In Budgeting And Cash Flow Management, a cash flow statement, also known as statement of cash flows, is a financial statement that shows how changes in balance sheet accounts and income affect cash and cash equivalents, and breaks the analysis down to operating, investing, and financing activities. Essentially, the cash flow statement is concerned with the flow of cash in and out of the business. Cash Flow And Budgeting Analysis a tool, the statement of cash flows is useful in determining the short-term viability of a company, particularly its ability to pay bills. International Accounting Standard 7 (IAS 7) is the International Accounting Standard that deals with cash flow statements.
People and groups interested in Cash Flow Planning include:
- Accounting personnel, who need to know whether the organization will be able to cover payroll and other immediate expenses
- Potential or creditors, who want a clear picture of a company’s ability to repay
- Potential investors, who need to judge whether the company is financially sound
- Potential employees or contractors, who need to know whether the company will be able to afford compensation
- Company Directors, who are responsible for the governance of the company, and are responsible for ensuring that the company does not trade while insolvent
- Shareholders of the company.