CFI Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Modeling Course

Reasons to take this advanced financial modeling course

This class is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to build a financial model for mergers and acquisitions from the bottom up.  The video-based lessons will teach you all the formulas and functions to calculate stub periods, outline sources and uses of cash, perform a purchase price allocation and determine goodwill, create multiple scenarios for synergies and other key assumptions, and integrate all of the above into a well laid out pro forma model.

In addition to learning the detailed mechanics of how to build the model, students will also learn how to assess the impact of the transaction through accretion/dilution analysis and impact on the implied share price (intrinsic value per share).  By performing sensitivity analysis, users will understand how a change in assumptions impacts future outcomes of the merger or acquisition.

Recommended Prerequisites

You are expected to have either completed the stated prerequisite course(s) or possess the equivalent knowledge prior to enrolling in this course:

  1. Excel Crash Course
  2. Building a Financial Model in Excel
  3. Business Valuation Modeling

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Modeling Course

This course is designed for professionals working in investment banking, corporate development, private equity, and other areas of corporate finance that deal with analyzing M&A transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Modeling Course Objectives

  • Learn how to structure an M&A model in the most efficient way
  • Set up all the assumptions and drivers required to build out the M&A model
  • Calculate all the necessary adjusting entries required to create a post-transaction balance sheet
  • Integrate the acquirer and the target into a pro forma model
  • Calculate the accretion or dilution of key per-share metrics post-transaction
  • Perform sensitivity analysis on key assumptions and assess the overall impact of the transaction

Mergers and acquisitions course case study

This course is built on a case study of Online Company Inc acquiring Brick ‘n’ Mortar Co. Through the course of the transaction, students will learn about:

  • The construction of a detailed Pro Forma model
  • Analysis of synergies, revenue enhancements, cost structures
  • Integration considerations
  • Accretion / dilution analysis
  • Deal terms and structuring
  • The strategic impact of combining the businesses
  • Share price impact

What’s included in the M&A course?

  • Blank M&A model template (Excel)
  • Completed M&A model template (Excel)
  • 4+ hours of detailed video instruction
  • Certificate of completion

Financial analyst certification

For beginners to advanced users, this mergers and acquisitions (M&A) modeling course is designed to teach you how to be a complete financial analyst. This class is one of the 3 required “Elective” courses for CFI’s financial analyst training program, which grants the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA) certification.