Carillion – Cash vs Profit

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On Monday 15 January, Carillion plc, the UK’s second largest construction company went into liquidation after losing money on major contracts and running up huge debts. At the point of collapse Carillion had nearly £900m of debt on their balance sheet and a pension deficit of £587m. The company was in such a mess that administration was not an option, … Read More

Finance for Non-Financial Managers: Asset Turnover Analysis

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Asset Turnover

Finance for Non-Financial Managers: Asset Turnover Analysis Asset turnover assesses how effectively a company uses the assets it has under its control. It does this by relating sales levels to the level of assets used to generate them: Asset Turnover = Sales/Net Assets. On a general basis, companies will aim to: Maximise the level of total sales by setting the … Read More

Finance for Non-Financial Managers: Investment Appraisal

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Investment Appraisal

Finance for Non-Financial Managers: Investment Appraisal It’s vital that the investment decisions made by companies are only confirmed once all of the anticipated costs and benefits have been thoroughly analysed. From the perspective of the business, funds should only ever be invested if the anticipated financial rewards outweigh the investment costs. So it is vital that accurate costs and benefits … Read More

Finance for Non-Financial Managers: The basics of financial analysis

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Financial Analysis

A short guide on financial analysis for non-financial managers… Evaluating and analysing the information contained in a company’s financial statements can give many useful insights as to the current state and future potential of the business. A company’s reporting systems should fulfil the following criteria: Budgets must be produced covering the Balance Sheet aspects of a business, plus cash flows and items … Read More

Finance for Non-Financial Managers: Costing decisions

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fixed and variable costs

A short guide on costing decisions for Non-Financial Managers… Fixed and variable costs Distinguishing between fixed and variable costs can help in assessing a business’ risk profile. It can also help managers within a company make decisions about product mixes and prices. Definition of a fixed cost: a cost that remains fixed in monetary terms as the volume of business either … Read More

Finance for Non-Financial Managers: An Introduction to the Balance Sheet

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The Balance Sheet

A short guide to the Balance Sheet for Non-Financial Managers… The Balance Sheet lists a company’s assets and liabilities. It is prepared at a single point in time – and is valid for only that specific date. It gives a ‘snapshot’ of a business’ financial situation, and reveals where the company’s financing came from – and how those funds were used … Read More

Finance for Non-Financial Managers: An Introduction to the Profit and Loss Account (P&L)

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Profit and Loss Account Break Down

A short guide to the Profit and Loss Account (P&L) for Non-Financial Managers… The P&L (also known as the Income Statement) is a Financial Statement that records the level of profit – or loss – that a business earns over a defined period of time (usually one year). It does this by relating the income (also known as ‘sales’ or ‘revenues’) … Read More