Accounting

By Jeffrey Appleman Manufacturers are focused on sales—not cost or profit. If they were keen on net income, manufacturers would know one key data point: contribution margin. Once you know it, the possibilities are endless for growth, sustainability and efficiency. In effect, a contribution margin is the percentage of revenue that remains after you pay…

By Tim Jung As CFO, you have 60 months before the private equity firm sells your company again. And the newly installed CEO doesn’t like the company’s reports. Maybe the reporting isn’t timely or lacks the right numbers. Maybe it doesn’t tell a story from the progress that has been made, how you’re going to…

By Eric Segal The banking landscape has consolidated in the last three years. Maybe it was runaway inflation that caused cost-cutting branch closings. Or it was bigger banks gobbling smaller banks for quick market share. And let’s not forget the industry’s ongoing march toward digital transformation, which grabs more traction each month. Whatever the cause,…

By Chris Delaney When it comes to managing their business, manufacturers need much more than historical financials to project their future revenue, profitability and liquidity. Historic numbers simply capture what has happened in the past—but traditionally do a poor job predicting where a company will be in the near (3-6 months) or distant future (1-2…

By Paul Karr There is a common misconception that accounting policy is something that controllers can do in their spare time. Midsize firms especially can fall into the same trap: We’ve always had a small team, and everyone has to complete a lot of work, and we can’t afford another resource. Your controller already has…

Every business owner dreams of selling their business one day for a lot of money then retiring with a home on the beach or traveling the world. However, when it comes to actually selling the business, many business owners don’t follow a unified strategy, leaving them confused and frustrated because they realize running a business is…

By Tom Aiken While more companies transact and store their business off premises, SaaS companies have seen a run up in their valuations. Since 2015, the SaaS market continues to grow—18% annually—while 99% of organizations are using at least one cloud solution to drive demand. From an investor perspective, SaaS companies provide a dependable revenue…

A major theme of this edition of ProfitSense was accounting, as host Bill McDermott welcomed two CPAs, Bradley Carroll, CFO of Progressive Lighting, and Gary Clayton, CFO of Superior Business Management. Bradley discussed his move from a CPA firm to in-house practitioner, the significant problems associated with logistics and sourcing products internationally, and more. Topics Gary addressed…

Every business owner has a big vision for their company and wants to make it happen. However, most don’t follow a unified strategy to get there. Leaders often have trouble pulling the trigger on spending money on people or new strategies because they don’t understand what their numbers are telling them. Many business owners haven’t fully appreciated accounting…

By Allan Tepper Companies need about three months to receive a clean opinion for their annual audit. So why does your company need more time? Expending too much time and money on your annual audit is a red flag for the executives involved with corporate governance and financial oversight. New accounting rules and regulatory changes…

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At our February Cross-Chapter Power Networking session, we introduced a new format aptly named “Ask the Cross-Chapter Experts”. Our facilitator, XPX Nashville member, Lisa Kaufman, a sell-side M&A advisor to family-owned businesses called on 5 members (herself included) to present their “Current Client/Deal Challenge” to the group. Fellow members then became the “experts” providing input and possible resolutions for one of…

  In our last article about life after the sale we discussed identity. Even when business owners are comfortable with who they are, however, there is still the nuts and bolts issue of activity. A business owner spends 20, 30, or (not uncommonly with Boomers,) 40 years focused on running a business. Unless they’ve built a substantial…

Work from anywhere has been a necessity, an epithet, an obstacle, and an opportunity over the last 3 years. To paraphrase Aristotle’s axiom about Nature (“Horror Vacui”), business abhors a vacuum. Where one occurs, it is quickly filled. Work from anywhere started as a COVID-induced necessity. During the lockdowns of 2020-2021 (and longer in some…

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