# Accounting Self Study Guide for Staff of Micro Finance Institutions

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1 Accounting Self Study Guide for Staff of Micro Finance Institutions LESSON 2 The Balance Sheet OBJECTIVES The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the Balance Sheet and explain its components: Assets, Liabilities and Equity (Fund Balance; Reserve Balance). The relationship between these components will be explained. You will develop a basic understanding of how the Balance Sheet is created and how the operations of the organization are recorded on the Balance Sheet. You will also see how the Balance Sheet is static in nature. Topics include: The Balance Sheet The Accounting Equation (ASSETS = LIABILITIES + EQUITY) Assets Liabilities Equity Comparative Balance Sheet The Balance Sheet An organization or a business has resources which are called assets (for example, cash, equipment, loan portfolio outstanding, etc.). These assets must be funded either by borrowings (debt) or by capital contributed by the owners (or donors). When outside parties finance any portion of an organization s assets, they acquire claims against the organization equal to (or greater than, depending on the risk) the value of the financing. These are referred to as liabilities. When owners or donors fund part of an organization s assets, this is referred to as equity. The fundamental relationship in accounting is based on the fact that every addition to an organization s assets is financed either by outside parties or by the owners. This relationship states that the total claims of owners and outside parties are always equal to the value of an organization s assets. Equality between Assets and Claims Assets Total Value Claims By Outside Parties and by Owners For example, Betina decided to buy a sewing machine to start her own business. She had personal savings of \$500. She then borrowed \$1,000 from a micro-finance organization to buy the machine for \$1,500. After completing these transactions, the total value of the "business" is \$1,500, of which \$1,000 was financed by the micro-finance organization and \$500 financed by Betina. Calmeadow 1

2 Accounting Study Guide Lesson 2 Consequently the total claims against the business are equal to the value of its assets: Assets Claims Sewing machine 1,500 by the MF organization 1,000 by Betina 500 Totals: 1,500 1,500 The Balance Sheet reports the financial position of an organization at a specific point in time by providing a summary of an organization s assets and claims on its assets (liabilities and equity). The Balance Sheet should always balance. That is to say, total assets should always equal total liabilities plus equity. The amount remaining when liabilities are subtracted from assets is the equity (owners contribution) of the organization. Assets Total Assets = Assets Claims Liabilities (by Outside Parties) Equity (by Owners) Total Liabilities + Equity The Accounting Equation A fundamental characteristic of every Balance Sheet is that: TOTAL ASSETS = TOTAL LIABILITIES + EQUITY The relationship of assets to liabilities and equity is why the statement is called the Balance Sheet. For example: ASSETS = LIABILITIES + EQUITY \$106,300 = \$65,000 + \$41,300 The amounts listed in this equation are taken from the Sample Balance Sheet on the next page. By looking at the example we can see that the Balance Sheet is simply a detailed explanation of the accounting equation. Why does it balance? The two sides of the Balance Sheet are two views of the same resources of the organization. Assets are the resources owned by the organization. Liabilities and equity tell us who funded these resources to the organization and how much each group funded. Everything the organization owns or has rights to (assets) had to be funded by either creditors or by owners. Therefore the total claims of the creditors (liabilities) plus the claims of owners (equity) equal the total assets of the organization. Calmeadow 2

3 Accounting Study Guide Lesson 2 Refer to the Sample Balance Sheet below. Note that the figures on the Balance Sheet are cumulative since the beginning of the organization s activities. For example, at the start of each new accounting period, the opening Balance Sheet has an amount recorded for each line. The Balance Sheet is referred to as static because it always details the financial position of an organization at a specific point in time. The Income Statement, on the other hand, does not have any opening balances and records the financial activities of an organization during a specified period of time. This will be explained in greater detail in Lesson 3: The Income Statement. SAMPLE BALANCE SHEET ASSETS ABC Credit Programme BALANCE SHEET As at 31st December, 1995 LIABILITY AND EQUITY LIABILITIES Cash & Bank Current 5,000 Accounts Interest Bearing Deposits 8,000 Short-term Borrowings 18,000 (commercial rate) 13,000 Client Savings 0 Loans Outstanding: Current 66,000 Total Current Liabilities 18,000 Past-Due 17,000 Restructured 1,000 Loans Outstanding (Gross) 84,000 Long-term Debt (commercial rate) 12,000 (Loan Loss Reserve) (7,000) Long-term Debt (concessional rate) 35,000 Net Loans Outstanding 77,000 Restricted/Deferred Revenue 0 Other Current Assets 500 Total Current Assets 90,500 TOTAL LIABILITIES 65,000 Long-term Investments 12,500 Property and Equipment: EQUITY Cost (Accumulated Depreciation) 4,000 (700) Loan Fund Capital Retained Net Surplus/(Deficit) 40, prior years Net Property and Equipment 3,300 Net Surplus/(Deficit) current year 1,000 Total Long-term Assets 15,800 TOTAL EQUITY 41,300 TOTAL ASSETS 106,300 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 106,300 Source: SEEP Financial Services Working Group Calmeadow 3

