The purpose of the report to know the Financial and Accounting system of Guraba Engineering Limited. Other objectives are to know about the Financial Mechanism and Accounting Activities of Guraba Engineering Limited. Analysis the Budget and Budgetary Control of Guraba Engineering Limited. Finally, identify the problems of Financial and Accounting Activities and give some recommendations to solve the problems of Guraba Engineering Limited.
Objectives of the Study
- To know about the Financial Mechanism of Guraba Engineering Limited
- To know about the Accounting Activities of Guraba Engineering Limited
- To know about the Budget and Budgetary Control of Guraba Engineering Limited
- To identify the problems of Financial and Accounting Activities of Guraba Engineering Limited
- To give some recommendations to solve the problems of Guraba Engineering Limited
Scope of the Study
This report is based on secondary data which were disclosed to the public by the company through the annual report. The will attempt to cover the whole accounting and Financial activities of Guraba Engineering Limited. The purpose of the report to know the Financial and Accounting system of Guraba Engineering Limited. The environment of the organization is suitable to study and analyze. Here to be served properly and maintain whole life.
Methodology of the Study
The discussion paper contains data from both primary and secondary sources.
Primary data collection
Methods used for primary data collection;
- Physical interviews and informal discussion
- Face to face discussion
- Practical work
Secondary data collection
- Finance and Accounting Manual
- Annual Report
Though pre-testing of the developed draft questionnaires in the field was the usual practice in order to test the validity of it in respect of objectives of the study. But due to time budget constraints pre-testing of the questionnaires could not be done and accordingly, the draft questionnaires were finalized for data collection from the primary sources.
Profile of Guraba Engineering Limited
Initially, Guraba Engineering Limited was specifically designed for doing NEC mobile terminal Marketing, Sales & service business activities by their existing networks, channels & wider dealer network throughout the country.
Now, Guraba one of the prominent engineering business house in Bangladesh, have been continuing its business for more than 7 years as an Importer and Marketer of wide range of electrical& industrial product line like Air-Conditioners, Circuit Breaker(ACB,VCB,MCCB,MCB,SPD, RCCB, RCD),Distribution Transformer, LBS, HT ,LT switchgear, TVSS, Capacitors (HV,MV&LV), PFC Controller, AVR/AVS, Magnetic Contactor etc. and Guraba have earned the dependability and reliability of service and support throughout the country since its inception.
Guraba Engineering Limited is a multifaceted product and service organization. Our company is working in the field of manufacturing, supplying, erecting, testing and commissioning of distribution transformers, Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR), complete substations and turnkey projects over the last 7 years. Guraba Engineering Limited is also successfully conducting the trade of energy and power equipment, heating ventilators, and air conditions, fire suppression and rescue equipment, security and access control systems etc in Bangladesh. The company has gradually gathered an experience of 7 years in its bucket in the field of trade also. It is an ISO 9001 certified company which maintains its quality in accordance with the International Quality Norms (IEC).
The most important thing is that Guraba Engineering Limited is honest in maintaining its quality, efficacy, warranty, time schedule, after sales service and transparency with its customers. Because of its superior quality, dedicated commitment and prompt customer services Guraba Engineering Limited has succeeded to create a brand image in the heart of its customers. The company headquarter is located in Farmgate, Dhaka and it maintains a vast marketing network all over Bangladesh.
From its very beginning, Guraba Engineering Limited is practicing the use of green technology with a motto to move towards the green to save the earth.
The modern world is governed by the latest technologies and power resources that can produce more in less time using fewer resources. As a small and developing country, it is our responsibility to ensure optimum utilization of our resources and move toward its crafty management. Guraba Engineering Ltd., not only works as a manufacturer, trader or supplier it also provides solutions in power (electric) sector to assist you to take the right decision.
The importance of good quality has always been treasured more than the quantity. Ultimately the good quality brings savings and comfort in the long run. That’s why we always give the highest importance to quality than quantity. And this choice has made us more confident and definitive about our products and solutions.
