The New CFO Financial Leadership Manual

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/14/2010
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Today's Chief Financial Officer is faced with responsibilities that have become as diverse and dynamic as they are important. In addition to the management of day-to-day financial activities and the implementation of a long-term fiscal strategy, the CFO must also keep abreast of up-and-coming key issues such as electronic commerce, risk management, and outsourcing. These duties require both a thoughtful consideration of the changing nature of this job, as well as a reliable step-by-step guide to the nuts and bolts. New chapters to be covered in this edition include investor relations and risk management for foreign exchange and interest rates.This book is a reference work that CFOs and other financial managers can turn to get quick answers to questions that they have as well as to help them plan their financial strategy. The tentative contents is: (1) CFO's place in the corporation; (2) Financial strategy; (3) Tax strategy; (4) Information technology strategy; (5) Performance measurement systems; (6) Control systems; (7) Audit function; (8) Reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission; (9) Cost of capital; (10) Capital budgeting; (11) Other financial analysis topics; (12) Cash management; (13) Investing excess funds; (14) Obtaining debt financing; (15) Obtaining equity financing; (16) Initial public offering; (17) Investor relations; (18) Taking a company private; (19) Risk management: General; (20) Risk management for foreign exchange and interest rates; (21) Outsourcing the accounting and finance functions; (22) Mergers and acquisitions; (23) Employee compensation; (24) Bankruptcy.

Author Biography

STEVEN M. BRAGG, CPA, has been the chief financial officer or controller of four companies, as well as a consulting manager at Ernst & Young and auditor at Deloitte. He is the author of over forty books primarily targeted toward controllers and their needs. He received a master's degree in finance from Bentley College, an MBA from Babson College, and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maine. He is also the author of Accounting Best Practices and Wiley GAAP, both published by Wiley.

