Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling

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Many countries are increasing infrastructure spending to help boost local economies post COVID. Access to clean water, energy, hospitals, schools, and transport matter.

For those who are as passionate about the sector as us and are entering project finance roles, you may be interested in our project finance and infrastructure modeling course.

Build a project finance and infrastructure financial model from scratch.

Develop a best-practice financial model and optimize it for both debt and equity investors for an infrastructure project finance deal.

Participants in the class will learn the concepts to develop a financial model related to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs / P3s) for both social and economic infrastructure. Whilst the course touches on a number of infrastructure sub-sectors, the main case study is that of a PPP hospital project. A toll road model is also provided with a description of the revenue and cost drivers.

The course covers a broad enough set of topics such that it is also suitable for those in other project finance sectors such as power or mining.

Learn from industry leaders and ivy league professors either in-person at a public session, on-site at your offices or campus, online, or our new live streaming courses.

Our courses are not limited to financial modeling and best practices in Microsoft Excel.  We are committed to explaining how the numbers align with underlying financial and engineering concepts, transaction structures, legal documentation, market conditions and risk management approaches. We don’t just teach how to build models. We teach how to do

Online Self paced Infrastructure & Project Finance Modeling available August .

Live Streaming  online training courses

Live streaming  online training courses are as close as you get to the experience of an in-person class. Participants will develop a full financial model together with the instructors, with the ability to ask questions and seek individual support and feedback. The courses include all of the benefits of live classroom training.

The course includes:

  1. One-on-one access to our instructors
  2. Free access to the online self-paced learning version of the course
  3. 2.5 hour live sessions for 3 days a week (Tuesday-Thursday) over a 3 week period
    1. This gives you time to review concepts before the next class
    2. Or for you to dive deeper into concepts that are covered in the self-paced online course
  4. Recordings of each session
  5. Classes start at 11am New York time, so are accessible to most people in the Americas, Africa, and Europe
  6. A chance to grow your network!

Course Outcome

Best practice project finance modeling

Project finance concepts and operations

Optimizing a model to satisfy investors – do a deal!

Professional presentation of outputs and 3-way statements

Register your interest in our online courses

Course Previews

What is Project Finance

Project Finance Infrastructure Model Familiarization

DSCR Sculpting


Course Portfolio Region Course Delivery Start Date Price Register/Enquire
Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling All Online Self Paced Available Sept 2020 USD 650 Register
Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling Americas Live Streaming 6 Oct 2020 Contact Us Reserve a place
Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling UK/Europe Live Streaming 6 Oct 2020 Contact Us Reserve a place
Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling Asia Pacific Live Streaming 13 Oct 2020 Contact Us Reserve a place
Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling Africa & ME Live Streaming 10 Nov 2020 Contact Us Reserve a place
Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling Americas Public Session Late 2020 Contact Us Reserve a place
Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling UK/Europe Public Session Late 2020 Contact Us Reserve a place
Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling Asia Pacific Public Session Late 2020 Contact Us Reserve a place
Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling Africa & ME Public Session Late 2020 Contact Us Reserve a place
Project Finance & Infrastructure Modeling All Inhouse Tailored On Request Contact Us Request proposal

Contact us for on-site or on-campus pricing and options.

The cost of the online course will be credited to you if you join a public or live streaming session within 12 months of purchase.

Discounts provided off the full course prices.

  • Students and non-profits are eligible for a discount of 50% (no other discounts may be added to this).  Online course price for students and non profits is $400
  • Other discounts
    • Group booking of 3 or more people – 15%  Price per person for online group bookings is $680
    • Early bird ( interactive online and public sessions only ) if book 8 weeks before the course – 10%.
  • 12 months access to our online material, including concept videos with transcriptions, lecture slides, downloadable spreadsheet examples.
  • A complete step-by-step model walk-through, and access to discussion forums for ongoing questions’.
  • Subscription can be extended annually post the first 12 months for $100 per annum.
  • Lunch, tea & coffee at the venue (public session participants only).
  • Membership to the Pivotal180 alumni network.
  • Course completion certificate.

