What are Projected Financial Statements?

Projected Financial Statements

Share This...

Projected Financial Statements

Projected financial statements, also known as financial forecasts or pro forma financial statements, are estimates of a company’s financial position, results of operations, and cash flows in future periods based on assumptions about what the company’s financial results will look like under different scenarios.

These statements generally include:

  • Projected income statement (or profit and loss statement): This estimates the company’s future revenues, cost of goods sold, operating expenses, and net income.
  • Projected balance sheet: This projects the company’s future assets, liabilities, and equity.
  • Projected cash flow statement: This forecasts the company’s future cash inflows and outflows, and how they will affect the company’s cash position.

Projected financial statements can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

It’s important to note that because these statements are based on assumptions and estimates, they are subject to uncertainty and may not accurately represent the company’s actual future financial results. Therefore, they should be used as a guide rather than a definitive prediction.

Example of Projected Financial Statements

Let’s assume we have a startup company, “TechStartup Inc.” that has been in business for one year. It is now creating projected financial statements for the next year.

  • Projected Income Statement: The company anticipates that it will increase its revenue by 50% in the next year due to a new product launch and increasing market share. It expects its cost of goods sold (COGS) to stay roughly proportional to sales. It also plans to increase marketing expenses to promote the new product, but expects administrative and other operating expenses to remain relatively stable.
    Here is what the projected income statement might look like:
    • Revenue: $1,500,000 (up from $1,000,000)
    • COGS: $600,000 (up from $400,000)
    • Gross Profit: $900,000
    • Operating Expenses: $500,000 (up from $400,000)
    • Net Income: $400,000
  • Projected Balance Sheet: The company plans to invest in new production equipment, which will increase its property, plant, and equipment (PP&E). To finance this, it will draw on its retained earnings and may also take on a new loan, which will increase its liabilities.
  • Projected Cash Flow Statement : The cash flow statement will reflect the increased income from operations, the purchase of new equipment in investing activities, and the potential new loan in financing activities. It will show whether the company expects to increase its cash reserves or whether it might have a future need for more financing.

Remember, these are simplified examples. In reality, creating projected financial statements requires making detailed assumptions about all components of these statements. It’s also important to regularly compare these projections with actual financial results and adjust them as necessary to reflect changing circumstances.

Other Posts You'll Like...

Want to Pass as Fast as Possible?

(and avoid failing sections?)

Watch one of our free "Study Hacks" trainings for a free walkthrough of the SuperfastCPA study methods that have helped so many candidates pass their sections faster and avoid failing scores...