Table of Contents

Cfo's Place In The Corporation
First Days in the Position
Specific CFO Responsibilities
Overview of the Change Management Process
Differences between the Controller and CFO Positions
Relationship of the Controller to the CFO
Other Direct Reports: The Treasurer
Other Direct Reports: The Investor Relations Officer
Financial Strategy
Working Capital
Inventory: Inventory Reduction Decision
Fixed Assets: Lease versus Buy Decision
Fixed Expenses: Step Costing Decision
Payroll Expenses: Temporary Labor Versus Permanent Staffing Decision
Entities: Divestiture Decision
Systems: When to Use Throughput Costing
High-Volume, Low-Price Sale Decision Using Throughput Costing
Capital Budgeting Decision Using Throughput Costing
Make Versus Buy Decision Using Throughput Costing
Tax Strategy
Accumulated Earnings Tax
Cash Method of Accounting
Inventory Valuation
Mergers and Acquisitions
Net Operating Loss Carryforwards
Project Costing
S Corporation
Sales and Use Taxes
Transfer Pricing
Unemployment Taxes
Information Technology Strategy
Reasons for Devising an Information Technology Strategy
Developing the Information Technology Strategy
Technical Strategies
Specific Applications
Performance Measurement Systems
Creating a Performance Measurement System
Asset Utilization Measurements
Operating Performance Measurements
Cash-Flow Measurements
Liquidity Measurements
Solvency Measurements
Return on Investment Measurements
Market Performance Measurements
Quality of Earnings Ratio
Control Systems
Need for Control Systems
Types of Fraud
Key Controls
When to Eliminate Controls
Audit function
Composition of the Audit Committee
Role of the Audit Committee
Purpose of the External Auditors
Dealing With External Auditors
Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on the Audit Function
Role of the Internal Audit Function
Managing the Internal Audit Function
Financial Analysis
Cost Of Capital
Calculating the Cost of Debt
Calculating the Cost of Equity
Calculating the Weighted Cost of Capital
Incremental Cost of Capital
Using the Cost of Capital in Special Situations
Modifying the Cost of Capital to Enhance Shareholder Value
Strategize Cost of Capital Reductions
Capital Budgeting
Hurdle Rate
Payback Period
Net Present Value
Internal Rate of Return
Throughput-Based Capital Budgeting
Problems with the Capital Budget Approval Process
Cash Flow Modeling Issues
Funding Decisions for Research and Development Projects
Capital Investment Proposal Form
Post-Completion Project Analysis
Other Financial Analysis Topics
Risk Analysis
Capacity Utilization
Breakeven Analysis
Business Cycle Forecasting
Cash Management And Consolidation
Cash Forecasting Model
Information Sources for the Cash Forecast
Measuring Cash Forecast Accuracy
Cash Forecasting Automation
Cash Concentration Overview
Physical Sweeping
Notional Pooling
Comparison of Account Sweeping and Notional Pooling
Cash Management Controls
Investing Excess Funds
Investment Criteria
Investment Restrictions
Investment Options
Investment Strategies
Obtaining Debt Financing
Management of Financing Issues
Bank Relations
Accounts Payable Payment Delay
Accounts Receivable Collection Acceleration
Credit Cards
Employee Trade-Offs
Field Warehouse Financing
Floor Planning
Inventory Reduction
Line of Credit
Merchant Card Advances
Preferred Stock
Sale and Leaseback
Obtaining Equity Financing
Types of Stock
Private Placement of Stock
Layout of the Offering Memorandum
Establishing a Valuation for the Offering Memorandum
Swapping Stock for Expenses
Swapping Stock for Cash
Stock Warrants
Stock Subscriptions
Private Investment in Public Equity
Buying Back Shares
Rule 144
Rule 10b5-1
Publicly Held Company.
Initial Public Offering
Reasons to Go Public
Reasons Not to Go Public
Cost of an Ipo
Preparing for the IPO
Finding an Underwriter
Registering for and Completing the IPO
Alternatives for Selling Securities
Trading on an Exchange
American Stock Exchange
Overview of the NASDAQ
NASDAQ Capital Market
NASDAQ Global Market
New York Stock Exchange
Comparing the Stock Exchanges
Over-the-Counter Stocks
Reports To The Securities And Exchange Commission
Form 8-K
Form 10-Q and Form 10-K
Form S-1
Form S-3
Form S-8
Shelf Registration
Declaring a Registration Statement Effective
Reporting Insider Securities Ownership and Trading
Edgar Filing Systems
Fedwire Payments
Investment Community
Analyst's Perspective
Finding the Right Analyst
Sell Side: Analysts
Negative Analyst Report
Sell Side: Brokers
Sell Side: Investment Bankers
Sell Side: Investor Relations Specialists
Buy Side: Types of Investors
Buy Side: Institutional Investors
Buy Side: Individual Investors
Buy Side: Presentations to Investors
Taking a Company Private
Going Private Transaction
Rule 13e-3
Filling Out Schedule 13E-3
Form 15
300 Shareholder Limit
Risk Management - General Concepts
Risk Management Policies
Risk Management Planning
Manager of Risk Management
Risk Management Procedures
Types of Insurance Companies
Evaluating the Health of an Insurance Carrier
Claims Administration
Insurance Files
Annual Risk Management Report
Risk Management - Foreign Exchange
Foreign Exchange Quote Terminology
Nature of Foreign Exchange Risk
Data Collection for Foreign Exchange Risk Management
Foreign Exchange Hedging Strategies
Accept the Risk
Insist on Home Currency Payment
Currency Surcharges
Get Paid on Time
Foreign Currency Loans
Sourcing Changes
Foreign Currency Accounts
Unilateral, Bilateral and Multilateral Netting Arrangements
Forward Exchange Contracts
Currency Futures
Currency Options
Currency Swaps
Proxy Hedging
Outsourcing The Accounting And Finance Functions
Advantages and Disadvantages of Outsourcing
Contractual Issues
Transition Issues
Controlling Supplier Performance
Measuring Outsourced Activities
Managing Suppliers
Dropping Suppliers
Mergers And Acquisitions
Evaluating Acquisition Targets
Complexity Analysis
Evaluate Acquisition Targets with Alliances
Valuing an Acquisition Target
Alternative Valuation Methods
Control Premium
Synergy Gains
Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Model
Constructing Cash Flow Scenarios
Cash Flow Adjusting Factors
Qualitative Factors
Which Valuation Method is Best?
Method of Payment
Types of Acquisitions
Tax Implications of a Acquisition
Asset Acquisition
Type "A" Reorganization
Type "B" Reorganization
Type "C" Reorganization
Type "D" Reorganization
Triangular Merger
Reverse Triangular Merger
Terms of the Acquisition Agreement
When to Use an Investment Banker
Other Topics
Employee Compensation
Deferred Compensation
Life Insurance
Stock Appreciation Rights
Stock Options
Restricted Stock Units
Bonus Sliding Scale
Cut Benefit Costs with a Captive Insurance Company
Applicable Bankruptcy Laws
Players in the Bankruptcy Drama
Creditor and Shareholder Payment Priorities
Bankruptcy Sequence of Events
Tax Liabilities in a Bankruptcy
Special Bankruptcy Rules
Bankruptcy Act of 2005
Alternatives to Bankruptcy
New Cfo Checklist
Performance Measurement Checklist
Due Diligence Checklist
About the Author
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