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Mergers and Acquisitions: Free Cash Flow Modeling

Learn how to evaluate a company’s financial performance to determine acquisition opportunities.

This course is part of the Mergers and Acquisitions program, which will enable you to learn how to execute successful mergers and acquisitions, and boost your professional development.

Learn how to use free cash flow modeling

This course looks at how to use free cash flow concepts to analyse and evaluate corporate performance in order to make better capital budgeting and acquisition decisions.

You’ll get an introduction to free cash flow and its components and learn about cost of capital. You’ll also look at how free cash flow can be used in acquisitions, and explore some common implementation issues.

Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondIt's clear we're entering a period where mergers and acquisitions will be a key part of the business and financial landscape. How will all this imminent M&A activity affect you? And what are you going to do to be prepared? The accelerating M&A trend will have an impact on you whether you are an investment banker or an entrepreneur, a strategic planner or market regulator in corporate finance or R&D. To get the greatest benefit out of a well-timed merger or a strategic acquisition, you'll need deep knowledge of the structure, the steps, the pitfalls, and rewards of a potential deal.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 secondsThis timely professional certificate course brought to you by the New York Institute of Finance, is designed to provide you with a detailed overview of the entire M&A process, from finding the right opportunity, to analysing the risks and benefits, then structuring, and finally, closing the deal. This course will also introduce you to the key M&A decision making metric, free cash flow, as well as the accounting methods for mergers, acquisitions, and equity investments. Get ready for the M&A boom, and become an expert in all aspects of this essential business dynamic by enrolling in this course. You will be guided by Jeff Hooke and Steve Literati, seasoned M&A subject matter experts on the faculty at NYIF.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsRegister now for the New York Institute of Finance's professional certificate in M&A so you can make the most out of the opportunities ahead.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 - Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow components and the objective of the firm

Week 2 - Capital and Modified Free Cash Flow

The cost of capital, capital budgeting using free cash flow, and modified free cash flow

Week 3 - Evaluating & Integrating Acquisitions

Using free cash flow to evaluate acquisition opportunities, and the integration of acquisitions and its issues

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Investigate how to develop a Free Cash Flow approach to Incentive Compensation
  • Compare the relationship between Free Cash Flow and Economic Value Added Value Acquisitions using Free Cash Flow
  • Identify the steps to use Free Cash Flow for Capital Budgeting Decisions
  • Describe the steps to calculate Cost of Capital
  • Explain the Drivers of Free Cash Flow
  • Compare Free Cash Flow to Net Income
  • Identify Free Cash Flow from Accounting Data

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for financial analysts and associates. It is also suitable for directors and managers who have transitioned, or hope to transition, to mergers and acquisitions from other areas, such as equities or fixed income.

To get the most from this course you will need a good knowledge of financial analysis and MS Excel.

Who developed the course?

The New York Institute of Finance (NYIF) is a global leader in training for financial services and related industries. NYIF trains 50,000 professionals online and in class, in over 120 countries.

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What's included?

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Test to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime
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