Financial Statements

Sales and Earnings Acceleration

Most companies would be thrilled to see their sales accelerating. However, it needs to be accompanied by acceleration of earnings. The reality is that for growth to be healthy sales and earnings acceleration go hand-in-hand. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sales and Accounts Receivable

Every company focuses on growing sales. That’s good, but how many also track the growth of accounts receivable? Often the growth of one does not mirror the growth of the other. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inventory Management Shortcut

Inventory can be one of the most difficult assets to manage. It doesn’t have to be this way if an inventory management shortcut is utilized. Read the rest of this entry »

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Turn Losses into Profits

What do you do when your company begins to lose money? The answer or answers will determine if you profit in the future or continue to lose. Actually, the title of this article is a little misleading since a loss remains a loss. But the actions prompted by Read the rest of this entry »

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Learn to Love Financial Data

What would you think if you heard someone say that company management should learn to love financial data? You might think they had lost their mind. Have they?

Attention Getter

Actually I used that question to get your attention. No, I don’t really expect the management of any company to get to love financial data. On the other hand, I do think Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Checkpoints

For every business there are certain points in time that are ideal for assessing the progress of the business from a financial perspective. I think of these as financial checkpoints.

Just What is a Checkpoint?

For our purposes we can define a checkpoint as Read the rest of this entry »

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Unnecessary Spending

If we look closely we can see personal spending that was unnecessary. In business it can be more difficult to identify unnecessary spending. Ever wonder why? Read the rest of this entry »

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Real Assets

Can you identify real assets when you see them? This question may not be what you are thinking. This posting relates to a similar one called When an Asset is Not an Asset.

Aren’t All Assets Real?

Stop for a moment and consider some of the things categorized as assets on the balance sheets of various companies. These may include, among other items: Cash and Short-Term Investments, Accounts and Notes Receivable, Prepaid Expenses, Fixed Assets (Land and Buildings, Furniture and Equipment, Leasehold Improvements, etc.), Long-Term Investments, Patents, Goodwill, and other items.

Now, on the face of it there is really nothing wrong with Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Measurements that Matter

In business we typically measure a lot of things, but when it comes to financial information are we making and utilizing financial measurements that matter?

What Does That Mean?

To understand what I’m referring, let’s look back at the posting Some Key Financial Indicators where we briefly considered Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Think

 

Before you begin a major undertaking in your business do you take time to think in depth? It is critical if you are to avoid unexpected results.

It Begins with Thoughts

Before we do anything we first think. Even those routine things we do daily involve some thought beforehand. But, in this posting we are concerned with actions that are not routine, at least not yet. Read the rest of this entry »

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