Why Do Accrual Adjustments Matter?

Why Accrual credit analysis, FINPACK AgricultureCash is king! Every business needs cash to meet its financial obligations. But how much cash a farm generates is not a very good indicator of how the business is performing.  One of the main reasons is cash basis taxation. The right to file taxes based on cash rather than accrual income gives farms tremendous flexibility to manage taxable income. The result is that very high performing farms and farms that are struggling financially often have similar bottom lines on their Schedule F’s. [Read more…]

The Value of a Cost Balance Sheet

Cost balance sheets value assets at purchase price less accumulated depreciation.  This accumulated depreciation can be done using tax or management depreciation methods. Management depreciation differs from tax depreciation by using the economic or useful life of the asset for depreciation calculations.

Using cost balance sheets allow lenders to better monitor the financial performance of the business over time.  With cost balance sheets, net worth growth comes from business retained earnings.  Cost value balance sheets do not have market valuation changes affecting the net worth of the business.  Hence true business performance is measured by the cost balance sheet.

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Handling Trades on the Balance Sheet

Trading machinery and equipment is common for all types of businesses.  The Fall 2017 FINPACK update allows more streamlined data entry of capital purchases, sales, and trades within FINPACK.  By entering extra detail on the FINPACK balance sheet, you can bring the details of these capital transactions into other FINPACK analysis tools, like Schedule F Cash to Accrual and Earned Net Worth Analysis.

On the balance sheet, data entry fields have been added to allow for the entry of purchase price, year sold, and sale price for machinery and equipment; titled vehicles; buildings and improvements; and land.  Purchases or sales of capital assets has very straightforward data entry.  Data entry for a trade should include:

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Cash Flow Projections – Which Projection Tool?

FINPACK - Which Projection Tool Should I Choose?FINPACK now offers 3 types of cash flow projections:  Annual Plan, Monthly Plan, and Monthly Plan with Budgets.  All three tools provide pro forma statements; debt coverage and other ratios; and the ability to complete multi-year plans.  Choosing the projection tool to use depends on the situation.  

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What are Deferred Liabilities?

Deferred LiabilitiesDeferred liabilities are the taxes and other expenses to be paid when assets are sold.  Deferred taxes are the difference between the balance sheet value of an asset and its tax basis.  In other words, if the business is liquidated, what taxes would be due on current inventories and capital assets? 

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