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Cash Flow Projection Process

Cash Flow Projection ProcessHas anyone developed a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism which includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.

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Patrick Dunne
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Milk Source
(Chief Financial Officer, Milk Source) |

We do weekly outlook calls for each business unit. We not only project sales/EBITDA, but also project key balance sheet accounts (month end balances) and reflect operating cash flows. Since we are a manufacturer, we project Capital Expenditures, inventory, A/R, payables, and other accruals. We have enjoyed extremely good accuracy, but it also helps that we have an incentive plan that includes cash flows. We publish this document each Thursday night and have a call on Friday morning with key people in the business unit. And no, we do not use a fancy system, but use a simple Excel spreadsheet.

Kerry Raminiak
Title: Thought Leadership Marketing
Company: Planview
(Thought Leadership Marketing, Planview) |

There is enterprise software that integrates CRM and ERP data to publish project (or production) milestones and revenue forecasts if an organization is too large to be able to handle that manually. It's more often touted to best help long-range planning and capital investment management. So the answer depends on how large is the company and how manual are your processes currently? If the answers are "large" and "too manual" or "spreadsheets are part of the problem" then you can start researching on the Proformative site by searching "long-range plan". Also, I would also be happy to point you (or anyone) in the right direction (just send me a message).

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