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7 Financial Models for Analysts, Investors and Finance Professionals

Theory and practical tools to help investors analyse businesses using Excel

By Paul Lower

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7 Financial Models for Analysts, Investors and Finance Professionals

Theory and practical tools to help investors analyse businesses using Excel

By Paul Lower

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Financial models in Excel allow investment analysts and other finance professionals to take the laborious number crunching out of financial analysis and forecasting. Models help them to gain meaningful insights into the way that a business is working and focus attention on areas to improve bottom-line results. They can also be used as powerful tools to test the potential impact of various risks on business performance.

In this brand new guide, financial modelling expert Paul Lower presents step-by-step instructions for seven spreadsheet models that will help the user to gain a better understanding of the financial data coming out of a business.

These seven models can be used to:

1. Assess how a business is performing on key financial indicators.
2. Produce sales and cost forecasts.
3. Create a cash flow forecast.
4. Understand the impact of product price changes on profitability.
5. Assess potential investment decisions.
6. Check the sensitivity of key financial measures to risk events.
7. Produce a business valuation.

The book also includes downloadable spreadsheets of the author’s original Excel models and introductory chapters about best practice when modelling in Excel.

With this suite of seven tools, a financial analyst will be equipped to use Excel to achieve a deep understanding of a business and its financial data.

About the author

Paul Lower is a trainer, lecturer and author, specialising in financial planning and analysis, and financial modelling and forecasting. He has worked for major clients in the UK (including Associated British Foods, Reckitt Benckiser and Angel Trains) and the Middle East (including SABIC and Saudi Aramco) and has also lectured on the MBA programme at one of the UK’s leading business schools.

Before moving into training he enjoyed a successful business career spanning more than 30 years. After gaining experience in blue chip companies, including Asda, H. J. Heinz and Pfizer, he held a number of Finance Director roles with major international companies in the media and publishing sector. Working for more than 20 years at board level, he gained extensive experience in financial planning and analysis, business valuations and acquisitions.

Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.


Paul is a proven teacher of complex financial analysis made richer by
his extensive hands-on experience ensuring theory is always framed by
practical examples. This book will provide a strong grounding for
entrants into the financial spheres and also for more experienced
professionals in need of a refresh.

Linda Pomeroy, Director within the Financial Industry

Paul has fantastic forensic and analytical skills and always makes complex financial analyses easy to understand by both fellow professionals and “creatives”. This book is a “must-read” by anyone entering or in the world of commerce and finance.

Robert Horsfall, Co-founder & senior partner of Sound Advice

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From Master Investor:

Overall, 7 Financial Models … is an excellent practical guide for private investors looking to gain an edge in the markets. While financial modelling can often be a complex subject, the theory behind the models is discussed in an easy to understand manner, with the illustrated examples providing all the information you need to create… Read more »

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Published: 17/06/2019
Edition: 1st
Pages: 188
Formats: hardback - ISBN 9780857195739
ebook - ISBN 9780857195777
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