The essential CFO : a corporate finance playbook by Bruce P. Nolop

By Bruce P. Nolop

Observe the ability of the CFO's position in providing shareholder valueDuring the previous decade, the CFO function has increased dramatically in its breadth, complexity, and criticality. choked with confirmed recommendations, top practices, and willing insights, the fundamental CFO describes how trendy CFOs are responding to their increased roles inside of either private and non-private businesses. With user-friendly and pragmatic tips, author Read more...


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In comparison with an industry peer group? Or as a combination of an absolute target, with a market index or industry peer group modifier? indd 26 3/3/2012 8:01:30 AM Incentive Compensation Programs ◾ 27 upper target to earn the maximum bonus. Also, should the range be symmetric or asymmetric from the target? For example, it may make sense to have a wider range for the upside potential and a narrower range for the downside risk. By analyzing the company’s historical data and performing sensitivity analyses, CFOs can help the compensation committee arrive at a sound judgment concerning the best way to structure the incentive payments for a range of possible outcomes.

They include industry experts and consultants who provide proprietary commentary on industry developments. These thought leaders are especially prominent in high technology industries, where a number of well-known fi rms can exert significant influence among customers and investors. At a minimum, CFOs should be aware of the analysts’ opinions and should be alerted to any significant commentaries—both favorable and unfavorable—that may be forthcoming. This early warning allows CFOs to consider the potential impact on the company’s financial results and the likely reaction among investors.

Indd 8 excess of their book value. Organic Revenue Growth: Year-over-year change in revenue excluding the effects of currency and any acquisitions or divestitures during the latest 12 months. Net Income Growth: Year-over-year change in after-tax earnings (or earnings per share) from continuing operations (either generally accepted accounting principles [GAAP] or “adjusted” earnings). Free Cash Flow Yield: Cash flow from operations less capital expenditures as a percent of market value. Return on Capital: Net income plus after-tax interest as a percent of book capitalization (shareholders’ equity plus net debt).

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