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Posted July 31, 2023 by Shane Jon Knight, CCP
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write me an outline for a 12m marketing blog post that highlights the 12 most important things to consider when preforming financial statement analysis. Posts will be 500 words long and should focus on prominent financial ratios. The target audience is students new to financial analysis and the tone of the posts should be up beat and fun

Title: 12 Financial Ratios Every Student Should Master for Awesome Financial Statement Analysis!

I. Introduction A. Welcome and Hook: Emphasize the importance of financial statement analysis for making informed decisions. B. Briefly introduce the concept of financial ratios as powerful tools for analysis. C. Set the tone: Tell readers they're about to embark on an exciting financial adventure!

II. Liquidity Ratios A. Quick Ratio: Explaining the ratio and its significance in assessing short-term liquidity. B. Current Ratio: How this ratio gives a broader picture of a company's short-term financial health.

III. Efficiency Ratios A. Inventory Turnover: Highlighting its relevance in evaluating how quickly a company sells its inventory. B. Accounts Receivable Turnover: Explaining how this ratio indicates the efficiency of collecting revenue.

IV. Profitability Ratios A. Gross Profit Margin: Illustrating how this ratio measures a company's ability to generate profits from sales. B. Net Profit Margin: Describing its role in assessing overall profitability after all expenses.

V. Solvency Ratios A. Debt-to-Equity Ratio: Analyzing the company's financial leverage and risk. B. Interest Coverage Ratio: Explaining how this ratio gauges a company's ability to pay interest on debt.

VI. Investment Ratios A. Price-to-Earnings (P/E) Ratio: Demonstrating how investors use this ratio to gauge a stock's value. B. Dividend Yield: Showing how this ratio measures the return on investment through dividends.

VII. DuPont Analysis A. Breaking down the three components: Profitability, Efficiency, and Leverage. B. How DuPont Analysis provides a comprehensive view of a company's financial performance.

VIII. Trend Analysis A. Highlighting the importance of comparing financial ratios over time. B. Encouraging readers to identify trends and make predictions.

IX. Benchmarking A. Emphasizing the significance of comparing ratios to industry peers or competitors. B. Explaining how benchmarking aids in understanding a company's position in the market.

X. Limitations of Financial Ratios A. Acknowledging that financial ratios have limitations and are not standalone indicators. B. Encouraging readers to consider other factors for a holistic analysis.

XI. Case Study: Analyzing a Company's Financial Statements A. Walk-through of a simplified financial analysis for practical understanding. B. Demonstrating the application of financial ratios to a real-world scenario.

XII. Conclusion A. Recapitulate the importance of financial statement analysis in decision-making. B. Encourage readers to use financial ratios confidently for an exciting financial future!

Note: Each section should be approximately 150-200 words, keeping in mind the upbeat and fun tone throughout the blog post. The outline covers a range of essential financial ratios, providing new students a well-rounded understanding of financial statement analysis and its practical application.

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Posted July 31, 2023 by Shane Jon Knight, CCP

Some risks of lending to the transportation industry include:

  1. Economic Downturn: The transportation industry is highly sensitive to economic cycles. During a recession or economic downturn, demand for transportation services may decrease, leading to reduced revenues for companies in the sector. This can increase the likelihood of loan defaults.

  2. Fuel Price Volatility: Fluctuations in fuel prices can significantly impact transportation companies' operating costs and profitability. A sudden rise in fuel prices may strain companies' cash flow, making it harder for them to meet their debt obligations.

  3. Technological Disruptions: The transportation industry is undergoing significant technological changes, such as the rise of electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and advances in logistics and supply chain management. Companies that fail to adapt to these changes may face increased competition or operational challenges, affecting their ability to repay loans.

  4. Regulatory Changes: Transportation companies must comply with various regulations and environmental standards. Changes in regulations, such as emissions standards or safety requirements, can increase compliance costs and affect profitability.

  5. Competition and Pricing Pressures: The transportation industry is highly competitive, and companies may engage in aggressive pricing strategies to gain market share. This can lead to reduced profit margins and potentially impact their ability to service their debt.

  6. Geopolitical and Environmental Risks: Events like trade wars, political instability, natural disasters, or pandemics can disrupt supply chains and impact the transportation industry. Such events can lead to decreased revenues for transportation companies and increase the risk of loan defaults.

  7. Debt Levels and Leverage: Some companies in the transportation industry may have high levels of debt and leverage to finance their operations or expansion. High debt levels increase the risk of financial distress, making it harder for them to repay existing loans.

  8. Customer Concentration: If a transportation company relies heavily on a few major clients, the loss of one or more of those clients could significantly impact its revenue stream and ability to meet loan obligations.

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Posted January 26, 2021 by Kristina Fixter
This month`s featured article focusses on some of the key pitfalls to avoid as a credit analyst. 
They are as follows:

#1 Overlooking warning signs of client insolvency

#2 Waiting too long to act on overdue accounts

#3 Gathering insufficient information about clients in the beginning

#4 Failing to provide an effective reference guide to credit personnel

#5 Giving authority to sales over the credit department to make decisions

Which one of these have worked or not worked for you and why is that?
Do you have any more gems to add to the list? 

