Financial planning and its elements...

Financial planning and its elements Financial planning is an implement which allows evaluation of the current financial situation of the organization and predicting of its future financial performance. One of the objectives of the financial planning is to determine funds requirements and capital structure in order to understand the financial soundness of the organization. In addition to it, financial planning process helps the organizational management in framing of the financial policies for the control of the cash flow as well as in ensuring that the organization is employing its financial resources in the most efficient manner. Further, the financial planning demonstrates the direction of the organizational activities and analyses how each action has its influence on the financial stability of the organization. Also, financial planning helps the organizational management to make a decision about investments since it shows different ratios (such as equity ratio, debt ratio etc.). These ratios play an important role in the decision making process. Financial plan consists of four elements. These elements are (i) profit and loss projection, (ii) projected balance sheet, (iii) projected cash flow, and (iv) break-even analysis. These four elements are shown in Fig 1. Fig 1 Four elements of financial plan Profit and loss projection Profit and loss projection presents the plan of revenues and expenses of the organization over the specific accounting period. Profit and loss projection follows the same pattern as the profit and loss statement. Nonetheless, it reflects the data about the future. The presentation of the profit and loss statement differs from organization to organization.  However, the basic structure includes the basic five measures namely (i) gross profit, (ii) operating profit or earnings before interest and tax (EBIT), (iii) operating profit or earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), (iv) profit...