4 Accounting Study Guide Lesson 2 Assets The resources of an organization are called assets. They have value because they can be exchanged for other goods or services, or can be employed productively to generate revenue. For example, if you have Tk10 in your pocket, it is an asset because with it you can buy a cup of tea and a biscuit. Assets represent what is owned by the organization or owed to it. Every asset (other than cash) is either an account receivable (cash owed to the organization) or is expected to be converted to cash, either directly through its sale or indirectly through the economic benefits it provides to an organization. For example, a client may purchase potatoes for resale. The potatoes become her inventory (asset) which is sold and turned into cash. Inventory Cash In a previous example, Betina purchased a sewing machine. This is an asset acquired because of the future economic benefit - clothing available for sale for cash. Sewing Machine Economic Benefits In the future, Betina may sell her sewing machine. In this case, the sewing machine is inventory which when sold is turned into cash. Sewing Machine Cash Common examples of assets of a micro-finance organization are cash, outstanding loan portfolio, investments, equipment, and motorcycles. Portfolio Cash Investments Cash Equipment Economic Benefits Motorcycles Economic Benefits Refer to Accounting Definitions (Balance Sheet): Assets on the next page. Calmeadow 4

5 Accounting Study Guide Lesson 2 Accounting Definitions (Balance Sheet): Assets Assets represent what is owned by the organization or owed to it. Assets are those items in which an organization has invested its funds for the purpose of generating future receipts of cash. On the Balance Sheet, total assets are always equal to the sum of liabilities plus equity. Assets may be divided into Current or Long-term: Current Assets: cash and marketable securities, accounts receivable, and inventories which in the normal course of business will be turned into cash within a year. Cash and Bank Current Accounts - all balances available to the organization on demand, such as cash, and funds on deposit in noninterest bearing accounts. Interest Bearing Deposits - funds on deposit with a financial institution with a term of less than a year which are earning interest income for the organization. Loans Outstanding: Current - the total amount of loans outstanding at a point in time (total owed an institution by its borrowers) which is current, i.e. no late payments or defaults. Past Due - the total amount of loans outstanding, which have an amount past due. Past Due should be defined by the organization. The time frame for Past Due should reflect when the risk of default (borrower will not pay) increases, considering the type of loan, loan term, payment schedule and the programme s past experiences. It is common to consider loans Past Due when a payment completes one entire cycle without being paid, i.e. when two payments have been missed. Therefore, loans with monthly payments are considered Past Due after 30 days. Each micro-finance organization must explain how it defines Past Due when reporting the quality of the loans outstanding. Restructured - loans outstanding in which the original terms have been re-negotiated. They can either be refinanced or rescheduled. Refinancing a loan involves disbursing a new loan to augment an existing loan before the existing loan is fully repaid. Refinancing generally refers to increases in the principal amount outstanding. Rescheduling a loan involves changing the payment period and/or the loan term on an outstanding loan. Both are usually done to prevent a borrower from defaulting on a loan, or so that a borrower is no longer in arrears and is more able to meet payments on time. Restructuring loans should be done sparingly as they can affect delinquency rates significantly. Loan Loss Reserve - the amount set aside to cover losses on the loan portfolio. When the Reserve is created (or adjusted) a loan loss expense (referred to as the Loan Loss Provision) is recorded on the Income Statement as an expense. The amount of Loan Loss Provision is then recorded on the Balance Sheet as a negative asset - Loan Loss Reserve - reducing the net outstanding loan balance (or as a liability). Calmeadow 5

