1. Intro to Management Accounting a. Definition “Management accounting is a system which analyses historical, actual and forecast data to provide managers the information for decision making.” b. The management accounting department The department provides management information for: Planning: budget for the year, budget updates during the year, long term plan beyond the year. Controlling: how do the revenues and costs compare with the budgeted ones and those of the previous periods. What are the variances? What are the reasons for the variances? Decision Making: profitability assessment, buildup of selling prices, product costs comparisons (inventory, manufacturing, labor etc..), make...
Definition of financial modeling
A financial model is an excel spreadsheet that projects the 3 financial statements of a business into the future. The three financial statements are the income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement which are based historical data and expected value drivers.
The difficulty of a valuation does not focus on how to find and apply any of the chosen methods, but rather on the ability to predict the future. In practice what is valued is the business model, the company strategy, the attraction of its products, its prospects and its risks.
Below we outline a series of pitfalls common among analysts and investors related to the valuation of a company.