UCA cash flow or Uniform Credit Analysis cash flow, is one method used to determine the ability of a company to repay a loan. Some would say UCA cash flow analysis is a more accurate, practical and easily understandable method to determine this ability, versus methods such as EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), or net income plus depreciation. We provide a simplified definition of UCA cash flow.
Here is a simplified example of how UCA cash flow looks at a company’s financial situation:
1. Total Income from Product or Service Sales
minus Inventory, Production or Service Costs
= Gross Cash Profit
2. Gross Cash Profit
minus Operating Expenses
= Cash After Operations
3. Cash After Operations
plus/minus Other Income or Disbursements, and Taxes
= Net Cash After Operations
It is this Net Cash After Operations figure which represents monies that are available to service a debt. This is the bottom line. While it is not the only factor a lender looks at in judging a company’s ability to repay a loan, it is a key factor.
UCA cash flow analysis eliminates issues such as non-cash expenses for equipment depreciation, or inflated cash flow based on extending the time to pay vendors.
It also provides a more real-world picture of a company’s financial health and can give a lender a better idea of how a company manages its money and why it needs to borrow money – is it to increase inventory, production or services, or is it to cover operating expenses?
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