Fin310 Financial Management: Unit 5 Group Project - Cyrus Brown Manufacturing (CBM)

Fin310 Financial Management 
Unit 5 Group Project 
Cash flow and financial planning 
To avoid any uncertainty regarding his business' financing needs at the time when such needs may arise, Cyrus Brown wants to develop a cash budget for his latest venture: Cyrus Brown Manufacturing (CBM). He has estimated the following sales forecast for CBM over the next 9 months: 
March 2004 250,000 
April 275,000 
May 320,000 
June 450,000 
July 575,000 
August 700,000 
September 825,000 
October 350,000 
November 285,000 

He has also gathered the following collection estimates regarding the forecast sales: Collection within the month of sale, 10%; collection the month following sales, 65%, and collection the second month following sales, 25%. 
Payments for direct manufacturing costs like raw materials and labor are made during the month that follows the one in which such costs have been incurred. These costs are estimated as follows:  
March 187,500 
April 206,250 
May 240,000 
June 337,500 
July 431,250 
August 525,000 
September 618,750 
October 262,500 

Administrative salaries will approximately amount to $35,000 a month; lease payments around $15,000 a month; depreciation charges, 15,000 a month; a one-time new plant investment in the amount of $95,000 is expected to be incurred and paid in June; income tax payments estimated to be around $ 55,000 will be due in both June and September; and finally, miscellaneous costs are estimated to be around $10,000 a month. Cash on hand on March 1 will be around $50,000; and a minimum cash balance of $50,000 shall be on hand at all times.  

a. Prepare a monthly cash budget for Cyrus Brown Manufacturing for the nine month period, March through November.  
b. Based on your findings in part b, will the company need any outside financing?  
c. What is the minimum line of credit that CBM will need?  
d. What do you think of CBM’s cash position during the budget period? Do you see any concerns for the company in this regard?  
e. If you were a bank manager would you want CBM as your client? Why or why not?