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Financial modelling

Financial models built to the FAST Standard

Financial models by Clarity

A financial model is a forecasting tool, usually built in Microsoft Excel, which predicts the financial performance of a business into the future. Spreadsheet based financial models vary significantly in complexity and performance, and can have a wide range of purposes, including:

  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Assessing a specific business opportunity (e.g. an acquisition or a potential contract)
  • Raising capital (debt or equity)
  • Valuing a business
  • Allocating capital
  • A quick assessment of a variety of day to day challenges

At Clarity, we tend to build, upgrade or repair standard three-statement financial models: those forecasting a P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement into the future.

For more complex models – including project finance and valuations – we work with specialist partner companies who can meet your exact requirements.

To learn more about Clarity and how we can help you, simply call or email us.

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Common financial modelling challenges faced by our clients

Scenario 1

An existing model has become unmanageable

When a financial model has been passed down from person to person, or has evolved over time as the business grows, it can become confusing, cumbersome and unreliable.

In extreme cases we see analysts or managers using “black box” financial models – they have been told to follow a set of steps within the model in order to generate the required outputs, but nobody actually understands what the logic or workings behind these steps are.

We can quickly assess the current state of any spreadsheet-based financial model, repair or rebuild it, ensuring what you are left with adheres to the latest FAST Financial Modelling principles.  Your new model will be clear and logical, easy to use, and reliable.

Scenario 2

A new opportunity or a critical decision is on the horizon

Some of our clients have a relatively stable set of financial models in operation, but face a specific challenge for an upcoming event (this could be a potential bid for work, a key strategic decision, or something else). They have good modellers within their company but they are all fully utilised on existing projects.

We can come in and act as financial modelling leads for these projects. We are experienced in working with operational teams to assess and estimate potential cost and revenue scenarios, and we can be relied upon to leave you with a professional model which can be tailored to match any existing modelling design principles you may already have in place.

All of our spreadsheet based financial models adhere to the FAST Financial Modelling standard. The standard ensures our models are Flexible, Appropriate, Structured and Transparent. Clarity are signatories of the FAST Standard, and also offer a range of FAST accredited modelling training services which improve the skills of modellers across all industries.