Posts Tagged ‘line of credit’

Keep Business and Personal Spending Separate

You’ve probably heard it is a good idea to keep business and personal spending separate. There are some very good reasons for that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Accounts Payable is Not Long-Term Debt

This will be a very short article. It is a follow up to Current or Long-Term Debt that discussed the appropriate use of various kinds of debt.

Accounts Payable

A comment made in a forum about accounts payable is what prompted this brief update on debt and how it is used. The commenter noted that a company was reclassifying some of its accounts payable to a note payable. When I heard this all kinds of bells and whistles went off. This is usually an indication of Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Debt Ratios Matter

If you don’t have a handle on your company’s debt you may find yourself without a company. Here are a few things to consider.

Types of Debt

There are two sources of capitalization for a company. One is owner equity and the other is debt. First let’s consider debt.

Debt may be in a number of forms, with bank loans to bonds being among them. An asset-based loan could be from a bank or other financing organization and Read the rest of this entry »

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Accounts Receivable Days Outstanding Analysis

About three years ago I wrote a series of three articles on ways to obtain low-cost cash. One of the articles was called 3 Low Cost Sources of Cash – Part 2 and concerned accounts receivable. In specific it discussed how the aging of accounts receivable might reveal an opportunity to generate additional cash, perhaps a significant amount. An alternative financial statistic to the accounts receivable aging that can help improve your cash position is the accounts receivable days outstanding. Let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry »

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Think Twice About Debt

Christmas has just passed and soon people will begin to see the consequences of their gift giving. Some of course have been very disciplined by either paying with cash or at least knowing they had the funds set aside to pay their credit card bill in total. Those who cannot pay their bill in tota Read the rest of this entry »

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Balance Sheet | A Different Look

When you look at a family photo there is something interesting that happens. While at first you may look at the group as a whole, if you look long enough you will invariably begin to think about specific individuals in the picture. You may think about the unique traits they have they you really like or even those traits that can drive you nuts. Do you sometimes find yourself thinking how much someone adds to your family? Perhaps you are even reminded of the challenges someone presents. So, what does this have to do with a company’s balance sheet?

The Balance Sheet in Total

At first glance a balance sheet may look like just a bunch of numbers, but we know Read the rest of this entry »

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Have a Lean Business

Have you ever tried to lose weight? If so your experience may have ranged from easy to difficult. When it comes to reducing costs a business may have a similar experience. By costs I’m referring to both product cost and expenses. Why do some businesses find it easy to reduce costs while others struggle and eventually stop trying?

Think Lean and Communicate It

Like losing weight reducing costs starts with Read the rest of this entry »

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Excessive Debt

If you have not already heard, the city of Detroit, Michigan is planning to default on a large portion of its debt and probably reduce pension payouts. So what is the lesson for your business?

Borrow Carefully

There are times when a business really does need to borrow to continue growing. However, there are also times when a business may borrow for the wrong reasons. In the case of Detroit and many other municipalities, commitments were likely made that far exceeded reasonable expectations of tax collections. One reason this could have happened was to avoid the Read the rest of this entry »

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Current or Long-Term Debt

There are many ways for a company to get into financial difficulties. One that is very common is misuse of debt. In a past blog, the risk of allowing accounts receivable to become overdue was discussed (see 3 Reasons Past Due Receivables May be Worthless). Also, in the blog posting 80/20 Rule for Receivables Management a way to help manage receivables was discussed. Another leading cause of financial distress is the mismanagement of inventory. See 3 Low Cost Sources of Cash – Part 1 for an example of the impact of this.

The problems of excess receivables and inventory are relatively easy to understand. But, the misuse of debt is a little more hidden.

What Kind of Credit Problem?

When people think of credit problems they are normally thinking in terms of Read the rest of this entry »

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How Time Erodes Your Profit

You’ve probably heard that time heals all wounds, but when it comes to the finances of your company the passage of time can inflict serious wounds.

Financing

How is your company financed? Is it internally, a line of credit, long-term loan(s), or some combination of methods? Regardless of how you finance a company, the passage of time can erode your ability to Read the rest of this entry »

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