Business liquidity

Business liquidity is put under pressure during a period of crisis, making effective liquidity management a must for all businesses. The liquidity of a company measures its capacity to raise cash to settle current liabilities, and it’s important to understand the status of your cash liquidity today and in the coming months.

Effective business liquidity management helps you

  • Generate cash quickly in the face of expected cash deficits, such as unpaid debts
  • And even fuel business expansion

The Covid-19 crisis has induced a sharp drop in liquidity for many firms; in some cases triggering bankruptcy for solvent but illiquid businesses. An ongoing assessment of available cash and business liquidity is therefore essential.

You can use our business liquidity calculator to test your incoming and outgoing cash flows and model worst case scenarios and downsides, including drops in sales or an increase in customer defaults.

Simply complete each field in the liquidity calculator to model liquidity over time and simulate changes in cash liquidity impacted by various trading variables.

As a first step we recommend you complete all fields to reflect your current business liquidity, without taking into account the impact of any new negative external factors.

Then select ‘calculate’ to populate the graph showing liquidity over time. Here’s an explanation of some of those fields:

  • Available liquid assets: your inventory, accounts receivable, stocks and unused lines of credit are examples of liquid assets – things you can quickly convert to hard cash.
  • Monthly fixed costs: lease and rental payments, insurance, interest payments
  • Monthly variable costs: labour, commissions, and raw materials
  • One-off losses: the value of spoiled goods, for example

Once you’ve understood your current business liquidity, why not begin to model worst case and best case scenarios to understand future liquidity scenarios?

For example, what would the impact on business liquidity be if:

  • Defaults increased / increased?
  • Sales increased / increased?
  • Payment delays increased / increased?
  • Monthly costs increased / increased?
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