Financial Statements and Performance Analysis
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21 & 22 September 2020 - NH Luxembourg LU - Senningerberg (Price: 1460 Euro )
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Course Highlight

Learn to decipher the facts behind the figures

Leaders and managers interpret and utilise financial reports such as the annual report regularly. Reports can help to assess the overall financial performance of your organisation, a particular department and the competition.  Understanding the facts behind the figures provides a basis for sound managerial decision making and action.

In these two days, participants will learn how to read and interpret income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements. By understanding these three principal financial reports, you will be able to conduct advanced analysis of your own or an external organisation financial performance. You will also learn the major financial ratios and their application, which reveals the relationships that exist between various items of information within the accounts.

The main topics:

  • How a company's business and financing activities are reflected in its financial statements?
  • The nature of financial statements and the accounting methods (GAAP & IFRS)
  • The components of financial statements, namely the balance sheet, the income statement and the cash flow statement.
  • The distinction between cash flow and profits and the importance of the three documents.
  • How to use the statements to forecast future performance.
  • How to measure operating, investing and financial performance using ratios.
  • Analyse the different types of profitability ratios.
  • Understand the liquidity and solvency of the organisation.
  • Learn how well the operations are efficient.
  • Review and interpret the key impacts of the "Notes of the Accounts". 

Recommended background

This course is designed for all professionals directly or indirectly involved with financial reports, analysis and decision making internally or externally. You could be working either as a new recruit or as experienced staff with new responsibilities, wanting to broaden your perspectives by adding financial statement, ratio analysis and wider management skills.

What you will learn

In these two days you will be able to appreciate the strategic context behind modern financial statement analysis, gain practical and intuitive insights through accounting analysis into what is going on in the accounts and how to interpret them.  Understand through practical financial analysis how to analyse accounts through ratio, cash flow and liquidity analysis.  Develop the ability to look into the future through financial statement forecasting and gain an understanding of how all these pieces of the puzzle fit together.

Course format

This course will be taught using a combination of formal instructions, combined with practical and interactive exercises and case studies used to reinforce the concepts taught in each section of the course.   Practice-based learning and critical engagement is a key theme through all our courses allowing delegates to acquire the needed skills and techniques to be applied as soon as they are learned and developed.



Course Video


Day 1:


  Financial Statements Introduction

  • Introducing the key source of information for stakeholders of the organisation and the importance of them.
  • Learn the importance of the management commentary
  • The balance sheet: content & structure and the linkages.
  • The income statement: content & structure and the linkage with the balance sheet.
  • Cash flow statement: The importance and creation and evaluation of the cash flow statement.   
  • Evaluation of the notes on the accounts and audit report.


  Introduction to our Case Study

  • The case study is used throughout the 2-day presentation assessing the full complexity of an annual report. 
  • After each topic participants apply the techniques learned and put them into practise.  


  The Nature of Financial Statements

  • Who needs financial statements and analysis of the external stakeholders?
  • The reporting to external stakeholders


  The Balance Sheet

  • Learn how the balance sheet is structured.
  • Critical analysis of the items
  • Analysis of Current and Non-Current assets
  • Analysis of Tangible and Non tangible items


  The Income Statement

  • Learn the structure of the income statement
  • Determine what is recorded in the income statement
  • Analyse the different levels of profit
  • Assumptions and their impact.


  The Cash Flow statement

  • What is cash Flow
  • What is reported in the cash flow statement
  • How is a cash flow statement organised?
  • Cash flow from operating activities
  • Cash flow from investing activities
  • Cash flow from financing activities


Day 2:


  Ratio and performance analysis an Introduction

  • Interpreting the figures and business trends as provided in the balance sheet, the income statement and the cash flow statement.
  • Who needs and why do we need ratio's
  • Ratio historical analysis, peer and industry comparison


  Evaluation and analysis of profitability ratios

  • Profitability ratio's introduction
  • Return on sales (ROS) and analysis of efficiency
  • Asset utilisation ratio (AUR) and analysis of effectiveness
  • Return on capital employed (ROCE) and profitability performance assessment