The use of latest technologies in the power and energy sector is creating a constructive and long-term effect in the proper and skilled utilization of the present resources. Knowledge of the impact of new technologies on energy consumption is very important for understanding recent trends in energy consumption, why they are arising, how they are being used and finally in making projections about future consumption.
As a conscious citizen of Bangladesh, we are going to focus on using latest technologies in our new factory for the ultimate well being of our country and so the world. We believe that people of our country will realize and prop up our innovative effort with their concerned mind and gradually feel the need for this change. It’s your support which can change the scenario of power and energy sector in Bangladesh. In this way, we want to fill up the present technological gap in Bangladesh through our innovative outlook, hard work, labor force and efficiency.
Guraba Engineering Ltd always stays tuned with the latest technology to meet the latest demand. We are equipped well enough to support any crisis moment. The main objective of using the latest technology is to provide the best quality product to remain unparallel and unique in this competitive market. We understand the cost one has to pay in case of delay, that’s why we are very much concerned about maintaining the schedule. Guraba Engineering Ltd is working hard to maintain an inventive environment to make the best use of its employee’s vast experience and achievements in maintaining and developing the standard of our products and services.
We organize the most stringent test for assuring the quality of our transformers. The materials used in the manufacturing process are tested at each step to avoid the rate of faults in the final products. For further assurance, we test the performance of each transformer by our experts before selling it to the customers.
Infrastructure of Guraba Engineering Limited
We have a well-equipped infrastructure that assists us in delivering the best possible product. We use modern types of machinery and techniques in the manufacturing process. Types of machinery like Electrometer EMC 80 D, Essex fort way high accuracy and Techno-max high accuracy coil winding machine is used for the manufacturing process. We are also equipped with 7 Digital meters, 7 Hi-Voltage probes, etc. for the quality testing.
Mission of Guraba Engineering Limited
To materialize this vision we have undertaken a mission. Mission is-
- To profitably meet the needs of our present and prospective customer.
- To get recognized as a candid reliable supplier.
- To focus on our customer satisfaction with our prompt customer service.
- To discover new business opportunities to become a world-class organization.
Vision of Guraba Engineering Limited
We have set a clear vision for our company which is directing us to our definite goal of success. Our vision is to become the market leader and develop a brand image by creating a new model of excellence in the power and energy sector within 2020.
Financial Performance at a Glance
|Head of Accounts||Year 2012||Year 2011||Year 2010|
|Cash in Hand||48016||1803326||246402|
|Cash in Bank||96746||40467||908765|
|Av. Daily OC||56167||47278||10726|
|Cost of Goods Sold||11311100||42378857||3184925|
|Net Working Capital||9523345||13819782||8763643|
Analysis and Findings
Core Activities of Finance and Accounts
The Accounts Section is the vital part of the Organization that manages and control the entire financial and account keeping matters. This section shall be directly controlled by the Director-in-Charge of Finance who will have a Sub-committee duly approved by the Chairman. The responsibility of the section is to maintain the books of accounts of the Company and maintain the Banking accounts and their reconciliation statements and Accounts, Billings, Serving Monthly Bills to the Directors, Fixation & Disbursement of Salaries to employees, Management of Contributory Provident Fund, Payment & Disbursement of bills, Record of Income & Expenditures, Statement of Annual Accounts, Arranging Internal & External Audit, Supervision of Store including its Accounts etc.
Preparation of Daily Cash & Bank Balance Statement
Daily cash & bank balance statement usually contains the following data & information:
- Bank account balance of different banks;
- Cash in hand;
- Advance slip (IOU-Temporary Loan) balance (If any);
Prepared by the cashier and will be checked by accounts personnel & authenticated by Director-In-Charge (Financial) through signing this statement at the end of the day as per format.
Passing Adjusting Journal and Closing Entries
- Adjustment entries for stores, advances, prepayments, outstanding expenses, deferred service charges, accrued income, receivables, and depreciation shall be made at the end of each month/quarter/half year (as and when required) through journal vouchers.
- All rectifications, transfers and adjustments and non-cash transactions are to be processed through journal voucher.
