Posts

Cash Flow Report Example with KPI Analysis

What is a Cash Flow Report with KPI Analysis?

Cash Flow variance reports are considered essential monthly financial analysis tools and are used by CFOs and analysts to review the items that drive their net cash flow. Some of the key functionality in this type of report is that it is parameter driven and it can be run for any period and business unit. The main metrics in the cash flow statement are also shown graphically on the top of the report, including: 1) Cash from operating activities, 2) Cash from investing activities, 3) Cash from financing activities. The yellow row below the charts provides an automatic narrative to simplify analysis. The lower section of the report shows a typical cash flow report layout, including black and red indicators for variances. You find an example of this type of report below.

Purpose of Cash Flow Variance Reports

Companies and organizations use Cash Flow Variance Reports to closely monitor the financial drivers of cash flow and variances from last year and budget. When used as part of good business practices in a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) department, a company can improve its liquidity as well as reduce the chances that it runs into problems because cash flow issues are detected too late for preventative decision to be made.

Cash Flow Variance Report Example

Here is an example of a Cash Flow Variance Report with KPIs and automated narrative.

Cash Flow Report Example with KPI Analysis

Cash Flow Report Example with KPI Analysis

You can find hundreds of additional examples here

Who Uses This Type of Report?

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

Other Reports Often Used in Conjunction with Cash Flow Variance Reports

Progressive Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Departments sometimes use several different Cash Flow Variance Reports, along with trended cash flow statements, monthly Balance Sheets, KPI dashboards, trended P&Ls and cash flow forecasts 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)

Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Cloud Solutions and More Examples

Graphical Cash Flow Analysis Tool and Dashboard Report Example

What is a Graphical Cash Flow Analysis Tool and Dashboard Report?

Cash Flow Analysis tools are considered key corporate reports and are often used by CFOs and Analysts to monitor and predict liquidity. Key functionality in this type of report (see tabs at bottom of image below) provides 13 months of trended profit & loss, balance sheet and cash flow data. Then this data is utilized to present the graphical flow chart that ultimately shows the company’s cash position and related trends. The percent metrics shows the year-over-year change for the current month. You will find an example of this type of report below.

Purpose of Cash Flow Analytical Tools

Companies and organizations use Cash Flow Analytical Tools to easily detect trends both in the revenues, expenses and balance sheet items that drive cash flow, and the resulting cash position. When used as part of good business practices in a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Department, a company can improve its liquidity analysis, as well as, reduce the chances that the FP&A team discover issues with cash drivers after they already have become a problem.

Cash Flow Analytical Tool Example

Here is an example of a graphical Cash Flow Analysis tool with 13 month trended financial statements (see tabs at bottom of image).

Graphical Cash Flow Analysis Tool and Dashboard Report Example

Graphical Cash Flow Analysis Tool and Dashboard Report Example

You can find hundreds of additional examples here.

Who Uses This Type of Report?

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

Other Reports Often Used in Conjunction with Cash Flow Analytical Tools

Progressive Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Departments sometimes use several different Cash Flow Analytical Tools, along with dashboards, regular financial 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)

Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Cloud Solutions and More Examples

Monthly Cash Flow Statement with Current and Prior Month Figures Example

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. Key functionality in this type of report 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 will 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

You can find hundreds of additional examples here.

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)

Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Cloud Solutions and More Examples