Accounting Essentials includes

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Accounting Essentials

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Accounting Essentials

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Develop the skills that underpin a huge range of finance roles. Quickly and confidently interpret financial data and statements, evaluate them and use the calculated information to build high-quality reports.

Accounting Foundations

72 video minutes

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Video minutes 72

Excel Exercises 0

  • The purpose and different types of accounting (financial versus management accounting)
  • Users of financial statements
  • Introduction to the three main financial statements and explanation of key elements
  • Overview of the contents of financial reports
  • Introduction to accounting standards
  • The accounting equation
  • Explanation of accrual accounting, the matching principle, and capitalization

Financial Accounting Review

34 video minutes

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Video minutes 34

Excel Exercises 3

  • Making entries and ensuring the balance sheet balances
  • Preparing a balance sheet
  • Preparing an income statement from the entries to retained earnings
  • Preparing a cash flow statement from the entries to the cash account
  • A review of the different categorizations on the income statement, balance sheet, and the cash flow statement

Income Statements

59 video minutes

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Video minutes 59

Excel Exercises 15

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  • Revenue recognition issues
  • Cost recognition issues
  • Identifying non-recurring items from the income statement, the MD&A, the notes to the accounts and the financial statement press release
  • Calculating EBIT and EBITDA for the historical year, and on an LTM basis
  • Understand the difference between basic and diluted earnings per share and calculate recurring diluted earnings per share
  • Review company profitability compared to its peer group

Earnings Per Share

29 video minutes

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Video minutes 29

Excel Exercises 11

  • Basic EPS calculations including weighted average shares
  • Dilutive securities: options (treasury method) and convertibles (as if converted)
  • Calculating recurring EPS

Working Capital

56 video minutes

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Video minutes 56

Excel Exercises 12

  • Inventory accounting including the impact on EBIT of LIFO and FIFO accounting choices (where relevant)
  • Accounts receivable and bad debts (identifying when companies are manipulating sales)
  • Accounts payable and accruals and the difference between them from a due diligence perspective
  • Other items including taxes payable, deferred revenue, and pre-paid items
  • Working capital and operating working capital and the cash impact of changes in operating working capital
  • Credit implications of working capital movements
  • Day ratios

Non-Current Assets

39 video minutes

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Video minutes 39

Excel Exercises 11

  • Gross PP&E, accumulated depreciation, depreciation expense and net PP&E
  • Building a simple forecast of fixed assets
  • Establishing the age of a company’s fixed asset base
  • Finite, and infinite intangibles including goodwill
  • A review of key methods of accounting for financial investments
  • At fair value through the income statement
  • Available for sale
  • Associate (equity method) accounting

Capital Structure

50 video minutes

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Video minutes 50

Excel Exercises 14

  • Debt issues and repurchases
  • Simple yield to maturity and all in cost calculations and understanding Original Issuer Discounts
  • Calculating net debt
  • Equity issuance and repurchases
  • The difference between authorized, issued and outstanding shares and multiple share classes
  • Other capital items: preference shares and convertible bonds
  • Leverage ratios
  • Debt liability maturity analysis

Accounting Ratios

41 video minutes

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Video minutes 41

Excel Exercises 5

  • Profitability ratios, including margins
  • Liquidity ratios, including operating working capital
  • EBIT and EBITDA for the historical year, and on an LTM basis
  • Leverage ratios, including net debt and interest coverage
    Asset ratios

Cash Flow Statements

25 video minutes

3 excel exercises

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Video minutes 25

Excel Exercises 3

  • Understanding how to categorize cash flows between operating, investing, and financing
  • Deriving a cash flow statement from two balance sheets and an income statement
  • Deriving a balance sheet from a cash flow statement and an income statement
  • Different cash flow statement presentations
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Absolutely. Develop practical skills you can use to impress at interviews, whether you’re looking to break into finance or change roles.

How long do I have to complete the Accounting Essentials ?

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Are there any hidden costs?

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No. Everything you need is included, from instructor-led videos and Excel exercises to the exams.

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