- The adjusting journals will be prepared by the Assistant Manager Finance (AMF), duly checked by Finance Manager (FM), certified by the departmental manager and approved by Finance Director The journal vouchers will be filled in a chronological order.
Preparation of Financial Statement
Preparation of Trial Balance
A trial balance should be prepared periodically (preferably monthly) from the general ledger. A trial balance is a listing of all general ledger accounts and their balances as of a particular date. The trial balance will verify that the general ledger accounts balance (debits equal credits) and serves as a working paper to make adjustments to any accounts to correct their balances.
Preparation of the Financial Statements
Accounts section of the Company is responsible for preparing financial statements. In preparing various Financial Statements, accounts section is allowed to take help from any other section of the Company. Accounts Section will prepare following Financial Statements:
- Balance Sheet (Department wise & consolidated)
- Statement of Income and Expenditure (Department wise & consolidated)
Cash Flow Statement
- Statement of Changes in equity
- Notes to the Financial Statements.
This section prepares any other statements and reports required by management or any other legal authorities. A brief description of steps in the preparation of financial statements has been stated as under.
An overview of Financial Statements
The components of required Financial Statements are briefly discussed below:
Balance Sheet: Balance sheet refers to such a statement, which portrays the financial position of Company i.e. the assets and liabilities of the Company on a specific point of time (such as 30th September each year)
Statement of Income and Expenditure: Statement of income and expenditure shows the financial results of the organization of an accounting period. It shows either excess/shortage of income over expenditure incurred for the accounting period.
Cash Flow Statement: This statement will show inflow and outflow of cash of the Company during the year and ending cash position as on the last date of the year by grouping all activities of the organization into operating, financing and investing activities. Cash flow statement may be prepared by following either direct or indirect method.
Notes to the Financial Statements: Financial Statements discussed above provide information in the abstract form. Additional information will be provided through notes to the financial statements for providing a true and fair view of the financial information. A note to the Financial Statements provides a narrative description of the amount shown in the face of the Balance sheet and Statement of Income and Expenditure.
|Total Asset (Tk.)||17811564||35170558||25951929|
Net Working Capital
|Net Working Capital(TK)||8763643||13819782||9523345|
Purpose of Financial Statement
The objective of financial statement is to provide information about the financial position, performance, and changes in financial position of an enterprise that is useful to a wide range of users in making an economic decision. Financial statements should be understandable, relevant, related to an organization’s financial position. The financial statement is intended to be understandable by readers who have a reasonable knowledge of business and economic activities and who are willing to study the information diligently. Financial statements may be used by users for different purposes. Owners and managers require financial statements to make important business decisions that affect its continued operations. Financial analysis is then performed on these statements to provide management with a more detailed understanding of the figures. These statements are also used as part of management annual report to the stockholders. Employees also need these reports in making collective bargaining agreements (CBA) with the management, in the case of the labor union or for individuals in discussing their compensation, promotion, and rankings. Prospective investors make of financial statements to assess the viability of investing in a business. Financial analysis is often by professionals (financial analysis), thus providing them the basis for making investment decisions. Financial institutions (bank and other lending companies) use them to decide whether to grant a company with fresh working capital or extend debt securities (such as a long-term bank loan or debentures) to finance expansion and other significant expenditures. Government entities (tax authorities) need the financial statement to ascertain the propriety and accuracy of taxes and other duties declared and paid by a company. Vendors who extend credit to a business require financial statement to assess the creditworthiness of the business. Media and the general public are also interested in the financial statement for a variety of reasons.
Stages of Financial Analysis
Different states of Financial Statement Analysis
Stage-1. Acquiring the company’s financial statements for several years as a minimum getting the following statements, for at least 3 to 5 years.
- Balance sheets
- Income Statements
Shareholders equity statements
Cash flow statements
Stage2. Quickly scan all of the statements to look for large movements in specific items from one year to the next.
Stage3. Reviewing the notes accompanying the financial statement for additional information that may be significant for analysis.
Stage4. Examining the balance sheet. Look for large changes in the overall components of the company’s assets, liabilities or equity.
