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1 63 COSTS AND COSTING 6 PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS Simple Financial Calculations Analysing Performance - The Balance Sheet Analysing Performance Analysing Financial Performance Profit And Loss Forecast Profit And Loss Calculations The Balance Sheet Exercise P 213

2 SIMPLE FINANCIAL CALCULATIONS Your books tell you what's happened in the past Your cash flow forecast is about what may happen in the future What about now? How are we doing right now? Wouldn't it be nice to know if you were making a profit? For every single bit of goods or services you supply to others, there will be costs to pay (money going out) and money coming in from the sales you make If there s more coming in than going out, then you should be making a profit Let s look at working that out: Sales This includes everything you ve supplied, even if not paid for yet! It is your usual trade It does not include sale of assets PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 If you supply goods, you need to know how much stock you ve purchased, and how much stock is left (In a service trade, you won t) This is known as the cost of sales Cost of sales is: Value of stock at start of time period + Value of stock bought in this period = Total stock available to be sold - Value of stock left at end of period = Cost of sales for the time period P 214

3 This works for retail businesses But for manufacturing, you need to think about cost of production, and that means taking off completed products (ready to be sold) and incomplete (work in progress) Cost of sales is: Value of stock (raw materials) + Materials bought in this time - Value of stock at end of time + Direct costs related to production (wages, power etc) + Work in progress + Value of products at start of period - Value of products at end of period = Costs of production/cost of sales for period Don't forget: your stock of raw materials is valued at what you paid for them, even if that is more or less than what you could get for them Calculating Gross Profits Sales - Cost of sales = Gross profit Opening stock + Purchases - Closing stock = Costs of sales Gross profit / Sales x 100 = Gross profit margin (%) Calculating Depreciation Equipment wears out and has to be replaced That costs the business money You should allow for that For instance, you may buy a computer for 1,000 and have to replace it in 5 years To get the same amount of money ready for that, you ll have to put aside 200 per year Also, how much is that computer worth right now? If it s only going to last a few years, it will be worth less each year How Do You Work Out Depreciation? 1 : The Straight Line Method It s the original cost or value of the computer divided by its life in years A computer with a value of 1000 and a life of five years loses 1000 / 5 = 200 per year That s how much it depreciates 2 : Or, we could allow 20% off the (decreasing) value each year That means it s 20% off 1,000 this year, and 20% off 800 next year PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 P 215

4 Accruals And Pre-payments Looking at your bank balance now, you ll know that you may have paid for things in advance - for instance, the insurance policy you took out in January will last clear through to December That s a pre-payment Also, you ll be receiving goods or services now that you haven t paid for yet - for instance, heat and light used in January may not have to be paid for until the end of March That s an accrual To get a fair picture of your finances, you need to add in pre-payments to your assets and take away accruals Profit And Loss Account Using all the totals you can get from the above calculations: Sales take away cost of sales equals gross profit Take away running costs and expenditure in this period (allowing for pre-payments and accruals) equals net profit Now you can answer that question, Are we making a profit? You look at the amounts coming in, and going out, in this time period, and you ve got the answer If you do this regularly, you will be informed as to the health of the project Are things getting better? PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Are things getting worse? Combined with information in your cash flow forecast, you can check on progress and have time to act, if things are going wrong P 216

5 ANALYSING PERFORMANCE - THE BALANCE SHEET The balance sheet for your business gives you a 'snapshot' view of what the business is worth, its assets and liabilities, at one particular moment in time Usually this is at the end of the financial year and allows you to compare the situation of the business from one year to the next but you can also draw up quarterly or even monthly balance sheets The balance sheet should be produced once your trading profit and loss account has been drawn up PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 The Balance Sheet A balance sheet shows: The financial situation of the organisation at a particular time The change from one period (usually a year) to the next How much money is in the business The balance of assets Vs liabilities and fixed assets Vs liquid assets A balance sheet is concerned with 3 things: Assets Liabilities Capital It will include: 1 : Assets All assets must be given a value They include: Fixed Assets : Land, property, plant, machinery, fixtures and fittings, equipment, vehicles Current Assets : Stock, work in progress, unpaid invoices (debtors), cash P 217