6 Accounting Study Guide Lesson 2 Actual loan losses, or write-offs, are reflected on the Balance Sheet only (and not on the Income Statement) as a reduction of the Loan Loss Reserve and the Gross Outstanding Loan Balance. The resulting effect is to leave the Net Portfolio on the Balance Sheet unchanged since the Reserve has already been made (and expensed as a Loan Loss Provision). If the Loan Loss Reserve is too low relative to the value of loans to be written off, then the Loan Loss Reserve needs to be increased through making a Provision for Loan Losses on the Income Statement. (The Loan Loss Reserve is sometimes treated as a liability and is reduced when loans are written off.) Net Loans Outstanding - is the sum of all loan balances still owed to the organization, that is, all loans disbursed and not yet repaid or written off, net of any Loan Loss Reserve. The Net Loans Outstanding figure reflects only the principal due, and does not include interest expected to be received. Other Current Assets - items which do not appear above, such as: accrued interest - interest that has come due but has not yet been received is recorded as accrued; some organizations only accrue interest after the loan term has ended and there is still interest outstanding; accounts receivable - any promise to pay the organization for services already rendered or products already delivered; and prepaid expenses - examples are pre-paid rent or insurance premiums paid for the upcoming period. Long-term Assets include property, plant and equipment, and represent those assets not readily redeemable to cash. Examples are land, buildings, machinery, equipment, furniture, automobiles, and investments or receivables held for longer than one year. Long-term Investments - investments not intended as a ready source of cash such as stocks, bonds and promissory notes that will be held for more than one year. Property and Equipment Cost - property and equipment (fixed assets) are recorded at cost or current market value at acquisition. Accumulated Depreciation - the annual, non-cash expense that is determined by estimating the useful life of each asset. Depreciation represents a decrease in the value of property and equipment to account for that portion of the useful life that is used up during each accounting period. (Amortization is similar to depreciation but refers to expensing property over time.) Net Property and Equipment - the cost of property and equipment less accumulated depreciation. Calmeadow 6

7 Accounting Study Guide Lesson 2 Liabilities Liabilities are what the organization owes to other parties either in the form of a loan which it received or obligations for the organization to provide goods and services at a later date. Liabilities are debts the organization has incurred which remain outstanding as of the date of the Balance Sheet. These debts usually require payment of assets (cash) or the rendering of services or delivering of products. For example, an organization incurs a liability when it buys services or products for its operations and agrees to pay cash at a later date. This is called an Account Payable. If an organization borrows money, it incurs an obligation to repay the loan. The liability created is called a Loan Payable. Accounts Payable Pay Cash Loans Payable Pay Cash An organization also incurs a liability if it receives payment for a product or service which will be delivered at a later date. Receipt in Advance Receipt in Advance Deliver Products Provide Services Liabilities are generally recognized (reported) only after a transaction has taken place. The receipt of cash or other assets by the organization in exchange for a promise to pay cash or deliver products or services in the future indicates that a transaction needs to be recorded. In the sewing machine example, Betina borrowed \$1,000. Once she received the funds, she incurred a liability of \$1,000. This liability needs to be recorded. Refer to Accounting Definitions (Balance Sheet): Liabilities on the next page. Calmeadow 7

8 Accounting Study Guide Lesson 2 Accounting Definitions (Balance Sheet): Liabilities Liabilities represent what is owed by the organization to others either in the form of a loan which has been extended to it or obligations for the organization to provide goods and services in the future. Short-term Borrowing - the outstanding amounts that the organization owes to a bank or other lenders which are due within one year. Client Savings (Group Savings Deposits/Emergency Fund etc.) - both voluntary and compulsory client savings that have been deposited in the organization which the organization must return. Although a liability for the organization, deposits are different from borrowed funds because there is no due date or amortization schedule. Generally organizations pay a rate of return on client savings. If these are not paid out to clients, they are sometimes referred to as accrued interest and increase the liability of the organization to the client. Long-term Debt (commercial rate) - the outstanding amount that the organization owes to a bank or other lender for which it is paying a market rate of interest. Long-term debt is defined as that which has a term greater than one year. Long-term Debt (concessionary rate) - the outstanding amount that the organization owes to a bank or other lender for which it is paying the lender a rate of interest below the market rate for a term greater than one year. Restricted/Deferred Revenue - funds received, but restricted for use in future years are classified as a liability on the Balance Sheet because they would have to be returned to the funding organization if the specified programmes were not carried out. Restricted funds are not recorded as earned until the service or product which they are funding is delivered. When the organization receives restricted or deferred funds, it incurs an obligation (liability) to provide the services described in the grant agreement. As the organization provides the services (i.e.: technical assistance to microentrepreneurs) it incurs expenses. Deferred revenue is then reflected as grant revenue and used to cover those expenses. Calmeadow 8

