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Become a Valuation Guru - The Foundation Module

Everything you need to know about calcuating Enterprise Value based valuations

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This unique course, delivered by a highly experienced professional equity analyst, will help investors become expert at valuing companies. This is the first module in our series, Become a Valuation Guru. It first reviews the Behind the Balance Sheet Valuation philosophy, which has been honed in a 25+ year career looking at stocks.

The course then explores how to calculate enterprise value, the most critical building block in company valuation. We look at how to calculate a simple EV, as is done in Bloomberg and similar systems. We then go through how to adjust the EV for minorities and associates, looking at practical problems encountered, such as loss-making minorities, multiple associates, only some of which are quoted and other real life complications.

We then review some of the more subtle and sophisticated adjustments, such as valuing debt, timing the EV, rolling the EV forward and other complications. For many companies, these are not significant, but sometimes they are the explanation why something LOOKS cheap but isn't really, and these are essential tools in the analyst's armoury.

In our experience, most sell-side analyst are unable to calculate an EV correctly, and the multiples generated by standardised valuation tools are usually inaccurate.

If you don't know how to adjust enterprise value calculations, your analysis will be considerably weaker - this is an essential course for any serious investor, equity analyst or private equity manager.


Your Instructor


Stephen Clapham
Stephen Clapham

Stephen (Steve) Clapham has been one of the top analysts in the City of London for over 25 years. A rated analyst at top banks like JP Morgan, Steve moved to become a partner and head of research at two multi-billion hedge funds where he was responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of investments. Now he brings the benefit of those years of practitioner experience to help you improve your investing and analytical skills.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does access for 12 months sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for the next twelve months - across any and all devices you own. In practice, you will be keen to complete the course in the first few weeks, but it's useful to have access for reference purposes, especially as the course is rich in content and investment tips.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days, please explain why it did not meet your requirements so that we can modify it for future customers, and we will happily give you a refund.

This course will teach you all you need to know about calculating Enterprise Value which is a fundamental building block in valuation. Many people rely on Bloomberg and similar systems for their valuation data, which is fine for many companies, but can lead to serious errors for more complex businesses. This course will teach you the tricks that the professionals use to refine their enterprise value calculations, so that you have a better starting point to pick winning stocks.

The course is presented in a simple and easy to understand way, and will give you actionable ideas, and equip you with the tools and techniques to make this a central part of your analytical framework.

If you are not sure, you may want to check out some of our training clients and some of the commendations our courses have received from our professional investment clients at large institutions. We train the pros, and we can help you too improve your skills.

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