  Liquidity and Solvency

  • Determine the sources offFinance
  • Liquidity introduction
  • The use of the current ratio
  • The use of the quick ratio and difference
  • Working capital and the importance of managing working capital 
  • Solvency
  • Leverage and gearing
  • Asses the capital employed in a business


  Operating Efficiency

  • Learn about the cycle of production
  • Creditor days and what is acceptable 
  • Stock days and managing inventory
  • Trade receivable days and managing the number of days


  Investor Ratio's

  • Return on equity
  • Pay-out ratio
  • Interest cover
  • Earnings per share
  • Residual Income


  A critical review and conclusion on our case

  •  Advantages and limitations of ratio's


Price and Registration Dates

Early booking discount: A 10% discount is available if you register 2 month(s) before the course start date.
Belgium Subsidies: Flanders KMO-portefeuille: DV.O225876 and the Brussels Capital Region.

NH Luxembourg LU - Senningerberg :   21 & 22 September 2020
Route de Tréves 1, 2633 LU - Senningerberg, Luxembourg
Timing: From 09:00 till 17:00
Price: 1460 Euro  (Vat Exclusive)
Early booking discount: A 10% discount will be applied if you register before or on 23/07/2020

Course Lecturers

Maureen Whitehead-Lausman, MBA

19 years associate lecturer in Financial Strategy and Corporate Strategy for a triple accredited global business school. 20 years’ experience developing and delivering training programs for large and medium sized companies including in Germany, China, USA, Singapore, Ethiopia, South Africa, Russia and Romania. Corporate finance, value based management and finance for non-financial managers at middle and senior management level are a particular interest.  

Kris Blommaert, MBA

Kris Blommaert has over 20 years of international experience in both finance and general management for local and European based organisations and businesses. He has been an associate lecturer at a triple accredited global business school for 10 years at MBA level. He has lectured "Managing Performance and Change" and "Management Perspectives and Practice" in Belgium, Switzerland and France.  

Kris De Clercq, MBA

Kris has lectured finance to managers for more than 17 years in Europe and Eastern Europe. His teaching as an associate for a UK based global business school included “Issues in International Finance and Investments”,” Corporate Finance” and “Issues in IFRS”. His industry experience is over 20 years working for asset managers, investment banks, global custodians in the UK, Luxembourg and Belgium. He received a universities award for innovation in finance teaching and learning.  

Mag. Johannes Hofinger, MBA, FRM

Johannes Hofinger is specialized in Risk Management, Basel III, IFRS and regulatory reporting. His professional skills are reinforced by strong academic roots. He lectures for global business schools in corporate finance, managerial accounting and financial reporting. The main roles undertaken are lecturing, consulting and project management.  

Our International Experience

Participant feedback

A course with 10 participants is very good to favour the interactivity. Thanks for the perfect course content and lecture.

Very good course, teacher, and approach. Material available on-line prior the course + request to the participants about their expectations from the course.

A pleasant and knowledgeable instructor with a lot of interaction among participants.

An excellent course for people like myself.

Congratulations! Very well done. Nothing more to add.

I really appreciated the empathy and skills of the lecturer Bruno Bosch. Also, the size of the group (7 persons) was perfect to have the necessary interactivity throughout the course.

I strongly recommended this training to my colleagues as I found it very useful.

I think this was one of the best course I've ever attended. The trainer, Mrs Maureen, was extremely pedagogic and the structure of the course was very well planned with just the right mixture of theory versus practical examples and exercises.

It was a very enjoyable course. The group was small which made it easier to be 100% involved.  The exercises and case study were absolutely great and necessary to put the theory in practice. A very knowledgeable teacher.

It was nice to have a lecturer with profound knowledge on the topic so that the level of discussion could go further than the simple basics of valuation.

Lecturer had good understanding of the subject and good understanding of practical application.

Perfect for me. Exactly what I was looking for.

Thank you for the training, which was very clear and met my needs.

The course absolutely answered my expectations and needs.

The lecturer is a knowledgeable person with real market experience which is a plus.

The lecturer is excellent. She explained clear and control good interaction with students.

The training format and takeaways corresponds to what I expected. Thanks for the good preparation

Theoretical explanations good and with good interaction with audience.

There were lots of real life examples and relation to peoples own industries.