Stage5. Examine the income statement. Look for trends over time. Calculate and graph the growth of the following entries over the past several years. Revenues (sales), Net income (profit, earnings)
Stage6. Examine the shareholder’s equity statements. Has the company issued new shares, or bought some back? Has retained earning account been growing or shrinking? Why? Are there signals about the company’s long-term strategy here?
Stage7. Examine the cash flow statement, which gives information about the cash inflows and outflows from operations, financing, and investing.
Stage8. Calculate financial ratios in each of the following categories, for each year.
This is the method in which the ratio between two or more variables related to the business is compared. There are many ratios used to analyze financial statements
|1||Current Ratio||Current Asset/Current Liabilities|
This ratio is a concern to measure of a firm’s ability to meet its current liabilities. The current ratio provides the best single indicator of the extent to which the claims of short-term creditors are covered by assets that are expected to be converted to cash fairly, quickly, it is the most commonly used measure of short-term solvency. The higher this ratio, the greater short-term solvency. The above ratio indicates that (Guraba Engineering Limited.) has the capability to meet its short-term obligations. It is encountered that, in the year 2010; the current ration was higher than the current year 2011. On the one hand, its liquidity position is relatively weak to the previous year. On the other hand, a high current ratio could mean that the company has a lot of money tied up in the non-productive asset such as excess cash or marketable securities or in inventory. So, it is concentrated that the inventory or cash was tied up as a non-productive frame of mind in the year 2010.
Acid Test Ratio
|2||Acid Test (Quick) Ratio||(Curr.Asst.-Inventory)/(Curr. Liabi)|
This Ratio concern that those current assets which are highly liquid. Inventories are excluded from the numerator of this ratio because inventories are deemed to be least liquid component of current assets. Therefore, a measure of the firm’s ability to pay off short-term obligations without relying on the sale of inventories is important. From the above ratio it is encountered that if the account receivable can be collected, the “Guraba Engineering Limited” can pay off its current liabilities without having to liquidate its inventory. So, the panorama is to higher the sales, less important the accounts receivable collection.
Management, or Turnover, Measures
|3||Inventory Turn Over||(Cost of Goods Sold)/Inventory|
Inventory Turnover: A high inventory turnover is often regarded as the signal of efficient management. This ratio indicates that how fast we can sell product. As a rough approximation, each item of “Guraba Engineering Limited” inventory is sold out and restocked or turnover 3.30 times in year 2011 and 0.39 times in year 2010. The above ratio is lustrated that the Inventory turnover gradually increasing by the year. Excess inventory is, of course unproductive, and it represents an investment with a low or zero rate of return. Low inventory turnover ratio also makes us question the current ratio. With such a low turnover, we must wonder whether the firm is actually holding damaged or obsolete goods not worth their stated value.
Days Sales in Inventory
|4||Days’ Sales in Inventory||365 Days/Inventory turn Over|
|110.54 days||228.12 days|
This ratio indicates that the lengthening of the holding period shows a potentially great risk of obsolescence. The above ration tells us that, roughly speaking, inventory sits 111 days for year 2011 and 945 days in year 2010 on average before it is sold. Alternatively, assuming we have used the most recent inventory and cost figures, it will take about 111 (Current Year 2011) days to work off our current inventory.
Long Term Solvency Measure
|5||Total Debt Ratio||(Total Asst.-Total Equity)/Total Asset|
This ratio measures the extent to which borrowed funds support the firm’s asset. The debt ratio indicates that the “Guraba Engineering Limited” uses 52% debt. The creditors prefer low debt ratios because the lower the ratio’ the creditors protection against losses in the event of bankruptcy, stock holders, on the other hand, like the fact that leverage magnifies expected earnings. It is good a sign of “Guraba Engineering Limited” to borrow external funds for its internal financing.
