Posts Tagged ‘profit’

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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Make Profit Count

Ever wondered why a company that seemed to be doing so well suddenly failed? Often times the reason is that management took their eyes of the ball, with the ball being defined as cash. I touched on this earlier in Cash Flow – The Bottom Line. Basically the issue comes down to realizing that in order to make profit count it is essential that profit is converted to cash.

Cash is Critical

Without adequate cash a company will be hard-pressed to pay bills. I’ve had clients and been an employee of companies that were very profitable on paper. But, that’s on paper only. If you looked only at Read the rest of this entry »

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Two Dangerous Financial Illusions

Sometimes when a company gets into financial trouble management is being deluded by things they thought were indicating financial health.

The Sales Illusion

It is not uncommon for a company’s management to see growing sales and think this is a clear indicator that everything is going fine. Increasing sales can be an indicator of financial health, but not when taken alone. If you read the posting Cash Flow – The Bottom Line you would have read about Read the rest of this entry »

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Cash Flow–The Bottom Line

In the 1986 move Jerry Maguire, there is a famous line, “Show me the money.” Actually, when ever I read or hear about how profitable a business is, that line comes back to me.

Cash or Profits?

While there are any number reasons a company may fail, one of the most common is falling short of cash – that is insufficient positive cash flow. In fact, on paper some companies are very profitable yet they still fail. On the other side of this same coin, some companies remain unprofitable for an extended time and still survive because they possessed adequate cash flow. Of course, let’s be realistic here – a company cannot continue forever being unprofitable. But, profit alone is not enough. Read the rest of this entry »

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