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The underestimated sexiness of cash

There is an emerging wisdom today that considers improving cash flow to be a key driver of shareholder value optimisation. It may not be as fashionable, or even as sexy, as a relentless focus on earnings per share but overlooking, or at least failing to prioritise, cash flow optimisation is short-changing shareholders.

Shrewd financial directors today recognise that it�s now imperative to understand future cash flows and requirements better than ever before because borrowing from the bank or sourcing investment is not as easy as it used to be.

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By : admin /October 10, 2013 /Working Capital /0 Comment / Read More

Improving the Order-to-Cash Cycle

When pursuing order-to-cash improvements, many companies try to speed receivables. Instead, they should focus on setting long-term goals and improving customer relationships. Scott Pezza, research analyst, the Aberdeen Group, offers the following tips for improving order-to-cash effectiveness.

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By : admin /October 09, 2013 /Working Capital /0 Comment / Read More

Cash Flow: the Biggest Challenge for Businesses This Year

Businesses in the Americas express concern about maintaining adequate cash flow levels this year, and consider this one of the biggest challenges they will be facing. These opinions are consistent with those of businesses in Europe. In Canada and the U.S., foreign B2B receivables represent a greater threat while in Mexico and Brazil domestic B2B receivables are of more concern.

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By : admin /October 09, 2013 /Working Capital /0 Comment / Read More

Nestlé Russia LLC – Supplier Finance Programme

Upon his arrival in 2006, Paul Polman, Nestlé’s Chief Financial Officer, had embarked on a strategy of “finance enabled transformation”. His analysis had revealed that Nestlé’s working  capital performance was below par vis-à-vis its competitors and that this had contributed to lower price/earnings (P/E) ratio, EBITDA margin, and Return on Capital Employed. He therefore set new targets of sustainable growth, continued improvement of EBIT margin, and  responsible capital management.

 

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By : admin /June 20, 2013 /Working Capital /0 Comment / Read More

An alternative to expensive alternative financing

For many small businesses, credit is hard to get and slow in coming. With fewer companies getting bank loans, alternative lenders are positioning themselves to fill the gap by offering faster financing to companies with weaker credit profiles than banks would typically consider. While alternative financing is easier to get, it’s also more expensive…

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By : admin /May 31, 2013 /Working Capital /0 Comment / Read More