Due to the large volume of content available, the course is suitable for all-levels – there is something for everyone.

  • Analysts, associates & vice presidents at banks, funds, investors, developers, and operating entities looking to standardize approaches to modeling or solve new problems
  • More senior participants changing careers or looking to up their skill-set
  • Students wishing to enter the project finance sector or about to start new roles – get ahead of your competition now
Section Overview
Pre-course material
  • Course requirements and overview
  • Excel functions required
  • Shortcuts, named ranges, and data validation
  • Best practice principles
  • Best practice – flags and accounts
  • Impact of leverage on a project finance deal
Project finance introduction
  • Introduction to project finance
  • Typical investment structures
  • Tax and legal implications
  • Overall timeline and cashflow relationships
  • Major contracts and risk vs reward
  • Roles of different parties in the deal
Project finance term loans
  • Impact of leverage on a deal
  • Types of lenders and their mindset
  • Appropriate discount rates and interest repayments
  • Principal repayment options
  • Debt service cover ratio (DSCR)
  • Sculpting and sizing debt
  • Cash sweeps
  • Loan life cover ratio (LLCR)
  • Other debt ratios used for going-concerns
  • Understanding a Facility Agreement
Cashflow Drivers
  • Availability payments
  • Lifecycle costs
  • Revenue forecasting for patronage risk projects
  • Typical costs for infrastructure projects
  • Inflation calculations
  • Discussion of risk profiles of infrastructure assets, including:
    • Airports
    • Ports
    • Rail
    • Roads
    • Social infrastructure
  • Major maintenance reserve accounts
  • Understanding:
    • Project Agreements
    • Concession Agreements
    • O&M Agreements
Waterfall and cashflow summary
  • Typical waterfall structure vs cashflow statement
  • Accounting vs cash issues
  • Global differences in calculating the waterfall
  • Accounts required and the role of the administrative agent
  • Develop separate cashflow forecasts for debt and equity analysis
  • Develop upside and downside scenarios and sensitivities with data tables
Debt service reserve account (DSRA)
  • Requirement of (and implementation of) a DSRA
  • Impact of the DSRA on debt ratios
  • The debt service facility as an alternative
  • Develop model checks to ensure compliance with loan documents
Construction phase
  • EPC contract overview
  • Completion testing required and holdback payments
  • Value added tax challenges and solutions
  • Sources and uses
  • Model construction costs and understand funding challenge
  • Calculate total funding required
  • Discuss alternative drawdown orders
Depreciation and tax
  • Straight line, reducing balance, and MACRS depreciation
  • Model from EBITDA to EBT
  • Thin capitalization constraints on tax deductibility
  • Tax losses carried forward
  • State and local taxes
  • What happens when tax is ahead of CADS
  • International tax considerations (i.e. WHT, tax treaties)
  • Complete post tax valuations
  • Returns required for lenders, equity, and developers
  • Cap rate compression and the value in selling your project, calculating terminal values
  • Holdco debt and adding subordinated debt to increase returns (and risk)
  • Valuation comparables
Core Outputs
  • Comparison of accounting and tax depreciation
  • Developing an income statement and balance sheet
  • Converting quarterly calculations to annual outputs
  • Calculating working capital
  • Add deferred taxes to your model
  • Outputs required for an investment decision
Modeling quality checks
  • Adding model checks
  • How to review a model


Optimizing a deal model
  • Solve the price required to achieve a hurdle rate
  • Size the debt required in operations and construction
  • Introduction to VBA for project finance
  • Running scenarios with VBA
  • Simplifying alternatives to avoid VBA
  • Summary of core risks with analysis


Basic knowledge of Excel only

Equipment Required

Area Items Needed
Online Course

Computer, 2 screens preferable, Microsoft Excel

Public Session

Laptop & Power cord

Public courses run from 9am – 5.30pm at a location to be confirmed  post registration

interactive online sessions commence at 11am New York time

Range Amount
>4 weeks before the course Full Refund
1-4 weeks before the course 50% Refund
<1 week before the course No Refund

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