The Big Picture

When client uploads statements and wonders why the first month isn't on Operating Cash Flow graph, here is the explanation as to why that is.

You have loaded financial information for January thru March 2015. For CFO Scoreboard to provide you with many of the calculations we display, we use:

  •  The beginning balance sheet for a time period,
  •  The ending balance sheet for that time period and
  •  The income statement for that time period.

What this means for you is that we cannot calculate the Cash Flow for the first month of uploaded data because we do not have the beginning balance sheet…. Specifically in your case, we do not have the December 31, 2014 balance sheet. If you decided to upload the December 31, 2014 balance sheet AND the month of December, 2014 income statement (we only look at monthly numbers), then we could calculate the Cash Flow for January, 2015. Having said this, we would not be able to calculate December, 2014 Cash Flow because we would not have a beginning balance sheet for December 2014. We will always lag one month for purposes of calculating Cash Flow.

Bottom line, whatever time periods you upload, we will never be able to provide you with the first month’s Cash Flow because we will always be missing the beginning balance sheet.

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