UTILITY FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING FOR  NON-FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS

AND UTILITY FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING FOR ATTORNEYS

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INSTRUCTOR:

Dr. Joel Berk

CPE CREDIT for CPAs available for all States and CLE CREDIT for lawyers: available in most states

LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

To provide a working understanding of finance and accounting as applied to both the regulated utility and non-regulated companies (competitors, customers and the future utility company).

Upon completion of the seminar, participants will be able to:



  • Understand accrual accounting


  • “Read” an annual report of the company or its customers


  • Calculate key financial ratios


  • See the link between finance and accounting and the strategic plans of the company


  • Understand how a utility makes money now and what needs to be done for the future


  • Analyze whether shareholder value is being created as opposed to net income


  • Do a capital budgeting analysis (engineering economics)



APPROACH:

Lecture and discussion with a note-taking outline provided to each participant. Extensive use of:



  • A non-debit and credit approach


  • Problem solving sessions


  • Homework assignment


  • Actual utility financial statements


  • Interaction with other participants


  • Group case work



OUTLINE OF THE WEBINAR TOPICS

 

Introduction

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Basic Accounting Concepts
– Balance Sheet
– Income Statement

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Financial Statement Analysis
– Return on Equity
– Total Shareholder Return

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The Utility’s Four Sets of “Books”
– GAAP, Tax, Rates, Managerial
– Cost of Service Regulation
– Rate Base, Operating Expenses, Allowed Return
– Above-the-line versus and Below-the-Line Expenses

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Mock Rate Case
– Advertising
– Take or Pay Contracts

Ethics Considerations

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Modifications to Rate of Return Regulation
– Adjustment Clauses, Trackers, Riders, Deferrals
– Rate Freezes, Decoupling
– Pre-approvals
– Formula Ratemaking

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Present Value Analysis

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Shareholder Value
– Theory
– Income versus Shareholder Value Maximization
– Risk Considerations
– How to Make Decisions

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Accounting for Utility Plant

– Straight Line Depreciation
– Accelerated Depreciation
– Capitalization Versus Expense
– Methods of Capitalizing More or Less
– Which is Better for the Utility

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Income Taxes
– Temporary Differences
– Deferred Taxes (Normalization)

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Cost of Capital
– Weighted Average Cost of Capital
– Risk Premium Approach
– Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Method

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Capital Project Analysis Review Case
– Cash Flow as affected by Taxes & Rate Regulation
– Which Discount Rate to Use
– Creating Shareholder Value

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Conclusions

 

HOTEL AND CITY INFORMATION

LAS VEGAS

Golden Nugget
129 East Fremont Street
Las Vegas NV 89101

We have reserved a block of rooms at the hotel where the seminar will be held.  Book early. The block of rooms well be held open until a month before the seminar. This is an AAA four diamond hotel but we negotiated a low weekday rate. To get the rate click on the link below or call (800) 331 5731 and use the one of the code below to get our group rate. You will probably want to make a reservation arriving the day before the seminar.

$99 plus $20 resort fee per day

Oct 5–7, 2021 Group Code: GSFAI21

Click link: https://lasvegas-reservations.goldennugget.com/classic/en/special_offer?action=show&controller=landings&locale=en&rate_code%5B%5D=GSFAI21&rate_code%5B%5D=GSFAI21&starting_page=special_offer&vr=3

 

If you are staying at the hotel, the newer tower is the Rush Tower. In any case, when you check in you should ask for a room away from Fremont Street (which can be noisy at night.)

We will have a Continental Breakfast each morning and Lunch will be provided and we hope you can join us for cocktails after class the first day.

Class begins at 8 AM ends at 4 PM (except last day we end at 3).

Dress is casual but you could bring a sweater or jacket as the temperature in the meeting room may vary. Also please bring a yellow highlighter.

 

 

BOSTON

Oct 26-28, 2021

Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108

1-617-227-8600

We have reserved a block of rooms at the hotel where the seminar will be held at $299 per night.  Book early. The block of rooms well be held open until a month before the seminar.  You will probably want to make a reservation arriving the day before the seminar.

Click for Hotel Reservation: https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/boston-parker-house/meetings/fai-10222021

We will have a Continental Breakfast, lunch each day and we hope you can join us for cocktails after class the first day.

Class begins at 8 AM and ends at 4 PM (except the last day we end at 3).

Dress is casual but you could bring a sweater or jacket as the temperature in the room may vary. We will be going out of the hotel for lunch each day (paid for by FAI) so if weather looks bad you may want to bring an umbrella to class.

 

For a list of organizations who have sent people to our classes, look at our previous participant list.