Investment and Credit Analysis (AFCP854)

This aim of this unit is to improve students’ decision-making around financial forecasts or understanding key value drivers in financial models. The course is designed for students who are required to assess or build financial statements or models including equity and credit analysis, banking, consulting or a corporate finance function. Building on concepts introduced in Corporate Finance (ECFS866), this unit complements other corporate finance electives. The unit will allow students to explore the linkage between a company's strategy and industry competitive structure, and financial performance. We will analyse financial performance by demonstrating financial analysis techniques, and assess the impact of accounting issues in analysing a company's financial results. The course tests students’ abstract reasoning and critical thinking whilst improving their financial modelling skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop skills in analysing and appraising cash flow for a given industry or strategy, as an individual, and in the group context
  2. Develop advanced modelling and forecasting skills.
  3. Apply a range of credit risk metrics in financial analysis.


  1. Industry and Strategic Analysis
  2. Financial Statement Analysis
  3. Matching Strategy to Financial Performance
  4. Robust Financial Modelling
  5. Equity Valuation Analysis
  6. Risk to Cashflows and Credit Analysis

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