Receivables Turn Over and Days’ Sales in Receivables
|S.R.||Ratio||Calculation||Year 2011||Year 2010|
|6||Receivables Turnover|| Sales/Accounts Receivable|
This ratio indicates that how fast we collect those sales. It is for guidance that the higher accounts receivable turnover, the greater the efficiency of credit management. The above ratio shows that in year 2011 the accounts receivable is 4.48 times and it is higher than the last year 2010 by 2.22 times. Nevertheless, the ‘Guraba Engineering Limited’ has the very poor efficient of credit collection management. So, it should be improved the credit collection policy.
|S.R.||Ratio||Calculation||Year 2011||Year 2010|
|7||Days’ sales in receivables||365 days/ Receivable Turnover|
This ratio represents the average length of time that firm must wait after making sales before receiving cash or the average collection period. The “Guraba Engineering Limited” has 81 days sales outstanding for the year 2011 and 164 days for the year 2010.
We could say that we have 80 days worth of sales currently uncollected. The outstanding indicates that customers, on the average, are not paying their bills on time. This deprives Guraba Engineering Limited of funds which it could use to reduce debt or invest in productive assets. Therefore, if the trend in DSO (Days Sales Outstanding) is up, but the credit policy has not been changed, this would be strong evidence that steps should be taken to expedite the collection of accounts receivable.
Asset Turnover Ratio
|8||Total Asset turnover|| Sales/Total Assets|
The total assets turnover ratio measures the turnover of all the firm’s assets. This ratio measure how efficiently assets are employed overall. If we compare to the current ratio in 2011 with the last year 2010; the ratio indicates that the Guraba Engineering Limited is generating a sufficient value of business given its total asset investment. Sales should be increased, some asset should be disposed of or a combination of this step should be taken.
|9||Profit Margin|| Net Income/Nat Sales|
This ratio shows the earnings left for shareholders (Both equity and preference) as a percentage of net sales. It measures the overall efficiency of production, administration, selling, financing, pricing and tax management. In 2010, the profit margin was only 5% and in the year 2011, the ratio is 0.09 or 9%, the increasing NP ratio indicates that the earning power of the Guraba Engineering Limited becoming upward. Nonetheless, this ratio indicates that the costs are too high. High costs generally occur because of inefficient operations. And low profit margin also shows from its heavy use of debts.
With the help of horizontal financial analysis, one can compare a business entity over different month or defined period within a fiscal year. For example, revenue generated over different months of can be compared to analyze the overall performance of business or a particular project. An accountant can follow one tow the given below methods to conduct a horizontal financial analysis. Dollar analysis is the first way method of horizontal financial in which the amounts in absolute of various items are compared for and entity over different periods of time. This type of analysis helps analyze the spending trend of a business. Besides, it also helps analyze the effects of external factors like rise in prices over business expenditures. Percentage analysis is based on the change in different items over different period of time calculated in terms of percentage. With the help of this type of analysis, the performance of a small business can be compared to that of a large business in the same industry.
This involves the procedures of comparing different figures of separate entities to one specific figure of entity for one specific period of time. This type of analysis is of at significance in carrying out the decision making process. An also accountant can also expand the vertical analysis by comparing the figures of one specific period with those of another period. Analysis of the balance sheet is one good example of carrying out vertical financial analysis each item of the balance sheet can be compared to the total assets calculated. Vertical analysis is useful for answering the question related to business liabilities and equity. This type of analysis is also to as common-size analysis.
Accounting Policies & Procedure
The Accounts Section of the Company is responsible for conducting accounting and financial activities. This Section should be maintained and ensure the accounting policies & procedure. Accounts related vouchers, books and records are kept in this section. Preparation of Financial Statements is primary duty of this section. Director is the head of this department and Manager Finance & Accounts is the head of this section. There is a proper segregation of duties exists in this section i.e. cash section. Director billing, general accounts, store maintenance and fixed assets maintenance section are separated from account section. Accounting and financial activities are those activities, which are done for preparation of financial statements to ensure accountability, to safeguard the financial interest of the Company, to bring transparency and helping the management in the decision making process.
These activities consist of the following-
- Recording Transaction
- Maintenance of Books and records.