9 Accounting Study Guide Lesson 2 Equity Equity is equal to assets less liabilities. Unlike liabilities, the equity of an organization does not have to be repaid. It therefore represents the value or net worth of the organization. Equity is often referred to as the net worth since its reported value is equal to the difference between total assets and total liabilities. This difference represents the organization s net assets. It is obtained by rewriting the basic equation: ASSETS = LIABILITIES + EQUITY ASSETS LIABILITIES = EQUITY Refer to Accounting Definitions (Balance Sheet): Equity below. Accounting Definitions (Balance Sheet): Equity Equity includes capital contributions of any investors or donors, retained earnings, and the current year surplus. (Note: sometimes equity can include soft loan capital contributed by donors, often referred to as quasiequity. For the purposes of this training, soft or concessional loans are included as liabilities.) Loan Fund Capital - represents what has been contributed over time to the organization and not spent. Sources of Loan Fund Capital include grants designated to go to capital, investor contributions, the proceeds of fundraising activities, and/or membership or share purchases. Retained Net Surplus/(Deficit) prior years - the amount of income (or loss) accumulated since the formation of the organization. It may also be referred to as undistributed profits or earned surplus. Net Surplus/(Deficit) current year - the amount of income (or loss) generated in the current year. The Sample Transactions on the next page illustrate how various business transactions affect the Accounting Equation and thus the Balance Sheet. Calmeadow 9

10 SAMPLE TRANSACTIONS (Balance Sheet) Cash Current Loans Outstanding ASSETS = LIABILITIES + EQUITY Loans Past Due Investment s Property & Equipment Shortterm Borrowing Client Saving s Longterm Debt Restricte d/deferre d Revenue Purchase office furniture for cash A loan to a client becomes Past Due Purchase equipment on short-term credit Take out a long-term loan from a bank Pay outstanding balance on a short-term loan Donor contribution to Loan Fund Capital Disburse a loan to a client Client repays a current loan Receive a client deposit Pay off outstanding long-term loan from bank Receive a 2 year donation restricted for Operations Payment of dividends to shareholders Purchase a computer and pay half on credit Equity

11 Accounting Lesson 2 To summarize, a Balance Sheet shows the overall financial position of an organization at a specific point in time and is cumulative since the beginning of the business operations. It is often useful to compare Balance Sheets from previous periods in order to determine how the organization is growing and how well it is managing its financial resources. Comparative Balance Sheet Refer to the Sample Balance Sheet (Comparative) on the next page. It is often useful to conduct a trend analysis over a number of years in order to see how the Balance Sheet has changed. Trend analysis simply refers to calculating the percentage change year after year (and/or various ratios over time, discussed in detail in the FINANCE module) and noting how assets are growing and how those assets are funded. Note the change in the level of debt from one year to the next. It is important to maintain a balance between debt and equity, as too much debt may result in difficulty repaying the loans. An organization must ensure that it does not take on too much debt relative to its ability to repay. Equity, on the other hand, does not require repayments at a specific time although it must be emphasized that the amount contributed by the owner or other investors must earn a positive return or the business will not be successful in the long term. (This is explained in greater detail in the FINANCE module.) If the organization has a large amount of equity and very few liabilities, it is likely limiting its income generating potential by not making use of external sources of debt, e.g. a line of credit or a loan can be borrowed for, say, 10% and on-lent to clients at 15%. Therefore, it may be better for the organization to increase its liabilities in order to increase its incomegenerating assets (i.e. loan portfolio). It is important to note that an organization should maintain an appropriate balance between equity and liabilities. Calmeadow 11

