Cash Flow Planning & forecasting

Cash Flow Planning & forecasting


Cash is the oxygen that enables a business to survive and prosper, and is the primary indicator of business health. While a business can survive for a short time without sales or profits, without cash it will die. For this reason the inflow and outflow of cash need careful monitoring and management.

he key elements of cash flow and at how effective cash flow management will help protect the financial security of your business. It outlines the steps that you can take when dealing with your customers, suppliers and stakeholders to improve cash flow. It also highlights common cash flow problems and how to avoid them.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Interpret the relationships between cash flow statements, income statements and balance sheets
  • Recognize the importance and elements of an organization's cash flow
  • Prepare cash flow statements using direct and indirect methods
  • Describe impact of working capital management on cash flow 
  • Analyze liquidity and the cash flow position of organizations including free cash flow
  • Review cash flow key presentation topics
  • Apply cash flow forecasting techniques
  • Apply ratio analysis related to cash flow

Who Should Attend

Professionals in the field of Finance and Accounting, managers, supervisors, and finance professionals, who need to understand, apply and implement practical tools to enable them to run the finance department more efficiently.



  • Relationships between financial statements 
    • Income statements 
    • Balance sheets 
    • Cash flow statements 
    • Why cash flow differs from profits
  • Presentation of cash flow
    • Presentation fundamentals 
    • Cash and cash equivalents 
    • Operating cash flow 
    • Investing cash flow 
    • Financing cash flow 
    • Methods in calculating operating cash flow 
    • Direct versus indirect methods     
    • Reporting non cash transactions 
  • Cash flow and working capital management
    • Trade-off between liquidity and profitability
    • Conservative working capital management
    • Aggressive working capital management
    • Sources of cash
    • Cost of funds
    • Use of short term and long term debt
    • Working capital optimization 
    • Cash conversion cycle
    • Accounts receivable factoring, pledging and assignment
    • Suppliers early payment discount
  • Insights about the cash flow statement
    • Liquidity and financial flexibility 
    • Restricted cash and cash equivalent 
    • Gross versus net cash flow reporting 
    • Healthy cash flow
  • Presentation issues
    • Interest income and dividends from debt and equity investments 
    • Interest expense and taxes paid 
    • Receivables and bad debts 
  • Cash flow and liquidity analysis
    • External users of cash flow information 
    • Ratios and bankruptcy 
    • Internal users of cash flow information 
    • Capital expenditure evaluation 
    • Cash flow related ratios
  • Forecasting cash flow
    • Why to forecast cash flow
    • Cash management
    • Who is involved
    • Investing and financing decisions
    • Free cash flow
  • Cash flow ratios
    • External financing index ratio
    • Cash sources component percentages ratio
    • Financing policies ratio
    • Operating cash index ratio
    • Operating cash inflow ratio
    • Operating cash outflow ratio
    • Long-term debt payment ratio
    • Productivity of assets ratio
    • Cash flow adequacy ratio
    • Reinvestment ratio
    • Dividends payout






A Certificate of Completion will be issued to those who attend & successfully complete the programme.


  08:30 – 10:15 First Session

 10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:15 Second Session

 12:15 – 12:30 Coffee Break

12:30 – 14:00 Third Session

 14:00 – 15:00 Lunch

Training Methodology:

This interactive training course includes the following training methodologies as a percentage of the total tuition hours:

  • 30% Lectures, Concepts, Role Play
  • 30% Workshops & Work Presentations, Techniques
  • 20% Based on Case Studies & Practical Exercises
  • 20% Videos, Software & General Discussions
  • Pre and Post Test


 The Fee for the seminar, including instruction materials, documentation, lunch, coffee/tea breaks & snack is: