Profitability

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 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…

Increasing revenue when preparing for a future sale (or pretty much anytime!) is great but an equivalent savings in operational costs, such as supply chain and manufacturing, can provide an even greater increase in company sales price since valuations are often based on multiples of EBITDA. A $1M increase in sales may improve EBITDA by…

As a small business owner, you face many challenges when running your own company. Financial management is one of the most critical aspects of any business, but hiring a full-time CFO can be a costly and unrealistic expense for many small businesses. This is where Fractional CFOs, like those provided by FocusCFO, come in. What…

By David DeMuth Manufacturers can’t afford to wait any longer. For two years, CFOs and controllers have managed supply-chain disruptions and labor shortages, as well as surging prices. Typically, these developments could require most manufacturers to raise prices to survive. In Q4 of 2022, there is a looming recession. The generally accepted definition of a…

Program produced by XPX Atlanta. Mechanics of a deal directly influence whether a seller’s financial goals can be achieved. Learn from experienced advisors how to optimize each step of the business sale process to ensure a successful transaction and maximize total proceeds from the deal. Moderator: Barry SelvidgePartnerNewport LLC With over 30 years of experience…

“Accounting is the language of business, and you must learn it like a language…To be successful at business, you have to understand the underlying financial values of the business.”  –Warren Buffett Time after time in my banking career I met with thousands of business owners who were looking for loans. Frequently, it became apparent that they had…

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Worry about cash flow is one of the top issues that keeps business owners up at night. Cash flow is like oxygen to a business and without it, the business won’t survive. Several years back, I had a client ask me, “If I’ve made $500,000 in profit, why isn’t it in the bank account?” A very good…

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“I should demote myself!” joked the head of sales. “It looks like I am better at selling than at managing a sales team.” We were looking at his team’s individual sales numbers. He was selling more when he was a regular salesperson than his whole team today. We too often promote the wrong person into…

Effective March 12, 2024, New York Labor Law prohibits employers from requiring employees and job applicants to provide information about their personal accounts. If you think this sounds familiar, you are right. This idea has been in place in various states for years; now New York is joining in! Under the new legislation, “personal accounts”…

Unlocking Retirement Savings to Fund a New Business Many people have dreams of starting a business but lack the capital or funding needed to launch their new business ideas. It’s true: It costs money to start a business. The US Small Business Administration (SBA) says that how to fund a business is one of the…

In order for your family business to outlive its founder, careful succession planning is a must. That means finding the most frictionless way to pass both leadership and ownership from one generation to the next. While some family business dynamics lend themselves to smooth and simple succession, others hit bumps in the road. One of…

Accurate Asset Assessment for Fair Distribution: When planning an estate, one of the primary concerns is ensuring a fair and equitable distribution of assets among beneficiaries. A professional valuation provides an accurate and unbiased assessment of the true value of all assets, including real estate, investments, businesses, and personal property. This is essential to avoid disputes…

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