Finance plays a crucial role in building value for any company, regardless of its size or industry. Finance guides how capital is allocated within the business. It determines which projects, departments, or ventures receive funding based on projected return on investment, which can lead to growth and increased value.

Companies that manage finances effectively are more likely to be successful in achieving their strategic objectives, maximizing profitability, and generating value for shareholders. This is done by selecting appropriate metrics to define the value aspirations and then design strategies linked to day-to-day decisions to maximize resources, monitor progress towards your goals, and embedding a value-first mindset.

Each of these areas contributes to the financial stability and success of the company. However, it’s important to remember that finance is not just about managing money; it’s also about using financial insight to drive strategic decisions and create value for the business.

How We Help

The finance function plays a central role in managing a company’s resources and driving its economic performance. Here are some of the ways we help members in the finance function to significantly influence their business:

Capital Management:
This involves managing the company’s equity, debt, and working capital to ensure it has sufficient resources to fund operations, investments, and growth, while minimizing the cost of capital.

Budgeting and Forecasting:
Finance is responsible for creating budgets and financial forecasts that guide a company’s strategic planning and decision-making processes. This involves projecting future revenues, costs, cash flow, and profitability.

Risk Management:
The finance department identifies and manages financial risks, such as credit risk, liquidity risk, and market risk. This includes creating strategies to hedge against risks or mitigate their impact.

Investment Decisions:
The finance function evaluates potential investments, whether they involve launching a new product, entering a new market, or acquiring another company. They use financial modeling to project returns and assess risks, to ensure the company’s capital is allocated efficiently.

Financial Reporting and Analysis:
Finance departments prepare financial reports, such as income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements. They also analyze these reports to provide insights into the company’s financial health and performance, and inform strategic decision-making.

Cost Control and Profitability Management:
Finance has a key role in identifying cost-saving opportunities and managing expenses to improve profitability. This could involve streamlining operations, negotiating with suppliers, or making strategic cuts.

Regulatory Compliance:
The finance function ensures that the company complies with financial regulations and tax laws, and accurately reports its financial status to regulators, investors, and other stakeholders.

Strategic Planning:
The finance function contributes to strategic planning by providing financial projections and analysis to support the company’s long-term objectives. It also monitors and reports on progress towards these objectives.

Cash Flow Management:
Effective management of cash flow is crucial for any business. This involves ensuring that the company has sufficient cash to meet its operational needs and financial obligations, while also identifying opportunities to invest surplus cash for growth.

Shareholder Value Creation:
Ultimately, the finance function seeks to maximize shareholder value, through profitable operations, sound investments, effective risk management, and strategic planning.