What is a Consolidating Profit & Loss Report?

Consolidating Profit & Loss (P&L) reports are considered essential month-end reports and are used by CFOs and Group Controllers to analyze consolidated financial results. Some of the key functionality in this type of report is that it displays subsidiaries or divisions along with intercompany eliminations in the columns. The report can be produced in any currency and the charts on the top provide managers with easy comparative analysis. You find an example of this type of report below.

Purpose of Consolidating Profit & Loss Reports

Companies and organizations use Consolidating Profit & Loss Reports to view subsidiary and consolidated revenues, expenses and profit side-by-side. When used as part of good business practices in a Finance & Accounting Department, a company can improve its month-end analysis capabilities as well as reduce the risk that HQ executives lack clarity in the contributors to the consolidated results.

Consolidating Profit & Loss Report Example

Here is an example of a modern, consolidating Profit & Loss report.

Consolidating Profit & Loss Report Example

Consolidating Profit & Loss Report Example

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Who Uses This Type of Report?

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

Other Reports Often Used in Conjunction with Consolidating Profit & Loss Reports

Progressive Finance & Accounting Departments sometimes use several different Consolidating Profit & Loss Reports, along with consolidating balance sheet and cash flow reports 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, Acumatica, 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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