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Pro forma statements are used by businesses to make decisions on planning and control, as well as for external reporting to owners, investors, and creditors. For example, giving financial estimates for a given period in a standardized manner is known as “presenting pro forma,” a Latin phrase that means “as a matter of form.”

Pro forma statements can be helpful tools for business owners, investors, creditors, or decision-makers to analyze various scenarios of future events based on certain financial assumptions. It might aid in making predictions performance of the company.

A pro forma income statement displays a firm’s anticipated sales and revenue. It also highlights anticipated fixed or variable operational expenses and, in the end, displays the potential profits and retained earnings for a future financial quarter. There are various types of pro-forma statements and methods to develop them.

The responsibilities/competencies of the Financial Controller position (FC) has changed in recent years. However, the creation of pro forma financial statements is still a core part of their responsibility.

Learning Objectives
  • Explore and evaluate pro forma financial forecasting.
  • Explore and examine the types of pro forma statements.
  • Identify steps to create a pro forma statement.
  • Recognize the example - pro forma sales forecast.
Last updated/reviewed: August 12, 2023

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19 CoursesThe Controllership Series Certification

  1. The Controllership Series: The Controller Function - Elevating the Role
  2. The Controllership Series: The Controller Function - Strategic and Annual Planning
  3. The Controllership Series: The Controllers Role in Financial Forecasting
  4. The Controllership Series: Future Role of the Controller – Part 1
  5. The Controllership Series: Future Role of the Controller – Part 2
  6. The Controllership Series: The Controller Function - Cash and Investments
  7. ASC 842 Accounting for Leases - Deep Dive
  8. The Controllership Series: The Controller Function - Inventory Part 1
  9. The Controllership Series: The Controller Function - Inventory Part 2 - Inventory Valuation, Physical Inventory Methods and Inventory fraud
  10. The Controllership Series: Overhead, Direct and Indirect Costs and Allocation Methods
  11. The Controllership Series: Financial Statement Preparation and Presentation
  12. The Controllership Series: The Controllers Role in the Procurement Function
  13. The Controllership Series: The Role of The Controller in ESG
  14. The Controllership Series: The Controllers Role in Pro Forma Financials
  15. The Controllership Series: The Controllers Role in Data Analytics and Big Data
  16. The Controllership Series: Introduction to the Financial Close Process
  17. The Controllership Series: Managerial Accounting Basics and Cost Principles
  18. The Controllership Series: Sales, Collections and Customer Credit
  19. Tools for The Controllership Series Certificate
2 Reviews (20 ratings)

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Anonymous Author
Good, but I also think of pro forma as a recast of current results adjusted for certain expenses, etc and that wasn't addressed much

4
Anonymous Author
This is another good course in the Controllership series

Prerequisites
Course Complexity: Foundational
No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
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Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  Introduction to The Controller Role in Pro Forma Financials3:26
  Pro Forma Financials11:34
  Types of Pro Forma Statements17:12
  Steps to Creating Pro Forma Statements13:50
  Pro Forma Sales Forecast8:48
  Summary2:42
CONTINUOUS PLAY
  The Controllers Role in Pro Forma Financials57:32
SUPPORTING MATERIAL
  Slides: The Controllership Series: The Controllers Role in Pro Forma FinancialsPDF
  The Controllership Series: The Controllers Role in Pro Forma Financials Glossary/IndexPDF
REVIEW AND TEST
  REVIEW QUESTIONSquiz
 FINAL EXAMexam