What is a Rolling 13 Month Profit & Loss Report?

Rolling Profit & Loss Reports are considered financial trend reports and are often used by CFOs and Executives to analyze trends in profitability and the revenues and expenses driving it. Key functionality in this type of report automatically displays the full profit & loss for the current month as well as the prior 12 months. This feature is driven by the period parameter the user enters to run the report. You will find an example of this type of report below.

Purpose of Profit & Loss Rolling Trend Reports

Companies and organizations use Profit & Loss Rolling Trend Reports to analyze how historical trends in revenues and expenses are affecting margins and profitability. When used as part of good business practices in a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Department, a company can improve its ability to track trends in revenues, expenses, margins and profitability, as well as, reduce the chance that important trends in metrics are missed that could result in a deterioration in gross margin and/or profits.

Profit & Loss Rolling Trend Report Example

Here is an example of a 13 Month Rolling Profit & Loss Trend Report.

Rolling 13 Month Profit & Loss Report Example

Rolling 13 Month Profit & Loss Report Example

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Who Uses This Type of Report?

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

Other Reports Often Used in Conjunction with Profit & Loss Rolling Trend Reports

Progressive Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Departments sometimes use several different Profit & Loss Rolling Trend Reports, along with trended balance sheets, cash flow statements 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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