22May 2018

Financial Dashboards And Why You Need Them

Financial reporting and the use of performance metrics dashboards, do you know why you need them?

Dashboards, do you know why you need them?

If you graph cash flow and its elements, such as, A/P, A/R, Inventory, capital expense, bank accounts, etc. for the last two years, it becomes much easier to project 12 months into the future and see trends that may have happened in the cash flow area.

A graphical representation of cash flow is one of the most important tools for an executive and should be included on any performance metrics dashboard.

A spreadsheet should also be used to translate the accounting cash flow statement into a rolling 12-month history and a 12-month future cash flow measurement tool.

A graphical cash flow rolling historical can make future projections easier to complete. These tools can be critically important for growth, seasonal trends or shrinking companies.

Many companies have died in their growth because they did not track cash flow or the needed cash flow resources.

Some elements that could be included in a graphical dashboard are shown below. Graphs are much easier to review and assess the company performance than a series of data tables. The author suggests the following graphical metrics:

  • A/R
  • A/P
  • Inventory
  • Capital
  • Overall Cash Flow
  • Contribution Margin (CM)
  • Break-even Dollars and Units
  • Productivity Index:
  • Revenue per full-time employee. ($Rev/FTE)
  • Contribution margin per FTE (CM$/FTE)
  • Net income per FTE: (NI$/FTE)
  • Revenue
  • Net Income
  • Average Sales Price/Unit

Performance Dashboards are keys for performance improvements presented by Dale Richards and testified to by Scott Minerd, Akron, Ohio. Vistage members learned key business concepts from Dale Richards’ presentation on Business Valuation Principles – How to Increase Your Business Value, Financially, Operational and Strategically.

Learn more about Business Valuation Principles by Dale S Richards http://a.co/cVsYyNN http://successbiznow.com/books/business-valuation-principles-by-dale-richards/



Preview Dales presentations: Watch Dale In Action Dale S. Richards specializes in management, marketing, operation optimization & business valuation consulting and is a 25+ year turnaround expert. He has implemented success concepts into results in 150+ companies. Dale is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with NACVA, a Vistage International CEO-Board Chair in Utah and a World and Vistage International Speaker. Visit www.successbiznow.com to learn more about Dale and business valuation services.

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