M&A MODELING COURSE
60+ Lessons, Buyside and Sellside Process + More
To Help you Thrive in the Most Prestigious Jobs on Wall Street...
HERE’S JUST SOME OF WHAT YOU’LL GET IN THIS COURSE
The Big Picture (3 video lessons)
In this module, we use 3 video lessons to introduce you to the big picture, such as what is an M&A deal and why bother? You will learn the finance theory and mechanics behind M&A as well as the "why" behind each transaction type and formula.
M&A Players + M&A Process (5 video lessons)
In this module, 5 video lessons dig deeper into M&A transactions. Learn the three types of M&A engagements and the origin of M&A processes. Also includes a quick overview of pitch books and the work needed to make an M&A deal come to life.
Buyside Processes (5 video lessons)
In this module, there are 5 video lessons that focus on buyside mandates. The instructor will walk through a typical buyside process including all key stages: initial contact and transaction assessment, detailed due diligence, agreement on price and transaction closing.
Sellside Processes (6 video lessons)
In this module, we use 6 video lessons that focus on sellside mandates. The instructor will walk through a typical sellside process including all key stages: process setup, initial buyer contact, buyer meetings, agreement on price + transaction closing.
Introduction To M&A: A Excel Section (2 video lessons)
In this module, we use 2 video lessons to walk through a high-level valuation, transaction assumptions, and sources & uses to set up a merger model. We cover a variety of topics so that you can start building a buy-side case of Nike acquiring Lululemon and with a theoretical model.
Nike Acquires Lululemon - Model Setup (7 video lessons)
In this module, we use 7 video lessons to give an overview of the balance sheet and transaction adjustments. You will be introduced to M&A purchase price accounting, learning how to prepare a proforma balance sheet, including assets, liabilities, and shareholders' equity to ensure they balance.
Nike Acquires Lululemon - Simplified Analysis (5 video lessons)
In this module, we use 5 video lessons to explain accretion/dilution modeling. You will use our M&A template to estimate synergies, make transaction-related adjustments, and build an accretion/dilution analysis. You will then evaluate the merit of a proposed M&A deal and the impact of the transaction on shareholders.
Nike Acquires Lululemon - Detailed Analysis (9 video lessons)
In this module, we use 9 video lessons to build P&L projections required for a more robust accretion-dilution analysis. Learn the difference between simple and detailed accretion/dilution analysis, key changes to the three accounting statements, how to create proforma P&L, debt schedule, among other important details.
Closing Thoughts (5video lessons)
In this module, we use 5 video lessons to walk through several sensitivity tables on the completed accretion/dilution analysis to give you a better understanding of what assumptions can impact our final conclusion. You will also have access to the Excel template of sensitivity analysis and can experiment.
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Course Summary - Table of Contents
Below you will find a list of the modules and lessons included in this course.
- Intro and Welcome (2Min)
- Why Learn This Material (1Min)
- Course Pre-requisites (1Min)
- Course Overview (2Min)
- Key Players (2Min)
- Investment Bank 101(3Min)
- Types of MA Engagements (3Min)
- Origin of MA Processes (2Min)
- Pitchbooks (3Min)
- Buyside Process Summary (2Min)
- Stages of Buyside Process (1Min)
- 1st Stage Buyside Process (3Min)
- 2nd Stage Buyside Process (2Min)
- Agreement on Price and Transaction Closing (3Min)
- Sellside Processes (2Min)
- Stages of a Sellside Process (1Min)
- 1st Stage Agreement and Process Set Up (3Min)
- 2nd Stage Sellside Process (1Min)
- 3rd Stage Buyer Meetings and Diligence (2Min)
- 4th Stage Agreement on Price and Transaction Closing (2Min)
- Introduction to M&A Excel Section (1Min)
- Situation Overview (3Min)
- M&A Model Overview (9Min)
- Module 7 Overview (1Min)
- Building to Target Purchase Price (17Min)
- Key Transaction Assumptions (8Min)
- Financing Assumptions & Fees (10Min)
- Sources & Uses of Cash (11Min)
- Asset Write Ups & Purchase Price Allocation (17Min)
- Module 7 Review & Summary (1Min)
- Module 8 Overview (2Min)
- Simplified Balance Sheet adjustments (12Min)
- Simplified Income, Synergies, & Transaction Adjustments (17Min)
- Accretion / Dilution Analysis (8Min)
- Module 8 Review & Summary (1Min)
- Module 9 Overview (2Min)
- Income Statement (13Min)
- Working Capital Schedule & Cash Flow Statement (13Min)
- Debt & Interest Schedule (22Min)
- Credit Metrics & Balance Sheet (15Min)
- Tax Schedule (23Min)
- Accretion / Dilution Analysis (7Min)
- Sensitivity Tables (12Min)
- Module 9 Review & Summary (2Min)
- Module 10 Overview (3Min)
- Key Assumptions & Asset Sale Price (7Min)
- Model Walk-Through & Accretion / Dilution Analysis (12Min)
- Module 10 Review & Summary (2Min)
- Closing Thoughts (2Min)
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"I have been through a number of M&A courses now and I believe WSO's M&A course has increased my confidence massively. The material is to the point yet information rich and covers everything you would expect to be asked in a technical interview. The sample material mimics real-life models used by Investment Bankers and is easy to follow. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to prepare for an upcoming interview or learn what exactly an M&A role entails from a practitioner's perspective."
Overall, I would say the M&A course has been very useful for me in connecting the big picture with the actual modeling tasks. Generally, the course instructor does a great job of walking through each piece of the model in a manner that is concise and straightforward."
"The quality of the content is excellent, and beginner friendly. What I really loved about the course was the way it was structured. I really enjoyed the smooth transition from a Bird's eye view to the innards of M&A, and the instructors did a great job explaining each concept in a lucid way."
"The course is a great resource for those that are looking for a quick intro into M&A Modeling. The user interface on which the course is presented is by far one of the more accessible platforms I've used (compared to SEO's Pillars of Wall Street, BIWS, and the current CFA curriculum) and the clips between videos as well as the Points/Rewards system are a very refreshing motivator to continue advancing. The course does a fantastic job covering the essential topics of M&A and helps one develop a solid understanding of the M&A process. Both the lecturers seem very knowledgeable and provide some great anecdotal references when covering certain topics. Overall, I think the course gave me a much better understanding of M&A as a whole and provided a good modelling foundation on which to build upon. I think the M&A course will be a great addition to the WSO Modelling Package and it has intrigued me into checking out the other courses WSO has to offer."
"The course is excellent. It is really helpful to understand the big picture of an M&A deal, the instructor, who is savvy in the matter, makes sure you grasp the theory and rationale behind it, before getting to the actual M&A Modeling exercise. It also includes examples of a real Pitchbook, a Teaser and a CIM, which is not so common in other courses of this kind. It is really helpful not only to be prepared to hit the ground running in an Investment Banking role but also to succeed during the interview process, as the course provides more information than needed to answer all the M&A related questions you can get during the interviews. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to take a thorough course on M&A."
"I like how it goes through the basics and covers a lot of things in one course, so you get a brushstroke and overview of all the elements in M&A."
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