What is a Cash Flow Budget Report?

Cash Flow Budget Reports are considered essential planning tools and are used by executives and managers to ensure that its sources and uses of funds provides the necessary liquidity for next year’s operations. Some of the key functionality in this type of budget report is that it pulls data from Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet accounts and displays twelve months of budgets across the columns. Part of the logic from underlying asset and liability accounts is a prediction of the timing for Receivables and Payables. The monthly detail provides managers with insight such as upward and downward trends in the cash flow. You find an example of this type of budget report below.

Purpose of Cash Flow Budget Reports

Companies and organizations use Cash Flow Budget Reports to ensure that the business has the liquidity required to fund its planned activities for the coming year. When used as part of good business practices in a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Department, a company can improve its cash flow planning as well as reduce the risk that it incurs extra expenses or disruptions in coming year due to liquidity issues.

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 Example

Cash Flow Budget Report Example

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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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