Spreadsheet Models for Managers

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Spreadsheet Models for Managers

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Financial Models

Having a fundamental understanding of accounting is a great help in modeling businesses, especially in the context of writing a business plan. In this session, we’ll present a high-level view of the modeling issues associated with modeling entire businesses.

We’ll look at the basic structure of the three fundamental financial statements — the income statement, the balance sheet and the cash flow statement. Our focus, though, is different from what you might have seen in the accounting context. Our interest is “prospective“ rather than “retrospective.“ When modelers look at financial statements, their interest is in predicting the impacts of various strategies on the financial position of the organization.

As an illustration, we’ll be focusing on capital transactions. In this session and the next two, we’ll develop a technique for computing the effects of a class of capital purchases that are particularly difficult to model.

Below is a summary of the materials for Session 8.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 27-Apr-2016 04:15:26 EDT

Using Named Formulas

In the demonstration for this session, we installed a formula for depreciation that looked pretty complicated. It does save maintenance trouble, though, when the depreciation term changes for any reason. But what happens when the depreciation schedule changes in a more radical way? What if the depreciation schedule is made to be some form other than linear?

The end of this session’s demonstration gives an example of an alternative schedule, but as you can see, its formula is very different. If we’re developing a complex model with several applications of depreciation formulas, and the depreciation formulas must be changed, we would have a significant maintenance task on our hands. To avoid that kind of labor, we can define a user-defined name that contains the depreciation formula. For more about this technique, see the tip box in the narrative for this session’s demonstration.