What is a Monthly Cash Flow Statement with Current and Prior Month Figures?

Monthly Cash Flow reports are considered essential month-end financial statements and are often used by CFOs and Analysts to review the cash inflows and outflows of the business. Some of the key functionality in this type of report is that it is parameter driven so the figures are presented automatically when the user runs the report. This layout is showing an indirect cash flow report layout. You find an example of this type of report below.

Purpose of Monthly Cash Flow Statements

Companies and organizations use Monthly Cash Flow Statements to closely monitor the cash inflows and cash outflows that drive the overall cash position of the business. When used as part of good business practices in a Finance and Accounting Department, a company can improve its liquidity analysis as well as reduce the chances that the company runs into an unexpected cash crunch.

Monthly Cash Flow Statement Example

Here is an example of a Monthly Cash Flow Statement with columns for current and prior month figures.

Monthly Cash Flow Statement with Current and Prior Month Figures Example

Monthly Cash Flow Statement with Current and Prior Month Figures Example

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Who Uses This Type of Report?

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

Other Reports Often Used in Conjunction with Monthly Cash Flow Statements

Progressive Finance and Accounting Departments sometimes use several different Monthly Cash Flow Statements, along with monthly profit & loss, balance sheet 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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