New supplier finance disclosures will affect operating cash flow

Reported operating cash flow, leverage and net working capital measures, may be misleading if a company engages in supply chain financing. The impact can be significant but, at present, calculating the effect and making adjustments is difficult. Additional IFRS disclosures proposed by the IASB will help.

We explain the new disclosures and provide an interactive model to illustrate how to use them to calculate more realistic measures of cash flow, leverage and working capital. The adjustments depend on whether liabilities are classified as trade payables or debt finance and may require the inclusion of a non-cash ‘effective’ operating cash outflow.

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