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Based on the current trends and our many years of experience in corporate finance management, we put our understanding into practice through effective performance management based on 6 principles. These principles provide a basis for assessing a company’s existing approaches and for identifying potential improvements.
The applicable strategy and long-term financial goals are put into practice through strategic initiatives. Systematic operationalisation is ensured through proper cascading of targets based on financial and operational value drivers. In the course of performance management, systematic reviews are conducted to ensure that the strategic initiatives are performed and that the targets are achieved, ensuring a perfect correlation between performance management and strategy. Operational Management is familiar with the specified management indicators and knows the main influencing factors.
Budgeting and forecasting processes are harmonised and formulated in the form of rolling or partially-rolling forecasts in accordance with business model. In planning, the focus is placed on the key value drivers. For optimal efficiency and flexibility, as many planning elements as possible are standardised and automated. By using scenarios, future developments can be simulated transparently as a basis for corporate finance management.
The goal of planning is to enable a realistic estimate of future developments. In general, Management should not have any incentives to over- or underestimate future performance. This means, in particular, that the performance assessment should not be based on meeting a budget or a forecast but rather on the most objective possible benchmarks and on improvements relative to the prior period.
The management reports are designed for the relevant target group with a focus on key management information. Besides the analysis of financial and operational value drivers and competitive and market trends, a status update on the strategic initiatives and specified measures forms an integral part of the monitoring. Management reporting is the key management tool, providing meaningful information about both current financial and operational performance and future developments. The reporting processes are efficient and automated whenever possible so that the relevant management information is available to the decision makers in a timely and consistent manner.
Investment projects are evaluated and approved based on a standardised, clearly structured process. Rigid investment budgets are made more flexible to enable seizing profitable opportunities in line with the company’s strategy. Standardised instruments and reports are used to evaluate and implement investments. Setting up investment monitoring helps promote successful implementation of investment projects and improved evaluations of future investments.
All the components of performance management are coordinated, optimally organised and integrated into an overall process. The system landscape is distinguished by a high degree of uniformity, data consistency and few interfaces. An integrated, driver-based and flexible system solution enables an optimal degree of information value and efficiency in planning. Intensive automation of the reporting processes ensures that the resources will be available for use in problem analysis, in particular.
Financial policy essentially includes the basic principles of liquidity, capital structure, investment and risk policy. Our specialists can assist with evaluating your existing financial policy and help you formulate a new one, if necessary. Our holistic, company-specific description of each subject area of your financial policy will give your business a solid foundation for financial leadership and effective performance management.
More and more companies are realizing that it is necessary to reassess their well-accustomed, but inefficient planning processes. To do so, it is necessary to break down the usual ways of thinking concerning conventional budgeting. An innovative, needs-based solution is an essential contribution to long-term successful corporate development. We help our customers with the following topics, in particular:
Developing a company-specific model of value drivers will help you identify operational and financial drivers that are decisive for successful implementation of your strategy. The Key Performance Indicators defined on the basis of that model can then be used to bring your planning and financial management into line. Focussing on the key KPIs is an important prerequisite for setting up efficient and well-targeted planning processes.
The financial targets derived from the strategy are formulated concretely in a mid-term plan according to top-down approach and subdivided into the specified Key Performance Indicators. The central focus is on optimally efficient and complete strategy operationalisation through appropriate target cascading as a basis for operational planning.
Budgeting and forecasting processes should be harmonised and brought into line with the specific business model and management culture in the form of rolling or partially rolling forecasts. Focusing on key value drivers lets you organise forecasts efficiently and flexibly. Forecasts should be decoupled from the management incentive system so that the most realistic possible forecasts can be used for effective corporate management. Forecasts should not be set up to monitor Management but rather as a management instrument to help implement the strategy.
As part of the implementation of the company-specific planning, standardised workflows and processes should be established. In that context, it is important to make sure that the periodic business reviews are coordinated with the planning cycles in the operational units. Based on optimal process designing, dynamic yet efficient forecasting can be implemented with reasonably detailed planning (focus on key value drivers) and an integrated system solution. By using driver-based planning software, the impact of the generally unclear market environment can be mapped and analysed transparently in the forecast based on scenarios and sensitivities.