7 Drawing Up A Balance Sheet : Add up the (depreciated) value of all fixed assets (premises, machinery, equipment) and enter the figure on the balance sheet As part of this procedure, you may want to list the fixed assets owned by the organisation and enter their individual values on an asset register : You may wish to enter the value of these assets at the start of the year and deduct depreciation to create a net asset value : Add up the value of all current assets (cash, stock, work in progress and debtors) and enter the figure on the balance sheet PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS : Add up the value of all liabilities (loans, overdraft, creditors) Don t forget to include any tax owed : Subtract the value of liabilities from current assets This gives you a figure for net current assets which is a useful measure of just how secure the organisation is financially If all your debts fell due immediately, could you raise enough money by using your current assets : Add the fixed assets to net current assets to create a figure for total net assets If the final figure is positive, the organisation is solvent If negative, the organisation is insolvent : Now draw up a statement of where the total net assets have come from This would include: Money invested at the start of the business Grants and loans made when the business started (their full value) Reserves (profits kept in the organisation year after year) Profit (or loss) this year What Can The Balance Sheet Tell You? A balance sheet can tell you how much the business or organisation is worth For community-based organisations it also can tell you how much the community has increased the assets under its control and therefore how powerful or healthy it is This can only ever be a general figure, showing the underlying value of the funds in the organisation at that particular time No-one can safely predict the future But compared with previous years it is a simple measure of performance P 219

8 Example Of A Balance Sheet Fixed Assets Property Plant and machinery Motor vehicles Office equipment This Year 12,000 10,000 6,000 3,000 Last Year 14,000 12,000 9,000 4,000 PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Total fixed assets 31,000 39,000 Current Assets Stock 8,000 6,000 Debtors/Work in progress 2,000 4,000 Cash 1, Total current assets 11,000 10,800 Total assets (fixed + current assets) 42,000 49,800 Current Liabilities Creditors 3,000 13,000 Overdraft 4,000 8,000 Loan 1,500 5,000 Total liabilities 8,500 26,000 Net assets (total assets - total liabilities) 33,500 23,800 Represented By Grants invested 20,000 20,000 Accumulated 13,500 3,800 Total 33,500 23,800 P 220

10 ANALYSING PERFORMANCE The Profit And Loss Account The profit and loss account (also called the income and expenditure account or the trading account ) is the basic measure of the financial performance of an organisation It tells you: What the value of the work done was What the value of goods, labour and services used to do that work was Whether the value of the work done was more or less than the value of what was put in to it ie whether you made a profit or a loss The profit and loss account does not tell you how much money the organisation received and how much money was spent since at a given point in time money will be owed by the organisation to its creditors and by debtors to the organisation Do not include in the profit and loss account: Loans (either loans received or loan repayments), but do include interest VAT Setting Out A Profit And Loss Account The profit and loss account should show the period covered, the sales (and other income), and the directly attributable cost of the sales For instance, a restaurant would show the sales from meals and the cost of the food purchased to make the meals Sales - Cost of sales = Gross profit The profit and loss account should then list all other items of expenditure PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Include in the profit and loss account: All money paid out (wages incl tax and national insurance, overheads, etc) All money received (sales, rents, grants etc) All unpaid invoices generated in the period covered All unpaid invoices received in the period covered Depreciation of equipment Gross profit - Expenditure = Net profit If the organisation has more than one division, then the profitability of each could be measured by drawing up separate profit and loss accounts The profit and loss account is most useful when comparing departments or periods and so spotting trends, or assessing the impact of changes made to the way the organisation operates P 222

11 The Profit And Loss Account A profit and loss account always covers a particular period This may be a day, week, month, quarter, half-year or yearly period To prepare a profit and loss account you need to know the following information: Opening stock at the start of the period (valued at cost price) Total value of purchase invoices you receive for the period The cost price of stock in hand at the end of the period The rate of depreciation of equipment The value of all pre-payments (things you have paid but not received full value of, like insurance paid in advance) and accruals (things you have received but not paid for (like telephone use or heating) Terminology Cost of sales is the cost of selling goods or services It will include the cost of materials and may also include direct wages costs or power costs Cost of sales = Stock at start + Purchases - Stock left at end Gross profit is the profit made by selling goods or services before deducting the other (fixed) costs of the business Gross profit = Income from sales - Cost of sales Percentage cost of sales measures the ability of the business to cover its costs Many businesses are expected to have a higher or lower % cost of sales and people appraising them will judge a business proposal by these expectations PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Gross profit Income from sales x 100 = Percentage cost of sales Stock turnover is another way in which bank managers (for instance) or other financial experts analyse business performance It s the rate at which goods are being sold It is calculated by: Cost of sales (Opening stock x closing stock) / 2 = Rate at which stock has turned P 223

