Sabine N Konig. Worksheet Templates. February 03rd , 2018.
Extra Smart Partners has received an RFP from the City of Metropolis to kick off a new bridge over the Eastern River. The ESP engineers and project managers have estimated the necessary materials and manpower to build the bridge. Now its Daves job to estimate the profitability of the project so ESP can submit its proposal to Metropolis.
In addition to expenses, your business budget should include income. You can project what you expect your monthly income to be on your budget worksheet. If your company revenue goes up, this of course gives you a larger budget to work with. When you have the numbers documented on paper, it is easier to plan and adjust your business operations accordingly.
Establishing a budget for your business is important, whether you are in the start-up phase or you are currently running your company. The biggest reason that businesses fail is that they run out of money. This can mean that they do not have enough revenue coming in, but it can also mean that they are overspending.
When coming to the share of future toll revenues, Dave gets creative. The company has never done this before and both the toll fares and actual volume of traffic over the bridge are unknown. In a separate tab in his cash flow worksheet, Dave creates two grids. The first is a range of car traffic volumes from 10,000 to 30,000 cars per day (the volume range used by the engineers to build the bridge). He applies a growth rate multiplier and extends the grid to the right for 10 years, multiplying each time step by a growth multiplier. He then builds a similar grid of toll fees and toll growth rates and arrays them to the right for 10 years. Finally, Dave uses his Excel statistical analysis add-in to generate a probability distribution of toll revenues for each year. Dave creates 5 scenarios based on the mean toll revenue, with revenues varying plus and minus one and two standard deviations to get 5 estimated cash flow paths.
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