The information value of reporting has a significant impact on the quality of strategic and operational corporate management and is a key factor in internal and external corporate communications. In our experience, reporting is often insufficiently focused on financial value drivers and therefore much too extensive, which makes it ineffective for corporate finance management. We also believe it is essential to supplement reporting of current financial and operational performance by making forward-looking management information an integral part of reporting. We help our customers with the following topics, in particular:
Effective management reporting should be tailored to the strategic goals and key value drivers and addressed to the appropriate level. Reporting should go beyond displaying the figures and give in-depth analyses of current and future developments. The goal of each report is to give recipients an optimal basis for decision-making, which is a prerequisite for introducing concrete measures for purposes of implementing the strategy. Thanks to innovative display options, information can be tailored to the proper level and communicated in a standardised and understandable manner. Efficient processes and system solutions ensure that decision-makers will receive consistent and timely management information. These main principles of effective reporting for the basis of assessing existing reporting solutions and identifying potential improvements.
Based on our analysis of your existing reporting solutions, the potential improvements identified can be systematically implemented in the areas of content (relevant management information), layout/design (information displayed intuitively and tailored to the target group), processes (efficient automated workflows) and systems (consistent and timely data processing using the latest system solutions). One of the main keys to success is to make sure that the reporting processes are aligned with the forecasting processes and with the periodic business reviews carried out in cooperation with the operational units.
Optimal capital allocation for implementation of the strategy is one of the main keys to success in performance management. In particular, we help our customers set up a comprehensive process to evaluate investments, develop and use standardised analytic tools and ensure effective investment monitoring.
Both expenditures on capital goods (CAPEX) and any mergers and acquisitions (M&A) should be evaluated and approved on the basis of clearly defined processes. Standardised workflows and responsibilities and competencies ensure efficient and well-targeted evaluation of investments.
Developing and setting up standardised analytic tools facilitates efficient and well-founded evaluation of investment projects. In particular, decision-makers are provided with standardised investment proposals summarising company-specific profitability analyses, opportunity and risk analyses, scenario and sensitivity analyses as well as the essential milestones of implementation.
Setting up investment monitoring provides Management with a tool allowing prompt responses to any cost overruns, market changes and, in general, to any problems encountered when implementing an investment project. In addition, one of the main objectives of investment monitoring is to gain knowledge to improve the analysis and evaluation of future investment projects.
IFBC was mandated by ewl to develop a long-term simulation tool for the measuring of financial impacts on ewl’s decarbonization strategy. The model considers the main sales and cost drivers of the several business units, enables a consolidated overall view and is focused on the specific business characteristics of ewl.
ewl is the municipal utility company for electricity, gas, water, district heating, telecom services as well as energy and installation services of the city of Lucerne.
IFBC was engaged by the Hemro Group to develop a new bonus and employee participation program. As part of the design of the new model, the relevant performance indicators, objectives and bonus curves were redefined and suggestions for the payment forms of the variable compensation have been developed. Based on the current business plan of Hemro, IFBC made a transparent analysis for both the decision makers as well as the management how the remuneration and ownership structure of Hemro will evolve.
The Hemro Group is a strategic umbrella organization of the coffee grinder brands Mahlkönig, Ditting, Anfim and HeyCafé and a global leader in the field of coffee grinding.
IFBC supported Clientis EB Entlebucher Bank in the review and further development of the strategy 2020-2024. Various workshops with the board of directors of Clientis EB Entlebuch Bank formed the basis for the strategy review. IFBC was engage in the pre- and post-processing of the workshops and supported the strategy process as an external moderator during the workshops.
Clientis EB Entlebucher Bank AG is a Swiss regional bank based in Schüpfheim in the region Entlebuch.
IFBC has been supporting ANLIKER for years as an external partner in the area of performance management. In addition to the development and ongoing preparation of various planning and budgeting tools, IFBC structured and implemented various reports as a basis for the financial management of ANLIKER's divisions.
ANLIKER is one of the leading construction and real estate companies in Switzerland. With locations in the market areas of Central Switzerland, Zurich, Northeastern Switzerland, Aargau, Solothurn, Basel and Berne, ANLIKER realizes projects for large companies, the federal government and cantons as well as numerous other institutional and private clients.
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