12 ANALYSING FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE Analysing financial performance and comparing it with previous performance can help identify weaknesses in an organisation's performance and suggest solutions Generally this is done by calculating what are called 'ratios' in three key areas: profitability, efficiency and finance In each case, you are aiming for a higher figure each year PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Profitability Ratios Gross profit Gross margin = x 100 Sales Net profit before tax Net profit margin = x 100 Sales Net profit before tax Return on net assets = x 100 Assets - current liabilities Efficiency Ratios Net asset turnover = Sales Net assets Sales Stock turnover = or Stock Stock x 365 Sales P 224

13 Finance Ratios Current ratio = The acid test = Current assets Current liabilities Liquid assets (debtors and cash) Current liabilities Net worth = Total assets - Liabilities to outsiders PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 P 225

15 Calculate the total of all the income expected but don t include loans Show all significant expenditure items separately Items such as rent may be paid quarterly or half yearly, but the figures should be spread over the months involved In this forecast you are concerned with when the income or expenditure is generated, not when it is paid Unless you re producing a forecast covering all income and expenditure (for instance an annual forecast) remember that you may be spending a lot of money on stock or materials in one period that you won t be using until later For, say, quarterly profit and loss forecasts or accounts, only count the value of the sales and expenditure related to the activity of the business in that quarter Include an estimate of the wear-and-tear on equipment and premises caused by the business activity This is usually calculated as the depreciation, the loss of value of an asset over time - if you estimate that a piece of machinery may last five years before it is worn out and needs replacing, then the depreciation per year is 1/5th of its value Calculate the total of all expenditure expected but don t include loan repayments, only the interest paid on the loan that period: it s a cost of the business like all the others Calculate the difference between the monthly income and expenditure Where expenditure exceeds income (ie a loss) these figures are usually shown in brackets Depreciation Of Fixed Assets Fixed assets are those with a long life expectancy and which would have a value in the open market Those can include: Equipment Pictures and fittings Premises Land Machinery Motor vehicles etc The total cost of these assets should not be put in the profit and loss account The cost should be spread over the number of years you expect the assets to last for This process of spreading the cost is known as depreciation, or in some cases capital allowances PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 P 227

16 Profitability Forecast Year 1 Sales: 1 Cash sales 2 Credit sales A Total sales (1 + 2) B Materials/Stock bought C Gross profit (A - B) Overheads: Total 12 Months Forecast PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS Heating and lighting Printing, stationery and postage Insurance (excl vehicles) Telephone Advertising and promotions Transport costs : licence/insurance Transport costs : petrol Transport costs : repairs/other Professional fees D E Total overheads (lines 3-14) Net profit before drawings and National Insurance (C - D) P 228

18 Try this exercise ABC Engineering manufactures metal pipes for the water industry It had apparent sales, shown in its ledger, of 25,000 in the quarter It owes 900 for power, 2,000 for materials and 3,000 rent It has recently invoiced three customers for the supply of pipes with the invoices valued at 2,500, 1,700 and 2,200 1 : What was the actual value of ABC Engineering s sales? PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Suppose it owed an additional 1,200 rates and 900 to a packaging company and that an outstanding invoice from the previous quarter of 5,000 had finally been paid in this quarter 2 : What is the new value of ABC Engineering s sales? Answers can be found in the appendix on page 424 P 230

19 Exercise 2 : Sales And The Cost Of Sales Once you have calculated the sales for the period you then need to calculate the cost of generating the sales This tells you the real value of the business activities in the period It is common when drawing up a profit and loss account to calculate the gross profit on selling goods or services before going on to calculate the net profit or pre-tax profit The first step in calculating gross profit is to calculate the cost of sales This is calculated as follows: Cost of sales = Stock at the start of the period + Purchases - Stock at end PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Note that when calculating the cost of sales we use the cost value of stock We may also wish to add in direct costs of making and selling goods such as labour, marketing, packaging and power Gross profit is calculated as follows: Gross profit = Value of sales in the period - The cost of sales P 231

