Financial Skills for the Energy Industry

Hundreds of executives have chosen our Financial Skills program for its concentrated coverage of financial management techniques uniquely tailored to the complexities of their industry.

This intensive three-and-a-half day program uses a hands-on approach to help you understand and master the energy sector's financial essentials. Your instructors are all Cox faculty with significant experience in executive development, consulting and financial management.

You'll share ideas and discuss industry issues with participants from around the world in small discussion groups and lively classroom sessions. You'll connect with mid-level to senior-level professionals from many segments of the energy industry and a variety of functional areas within their companies. In a series of information-packed class sessions, you'll develop essential financial acumen skills for the energy industry. You'll also have a group dinner hosted by the Maguire Energy Institute for additional networking opportunities. By the end of the program, you'll have a working knowledge of the key areas of financial management. After completing this executive energy program, you will receive a certificate.

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  • Dates

    3/30/2020 8:30:00 AM - 4/2/2020 12:00:00 PM

  • Format

    A new online-only format is under development.
  • Location

    Online via Zoom

  • Price

    This program is under development.

    Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a certificate.

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  • Topics

    Value creation

    Focusing on the creation of value rather than operational measures of success; how managerial decisions affect the firm's value

    Capital investment and project evaluation

    Basic discounted cash flow concepts; estimating cash flows and determining the appropriate cost of capital; comparing capital expenditure techniques—payback, IRR, NPV, etc.; reappraising the project decision—some "softer" issues to consider after the numbers have been run.

    Financial accounting techniques

    Understanding the three primary financial statements—income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement; distinguishing between reported profit and cash flow; analyzing published oil and gas company annual reports; reporting the results of oil and gas firms—full-cost vs. successful-effort vs. standardized-measure data required by the SEC

    Financing large energy projects

    Comparing project financing to internal financing; creating value by efficiently allocating risk; understanding how capital markets evaluate risk and return in infrastructure projects; assessing bond rating process

    Financial engineering

    Demystifying derivatives; understanding forwards, futures, swaps and options; weighing the benefits and risks of hedging programs

  • Who Should Attend?

    Mid-level and senior-level non-financial managers wishing to achieve financial literacy in an energy-industry setting

    Financial managers wishing to sharpen their skills, broaden their base of knowledge and relate their functional skills to a broader, general management context

  • Schedule

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     8:00 a.m. – Noon
    Program Introduction: Why Value?

    The Manager's Guide to Financial Statements

    Hemang Desai


    Capital Investments Analysis

    Amar Gande             

    Financial Analysis of Large Projects

    Mike Vetsuypens

    Energy Projects as Real Options

    Kumar Venkataraman


    Capital Raising and Cost of Capital

    Mike Vetsuypens

    Value Creation in the Energy Industry

    Mike Vetsuypens

     1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

    How Do Oil & Gas Markets Function?

    Mike Davis


    Financial Engineering: Hedging Commodity Price Risk

    Mike Davis

    Oil & Gas Accounting

    Hemang Desai

    Group Dinner

    Bruce Bullock

    Hands-On Practice in Project Evaluation

    Mike Vetsuypens 

  • Michel Vetsuypens

    Michel Vetsuypens

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    Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

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    Hemang Desai

    Hemang Desai

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    Amar Gande

    Amar Gande

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