Are you responsible for strategic planning, controlling, accounting or finance? Or maybe even for all these areas?
You and your staff may not need to build new models all the time — but for you it is important to properly understand the functionality of the existing model to effectively answer questions like: What medium and long term effects will our investment plans have on our balance sheet? What capital requirements and capital structure are best suited for this development, if all components up to tax effects are taken into account? How well do we meet financial covenants, and how do they react in sensitivity analysis? What measures can be taken to increase the company’s value? How do acquisition, merger, demerger or restructuring affect our financial indicators and balance sheet structures? Are they economical? What does the normalized representation look like? Are our investments, subsidiaries or company assets still recoverable?
Therefore, knowledge of financial models will become a “must” in the finance department as well as in controlling.
Comprehensive, fully integrated financial models allow you to quantify the consequences of corporate activities and compare various strategic or operational options. These models will provide you with the figures you need: income statement, balance sheet, cash flow, financial covenants, operational performance indicators, normalizations, and much more. And they do it in the framework of a fully integrated approach, i.e. the various indicators are all accurate and fitting for the individual planning scenario – an indispensable tool when communicating with management, supervisory bodies, owners, banks, and investors.