Timely decision making is dependent upon accurate data.
Cash flow forecasting models provide the most accurate and timely data to make daily decisions about a business. It is an effective tool for communicating with both internal and external stakeholders, and enables decision making down to the transaction level.
A 13-week rolling cash flow forecast shows the details of anticipated cash receipts, cash disbursements, and changes in bank collateral through the forecast period.
When the need arises, a cash flow forecast will help a business identify options for greater liquidity by identifying potential changes to cash receipts and cash disbursements. We call this process “pulling levers”:
- Restructuring payment terms
- Requiring deposits for new customer orders
- Calculating cash infusions from owners or investors
- Negotiating collateral advance rates, LOC limits, or deferments
- Reducing direct material order quantities or pushing deliveries
- Reducing labor (head count or hours)
- Renegotiating contracts or agreements
Whether your business is experiencing growth, or is in distress, a cash flow forecast keeps the train on the track. It can help with the revision of payment terms, reduction of expenses, or projecting confidence with the bank. You are never too small, or too large, to implement a rolling forecast.
To read more about the key elements of an effective 13-week cash flow forecasting model, download our full presentation. You can also view a brief walk-through tutorial of the DWH model with commentary from our staff. We’d love to hear from you, please reach out with questions or inquiries to Jeremy Cosby, Senior Director.