#businesscredit #riskmitigation

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Posted December 16, 2019 by Courtney Wilkinson

Determining Vitamin C Deficiency: and An Important Question To Be Asked
By: Ken Young, CCP Emeritus

Those who have been trained in the art of credit management know very well the 5 C’s of credit that should be investigated prior to granting a line of credit.  TheseC’sconsist of the following:

1) Capacity measures the borrower’s ability to repay the funds by assessing the cash flow and financial capabilities of the company. Investigating the trade references of the firm gives insight into the past history and current status of repayment of amounts owing, and is a good method to help determine the probability of timely repayment.

2) Capital refers to the investment made into the company.  A large investment into the firm decreases the chance of default.  An element of excess capital provides a cushion for any unexpected financial setback.  The questions that need to be asked are: Who is investing more in the firm, the owner or the lender? And if the firm is losing money how long can it survive?

3) Collateral determines what security the firm has available, and what has already been pledged.  Has the firm granted the bank collateral on all of the assets?

Is it appropriate for you to consider an element of security from the firm or a personal guarantee? This gives the supplier a plan B if everything does not go well.

4) Conditions relate to a number of areas, such as interest rate or currency fluctuation and the life cycle or shelf life of the product.  If the firm is barely making ends meet could they withstand an increase in the interest rate?  Is there new technology that is going to make their product irrelevant soon?  Is the shelf life almost at the end?  If the firm exports and sells in adifferent currency what effect could that have?  Will a change in the overall economic conditions have an effect on the buying patterns of the customer?

5) Character gauges the trustworthiness of the owner(s).  Do you feel comfortable selling to them?  Do you perceive them to be honest, possess a sense of responsibility and believe that they will keep their word if they make a commitment?  This may be described as a “gut feel.”

I recall very clearly many years ago at an industry trade meeting, a fellow Credit Manager made a unique point about financial statements.  He said that when you are reviewing financial statements (which assists greatly in the assessment of the 5C’s) with a customer, the first thing you should do is to ask, “Is there anything you would like to tell me about these before I review them?”

This gives the client the golden opportunity to explain any weak areas and to let you know what they are doing to remedy them.  If they don’t disclose anything specific at the time and upon review of the statements you ultimately see some areas of concern, before you ask for an explanation from them about it, you may ask yourself are they even aware of this?  Is there a concern that the firm is suffering from a Vitamin C deficiency – namely, cash, credit and customers?  That’s a very simplified version of the 5C’s.

Over the years I’ve found that asking this question can get to the heart of concerns more quickly.  This allows for more time to be spent on questioning how the business will change and grow profitably in the future and on determining how your firm can assist in that.

Ken has been a credit management professional for over twenty-five years and has global experience in a broad range of industries including the food (aquaculture & beverage), chemical, manufacturing and transportation sectors.  Ken is honored to serve on the board of the Credit Institute of Canada representing the Ontario region.

He has been awarded the highly esteemed CCP Emeritus award from the Credit Institute of Canada for distinguished and meritorious service for the advancement of credit education and the credit profession.  
Consulting projects and speaking engagements have included Toronto, Brunei (S.E. Asia) and Jamaica.

Tell us how you have dealt with 'Vitamin C' deficiency in your assessment of customers' credit-worthiness.

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Posted November 27, 2018 by Andre R. Brooker
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Posted September 11, 2017 by Andre R. Brooker
As the retail landscape changes and bankruptcies of brink and mortar stores are becoming ever more present, what reforms would you like to see in place that would fairly protect both the interest of employees and creditors of companies that file for bankruptcy or protection?
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Last reply on September 11, 2017 by Nawshad Khadaroo, CCP
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Posted June 30, 2017 by Andre R. Brooker

Being able to offer highly flexible payment terms can give you a competitive edge with your
international customers. But if your terms are too lenient, you may increase your risk of payment
problems that could undermine your cash flow. This paper examines how you can choose payment
strategies that will attract overseas buyers while keeping your financial risks under control.

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Posted September 27, 2016 by Nawshad Khadaroo, CCP
Can a creditor take security on intellectual property?
Last reply on September 27, 2016 by Tony Lengua, MBA,ECCP,CCE,CICP
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Posted August 17, 2016 by Nawshad Khadaroo, CCP
Has anyone ever used a "negative pledge letter security? Banks' have used this in the past in the event that a customer won't sign over security. This letter essentially outlines what they agree to and should they fail to follow through, you can then put security in place. Seems a little odd.  Please share your thoughts on this.
Last reply on October 29, 2019 by Ruth Storms, CCP
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Posted August 15, 2016 by Andre R. Brooker
A stock buyback affects a company's credit rating when it uses debt to repurchase its own shares.
Last reply on August 27, 2016 by Sean Raymond Monaghan, CCP,CPA,CMA
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