It is late in the night, the lights in one section of the office are on (no prizes for guessing which function this is), the CFO and his team are busy with the year end closure, getting ready for audits and there is also a budget exercise looming ahead.Budgeting is an annual feature in every company’s itinerary and is quite an elaborate process if its done well. Most large organizations have robust processes and better quality talent to be able to pull this off with relative ease. The issue lies with mid corporate organizations who are neither too large to have the processes and people nor too small to ignore this, especially those who have an investor on board or where the accountability rests with the board. Having seen many such organizations, I have put together my thoughts on how can organizations get the best out of a budgeting exercise. This is in no way comprehensive nor do I claim to be a ‘guru’, this is purely experiential and has come from my exposure of having dealt with such companies. Continue reading
#MakeYourFuture was one of our endeavours to offer a peek to CAs, budding CAs and aspiring CAs into the job market. It helped them understand opportunities and challenges in making career and taking a shift. These quick snippets will give you an idea on what happened there.
Traditionally, the CFO represents the Finance function, just as the CMO represents the Marketing function, the CTO the Technology function and so on. Within the finance function, the CFO is expected to deal with accounting, taxation (both direct and indirect), banking, auditing, working capital management, risk management, corporate governance, internal controls, investor relationships (esp. relevant in case of a listed company), budgeting, costing. He has also to deal with various tax authorities (income tax/service tax/customs/excise/VAT etc. depts.), external stakeholders (customers and vendors for important commercial negotiations, auditors, govt. depts., stock exchanges and analysts in case of a listed company and private equity and VC investors in case of a private company), Board members (to explain the company’s performance, satisfy them regarding the company’s corporate governance processes etc.), company executives (i.e. heads of other functions and colleagues within the company in connection with the company’s operations), CFO’s of other companies (to share knowledge/information that may be useful to each other) etc.. Continue reading
Union Budget 2015 came as a pleasant surprise for the business community. Loaded with several tax relief for corporate and start ups, it can well be seen as a good step towards the agenda of ease of doing business.
The budget is a representation of 2 Is, investment and infrastructure. Finance minister had bounties on offer even for the last man in the row; that would be MSMEs. The budget carries huge thrust for SMEs and MSMEs as they will be able to access funds. Let’s have a quick look at some important tax sops, granted by the FM. Continue reading
Mr. Jagdish Agarwal is the CFO at Owens Corning India.
Today’s business world operates in VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and ambiguity) scenario and that demands a CFOs role beyond the traditional boundaries. Now the expectation from CFOs is not limited to financial matters alone but they have to partner and support CEO to drive the business and maximize the shareholders value. CFOs are custodian of the shareholders wealth and considered next to CEO with lots of expectations. I think there are five critical areas that need CFOs focus and attention to drive planning, performance and maximize the shareholders value. Continue reading
The CEO and CFO jugalbandi is all about striking the right ‘notes’ together, similar to how two artistes who are proficient with their respective instruments but when played together create ‘magic’. Just like good artistes who may understand and in some cases play the other artiste’s instrument well, they recognize the impact of putting together a great performance by giving each other the space and freedom to express themselves so that each of them look good individually and also come out delivering an incredible performance together! Continue reading
E-commerce defies conventional laws
Basic principles of finance have not changed that much in the last century: Businesses exist to make profits and generating positive cash flows is important.
Given the recent developments in the e-commerce space, several ‘old school’ finance professionals are unsure whether the ‘universal’ and ‘time-tested’ principles will ever hold good in the future. Valuations of most e-commerce deals in the recent past have been at astronomical levels, most often expressed as several multiples of sales. It’s common knowledge that virtually every e-commerce company in India is losing money today. So, why are investors paying a sales linked multiple (and a premium at that!) for buying into a loss making company.
By Mr. Koushik Krishnan, Regional Manager, accounting & control, A-PAC, Tetra Pak
Mentoring – building great teams to manage the madness
I handle a somewhat large role in a somewhat large organisation. My work spans 6 time-zones, 9 markets and a billion euro in turnover.
Last week, I got laid up with a slip disc. With Q3 close and the budget season in full swing, this was not exactly the best time to be laid up. So, here I was, trying to juggle decision making, tactical overseeing, putting out team fights, participate in corporate future gazing, get the team ready for an upcoming audit, and the list goes on. And also, squeeze some time for rest and therapy when the body gave way. Continue reading
In recent years, CFOs have assumed increasingly complex, strategic roles focused on driving value creation across the business. Growing shareholder expectations and
activism, more intense M&A, mounting regulatory scrutiny over corporate conduct and evolving expectations from the finance function have put CFOs in the middle of corporate decisions.
While financial performance is what it is, the CFO’s role in helping stakeholders interpret the numbers in the context of the business environment is critical. This article explains the significance of the role that CFOs have to play in managing investors, communicating with customers, suppliers and internal teams, Continue reading