Jack Welch, former Chairman at GE once said: “The budgeting process…sucks the energy, time, fun, and big dream out of an organization”. Yes, everyone hates it! If there is an effective way to do it without trying too hard will you take its advantages to grow? What you need are just a good planning and budgeting process and the right technology!
Recent research by Anaplan, an expert on modelling and planning finance, sales and operations platforms, states that currently, Asia Pacific’s CFOs are still experiencing difficulties with spreadsheet usages in financial planning and budgeting. In addition, there was a relatively low satisfaction level with the accuracy, timeliness and ease of Excel use for planning and budgeting.
In the previous post, we have touched upon the current issues with annual reports in Vietnam. The financial review in an annual report, including financial statements and footnotes, is of particular interest to investors. Nonetheless, there are differences between the way this section is approached in Vietnam and in Western countries such as the US and UK due to legal, social, cultural and political dissimilarities.
Annual report – As sad as it may seem, the concept of preparing/using the document is still a grey area in Vietnam. According to the Ministry of Finance, to date there are 1,690 public companies in Vietnam, 704 of which are listed in 2 stock markets. However, in 2011, only 21 out of 695 listed companies sufficiently met mandatory regulations regarding information disclosure.
The financial consolidation process in a corporation usually begins with capturing business transactions and events and closing sub ledgers into general ledgers. It often involves reconciliations of financial statements from different subsidiaries as well as dealing with minority interest and intercompany transactions . As companies grow, so does the number of entities needing to be consolidated. The consolidation process can be complicated for corporations with multiple subsidiaries and associates, especially when their consolidation system is manual, or not integrated.
Before we discuss financial consolidation, it’s important to note the following definitions (IAS 27):
As the world is heading towards a slow recovery, businesses can expect some unexpected events along the way. Therefore, agility needs to be embedded in every business process, including corporate financial planning.
Globalisation has made the transition from VAS accounting to IFRS accounting a pressing issue for many organisations. It does not only apply to global companies operating in Vietnam but also to Vietnamese companies with foreign capital investment, which helps increase mutual understanding and trust for foreign investors, who do not have an insider’s knowledge of VAS.
“It’s an increasingly complex world” (Accenture, 2012)
Today, economic turmoil and volatility are dominant and the roles of CFOs and senior finance managers are changing. Thus, it’s critical that CFOs are able to: