AC-GL-BT16 Balance Sheet Budget Accuracy Analysis

Created by Aljun Talle, Modified on Mon, 10 Jun 2024 at 07:05 AM by Aljun Talle

Applies to

  • Product version: Velixo NX
  • ERP: Acumatica, MYOB Advanced, Cegid XRP Flex, Hotel Investor Apps, Haufe x360
  • Functional area: Financials, Budgeting, Other
  • Plan: All
  • Template type: Production Report template


TABLE OF CONTENTS


Description

The AC-GL-BT16 Balance Sheet Budget Accuracy Analysis report provides a detailed assessment of the differences between projected and actual financial positions within a specified timeframe. This report examines variations in key asset, liability, and equity categories, helping to identify where forecasts differed from real outcomes.


Coverage

This workbook includes the following sample reports:

  • Balance Sheet Summary: the charts created from the Balance Sheet Budget Accuracy Analysis report. This visually summarizes the variances between budgeted and actual financial performance

  • Balance Sheet: the Balance Sheet report comprises pre-defined account classes, assigned to various sections for a comprehensive financial overview.

  • Control: a control report that can be used to confirm that the data is accurate and balanced.

  • Options: the template’s settings sheet that is used for data validation lists and various lookups and configurations.

  • Information: the information sheet of the report, used for storing useful details about the report such as code, version, and article link to keep track of the origin of the report.


Typical audience

The typical users of this type of report are Finance professionals: Accountants, CFOs, Controllers 


Features

The following features are used by this report. To use this report, please ensure that your Velixo license includes all of them, (or contact Support or Sales):

  • Financial functions
  • List functions


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Documentation


Navigating and utilizing the AC-GL-RT16 Balance Sheet Budget Accuracy Analysis report is straightforward, designed for simplicity, versatility, and efficiency. The template comes pre-configured with generic account classes streamlining the reporting process with minimal user effort.


Filters

Located in the upper left of the sheet, the filters include:

  • Branch: lists all the Branches present in Acumatica Instance including any custom group defined in the options sheet. For ease of use, Velixo shows you the Branch ID that you may be familiar with along with the Branch name. This Display name is configurable in the Options sheet.
  • As of (Period): a date field. Please use the last date of a financial period/month
  • Actual ledger: the ledger to pull the actual balances from
  • Budget ledger: the ledger to pull the budget balances from 
  • Include unposted transactions: an option for user to include unposted transactions



BS Structure


Sections: Velixo has thoughtfully structured the BS using multiple common sections that should be generic, by default. 

The following sections are used by default:

  • Current Assets
  • Non-Current Assets
  • Current Liabilities
  • Long-Term Liabilities
  • Capital Stock
  • Other Comprehensive Income



Generic Account Classes: To enhance the report's usability, Velixo has incorporated a set of predefined account classes. Users have the flexibility to either utilize them as is or tailor them to align with their specific reporting needs.



Metrics: The report includes the following metrics :

  • QTD Actuals vs QTD Budget
    • the turnover balance from the beginning of the quarter up to the date specified in the "As of" filter
    • Col H shows the variances in QTD between Actuals and Budget
  • YTD Actuals vs YTD Budget
    • the balance from the beginning of the fiscal year up to the date specified in the "As of" filter
    • Col K shows the variances in YTD between Actuals and Budget
  • Full Year Budget: the total budget for the year from the start and up to the end of the fiscal year
  • Actuals by Period (Col N to Y): the actual turnover balance for each of the period in the fiscal year
  • Budget by Period (Col Z to AK): the budget turnover balance for each of the period in the fiscal year




Balance Sheet Summary

To enhance user understanding, the report includes multiple charts that provide clear visualizations of the Balance Sheet, and Actuals vs. Budget data. These charts make it easier to interpret financial performance, identify key variances, and gain insights for improved budgeting and planning.


This sheet features customizable Actuals vs Budget by Period comparisons charts, easily adjusted to suit user preferences and needs:

  • Total Assets
  • Total Liabilities and Equity
  • Cash and Cash Equivalents
  • Inventory
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable



User Guide


Using the report

Now that we've covered the report overview, let's dive into a step-by-step guide on effectively utilizing the report.


  • Set the Connection Name on the Options sheet: crucial for all processes, set the Connection Name on the Options sheet by updating cell A2. Ensure it matches the name used during Velixo application login.



  • Update the Options sheet: As the foundation for filters on the Balance Sheet tab, keep the Options sheet up to date. It should always and automatically capture the latest dimensions and structures from your Acumatica instance; however, you can also customize it.



  • Specify the fiscal start month for each of the company/branches listed on column I. If left blank, the fiscal start month will default to January.



  • Choose desired filters:after updating the Options sheet, select desired filters for the report:
    • Branch
    • As of (MM-YYYY format)
    • Actual ledger
    • Budget ledger
    • Include unposted transactions



  • Automatic report update: selecting any filter will automatically update report balances. Begin analyzing the report with the latest data. Updating the Balance Sheet tab will automatically update the charts on Balance Sheet Summary tab.



  • Validation and analysis: ensure accuracy by verifying balances in the Control sheet. Confirm that differences for each total are zero.



  • Variances Investigation: if discrepancies arise between data extracted at the account class and account code levels, conduct a thorough investigation to resolve any differences.


Using the Control report


Committed to upholding data integrity across the report and Acumatica, the Control sheet serves as a supplementary component to the primary Balance sheet tab. Its purpose is to validate the data extracted by Velixo on an account class basis by cross-referencing it with the extracted balances at the account code level.


