Date: 11/19/2024 - 11/20/2024
Event start time: 12:00 PM
Event end time: 2:00 PM
Category: Seminar
Price: Members: $445; Nonmembers: $495

Financial Information Essentials (Two, 2-Hour Live Virtual Sessions)

Tuesday, November 19, 12pm - 2pm ET and
Wednesday, November 20, 12pm - 2pm ET

Introductory Level
Prerequisites: None

If you would like to understand the jargon of earnings releases and annual reports and understand how a company’s financial statements work, this is a great course. We cover balance sheets, income statements and cash flows – what they mean and how they fit together. We look at key metrics such as revenue, EBIT, EBITDA and net income; and financial ratios such as leverage and profit margins - across a range of sectors. Finally we consider what your key target audiences are looking for in earnings and how you can add value to the earnings process.


  • Become familiar with financial jargon of earnings
  • Understand the financial statements & what they’re telling you
  • Learn about the headline numbers, key metrics, and financial ratios
  • Apply your learning to a real company 

COURSE PROGRAM - 4-hour course delivered over two days

Understanding Financial Information
  • Introduction to financial statements
  • How income statements, balance sheets and cash flows fit together
  • Key jargon and concepts (including capex, opex, goodwill, depreciation, amortization & impairment)
  • Different levels of profits – gross profit, EBITDA, operating income etc and who uses what
  • One-off items and adjusted/non-GAAP numbers
  • How analysts, investores, and journalists use financial information
Working with Earnings 
  • Balance sheets - key issues for investors, analysts, and the media 
  • Measuring leverage and deciding what's appropriate 
  • Income statements - evaluating performance and asking questions 
  • Profitability and cash flow metrics 
  • How profits convert to cash 
  • Adding value to earnings releases 
  • Examples from real companies 


  • Access to a virtual classroom with an online course to help you consolidate your learning after the workshop
  • Color-coded course materials
  • A copy of The FinanceTalking Financial Glossary (pdf)
  • Email or phone your tutor if you have questions or you’d like to discuss further any concepts covered on the course


  • Small group, interactive workshops delivered using Zoom
  • Access the event on your laptop or tablet (or even your phone)
  • Discussions and case studies via breakout groups
  • Quizzes and polls

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