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Assessing Financial Performance: How Am I Doing? Financial assessment worksheets Topics Data required Calculation worksheet Interpretation Data required Balance sheets Beginning of the accounting period Ending of the accounting period Schedule F and Form 4797 from federal tax return

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Financial assessment worksheets

Topics

  • Data required

  • Calculation worksheet

  • Interpretation


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Data required

  • Balance sheets

    • Beginning of the accounting period

    • Ending of the accounting period

  • Schedule F and Form 4797 from federal tax return

  • Miscellaneous information











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Diagnosis

  • Assessment in four areas

    • Profitability

    • Liquidity

    • Solvency

    • Financial efficiency


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Indicators of Financial Strength

  • Values larger than benchmark

    • ROA

    • ROE

    • Operating profit margin

    • Asset turnover ratio

    • Revenue per full-time worker

    • Net farm income ratio


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Indicators of Financial Strength

  • Values smaller than benchmark

    • Debt-to-asset ratio

    • Operating expense ratio

    • Depreciation expense ratio

    • Interest expense ratio



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Source of problems

  • Scale

  • Employment

  • Efficiency

  • Debt structure


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Diagnostic factors

Courses of action

Efficiency

Scale

Debt structure

OK

OK

Not OK

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Not OK

Not OK

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Not OK

Not OK

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Not OK

Not OK

Diagnostic tree

Source:Financial Troubleshooting


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Courses of action to improve efficiency

  • Increase analysis of production records looking for clues that will lead to improved efficiency

  • Use advisory services to help focus on productivity and thruput

  • Work at improving production skills

  • Improve marketing skill and performance

  • Devote more time to management


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Courses of action to improve scale

  • Examine whether management ability is sufficient to handle business of the current size or an expansion

  • Use fixed resources fully by adding enterprises and/or custom work

  • Expand existing enterprises with low-capital requirements

  • Merge with another farming unit


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Courses of action to improve employment

  • Increase off-farm employment

  • Eliminate hired family employees

  • Add labor intensive enterprises with low capital requirements (increase the scale)

  • Reduce family withdrawals to a level that is consistent with efficiency or part-time employment


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Courses of action to improve debt structure

  • Restructure debt

  • Sell unproductive assets to reduce debt

  • Reduce debt through write-off

  • Scale back farm to allow significant increases in off-farm employment

  • Don’t own what you can control through leases

  • Evaluate the rate of return expected from capital investments and compare to interest rate


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Summary

  • Utilize existing data

  • Identify appropriate benchmarks

  • Assess efficiency, scale, employment, and debt structure to identify actions that will improve performance



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