Cash Flow Vs. Fund flow

Cash flow and fund flow are two different statements calculated for different purposes. Investors, financial analysts, and management use these statements to take important investment decisions regarding the company or the stock.

Difference between Cash flow and Fund Flow Statements

Meaning

Cash flow is a financial statement that details the cash inflows and outflows that happened during that particular accounting period. It describes how each transaction has resulted in the change of cash position of the company and calculates the net cash position of the company at the end of the accounting period.

The fund flow statement details the inflows and outflows of funds during a particular accounting period. It analyses the changes in the source of funds and the application of funds during an accounting period and calculates the financial position of a company at the end of the period.

Purpose

The main purpose of a cash flow statement to analyze the liquidity of a firm. Each section of a cash flow statement shows how the cash moved during that particular accounting period and the end result is total cash present with the company during that period. Investors are keen on this figure as this is the amount available for making investments, repaying debt, etc.

A fund flow statement is built with the purpose of analyzing the working capital of a firm. This statement closely observes how efficiently its funds are utilized in carrying out day-to-day operating activities. The end-result of a fund flow statement is the change in the working capital from the previous year to the current year.

Components

A cash flow statement comprises of three sections – cash flow from operations (calculates the amount of cash generated from regular business activities like revenues from sales, expenses, working capital, etc.), cash flow from investing (details the amount of cash invested by the company in capital expenditure like buying plant, machinery, etc. and any other long-term investments like marketable securities and acquisitions) and cash flow from financing activities (calculates the amount generated or spent by the company through the issuance of debt and equity).

A fund flow statement consists of two main components – changes in working capital and statement reflecting the sources and application of funds. The working capital schedule captures the increase and decreases in the current assets and current liabilities during two accounting years. The statement of sources lists down the amount realized by the company through issuing shares, debt, sale of fixed assets, etc.  The application of funds section captures the information on where the funds were utilized like repayment of loans, purchase of fixed assets, increase in working capital expenditures and other expenses.

Cash Flow verses Fund Flow

Structure

Cash flow:

Operating activities

Net cash provided by operations (A)

Investing activities

Net cash provided by investing activities (B)

Financing activities

Net cash provided by financing activities (C)

Net increase or decrease in cash and cash equivalents (A+B+C) = (D)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year (E)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year (D+E)

Fund flow:

Working capital Schedule:

Year 1Year 2 IncreaseDecrease
Current Assets

Total Current Assets (A)

Current Liabilities

Total Current Liabilities (B)

 Change in Working Capital (A-B)

 Net Increase/Decrease in Working Capital

 Total

Statement of Sources and Uses of Funds:

Sources of Funds

Total Sources of Funds (A)

Uses of Funds

Total Uses of Funds (B)

Changes in Working Capital (A-B)

Differences between Cash Flow and Fund Flow Statements

BasisCash FlowFund Flow
PurposeAnalyses the inflows and outflows of cash in a particular accounting periodAnalyses the sources and applications of funds generated by the company in a particular period
ObjectiveShows the liquidity of the company – whether it has enough cash to carry out its day-to-day activities or not.Analyses the financial position of the company – whether it is managing its working capital efficiently or not.
End resultCalculates net cash position of the company at the end of the accounting periodCalculates the changes in working capital during the period
ReportingMandatory for companies to report this statement for each period in their earnings releases, according to GAAP principlesNot mandatory for companies to report this statement, but can be calculated from the balance sheet

 

Last updated on : October 14th, 2019
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