Corporate Finance #4 Leverage & Break-Even Analysis

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You’ll Learn
  • Define the concept of leverage and its significance in corporate finance decision-making.
  • Analyze the different types of leverage
  • including operating leverage
  • financial leverage
  • and combined leverage
  • and their impact on business growth.
  • Apply leverage ratios and formulas to assess the optimal level of leverage for a business.
  • Evaluate the benefits and risks associated with leverage and make informed decisions based on leverage analysis.
  • Understand the concept of break-even analysis and its importance in decision-making.
  • Differentiate between fixed costs and variable costs and classify costs accordingly for break-even analysis.
  • Calculate the break-even point and cash break-even point using relevant formulas and techniques.
  • Analyze and interpret the results of break-even analysis to determine the financial viability of a business.
  • Apply nonlinear break-even analysis methods to assess the impact of changing variables on break-even points.
  • Utilize Excel worksheets and financial modeling techniques to conduct leverage and break-even analysis efficiently.


  • Basic understanding of financial statements
  • including familiarity with balance sheets
  • income statements
  • and cash flow statements.
  • Access to a computer or laptop with internet connectivity to access course materials and practice exercises.
  • Eagerness to learn and apply leverage and break-even analysis concepts in a corporate finance context.
  • Openness to hands-on practice and willingness to work with Microsoft Excel or similar software to solve practice problems.
  • Curiosity and a desire to enhance financial decision-making skills and optimize business growth and profitability.


In this comprehensive course, we will delve into the essential concepts of leverage and break-even analysis from a corporate finance perspective, equipping you with the skills to make informed decisions that drive growth and maximize profitability.

Leverage plays a pivotal role in corporate finance decision-making, and finding the optimal level of leverage is a subject of ongoing debate. By understanding and applying leverage effectively, businesses can accelerate their growth and financial success. Throughout the course, we will explore the concepts of operating leverage, financial leverage, and combined leverage, providing practical practice problems that reinforce these critical concepts.

Break-even analysis is a fundamental tool in decision-making, enabling us to assess the point at which costs and revenues are in equilibrium. You will gain a deep understanding of break-even analysis, including the categorization of costs as fixed costs and variable costs based on their behavior. This approach, though different from the traditional functional categorization, allows us to assess cost changes in relation to production levels and make informed projections for the future.

We will guide you through the calculation of the break-even point and the cash break-even point, offering insights into nonlinear break-even analysis. You will develop proficiency in utilizing these tools to evaluate financial performance, assess risk, and make strategic decisions.

Throughout the course, you will encounter numerous practice problems, many of which include downloadable Excel worksheets. Each Excel worksheet will consist of at least two tabs—one with the answer key and the other preformatted to facilitate step-by-step practice along with instructional videos. This hands-on approach will enhance your learning experience and provide practical application of leverage and break-even analysis concepts.

Join us on this dynamic journey to master leverage and break-even analysis in corporate finance. Enroll today to develop the skills to optimize decision-making, leverage resources effectively, and evaluate financial breakeven points for growth and profitability. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to make informed decisions that drive financial success in a competitive business environment.

Who this course is for:

  • Finance professionals and analysts seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills in leverage and break-even analysis for effective financial decision-making.
  • Accounting professionals who want to expand their understanding of leverage and break-even analysis concepts and their applications in corporate finance.
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs aiming to optimize their financial decision-making and enhance business growth and profitability.
  • Financial managers and executives involved in corporate finance
  • budgeting
  • and strategic planning
  • looking to strengthen their expertise in leverage and break-even analysis.
  • Students pursuing degrees or certifications in finance
  • accounting
  • or related fields
  • who want to gain practical skills in leverage and break-even analysis.
  • Investment professionals interested in evaluating investment opportunities and assessing risk through leverage and break-even analysis.
  • Individuals transitioning into finance or accounting roles who want to develop a solid foundation in leverage and break-even analysis techniques.
  • Anyone with an interest in corporate finance
  • financial decision-making
  • and maximizing profitability through effective analysis and decision-making.

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