This was an excellent course and Kris made it very interesting and useful. He is highly knowledgeable, skilled and open to suggestions.

Thumbs up Maureen!

Very good and interesting training. One of the best I ever had.


Companies who attended our courses


AG Insurance
Allianz Benelux
Argenta NV
AXA Belgium
Baloise Insurance
Banca Monte Paschi Belgio S.A.
Bank De Groof
Banking Association (Kosovo)
Belfius Investment Partners
BNP Paribas Fortis
Bpost Bank
Buy Way
CBC Bank
Celio Finance SPRL
Delen Private Bank
Delta Lloyd Life
Deutsche Bank AG
DKV Belgium
Ethias SA
Euler Hermes Services
Euroclear Bank SA/NV
Euroclear Investments
Europ Assistance
European Investment Bank - EIB (Luxembourg)
European Union - EDFIMC / ElectriFI
Flanders Investment & Trade
Gras Savoye Belgium
Incofin Investment Management
ING Bank België
KBC Bank
Ministry of European Integration (Kosovo)
National Bank of Belgium
NN Insurance Belgium
Record Bank
Société Générale Private Banking
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
Triodos Bank
VGD International -Audit & Tax
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services
Zurich Insurance plc, Belgium branch
Vanbreda International
Afton Chemical SPRL
Air Liquide
Allnex Belgium SA/NV
ANL Plastics
Arcelor Mittal ( Belgium & Luxembourg)
Axalta Coating Systems 
BASF Antwerpen
BASF Belgium Coordination Center
Beaulieu International Group
Borealis Polymers NV
Bridgestone Europe SA
CNH Industrial Belgium NV
Cofely Fabricom
Cytec Belgium
DOMO Chemicals (Germany)
Dow Corning
Electrolux Appliances AB - EMA- EMEA (SEE)
Engineered Pressure Systems International
European Owens Corning Fiberglas
Fost Plus
GDF Suez
Griffith Foods
Hamon & Cie
Heraeus Electro-Nite International NV
Jacobs Belgium
Milliken Europe
Niko Group
NXP Semiconductors - Prodis  (Netherlands)
SPX Cooling Technologies
Synventive Molding Solutions (Germany)
Vinçotte International
VPK Packaging Group NV
Yara Belgium NV
Antwerp World Diamond Centre
AVEVE Biochem NV
Carrefour Belgium
Delhaize Corporate Group
Abbott Logistics B.V. (Netherlands)
AbbVie (Canada)
Agfa HealthCare NV
AZ Sint-Blasius
Baxter International (Austria)
Catalent Pharma Solutions
CinnaGen (Tehran)
Datwyler Pharma Packaging International
Groep OZ ESV
Landelijke Christelijke mutualiteit (LCM)
Mutualités Libres: MLOZ
Novartis Pharma
SA Bristol- Myers Squibb Belgium NV
Stryker (Netherlands)
Terumo BCT Europe NV
Zorgbedrijf Antwerpen
AW Europe
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN)
Corelio Printing
De Persgroep Publishing nv
EDF Luminus
Elia System Operator
Engie Electrabel NV/SA
Eni Gas & power
Fluxys Belgium
Itineris NV
Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen
Europees Parlement
Ministry of European Integration
National Agency for Protection of Personal Data
Nationale Loterij
SD Diensten NV (SD Worx)
SESAR Joint Undertaking
Stad Antwerpen
Stadsbestuur Harelbeke
Syntra Brussel
UGent - FBW
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Acturus sprl
ARC Europe
BIA Africa
Bia Overseas
Brooser BE Operations 
Cipal Schaubroeck
Computer Task Group
Deloitte Accountancy
Egemin International
Enhesa International
FIS (former Clear2Pay)
Interel Group
K&L Gates
Matexi NV
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
PwC Tax Consultants
Vinçotte International sa
Alstom Belgium
ARC Europe 
Brussels Airport Company
De Lijn
D'Ieteren Auto
Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen
Globachem nv
GSC Greensea Chartering 
HONDA Motor Logistics
Neovia Logistics
PSA Antwerp nv
Retail & Wholesale
Seatrade Reefer Chartering
Thalys International
Trimble T&L
Volkswagen Group Services
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Zeebrugge NV
Witzenmann Benelux nv

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