Company X Benchmark analysis – an introduction
Why is working capital important? What´s in it for you and your company? This benchmark gives an overview of your company’s working capital situation.
Every company needs to employ capital bound to the operations. However, the amount required is closely connected to the efficiency of the internal processes and can be optimized to ensure full utilization of a company’s assets. Cash released from working capital is directly linked to company value – 100% of the released cash becomes available for other purposes.
Working capital build-up
Working capital can be found in both a company’s assets and liabilities, this benchmark focuses on capital tied up in the following areas (with relevant KPIs):
‒ Accounts receivable (customer invoices): Measured as the average credit days given to customers.
‒ Inventory (Raw material, Work in progress and Finished goods): Measured as the average no of days products are in stock.
‒ Accounts payable (supplier invoices): Measured as the average credit day the company has to pay suppliers.
Purpose of this benchmark
‒To give an overview of the working capital situation and where the capital is tied up as well as your performance against your peers
‒ The first page contains a breakdown of the company’s net working capital to highlight where the capital is tied up
‒ The following page presents KPIs for the benchmarked company and relevant peers. By comparing the KPI performance to peers improvement potential can be identified
Working Capital Management at Capacent
The Capacent working capital delivery approach – from business case to measured results – is proven through more than 300 working capital improvement projects in different types of companies, industries and countries. With our structured, fact based and hands-on toolbox we work with our customers from the board of directors to the factory workers to achieve a cash culture.
We work with working capital impacting processes such as:
- Order to cash – e.g reducing invoicing delays, improving collection routines.
- Procure to pay – e.g. optimizing payment practices, improving negotiations for supplier terms and invoicing logics.
- Order to delivery – e.g. improving inventory replenishment parameters, developing sales and operations planning
- Reporting and KPIs – e.g. working capital dashboard with leading indicators
To read the whole introduction, download our white paper here.