Cashflow Management & Forcasting

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In this course we explore cash flow forecasting at its most basic level. We assume little or no forecasting experience by participants, or a desire to improve their cash flow forecasting. We begin with a description of a common structure for cash flow forecasting and then fill in the pieces – information, sources, etc. – that are necessary for an effective forecasting system. We discover that most short-term forecasting methods are not complicated. We discuss how to identify potential sources both personal and computer. We break down data to explore how valuable the data items are to the overall forecast. Acknowledging that we may not be able to find sources for all items, we introduce shortterm forecasting methods that can be used in conjunction with estimates from “knowledgeable” sources. For example, some methods can be used to translate a data item to a forecasting variable. In this way we ask our sources to estimate what they know, and we can then translate the information into the form we need for the forecast. Finally, we gather up all of the pieces we identify and construct a basic forecasting template. 

  • Why forecasts fail. 
  • Fresh approaches to solve this age-old problem. 
  • Cutting-edge techniques for predicting cash excess and shortfalls. 
  • How to establish and improve banking relationships. 

Why Attend: 

Cash flow is critical for the success and sustainability of a business. In this course, you will learn cash flow and working capital management to maximize the use of cash. You will also learn how to prepare cash flow statements under direct and indirect methods in addition to accurate cash flow forecasting and analysis techniques.  

Target audience:

Financial controllers, working capital managers, financial analysts, business development managers, financial managers, management accountants, business analysts, and treasury professionals. 

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will be able 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. 

Target Competencies:  

  • Accounting for cash
  • Constructing the cash flow statement 
  • Analyzing historic cash flow statements 
  • Performing and interpreting cash flow ratios 
  • Understanding the priority of cash flows 
  • Identifying cash flow problems 
  • Explaining the impact of working capital on cash flow 
  • Preparing cash budgets 


Course Outline

Module 1: Relationships between financial statements 

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

Module 2: 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  

Module 3: 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 

Module 4: Insights about the cash flow statement

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

Module 5: Presentation issues

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

Module 6: Forecasting cash flow 

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

Module 7: 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.


Each participant will receive a comprehensive course manual and will have access to relevant exercise files on-line. 

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