    - Ability to turn assets into profit
    - Financial leverage

  • Finding the red flags

  • Preparing board / senior executive briefings on company versus peer performance

Long Run (Strategic) Investment Decisions

  • Importance of long-term investment decisions

  • Magnitude and frequency

  • How do we know if we are creating value

  • Management motivation / incentives and agency risks

Investment Analysis – Core Concepts and Principles

  • Developing a conceptual distinction between value creation and destruction

  • Techniques and methods of screening tools and methodologies used to evaluate investment alternatives of both cash and profit based approaches

  • Overview of the differences of cash and profit based approaches assessing each of their relative strengths and weaknesses

  • Process of reconciling cash to EBITDA



LEORON - Professional Development Institute

Built upon the strong experience in the manufacturing sector, which the founders developed in Sweden during the 90’s global expansion, LEORON evolved into a comprehensive training institute, offering training and development solutions in all strategic corporate functions, including corporate finance, HR, SCM, operations, and engineering.

With strategic distribution of our offices in leading locations, such as Dubai, Riyadh, Jonkoping, Skopje, Accra, and Almaty, our team of experts delivers approximately 500 courses annually, and roughly 10000 professionals are equipped with appropriate education and the latest insights in a wide assortment of industries across the EMEA region.



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Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for:

  • CFOs

  • Financial managers

  • Financial controllers

  • Internal auditors

  • Strategic planners

  • Business analysts






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