12 Accounting Lesson 2 SAMPLE BALANCE SHEET (COMPARATIVE) ABC Credit Programme BALANCE SHEET as at December 31, 1995 Dec. 31, 1995 Dec. 31, 1994 % Change ASSETS Cash & Bank Current Accounts 5,000 2, % Interest-bearing Deposits 8,000 7, % Loans Outstanding: Current 66,000 50, % Past-Due 17,000 19,500 13% Restructured 1, % Loans Outstanding (Gross) 84,000 70, % (Loan Loss Reserve) (7,000) (5,000) + 40% Net Loans Outstanding 77,000 65, % Other Current Assets 500 1,000 50% TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 90,500 75, % Long-term Investments 12,500 11, % Property and Equipment: Cost 4,000 4,000 0% (Accumulated Depreciation) (700) (300) + 133% Net Property and Equipment 3,300 3,700 11% TOTAL LONG-TERM ASSETS 15,800 14, % TOTAL ASSETS 106,300 90, % LIABILITIES Short-term Borrowings (commercial 18,000 12, % Client Savings 0 0 TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 18,000 12, % Long-term Debt (commercial rate) 12,000 15,000 20% Long-term Debt (concessional rate) 35,000 30, % Restricted/Deferred Revenue 0 0 TOTAL LIABILITIES 65,000 57,000 14% EQUITY Loan Fund Capital 40,100 33, % Retained Net Surplus/(Deficit) prior Net Surplus/(Deficit) current year 1, % TOTAL EQUITY 41,300 33, % TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 106,300 90, % Source: SEEP Financial Services Working Group Calmeadow 12

13 Accounting Lesson 2 The Balance Sheet: EXERCISES 1. What are the main elements of a Balance Sheet? 2. What is the Accounting Equation? 3. Define: Asset, Liability and Equity. 4. Put ( ) in the appropriate column: ITEMS ASSETS LIABILITIES EQUITY Cash Equipment Client Savings Net Deficit - current year Restricted/Deferred Revenue Building Loans Outstanding - current Loan Fund Capital Long-term Investments Long-term Debt (concessional) Loans Outstanding - Past Due Loan Loss Reserve* Restructured Loans * Is sometimes treated as a liability. Calmeadow 13

14 5. For the following transactions, show how these affect the Balance Sheet: i. Purchase land on credit (> one year) vi. Purchase a Treasury Bill for cash ii. Disburse loan to client vii. Client withdraws savings iii. Purchase motorcycles for staff - pay half cash; half short-term credit viii. Receive an unrestricted donation iv. Purchase office furniture on short-term credit ix. A current loan becomes past due v. Take loan from bank at commercial rate of interest (> one year) x. Receive a restricted donation for operations (3 years) ASSETS = LIABILITIES + EQUITY Cash Current Loans Outstanding Loans Past Due Investments Property & Equipment Short-term Borrowing Client Savings Long-term Debt Restricted/ Deferred Revenue Equity i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. viii. ix. x.

15 Accounting Lesson 2 6. Draw the general format of a Balance Sheet. 7. The following information is available for MicroFund Inc. as at 30th June, On the basis of this information, prepare a Balance Sheet using the format shown on the next page. PARTICULARS \$ PARTICULARS \$ Loans Outstanding - Restructured 10,000 Restricted Revenue 139,800 Client Savings 146,512 Long-term Investments 104,500 Furniture 33,490 Accumulated Depreciation 23,219 Short-term Deposit 7,366 Equipment 41,296 Long-term Debt (concessional) 150,000 Long-term Debt (commercial) 100,000 Cash 6,000 Vehicles 47,500 Loan Loss Reserve 21,000 Retained Net Surplus (prior) 6,900 Loans Outstanding - Current 350,000 Bank Current Accounts 5,000 Interest Receivable 2,500 Loans Outstanding - Past Due 70,000 Refrigerator 2,100 Short-term borrowings 7,500 Loan Fund Capital 84,621 Computer Equipment 10,000 Retained Net Surplus (current) 10,200 Calmeadow 15

16 Accounting Lesson 2 MicroFund Inc. BALANCE SHEET As at June 30, 1995 Calmeadow 16

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