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Accounting & Finance for Non-finance Professionals
Simple Steps to Interpret Financial Information Effectively to Make Informed Business and Investment Decisions
  Date   15 & 16 Aug 2017 (Tue & Wed)
  Venue   100 Orchard Road,
Concorde Hotel Singapore
  Time   9.00am to 5.00pm

$1,280 | $768 After PIC Grant of 40%
Inclusive of 2 coffee breaks, light refreshments and buffet lunch

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Ms Grace Zheng at (65) 6720 3333 or email: grace@aventisglobal.edu.sg

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Make simple sense to complex financial information in just 2 Days

Do your eyes tend to glaze over when you receive yet another financial statement? Are you able to interpret financial reports and make decisions based on the data they provide? Can you draft an accurate budget? Whether you're evaluating a company's stock price, assessing its credit quality, or determining valuations for a merger or acquisition, deciphering the numbers and ratios embedded within a company's financial statements is critical.

Financial statements such as the balance sheet, income and cash flow statements are the report card of your company’s performance and health. Understand what these numbers really tell you and interpret them correctly and confidently.

Make Timely, Informed Business Decisions and Avoid Costly Errors

The lack of accounting and financial skills can be easily overcome with proper training and guidance.  This 2 day workshop is specifically designed to give you the tools for understanding, analysing, and interpreting financial statements. Using an effective step by step guide to understanding basic accounting where every term is simplified and every ratio explained in a straightforward manner.

It will familiarize you with the ins and outs of annual report, teach you how to read and understand the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement and demonstrate the use of financial ratios to determine business performance.

Practical Hands On Training – Key Takeaways

Understanding how to use financial indicators allows you to allocate resources and evaluate potential projects for maximum return-on-investment. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Participate confidently and competently in operating performance meetings and other financial discussions
  • Overcome financial lingo and communicate clearly with internal clients and stakeholders
  • Make educated decisions regarding new product lines, equipment purchases, business expansion, increasing personnel and borrowing capital
  • Understand how budgeting fits into cash flow statements and gain greater insight into the funding options available for investment opportunities
  • Reduce the risk of financial errors and judgement in managerial decision making by understanding the ins and outs of financial statements and what can and cannot be learned from them
  • Compare your financial performance to that of competitors and help to position your company to prospective clients, business partners and employees
  • Analyse real-life financial statements from companies traded around the world
  • Use ratio analysis to determine key controls over revenue and expenditure, assets and liabilities.
  • Interpret notes and supplementary information
Who Should Attend

This is a perfect course for non-finance & accounting managers, senior officers, heads of departments, and entrepreneurs who want to understand how to use these financial reports to plan ahead, ensure cash flow is regulated and make timely and educated business decisions. This workshop is highly relevant to:

  • Board members & "C" level executives, experienced managers, general managers, directors, vice presidents and top executives in sales, marketing, production and manufacturing
  • Senior Officers, HOD and Managers from Government Agencies with financial responsibility or seeking a refresher in analysis  
Business consultants, Investors, lawyers, non-finance managers, project managers, budget analysts Audit
Testimonials – Making Sense of Complex Financial Reports and What They Really Mean

"Training was well structured and conducted. The trainer displayed thorough knowledge on the topic discussed." Senior Assistant Director, Auditor-General's Officer

“I get it! I now understand how the business actions we took last year showed up on the annual report.” YS, General Manager APIA

Industry Expert: Dr. James Kwan
PhD (UWA), MBA (Strathclyde), MBA - Investment & Finance (Hull), MBR (UWA)

James graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant from Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a Fellow CPA Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants in UK, an Associate Management Accountant with The Institute of Certified Management Accountants in Australia and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors, James completed his PhD in Finance from University of Western Australia.

He holds three masters degree: an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, an MBA in Investment and Finance from the University of Hull and a Master in Business Research from the University of Western Australia. He is currently an independent director of Global Premium Hotels Limited where he chairs the Remuneration Committee.

James also holds a Specialist Diploma in Applied Learning and Teaching at Republic Polytechnic. He has completed a PhD in finance from the University of Western Australia and is currently pursuing his second doctorate degree in Higher Education with Lancaster University and his fourth master degree in Digital Education with University of Edinburgh. His research interests cover IPO performance, corporate governance, behavioural corporate finance, threshold concepts, enhancing learning and teaching in higher education.

An award-winning, passionate and committed trainer with more than 20 years of teaching experience in the public universities such as NTU, NUS and SIT, and private higher education institutions in Singapore and overseas, James specializes in teaching financial accounting/reporting, cost and management accounting, financial management, treasury and risk management, corporate governance, professional and business ethics at professional, undergraduate and postgraduate level.

He conducted Singapore Qualification Programme (SQP) training for auditors from Big Four accounting firms such as PwC and KPMG. Currently, he is a consultant at Redshifts Consultants where he conducts training on accounting and finance for individual and corporate clients.

On the corporate front, he was a group management accountant with a FMCG multinational enterprise. He is current an independent director with Global Premium Hotels Limited, where he chairs the Remuneration Committee and also a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee

Registration Details:
Enrolment is limited. To register, please kindly DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM and email/fax to Ms Grace Zheng at grace@aventisglobal.edu.sg | +65 6720 2222


Date 15 & 16 Aug 2017 (Tue & Wed)
Venue 100 Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel Singapore
Time 9am to 5pm
Fee $1,280 | $768 After PIC Grant of 40%
Inclusive of 2 coffee breaks, light refreshments and buffet lunch

Ms Grace Zheng at (65) 6720 3333 or email: grace@aventisglobal.edu.sg

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Program Content

Module 1 – Basic Accounting Principles

    • The purpose of Annual Reports
    • Basic Terminologies
    • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

Module 2 – Financial Statements: An Introduction

    • Understand the main components of a typical set of financial statements or annual report
    • Appreciate the key underlying accounting concepts used in the preparation of financial statements
    • The Important Role of Notes and Supplementary Information

Module 3 – Understanding Financial Statements

  • Income Statement
  • Components, Revenue and Expense Recognition
  • Operating Income versus Comprehensive Income
  • How to calculate net profits or losses
  • Balance Sheet
  • Components and Formats
  • Measurement and Classification
  • Equity: what it is, where it appears on the balance sheet, how it relates to an organization’s liabilities
  • Cash Flow Statement
  • Operating, Investing, and Financing Activities
  • Analysis and Interpretation

 Module 4 – Financial Analysis Techniques

  • Ratio Analysis
  • Liquidity
  • Asset Management and Activity
  • Solvency
  • Profitability
  • Valuation
  • Financial Reporting Quality and Red Flags
  • Common Accounting Warning Signs
  • Stretching and Financing Payables
  • Securitization of Receivables
  • Limitation of Ratio Analysis

Module 5 – Application and Practical Exercises

  • Evaluate a Company's Past Performance
  • Real-Life Analysis of Publicly Traded Companies