20 Try this exercise ABC Engineering manufactures metal pipes for the water industry At the start of the trading period it had stock of metal valued at 10,000 It bought extra stock valued at 5,500 and had stock of 3,000 at the end of the period The value of its sales was 35,000 ABC Engineering includes power and direct labour costs in its cost of sales These were 1,000 for power and 8,000 for labour 1 : What was ABC Engineering's gross profit? PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Suppose ABC Engineering had bought and used additional stock worth 12,000 in the period 2 : What would it's gross profit have been? Answers can be found in the appendix on page 424 P 232

21 Exercise 3 : Loans And Depreciation A profit and loss account measures changes to the value of things as a result of trading or carrying out other activities It does not measure just how much money was earned and how much was paid It also measures hidden costs (like depreciation of equipment) and additional costs (like loan charges) Try this exercise ABC Engineering makes pipes for the water industry It owns 4 machines each valued at 5,000 It s gross profit in the current quarter was 3,000 but now depreciation of the machinery must be deducted It is estimated that each of the machines will last another 10 years PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 1 : How much depreciation was there and how does this affect the gross profit? Depreciation = Value of machinery now Number of periods of life left 2 : Therefore gross profit = 3,000 -? P 233

22 Suppose ABC Engineering s equipment was calculated to have 15 years of life 3 : What would be the new figure for depreciation and gross profit? PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Suppose it was proposed that an increase in production would mean extra gross profits of 3,000 But the oldest machine would have to be scrapped and a machine costing 15,000 with a life expectancy of 15 years would have to be bought 4 : Would ABC Engineering make a profit this quarter? Answers can be found in the appendix on page 425 P 234

23 Exercise 4 : Dealing With Loans In A Profit And Loss Account It is very easy to treat loan repayments as part of the cost of the business After all, money is going out of the bank account, isn t it? In fact, a loan is not treated as part of the profit and loss account But the cost of a loan (interest and service charges) is This is because making a monthly repayment hasn t really affected the value of your activities But paying interest (which is a cost to the business) does Try this exercise ABC Engineering makes pipes for the water industry It s gross profit in the current quarter was 3,000 but now it must make a loan repayment It currently has loans worth 15,000 and must repay 625 per month and pay interest and service charges of 175 per month PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 1 : What would ABC Engineering's net profit be after deducting these costs? Suppose ABC Engineering renegotiated its loan so that it was repaying 15,000 over 5 years instead of 3 years Repayments would now be 417 and interest and service charges 183 per month 2 : What would ABC Engineering's net profit be after deducting these costs? P 235

24 Suppose a machine had to be bought with a new loan of 15,000 over 5 years ABC Engineering now has loans of 15,000 costing 625 in repayments and 175 in interest per month and a loan costing 417 in repayments and 183 in interest per month The new machine increases gross profit to 6,000 gross profits of 3,000 3 : What would ABC Engineering's net profit be after deducting these costs? PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Answers can be found in the appendix on page 425 P 236

25 THE BALANCE SHEET EXERCISE Wood N Tops a community-based organisation is preparing a balance sheet for the Local Authority The following financial information is available: Fixed Assets There are fixed assets of 19,960 (mostly wood-working equipment and fixtures) and these are to be depreciated over 5 years by the straight-line method Current Liabilities Wood N Tops owes the following bills: 708 to an equipment supplier, 280 to the electricity company, 400 rent to the Local Authority and 300 wages The last quarter s gas bill was 205 but no invoice has been received There is a loan of 2,055 outstanding Reserves PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Current Assets There is currently 4,917 in the organisation s bank account The Local Authority owes 1,700 from this year s grant and there is stock of 500 unsold furniture and furniture undergoing construction valued at 600 As well as cash in the organisation s current account, it holds 13,182 in a deposit account as a general reserve Profits The organisation made a profit on the year s trading activities of 7,005 Note: You may wish to substitute real information from a community-based organisation or enterprise you are involved with for the purpose of these exercises P 237

26 The Balance Sheet Balance Sheet Of Fixed Assets Capital equipment Depreciation Total fixed assets Current Assets Stock For The Period Up To 31/03/20 PROFIT AND LOSS AND BALANCE SHEETS 63 Debtors/work in progress Cash Total current assets Total assets (fixed + current assets) Current Liabilities Creditors Accruals Loans outstanding Total liabilities Net assets (total assets - total liabilities) Represented By Members loans Reserves brought forward Profit/loss Total Answers can be found in the appendix on page 426 P 238

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