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Recommended prep courses

These preparatory courses are optional, but we recommend you to complete the stated prep course(s) or possess the equivalent knowledge prior to enrolling in this course:

  1. Accounting Fundamentals
  2. Reading Financial Statements
  3. Excel Crash Course
  4. Building a 3 Statement Financial Model

Business Valuation Modeling course overview

This business valuation course provides students with the skills they need to perform detailed business valuation modeling using three main methods: Comps, Precedents and DCF Analysis.

The valuation training provided in this course will be valuable to those who are looking for a detailed and step-by-step explanation of how to value a company based on comparable companies, past M&A transactions and a Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) models.

Business Valuation methods

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Business Valuation Course Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the difference between equity value and enterprise value
  • Learn how to calculate various equity and enterprise value multiples
  • Understand the drivers of equity multiples and value a business using equity multiples
  • Calculate and analyze valuation multiples
  • Learn the most common multiples: EV/Revenue, EV/EBITDA, EV/EBIT, P/E
  • Learn when it is most appropriate to use each type of multiple
  • Value a company using comparable company analysis
  • Value a company using precedent M&A transactions
  • Value a company using discounted cash flow techniques
  • Complete Excel-based case studies and solutions
  • Utilize a PDF valuation reference guide that can be downloaded to your computer and use during the course of for future reference.
  • Calculate free cash flows to the firm and free cash flows to equity
  • Outline the main drivers of free cash flows
  • Value a business using a two-stage DCF valuation model
  • Learn how to calculate the cost of equity, cost of debt and the weighted average cost of capital
  • Calculate beta in an Excel spreadsheet
  • Calculate an organization’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC)
  • Create a football field chart to summarize the various valuation methods used in the analysis: Comps, Precedents, DCF

Allocating cash flow by investor type

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Comparable company analysis

Learn how to build a Comps table and calculate all the equity value and enterprise value ratios required to value a business.

Comps table comparable company analysis

Drivers of Business Valuation

Learn about the main drivers of free cash flow to the firm and business valuation in this course.

Forecast Free Cash Flow and corporate business valuation

Discounted cash flow (DCF) Modeling

In this corporate valuation course, you will learn to build a DCF model from scratch, building on the skills you developed from CFI’s prior courses on building a 3 statement model.

Discounted Cash Flow DCF modeling course

Weighted average cost of capital (WACC) – corporate Valuation

Learn how to perform weighted average cost of capital (WACC) analysis in Excel and use the slope function to calculate a company’s beta.

WACC corporate business valuation course

Corporate Valuation football field chart

Create a football field chart in Excel at the end of the course to combine the analyses of all methods used in the corporate valuation model built earlier in the course.

Football field chart summary corporate valuation model

Who should take this corporate Business Valuation course

This online class is designed for professionals working in private equity, investment banking, corporate development, and other areas of finance and accounting.  The course provides both foundational building blocks for beginners and covers more advanced aspects of valuation for experienced practitioners.

Financial Modeling and analyst training

For beginners to advanced users, this corporate valuation modeling course is designed to teach you how to be a complete financial analyst.

This class is one of the 10 required “Core” courses for CFI’s financial analyst training program, which grants the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA) certification.

Business Valuation Modeling Part I

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Level 3

Approx 7.5h to complete

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What you'll learn

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Become a certified Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification

Business Valuation Modeling Part I is part of the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® certification, which includes 38 courses.

Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification
  • Skills learned Financial modeling and valuation, sensitivity analysis, strategy
  • Career prep Investment banking and equity research, FP&A, corporate development

Path to certification

Prerequisite courses

7 courses from beginner to intermediate level.

01 Optional

Core courses

11 courses from beginner to intermediate level.

02 Required

Elective courses

19 courses at an advanced level.

03 Required

Get Certified

Submit your FMVA® checklist and order your certificate.

04 Required

Join our community

Get access to the Global Corporate Finance Society.

05 Optional

How the certification works

FMVA® Financial Analyst Certification courses are offered 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to start the financial analyst program anytime and learn when it’s most convenient for you.

The program is a part of the All Access Subscription, which includes all programs and courses.

CFI courses are designed by instructors with over 21 years of financial analyst training experience.

Students must complete all core and elective courses (14 in total) and demonstrate mastery of the topics through successful completion of course materials, quizzes, and assessments.
Within 48 hours of program completion, your Blockchain Verified FMVA Certification will be emailed to you.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements to take the courses?
All of our certification programs are open to students and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, students will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection. Click here to view the Technical Requirements
Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates for the course?
Absolutely! All the files and templates needed in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows Downloadable Files within the course dashboard. See here for a visual guide on how to do this.
How long do I have to complete the courses?
You will have yearly access to the courses as long as you maintain an active subscription. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines. Click here to compare our available enrollment options.
Are CFI courses officially accredited?
Yes, CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the USA. Most of our courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders. Please refer to this page to view all available CPE credits.
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How do I earn my certificates?
Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 80% passing grade. For more information on how to earn a course certificate, click HERE.
How are the exams conducted?
Students are required to complete an online assessment (Multiple choice questions, Fill-in-the-Blanks, and Excel Questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams on your own schedule and will need to earn at least 80% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need. Students are also required to complete the FMVA® final exam to earn their certification. How to Take a Qualified Assessment
Can I email the instructor if I have questions?
While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function that allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts regarding course content. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle. You can compare more features in our bundles here.
Will these courses help me advance my career?
Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how CFI courses have helped so many people advance their finance careers. Our courses are designed to be extremely practical and simulate the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst…the ultimate way to advance your career. For real-world examples and to help delve even deeper into the course concepts, please look into our free career resources library.
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