Why is a financial forecast important for your business?

Any business with a good product or services and good management will have more chances of success if it is properly financed. In this challenging financial environment in which all businesses, including SMEs, have to operate, a vital component in accessing finance is a professional finance submission.

At JudsonKoman, we can provide you and your business with a financial forecast that meets the following needs:

  • Provides a guide as to what the business should be able to achieve in terms of profit and cash.
  • Predict the amount of capital the business will need to meet the level of activity and expected growth.
  • Clarify how much is available to the owner as free cash flow for investment and consumption outside of the business.

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WHAT DOES A FORECAST CONTAIN?
  1. There needs to be a detailed forecast of future sales and expenses, to show whether the business is going to be profitable. This is your Budget and it needs to be realistic and include all costs required to achieve targeted sales. i.e. if you target to double sales have you allowed enough for marketing, sales and delivery costs?
    It’s helpful to prepare several versions of this document based on best, worst and most likely scenarios.  That way you will be well prepared for whichever is the final outcome.
  2. There needs to be a detailed forecast of future cash flows, operating, investing and financing. This demonstrates to the bank your capacity to service and repay debt. It also demonstrates your grasp and control of the financial situation, particularly cash flow. It details where the ‘peaks and troughs’ are likely to occur in your cash position. It enable you to act upon cash flow inadequacies well before they become a problem.
  3. There needs to be a projected Balance Sheet. People don’t often see the value of the Balance Sheet. A Profit & Loss Statement showing a profit at the end of the year is great, however, the Balance Sheet sets out how the assets and liabilities of the business will cope with changes in the Profit & Loss Statement. For example, how will the bank account cope with a sudden spike in sales and a need for more stock/labour on jobs? It’s no good projecting a great profit, if the business goes bust in the middle before it gets to the end of the year.

These three elements of the forecast are, in bank language, a ‘three-way forecast’.

Properly prepared, this documents makes it much easier for the banks to consider and meet your funding request.

All the above forecast numbers need to commence with the current financial data that shows exactly where the business stands at the commencement of the forecast period. (Statutory accounts from two years ago won’t cut it).

The financial data must be accurate and detailed to provide confidence you’ve got your finger on the pulse of the situation. This is often the biggest stumbling block in finance applications. Bookkeeping and accounting quality is sadly lacking and therefore information supplied to lenders can give an unfavourable picture of the real situation and the application for funds denied.

And there needs to be a detailed written commentary that discusses your business plan and sets out the basis for the various assumptions that underlie the forecast numbers… a detailed operational plan of how you will achieve the sales targets including all costs associated.

Put yourself in the best position to get the funding you need by being able to submit a professionally prepared funding application. These documents will not only tell you and your banker exactly what your funding needs will be but, as a bonus, will also point to ways that you can improve business outcomes.

They are tools to help you manage profitability and cash flow improvement in your business… rather than documents to be put in the drawer and forgotten about. Being able to provide this information in a timely and accurate fashion takes the stress out of funding applications. 

Also highly beneficial to lending applications, is access to someone who can answer questions from lenders, with a solid understanding of the business operations, as well as being able to interpret ‘bank speak’. JudsonKoman is a team of experienced accountants who can act as your CFO for businesses wanting to thrive… not just survive these challenging times.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WOULD BE INVOLVED IN PREPARING AN APPLICAITON FOR YOUR BUSINESS, PLEASE CONTACT US…

 

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JudsonKoman are extremely easy to work with, very positive and happy to help out on a variety of disciplines and any issues we have. Their tax planning, business coaching and structural advice has been fantastic. We work closely with Ian who has been a great find for us, Alissa has been fantastic and Kirrily always helpful as the front end contact.

–Mark Stafford, Director, Llexan (Australia) Pty Ltd

What I like is that they are always looking at our best interests and what will work in the SME environment for our company. They pre-empt issues and are always efficient in ensuring we remain aware of and up to date with our obligations and compliance. This allows us to remain focused on our core business activities. In a lot of ways, JudsonKoman is our silent business partner.

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