Oil & Gas Modeling

Oil & Gas Modeling

Designed for finance professionals pursuing Oil & Gas careers, this course provides an in-depth look at the industry, including O&G accounting and financial statement analysis, O&G projection drivers and Net Asset Value modeling.

Course Objective

At completion, trainees will have developed a complete Oil & Gas model using various supporting schedules.

Trainees develop an Oil & Gas (O&G) financial model completely from scratch, inputting historical data as well as macro– and company-specific assumptions to project out financial statements using step-by-step instruction on selecting, locating, and developing appropriate projection drivers. At completion, trainees will have developed a comprehensive O&G model using various supporting schedules. Trainees build O&G models using Excel templates and the exact way they would on the job.

What You Will Learn

  • Industry Accounting & Financial Statement Analysis
  • Financial Statement Modeling
  • Net Asset Value (NAV) and DCF modeling
  • Accretion/dilution (M&A) modeling
  • Leveraged buyout (LBO) modeling
  • Excel mechanics and functionality for the O&G industry
  • Comparable company analysis
  • Comparable transaction analysis
  • Financial & valuation modeling best practices

Wall Street Prep’s Oil & Gas Modeling course is used at top financial institutions and business schools.

Course Samples

Course Highlights

  • Intuitive, Self-Paced and Comprehensive

    Wall Street Prep’s Oil & Gas Financial & Valuation Modeling Self Study Program is intuitive and self-paced. You should expect to spend approximately 100 hours to complete it. The program uses approximately 700 pages of tutorial guidance and Excel model templates to teach students how to build, analyze, and interpret Oil & Gas financial and valuation models in a step-by-step fashion, at their own pace.

  • Real World “On the Job” Investment Banking Training

    The Oil & Gas Financial & Valuation Modeling Self Study Program bridges the gap between academics and the real world to equip O&G finance and industry professionals with the practical financial skill set they need on the job. The program utilizes a case study format, as students follow their tutorial guide alongside the Excel model templates, and are directed to the appropriate external documents (SEC filings, research reports, etc.) in order to build complex O&G Financial & Valuation models the way they would on the job.

  • Support Center

    Upon enrollment, students gain 24-month free access to Wall Street Prep’s Online Support Center, where they receive answers to questions, free downloads, and important updates.

  • Boost Add-In for Excel

    Free Access to Boost, an all-in-one suite of time-saving tools designed for people who build financial models in Excel. Key features include: Attach common number formats to keyboard shortcuts and cycle rapidly through the different font and color schemes; Easily understand long formulas with the powerful ‘Precedents’ and ‘Dependents’ Tool; and much more!


The course is self-paced and anyone is welcome to enroll. It does not assume a prior background in Oil & Gas Modeling. However, those who select this course should possess knowledge in:

  • Accounting: The program assumes a basic introductory knowledge of accounting (e.g. interaction of balance sheet, cash flow, and income statement). Students with no prior background in Accounting should enroll in the Accounting Crash Course.
  • Corporate Finance: Although general exposure to corporate finance is helpful, it is not required.
  • Excel: Basic introductory Excel knowledge is highly recommended. Students with limited or no experience using Excel should enroll in the Excel Crash Course.

Course Agenda

    • Participants will understand dynamics of the O&G industry and the factors determining crude oil and natural gas prices
    • Learn the different business segments – upstream, midstream, and downstream – that make up the O&G industry
    • Learn O&G terminology, units, and key terms
    • Distinguish between full-cost and successful efforts accounting methods and their impact on financial statements and on financial statement analysis
    • Learn the structure and layout of the O&G financial reports and filings (i.e. 10-K, 10-Q, annual report)
    • Learn how to analyze and interpret O&G financial statements, footnotes, and disclosures
    • Understand how to perform O&G reserves and production ratio analysis
    • Building comprehensive O&G financial models from scratch the way it is done at major financial institutions.
    • Forecasting crude oil and natural gas prices
    • Understanding the role of price and volume hedges
    • Standard formatting best practices.
    • Excel best practices, efficient formula construction, and appropriate driver selections
    • Learning to use data tables to present various sensitivities to projected financial metrics
    • Balancing the balance sheet accounts, including excess cash and revolver
    • Fixing circularity problems, iteration, and other common modeling troubleshooting
    • Balancing sheet / cash flow statement crosschecks
    • Relative vs. Intrinsic value
    • Modeling techniques
    • Calculating and interpreting multiples
    • Useful Excel shortcuts and functions
    • The “football field”
    • Project cash flows for each major project and field to derive the value of E&P segment
    • Learn how to value in-ground versus producing reserves
    • Understanding proper valuation methodology and drivers for each major O&G business segment
    • Estimating the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and common pitfalls to avoid
    • Using data tables to analyze a broad range of scenarios given different assumptions
    • Set O&G evaluation benchmarks & select comparable companies
    • Gather appropriate financial history and projections
    • Normalizing operating results and calculating LTM operating results
    • Exclude nonrecurring charges, normalize for stock option expense
    • Calculate shares outstanding using the treasury stock method
    • Input financial data & calculate and interpret financial and market ratios
    • Presenting trading comps by structuring output schedule
    • Selecting key valuation multiples using the VLOOKUP function and generating multiple tables
    • Similarly to trading comps, trainees set O&G evaluation benchmarks, select precedent O&G transactions, gather appropriate financial details, input financial data, and calculate and interpret financial and market ratios
    • Calculating purchase premiums
    • Understanding pricing structures (fixed vs. floating, collars, and walk-away rights)
    • Best practices for incorporating synergy assumptions and appropriately calculating unaffected pre-deal share prices
    • Participants will build an O&G merger model in Excel to reflect the pro forma impact of various acquisition scenarios.
    • Topics covered include a quick test of accretion-dilution in all-stock deals, pricing structures (exchange ratios/collars/”walk-away” rights), purchase accounting, the step-by-step allocation of purchase price, and the derivation of important O&G metrics and ratios.

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