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How the Balance Sheet Forecast is Calculated

This example of a balance sheet forecast is produced using Figurewzard. Liquidity, solvency and operating cash flow are all derived from the balance sheet

forecast for year beginning the 1st.May 2017May 2018May 2019
Fixed Assets56,62454,08177,791
Current Assets217,675261,733506,750
Total Assets274,298315,813584,540
Current Liabilities154,652125,407181,003
Long Term Liabilities13,8784,09511,648
Total Liabilities168,530129,502192,651

Net Current Assets (Working Capital)

Net Assets105,768186,311391,890

Retained Profits Bfwd


add: Profit / Loss after Tax


less: Dividend


Retained Profits C/Fwd


Capital and Reserves (Equity)


How to Read the Balance Sheet Forecast

This example of a balance sheet forecast describes the predicted financial condition of a business. More so than profit and loss, it ranks first in importance with banks, creditors and investors for any business plan.

Its two most important elements are equity, forecasting balance sheet solvency and net current assets (working capital) forecasting liquidity. Of the two, the working capital forecast is far and away the most important.

Working Capital and Liquidity

Current assets less current liabilities return net current assets or working capital. That measures liquidity - i.e. Cash generated from normal trading operations to meet current liabilities as and when they fall due for payment. 

Assets that are concerned exclsuively with core tading activity (operations) that are cash convertible within twelve months are termed as current assets. Apart for cash itself these will include accounts receivable, stock and prepayments.

Current liabilities represents all debt deemed to be payable within twelve months, regardless of whether or not they are concerned with core trading operations.

If your balance sheet forecast shows working capital in deficit, revising your budgets to correct it will be essential. What follows shows how this is easily and quickly done using Figurewizard without breaking the bank.

Planning Overheads and the Balance Sheet

The What-If Calculator and Planner makes it possible for you to update / change forecasts in real time. Here it has been used to improve working capital and cash by reducing forecast wages and fixed overheads - Each by increments of 5%

Year 1 less Fixed O/Heads & Wages Pre-Tax Profit Equity Working Capital Increase / Decrease Borrowings Bank Year End
0% 430,000 94,381 105,052 59,993 53,854 -35,439
5% 408,500 116,779 123,911 81,165 33,488 -13,261
10% 387,000 138,712 141,677 98,931 9,962 8,452

Cash flow problems can always be temporarily resolved by increasing borrowings but all that does is to buy you time. In the long run an increase in external debt is not a cure for insolvency.

Planning Fixed Assets and Overheads

Improved working capital and cash flow also rely on sustainable expenditure for investment in new fixed assets. Their cost, regardless of financing will always affect balance sheet liquidity.

In this sample forecast £30,000 of new main pool assets (e.g. plant and machinery, fixtures, equipment, trucks and vans) and £25,000 for company cars have been entered, a total of £55,000. Seventy percent of that is financed over 24 months.

The table below shows how that £55,000 will affect liquidity (working capital) and cash flows, followed by what happens to these if first the £25,000 for new cars is removed followed by the £30,000 of new main pool assets.

Despite these assets being 70% financed, the liquidity and cash flow improvements are significant.

Fixed Asset Acquisitions Fixed Overheads Interest Charges Equity Working Capital   Increase / Decrease Borrowings Bank Year End
55,000 430,000 5,062 105,052 59,993 53,854 -35,439
30,000 408,500 3,104 127,097 100,956 5,616 -691
0 387,000 1,488 143,371 135,789 -48,780 69,719

While asset finance underwrites the acquisition of fixed assets it simply one source of external finance. Therefore short term debt associated with it (i.e. payable within 12 months) will be a charge against liquidity.

Paying Current Liabilities on Time

Resolving cash flow problems by delaying payments for current liabilities only makes a bad situation worse.

Financial penalties for late payment of taxes are bad enough but the inevitable loss of confidence in your business that goes with late payment to suppliers will be worse still by putting commercial credit and therefore operating cash flows at risk.

Fixed Assets and Depreciation

Cost less depreciation describes the net book value of fixed assets in the balance sheet. That represents the residual value of their forecast working life in the business, not their estimated fair market values.

This is an important distinction. Depreciated net book values for fixed assets are invariably significantly lower than what could reasonably be expected to be realised if put up for sale. In the event of a forced sale (which is how bank managers will view their value) that realisable value will be lower still.

Fixed assets play no part in defining liquidity other than depleting it upon their acquisition; regardless of asset financing.

Producing this Balance Sheet Forecast

No intervention by a user is called for to calculate this balance sheet forecast. Figurewizard will automatically produce it just from your forecast sales, margins, overheads, investment and simple cash ratios.

Plan to Avoid Business Failure Using Figurewizard

With your first attempt at forecasting with Figurewizard there are likely to be areas of profit, cash, and balance sheet value that you will want to change. This is what the What-If Calculator and Planner is for.

For example it allows you to address deficits for profits, working capital and cash flow by amending your original figures such as profit margin, overheads, year-end stock, investments and financing , all with single clicks of the mouse. 

As you do so, the calculator, which displays the key features of your forecasts such as operating profits, profit after tax, cash flow, bank balances, working capital and net worth all change too, again in real time.

What-If Calculator and Factoring / Supply Chain Financing

You can also use the What-If Calculator to select factoring / supply chain financing.  Once again all this takes are single clicks to select the percentage of invoicing to be factored and the rate of interest to be charged. Once more as yo do so, everything changes in real time.

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