Given that the balances of the account codes aggregate to the account class, the Control sheet ensures the absence of discrepancies in the total for each account type. This verification process enhances the reliability and accuracy of the overall financial reporting template.


The Control sheet is divided into three sections:

  • Account Code Balance Check: Extract balances at the account code level to guarantee accurate capture and reconciliation of BS balances with the account classes listed on the Balance Sheet tab. The Account code series is highly flexible, and users may adjust the settings to match their specific requirements at any time.
  • BS Balances: Displays total balances from the Balance Sheet tab for reconciliation with the Account Code balance section.
  • Differences: Highlights reconciliatory differences between the Account code and account class sections, marked in red font for investigation.



In a balance sheet, it is crucial that the Total Assets match the sum of the Total Liabilities and Total Equity for the chosen period. Also, we check for any differences at the overall Balance sheet level, comparing it to the detailed account codes.


If any discrepancies in the report are displayed, it could be caused by a custom structure on the Balance Sheet tab, missing account classes, renamed account classes or any user customizations.


Understanding the Report Formula


Velixo created the template using a combination of Excel functions and Velixo functions for the Balance Sheet report. The report incorporates two primary formulas on the Balance Sheet tab:


  • Account Class Validation
    1. In Column A, a validation formula was used to verify if the account class in Column B exists in Acumatica
    2. Invalid values (not in Acumatica) return as blank
    3. Ensure continuous use of this formula for any class additions or name changes; a correctly populated formula ensures accurate transaction amounts.



  • Transaction Amount formula
    1. Used in all the transaction columns, this formula’s primary objective is to extract balances for the account classes from Acumatica
    2. Velixo functions, specifically ACCOUNTENDINGBALANCE and ACCOUNTTURNOVER, power these columns
    3. To facilitate flawless execution of Velixo functions, an IF statement is strategically placed. 
    4. In the account class validation formula, any invalid class yield blanks. The IF statement distinguishes whether the class is valid; if not (blank in Column A), the transaction amount formula sets the amount to blank. On the other hand, if the class is valid, it extracts the balance using the Velixo function.



Customizing the Template


Reviewing the Options sheet


The Options tab comprises of Acumatica dimensions, and other attributes and structures used in the report. This information updates in real-time with Velixo app refresh, facilitating immediate integration of newly added ERP data into the report as filters.


This includes:

  • Connection Name
  • Branch
  • Company



The Connection Name is subject to variation depending on the user input provided through the Velixo login portal. For convenience, users may add the connection name used on cell A2. This cell has been designated as a named range (Connection), ensuring its automatic application to all formulas throughout the sheet.



Users can also customize Branch by adding their preferred custom values, using a list and ranges as described in this article.


To do so:

  1. collapse the column groups for the Branch dimension 
  2. then simply input the desired values in the Group formula and Custom group name columns, highlighted in light blue for quick identification.



Ensuring accurate fiscal start months is crucial, especially if your Branch operates on a fiscal year different from the calendar year. In Column I, specify the fiscal start month for each Branch. Failure to do so will default the branch fiscal start month to January.



Managing Account Structures

As outlined earlier in this document, users have the flexibility to tailor this report to their specific needs. This is especially useful when the pre-defined account classes do not quite fit the requirements.


  • Adding new Account Classes

If users desire a structure beyond the pre-defined account classes, they can leverage account classes set up in their ERP instance. 


Users have two options when adding new account classes:


    1. Re-purposing an existing pre-defined account class:

  • Rename an existing account class, replacing it with the desired custom account class.

    2. Adding a Row in the Required BS Section:

  • Use Excel functions to add a new row in the desired section.
  • Be cautious with formulas in newly added rows; copying from existing rows in the same section ensures accurate results.


  • Removing an Account Class

Removing a pre-defined account class is not really necessary as the report makes use of Velixo’s automatic hiding of rows with zero values, which has been configured on the Year-to-Date (YTD) Actual and Budget values.


This feature eliminates the need for manual deletions of account class rows and ensures the report remains fully dynamic should usage of account classes change over years or transactions get created against new account classes.


However, if an account class should really be deleted:

  • Utilize Excel's delete row function for removal, followed by thorough data validation and reconciliation on the report.
  • Always validate data accuracy using the Control sheet.


  • Grouping Account Classes

If needed, the user can group multiple account classes into one and create a summary account class. Velixo enabled this feature so that user can consolidate similar account classes into one and present them in the Balance Sheet as one.

  • On Column of the Balance Sheet tab, user can list all the account groups and using the semi-colon ( ; ) delimiter to grouped them.
  • If needed, rename the pre-definedaccount class on Column showing the consolidation of the account classes listed on Column B.


  • Using Account Codes/Ranges

As an additional feature, Velixo added the ability to use Account Code or Account Code ranges to extract the balance for the account class.

  • On Column of the Balance Sheet tab, users can list all the account code or ranges they wanted to use or consolidate. Same as account classes, the semi-colon delimiter should be us as well for the groupings.
  • If needed, rename the pre-defined account class on Column showing the consolidation of the account codes listed on Column C.

 

Please note that Account Class and Account Code cannot be used at the same time. Doing so will result in calculations errors for the transaction balances. If a structure is not used, make sure to leave them blank to not cause any errors.


Version History


VersionReleased onChanges
1May 31, 2024N/A. Initial version of the template.
1.1June 10, 2024
  • Enhanced the "As of" field to accept both financial periods and specific dates.
  • Introduced support for non-calendar fiscal years.





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