Forecasting and Analyzing Cash Flow

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Forecasting and Analyzing Cash Flow

This course uses hands-on applications of cash flow analysis in Excel, in addition to demonstrating theoretical core topics. The course also features real-life case studies and presentations by participants.

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  • DURATION 5 days

You will learn how to

  • Interpret the relationships between cash flow statements, income statements and balance sheets
  • Recognize the importance and elements of an organization’s cash flow
  • Prepare cash flow statements using direct and indirect methods
  • Describe the impact of working capital management on cash flow
  • Analyze liquidity and the cash flow position of organizations including free cash flow
  • Review cash flow key presentation topics
  • Apply cash flow forecasting techniques
  • Apply ratio analysis related to cash flow

Course Outline


Relationships between financial statements

  • Income statements
  • Balance sheets
  • Cash flow statements
  • Why cash flow differs from profits

Presentation of cash flow

  • Presentation fundamentals
  • Cash and cash equivalents
  • Operating cash flow
  • Investing cash flow
  • Financing cash flow
  • Methods in calculating operating cash flow
  • Direct versus indirect methods
  • Reporting non cash transactions

Cash flow and working capital management

  • Trade-off between liquidity and profitability
  • Conservative working capital management
  • Aggressive working capital management
  • Sources of cash
  • Cost of funds
  • Use of short term and long term debt
  • Working capital optimization
  • Cash conversion cycle
  • Accounts receivable factoring, pledging and assignment
  • Suppliers early payment discount

Insights about the cash flow statement

  • Liquidity and financial flexibility
  • Restricted cash and cash equivalent
  • Gross versus net cash flow reporting
  • Healthy cash flow

Presentation issues

  • Interest income and dividends from debt and equity investments
  • Interest expense and taxes paid
  • Receivables and bad debts

Cash flow and liquidity analysis

  • External users of cash flow information
  • Ratios and bankruptcy
  • Internal users of cash flow information
  • Capital expenditure evaluation
  • Cash flow related ratios

Forecasting cash flow

  • Why to forecast cash flow
  • Cash management
  • Who is involved
  • Investing and financing decisions
  • Free cash flow

Cash flow ratios

  • External financing index ratio
  • Cash sources component percentages ratio
  • Financing policies ratio
  • Operating cash index ratio
  • Operating cash inflow ratio
  • Operating cash outflow ratio
  • Long-term debt payment ratio
  • Productivity of assets ratio
  • Cash flow adequacy ratio
  • Reinvestment ratio
  • Dividends payout
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  • Live, Online

  • Private Team Training

  • Indiviual Private Session

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