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Financial Skills for the Energy Industry

Presented by SMU Cox School of Business

"In today's competitive environment, energy companies are doing more with less—and in leadership positions, technical skills matter less than business acumen. Financial skills, accounting knowledge, capital-allocation expertise and strategic insight are necessary to make your mark in the company. This course tackles those subjects and helps non-financial managers in every function of the company understand, interpret and use data to make better business decisions."

- Michael R. Vetsuypens, Ph.D.,Professor of Finance, SMU Cox School of Business

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, business, consulting and energy industry 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 learn the essentials of the business side of the energy industry. 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.

Course Highlights:

  • 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-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.

Dates and Locations 

Please visit our API-U Calendar for all upcoming courses.
Format: Three and a half days, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The half day ends at 12 p.m.
Cost: $4,950 - includes materials; breakfasts, lunches, breaks; one group dinner. Group discounts available when multiple attendees from the same organization register together. Contact John Skinner at 214.768.7676 / to learn more about group discounts. Participants are responsible for their own lodging.
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About the Instructor(s)

Michael R. Vetsuypens, Ph.D., professor of finance, teaches corporate finance and international finance in the undergraduate program, MBA program and executive MBA program. Vetsuypens’ research interests include leveraged buyouts, investment banking, the venture capital market, initial public offerings and CEO compensation. His studies has been published in the leading finance journals and presented at numerous professional finance conferences. A native of Brussels, Belgium, Vetsuypens speaks several languages. He has taught managers in the U.S., Europe, Japan, the Middle East and Latin America. His corporate executive education clients include ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, Valero Energy, Texas Instruments, PdVSA, Saudi Aramco and others. During his tenure at Cox, Vetsuypens has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research and community service. He holds a master’s degree and a doctor of philosophy degree in business administration from the University of Rochester and was selected as a Fulbright Fellow.

Hemang Desai, Ph.D., is the Robert B. Cullum Professor of Accounting. He teaches intermediate accounting to undergraduates and mergers and acquisitions to graduate business students. His teaching has been recognized with multiple awards in the undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs. He is also the recipient of SMU’s Golden Mustang Outstanding Faculty Award, which honors faculty members for excellence in both scholarship and teaching. Desai’s recent research examines issues related to quality of earnings and the behavior of short sellers. His past research has examined the performance of money managers and analysts, as well as spin-offs and mergers and other corporate restructuring transactions. His articles have been published in top academic and practitioner journals, including the “Journal of Finance,” the “Journal of Financial Economics,” “The Accounting Review,” the “Journal of Business,” and “Financial Analysts Journal.” His writings have also been the subject of columns in a range of leading publications, including “The Wall Street Journal,” “Barron’s,” and the “New York Times.” Desai holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and a doctor of philosophy from Tulane University.

Michael L. Davis, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer of economics and finance in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Davis has written articles focusing on finance and economic theory in the worlds of business, politics and law. Dr. Davis’ works have been published in Managerial and Decision Economics, Public Choice, and the Journal of Law Economics and Organization. In 1992 he received the Duncan Black Prize for the best paper in Public Choice. Dr. Davis received his B.S. Degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia and his Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Methodist University.

Amar Gande, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Finance at the SMU Cox School of Business, where he joined the faculty in 2006. Dr. Gande previously taught at Vanderbilt University. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from New York University. His teaching and research interests are in financial institutions, corporate finance and international finance. Dr. Gande has received multiple awards for his research. His research has been published in premier finance and economics journals, such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Journal of International Business Studies. He also serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of International Business Studies. On the teaching front, Dr. Gande received the Eugene T. Byrne Endowed Faculty Innovation Award for 2008-2009 for demonstrating innovation in teaching at the SMU Cox School of Business, and was awarded the James A. Webb Jr. Award for excellence in teaching at Vanderbilt University from the graduating MBA classes in 2003 and in 2001. Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Gande worked in Citibank in the areas of Corporate Banking and International Trade Finance, primarily in India. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras (India).

For More Information
Phone 1: 214-768-3335
Phone 2: 214-768-7676
Toll Free: 800-768-6699 (USA)