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Finance and Accounting for Non-Finance Executives

$5,400.00
Finance and Accounting for Non-Finance Executives

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NYU Stern School of Business
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012

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Finance and Accounting for Non-Finance Executives

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Overview

This program equips executives with a general understanding of accounting and financial principles as they relate to organizations' operations and decision-making processes. It also prepares financial analysts and investors with a general understanding of the valuation content and limitations of financial statement information.

Starting with a review of financial data in a company's annual report and accounting statements, participants will gain a well-rounded understanding of how basic accounting information may be used in communicating with financial managers, as well as to assess a firm's future prospects and value. The remaining time will be spent covering finance principles relevant to leaders whose primary job responsibilities are outside of the finance function with implications for project decisions, corporate structure and performance measurement. This will involve examining how project choice maps to various financial metrics and highlighting common pitfalls in this process, such as recent psychological biases described in the field of Behavioral Finance.

Certificates and Credits

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement. This program is also eligible for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits through NASBA.
 

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:

  • Data

    Analyze a firm's annual reports and statements to interpret the data for use in the organization and to assess a firm's future prospects and value
  • Decisions

    Evaluate concerns related to the acquisition/investment decisions of the organization and their funding
  • Techniques

    Practice valuation techniques of Discounted Cash Flow and NPV in the form of discussion, exercise and real case analysis

Who Should Attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Years of Experience

    This course is designed for professionals with 5+ years of work experience
  • Job Functions

    Professionals who make business decisions that affect the firm’s financial results, or are impacted by financial models
  • Prerequisites

    This course is designed for individuals who interact regularly with the finance area of their firms

Agenda

The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.

8:15 am - 8:45 am: Breakfast
Session 1: Introduction to Accounting
  • What do financial accountants do?
  • The annual report
Session 2: The Balance Sheet
  • Presentation of assets on the balance sheet
  • Valuation of assets
  • Presentation and valuation of liabilities
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
Session 3: The Balance Sheet (continued)
  • Off balance sheet financing
  • "Cookie jar" reserves
  • Fundamental analysis based on balance sheet information assessing a firm's riskiness
Session 4: The Income Statement
  • Presentation of the income statement
  • Revenue and expense recognition
  • Accrual accounting
  • Capitalization versus expensing
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Networking Reception

8:15 am - 8:45 am: Breakfast
Session 5: The Income Statement (Continued)
  • Fundamental analysis based on income statement information assessing the integrity of financial statement information and firm's performance
Session 6: Case Study: America Online
  • Small group discussion and analysis
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
Session 7: The Cash Flow Statement; AOL Case
  • Preparation of the cash flow statement
  • Understand the differences between the cash flow statement and income
  • Fundamental analysis based on cash flow information
  • America Online: Case Analysis and Class Discussion

    8:15 am - 8:45 am: Breakfast
    Session 8: Introduction to Corporate Finance and Value-based Principles
    • Description of areas of Corporate Finance: Valuation, Financial Structure, and Acquisitions
    • Observe how business decisions map to financial performance measures, such as profit/loss
    • Measure performance through a host of metrics including: return on investment, value-added and share price
    • Use finance to make more effective operational management decisions
    Session 9: Value-based Principles for Generating and Measuring Performance
    • Value a project strategy and its impact on operational decision making
    • Observe how business decisions map to financial performance measures
    • Measure performance through a host of metrics including: return on investment, NPV and share price
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
    Session 10: Case Discussion to Apply Valuation and Financial Structure in an Acquisition
    • Financial Measurement and Incentive Problems in a Corporation
    • Determine attractive Acquisition Targets
    • Case Analysis: Gulf Oil
    • Group discussion
    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Program Conclusion and Evaluations