Cash Flow. Introducing the Topic. Asian Glasses – Page 493 Read the case study and answer the questions we will discuss shortly. Cash Flow. The sum of cash payments (inflows) to a business less the sum of cash payments (outflows). Is Cash flow important to a business?
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Asian Glasses – Page 493
Read the case study and answer the questions we will discuss shortly.
The sum of cash payments (inflows) to a business less the sum of cash payments (outflows).
Is Cash flow important to a business?
- Yes, because it is the finance available to pay all the day to day expenses of a business, if the business doesn't have enough cash they could be forced into liquidation.
Cash is the amount received into the bank account, where as your profit includes all revenue and expenses regardless off whether you have received or given payment.
EG – Andrew Buys stock for $3000 paying in cash and sells them on credit for $7000 and wont receive payment for 2 months.
$4000 revenue has been recorded increasing profit.
Negative outflow of $3000, this could mean he will be short of cash to pay day to day running expenses.
Cash Flow Format
Complete Cash Flow Activity, Page 497.
If your forecast is accurate you can plan more effectively for times where you will have negative cash flow, and put plans in place to get an overdraft or a loan.
Remember the business environment is dynamic and changes at a rapid pace so being accurate can be difficult.
Mistakes can be made by inexperienced staff or over estimations. (prudence is paramount)
Unexpected cost increaes can throw it out i.e. Transport.
Lack of market research can lead to over or underestimation of sales.
Lack of Planning – without a forecast your business could quickly get into trouble.
Poor Credit control – not receiving payment because of poor procedures with customers could increase bad debts.
Allowing customers too long to pay
Expanding too quickly – paying the increased costs of expansion can lead to cash flow shortages.
Unexpected Events – Unforeseen events such as a dip in demand or the fixing of an asset could lead to cash flow problems.
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How could you increase cash flow?
- Bank Overdraft
- Short term Loan
- Sell Assets
- Sale and Lease Back
- Reduce credit terms- Debt Factoring
How could we reduce cash outflows?
- Delay payments to suppliers
- Delay spending on capital equipment
- Lease instead of buy
- Cut spending ie advertising
Working Capital is Current Assets (Bank, Debtors, Inventory) minus Current Liabilities (Creditors, short term loan).
We need to manage our working capital to ensure we can always meet our current obligations.
- Not extending credit to customers – risky business especially if your competitors are doing it.
- Credit Checking
- Discount for prompt payment.
- Increasing the range of goods you buy on credit.
- Extend your period of time taken to pay.
- Smaller Inventory levels
- JIT inventory handling
- efficient inventory control
- Increase technology
- Cash flow forecasts
- Wise use of excess cash
- planning for periods of insufficient cash
Evaluation – The type of business will impact how much working capital you will need to run your business. Remember that the efficient running of all business departments will help increase cash flows.
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