While standards for preparing cash flow statements have been in existence for many years, there are an increasing number of challenges to correct classification and presentation. This course will provide CPAs who prepare cash flow statements under ASC 230 with a guide to the more challenging classification issues. Additinally, there will be focus on the ratios used by creditors to evaluate and covenant cash flow. A cash flow based financial forecasting model will also be explained and illustrated via case studies.
Course ID: CFPAU
The Cash Flow Statement: A Practical Guide to Preparation, Analysis and Use
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Recognize how statement users analyze cash flows.
- Identify how the net income to cash flow disconnect’ affects small and growing companies.
- Recognize the activity approach to cash flow analysis.
- Examine the practical challenges to correct cash flow classification * Distinguish key cash flow ratios used by investors and creditors.
- Determine the funds needed for forecasting model in formulating financial strategy.
- What can analysis of cash flow tell us?.
- The basic classification blocks, operating, investing and financing activities explained.
- More complex classification issues.
- FASB’s proposed changes to ASC 230.
- Cash flow ratio analysis.
- Using the cash flow model to forecast funds needed.
- Financial strategies for growing companies.
- How lenders analyze cash flows: the RMA model.
Who Should Attend
Controllers and finance professionals who prepare cash flow statements and use them to formulate financial strategy; Accountants in public practice who assist companies with cash flow analysis and planning
Fields of StudyAccounting
Prior learning or experience in preparing cash and tax financial statements.