What is Strategic Focus?
Strategic Focus assists you in analysing your current financial performance so that you can establish whether your company is on track to achieve its financial goals and evaluate alternative strategies to help improve its future financial performance.
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When the financials are entered, see how different strategies will impact on profits, cash and performance indicators. Determine the efficiency of a company’s balance sheet now and after proposed strategies.
With Strategic Focus you can analyze financial results, the current financial performance and also evaluate alternative strategies for their impact on business value. Includes what-if analysis and business valuations based on free cash flow and economic value added.
The reports included cover all aspects of the financial analysis and valuation process. They include the Du Pont results before and after tax, as well as an economic value added / economic profit analysis. Business valuations are created automatically using both free cash flow and economic value added techniques. View the relationship of operational cash, free cash flow and net cash.
Strategic Focus provides management and advisers with an effective approach to financial analysis and business valuations. It is designed to guide you through the financial analysis and business valuation processes easily, professionally and accurately.
Top reasons for using Strategic Focus
Gives a real understanding of a set of financials
Strategic Focus gives a real understanding of a set of financials – yours or your competitors. It shows where the profits and cash flows are, and calculates if the profits and cash were produced efficiently.
It tracks profit and cash flows through the income statement (profit and loss) and balance sheet. You can view the relationship of operational cash, free cash flow and net cash.
Ability to obtain a business valuation
Strategic Focus has the ability to quickly and effectively calculate the value of a business.
There is a link between financial performance and the implementation of the strategic plan. You can evaluate alternative strategies for their impact on business value. A plan that has not been effectively analyzed will have unknown impact on the business valuation. A well chosen strategic plan can be expected to favorably affect the business valuation or, if a listed company, the stock market performance.
Be productive immediately.
Avoid the agony and cost of a lengthy implementation and training schedule. Easily installed and operated with comprehensive accompanying documentation. Install the software and start analyzing and understanding the financials.
Incorporates Economic Value Added and Free Cash Flow techniques.
Monitor variances from budget
Assists you to be pro-active in controlling the financial outcomes for the entity. Be alerted to variances from the budget so that timely corrective action can be taken. Cater for changing business conditions. Strategic Focus monitors performance and helps you to know in advance if corrective actions are required.
Understand the valuation gap
The owners want their business to be worth $15m, but using Strategic Focus they calculate that the business is worth only $10m.
The software helps them understand the magnitude of the valuation gap and the goal-seeking features can be used to test alternative strategies to close the gap.
Easy to prepare regular financial health assessment reports
Most businesses produce financial monitoring reports on a regular basis. They are time consuming to prepare regularly. In Strategic Focus it is easy.
These provide the benefit of reporting those areas of financial performance that require monitoring.
Goal-seeking capability helps the user modify strategies to achieving favourable outcomes.
Example: Strategic Focus has assessed that the strategy of selling our products into Canada is not going to add value to the business. The goal-seeking capability is then used to suggest changes to this strategy to achieve the desired outcome. It ranks these by sensitivity.
There is a link between financial performance and the implementation of the strategic plan. A plan that has not been effectively analyzed will have unknown impact on the business valuation. A well chosen strategic plan can be expected to favourably affect the business valuation or, if a listed company, the stock market performance.
Management evaluates the suggestions offered by Strategic Focus to see which are achievable in the real world, and the appropriate ones implemented.
Performance monitoring provides a lead business indicator
Strategic Focus can be used for monthly monitoring of actual performance against planned performance at a macro level.
This provides the user with a lead indicator which prompts the making of adjustments to achieve the strategic plan.
After a couple of months the user can see if the business is going to achieve the strategic plan. If not they can make changes. This is better than waiting for the full year results and only then seeing that the strategic plan has not been met.
Achieves comprehensive analysis of financial statements for this company and its competitors.
Works out the financial implications of the strategic plan.
Most businesses regularly review current strategies to answer the question: How are we going to change the business we are in to increase its value?’
The list of strategies that the company is considering is known as the company’s strategic plan. The benefit of using Strategic Focus to review and help formulate the strategic plan is that it articulates the financial consequences. It helps management to select the most promising financial investments.
Who needs this type of software?
Strategic Focus is a substantial diagnostic analysis tool to analyze financials and will therefore be of tremendous benefit for accountant firms offering consulting services, business consultants, corporate financial controllers and those likely to benefit from access to the following
- Useful financial analysis of ongoing company performance
- Company can use it to track their financial performance from an overview point of view
- Easy to analyse profitability and balance sheet efficiency
- Can see where the cash is going
- Can assess the value of the enterprise using economic value added concepts
- Can check proposed strategies to see their effect on valuation of company and hence choose the best strategy
- Works out the financial implications of the strategic plan
- Goalseeking capability helps the user to modify current and proposed
- Provides ability to quickly and effectively calculate the value of a business, a business scenario or a strategic plan
- Can be used for monthly monitoring of actual performance against planned performance at a macro level
- Understanding the valuation gap
- Easy to prepare regular financial assessment reports
Which edition do I need?
Strategic Focus is available in either Standard or Gold editions. Which edition best suits your needs can be established by matching the software features with your requirements .