Cash Flow Budget Report for Dynamics 365 Business Central

What is a Cash Flow Budget Report?

A Cash Flow Budget Report serves as a vital planning tool for executives and managers, enabling them to ascertain whether the company’s sources and uses of funds will provide sufficient liquidity for the upcoming year’s operations. This type of budget report incorporates essential features by extracting data from Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet accounts and presenting twelve months of budgets across columns. By leveraging data from underlying asset and liability accounts, it predicts the timing of Receivables and Payables. The monthly breakdown provides managers with valuable insights into cash flow trends, both positive and negative. An illustrative example of this budget report is provided below.

Purpose of Cash Flow Budget Reports

Companies and organizations employ Cash Flow Budget Reports to ensure that they possess the necessary liquidity to support their planned activities for the upcoming year. When integrated into sound business practices within a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Department, these reports enhance cash flow planning and minimize the risk of incurring additional expenses or disruptions in the following year due to liquidity issues.

Benefits to Users

Cash Flow Budget Reports offer several benefits to business users, enabling them to make informed decisions and enhance their efficiency in their roles. By providing a comprehensive overview of the company’s cash flow projections, these reports empower users to identify potential bottlenecks, plan for contingencies, and allocate resources effectively. With the ability to analyze upward and downward trends in cash flow, managers can proactively adjust their strategies, optimize revenue streams, and minimize unnecessary expenses. Moreover, the predictive nature of these reports helps users anticipate timing discrepancies in receivables and payables, enabling them to negotiate better terms with suppliers and customers. Ultimately, leveraging Cash Flow Budget Reports equips business users with the necessary insights to make informed decisions, improve financial outcomes, and drive overall efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

Cash Flow Budget Report Example

Here is an example of a Cash Flow Budgeting Report with 12 months of trended planning data.

Cash Flow Budget Report for Dynamics 365 Business Central

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Who Uses This Type of Budget Report?

The typical users of this type of budget report are: CFOs and Executives.

Other Budget Reports Often Used in Conjunction with Cash Flow Budget Reports

Progressive Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Departments sometimes use several different Cash Flow Budget Reports, along with profit & loss, balance sheet budgets and other management and control tools.

Where Does the Data for Analysis Originate From?

The Actual (historical transactions) data typically comes from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like: Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) Finance, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (D365 BC), Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Sage Intacct, Sage 100, Sage 300, Sage 500, Sage X3, SAP Business One, SAP ByDesign, Netsuite and others.

In analyses where budgets or forecasts are used, the planning data most often originates from in-house Excel spreadsheet models or from professional corporate performance management (CPM/EPM) solutions.

What Tools are Typically used for Reporting, Planning and Dashboards?

Examples of business software used with the data and ERPs mentioned above are:

  • Native ERP report writers and query tools
  • Spreadsheets (for example Microsoft Excel)
  • Corporate Performance Management (CPM) tools (for example Solver)
  • Dashboards (for example Microsoft Power BI and Tableau)

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