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Accounting System Structure – Financial Statement Ratios

For a quick overview of the Accounting System Structure including the Chart of Accounts, Journals and Ledgers please see my New Post (#16).

For More on How to Make use of Financial Statements and Financial Ratios, please see New Post # 17


Financials – Statement of Cash Flows

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The Cash Flow Statement (Statement of Cash Flows) provides an overview of the way Funds move through an Entity, how they impact Overall Value and eventually reconcile with Cash Balances and determine Net Cash Flow in any given year.  There are formatting methods for the Cash Flow Statement, I demonstrate the Indirect Method in this post because it is the method preferred by most analysts.

The Cash Flow Statement is essentially the same as a yearly Balance Sheet – it’s just organized a little bit differently and is more summarized.  The Balance Sheet accumulates its amounts from the beginning, the Cash Flow Statement only accumulates its balances over one business year.  Since the Balance Sheet Accounts carry their balances from year to year, the Cash Flow Statement presents its amounts as either Increases or Decreases to groups of Accounts throughout the year.

Balance Sheet:

The Balance Sheet uses the three categories: Assets, Liabilities and Equity.

  • Assets
    • Current Assets (including Cash)
    • Fixed Assets (Net of Accumulated Depreciation)
  • Liabilities
    • Current Liabilities
    • Long Term Liabilities
  • Equity
    • Owners’ Capital (Contributions, Stock and Paid in Capital)
    • Retained Earnings
    • Net Income

Cash Flow Statement:

You’ve heard the term “Bottom Line” well, that term refers to the end result – the numbers at the bottom of the page.  Since the end result of the Cash Flow Statement is Net Cash, it is at the bottom of the report and everything else on the report funnels down to the bottom to come to the final Net Cash number.

The Cash Flow Statement uses the three categories: Operating, Investing and Financing.

  • Operating Activities
    • Net Income
    • + Depreciation Expense (and other non-cash expenses)
    • + Increases in Current Liabilities
    • + Decreases in Current Assets
    • – Increases in Current Assets
    • – Decreases in Current Liabilities
  • Investing Activities
    • + Decreases in Long Term/Fixed Assets (Independent of Accumulated Depreciation)
    • – Increases in Long Term/Fixed Assets (Independent of Accumulated Depreciation)
  • Financing Activities
    • + Increases in Long Term Liabilities/Debt
    • – Decreases in Long Term Liabilities/Debt
    • + Increases in Owners’ Capital
    • – Decreases in Owners’ Capital
    • – Increases in Dividends
  • Cash (Beginning Cash Balance – Net Increase/Decrease = Ending Cash Balance)

The net contribution to cash is summarized for each section and then combined to equal Net Cash Flow.  Net Cash Flow is then combined with the Beginning Cash Balance to reconcile to the Ending Cash Balance for the year.  Net Cash Flow is the difference between the Beginning and Ending Cash Balances.

The Cash Flow Statement is an important indicator of available cash for operations but also of how an entity is generating cash, if it is able to sustain itself and its growth through its operations or if it generated cash through increased debt and equity and/or decreased capital assets.

Statement of Cash Flows (Including Depreciation Entries from Balance Sheet Post)

Statement of Cash Flows
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
Net Income $45,104
Depreciation $496
Increase in Payables $1,700
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $47,300
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
Increase in Fixed Assets -$2,950
Net Cash Used by Investing Activities -$2,950
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities $0
Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents (Net Cash Flow)
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year $0
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Year $44,350

Remember that accrual accounting records revenues and expenses when they are earned or incurred regardless of when the related Cash is either received or disbursed.  This means that the amounts due for Payables or Receivables have impacted the Financials but have not yet impacted Net Cash Flow and so they must be added back to Net Cash Flow for Payables and deducted from Net Cash Flow for Receivables.

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**disclaimer: All information posted on this blog is from my own experience and training. The guidelines I present are general and in my experience, standard practice. I do not write with authority from any Accounting Standards Boards.

Percentage of Completion and Work in Progress

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The Revenue Principle of GAAP requires Revenue to be recorded in the period it is Earned regardless of when it is billed or when cash is received.

In some cases, it is simple to determine the timing for Revenues Earned, once ownership of a product is transferred or a service is complete, revenue is considered to have been earned. But if revenue recognition were delayed until the end of a long term contract, the Matching Principle of tying revenues and their direct costs to each other would be violated. The solution to this problem is the Percentage of Completion method of Revenue Recognition.

Contract Revenues are tied to Costs, but Billings on Contracts are not always tied to Costs. Sometimes elements of a contract are billed in advance or sometimes they are delayed by mutual agreement (or disagreement). This mismatch between actual billed revenue and earned revenue will require an adjusting entry but since the Percentage of Completion method adjusts billed revenue to reflect earned revenue, billings are posted to revenues and adjusted later to reflect the correct earned revenue amount. (Debit Accounts Receivable, Credit Sales).

Long Term Contracts will have estimates for both sides of a contract, Costs and Revenues. Calculating Percentage of Completion requires both total actual and total estimated numbers to calculate a percentage so it uses the side where both the actual and estimated numbers can be known, Costs.

  • Percent Complete = Actual Costs to Date / Total Estimated Costs

The Percent Complete is then applied to the Total Estimated Revenue to determine Earned Revenue to Date.

  • Earned Revenue to Date = Percent Complete * Total Estimated Revenue

Finally, the Earned Revenue to Date is compared to the Billings on Contract to Date. The difference is either added to or subtracted from the Revenue.

  • Earned Revenue to Date – Total Billings on Contract = Over/Under Billed Revenue

The Over/Under Billed Revenue accounts are Balance Sheet Accounts and they are often called either Billings in Excess of Costs (liability account that reflects over-billings) or Costs in Excess of Billings (asset account that reflects under-billings).

Work In Progress Statement:

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**disclaimer: All information posted on this blog is from my own experience and training. The guidelines I present are general and in my experience, standard practice. I do not write with authority from any Accounting Standards Boards.