- Maintenance of Cash
- Maintenance of Bank accounts
- Maintenance of Stock
- Maintenance of Fixed Asset
- Preparation of Financial Statements
- Preparation of budget and
- Variance Analysis
Basis of Accounting
Accounts of Guraba Engineering Limited should be maintained on acceptable basis, that is, all income actually received are to be considered as income and all expenditure / payments, actually made are to be taken as expenditure, with a few book adjustments for stock & stores, advances, prepayments, outstanding expenses, depreciation, deferred income, accrued income, receivables, etc.
As such accrual basis of accounting is being pursued. The Company shall apply, adopt, follow and implement the guidelines / instructions of the International Accounting Standards (IAS) for all purposes of accounting.
Finance & Accounts Department is entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the proper maintenance of the books of accounts of the Company. Timely and accurate presentation of the financial reports is the prime job of the accounts personnel in Guraba Engineering Limited Director-In-Charge. The Finance & Accounts Department will ensure the authenticity & recording for all payments and also responsible for recording of all receipts on time. It supervises the effective implementation of the internal control devices & assists the management in attaining financial management. Chief Financial Officer (Director) is responsible to preserve all books of accounts & supporting accounting records in a systematic and dynamic manner. Management will make job / duty allocations to the staff Directors of finance / accounts Department & ensure smooth function of his department. As a measure of management safe-guard, the required coverage and appropriate precautions must be exercised for handling of cash, handling of store materials, carrying of cash from and to bank and preservation of cheque books and overall financial discipline of Guraba Engineering Limited. Any staff Director of Guraba Engineering Limited who signs or countersigns in any primary documents, books of original entries, books of final entries and reporting etc. is personally, officially and professionally responsible for their completeness, correctness & for the facts as stated there-in so far as it is his / her duty to know or to extent to which he / she may be responsible or expected to be aware of them.
Accounting Policies of the Guraba Engineering Ltd.
Accounting system, selection and application of accounting policies and presentation of financial statements of Guraba Engineering Limited shall be in conformity with the international accounting standards. Accounting policies of Guraba Engineering Limited encompass the principles, bases, conventions, rules and procedures adapted by Guraba Engineering Limited management in preparing and presenting financial statements by using best management judgment in the circumstances. Guraba Engineering Limited shall use its judgment in selecting and applying its accounting policies keeping in view the following:
- The requirements and guidelines in Bangladesh Financial Reporting Standard (BFRS) dealing with similar and related issues;
- The definitions, recognitions and measurement criteria for assets, liabilities, incomes and expenses set out in the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) framework for the principal and
- Pronouncements of other standards setting bodies and accepted policies, but only to the extent, that these are consistent with the above.
Four considerations shall govern the selection and application of the appropriate accounting policies and the preparation of the financial statements of Guraba Engineering Limited.
A Income Tax
- At present, Guraba Engineering Limited has been entitled to tax exempted from Income Tax as per SRO 298-Law/2000 as Company Law.
- Guraba Engineering Limited has been completed the assessment activities in favour of foreigners but income tax shall be paid by the foreigners as per their agreement. If foreigner’s (if Guraba Engineering Limited hiring foreign staff) income tax paid by Guraba Engineering Limited then it shall be approved by Board of directors/ Working Committee.
- Guraba Engineering Limited should be deducted the Income tax at source and deposited in Government Treasury in due time as per Income Tax Ordinance-1984.
Value added tax (VAT)
- Guraba Engineering Limited shall pay the VAT with maintaining a current account on their revenue as Sports Organization Institute, SRO-047 as per VAT Act. – 1991.
- Guraba Engineering Limited shall deduct the VAT at source and deposited in Government Treasury in due time as per Value Added Tax (VAT) Act. 1991.
- Capital fund is restricted to be exclusively used for the purpose of Guraba Engineering Limited only.
Maintained Books of Accounting
In general, the following accounting forms and recording books could possibly be kept and maintained by Guraba Engineering Limited. These accounting forms and recording books would be used for documentation of various records, analysis and interpretation of daily financial transactions of Guraba Engineering Limited in terms of cash and accrual basis. Utilities and characteristics of different forms and recording books are described here in details for smooth functioning of processing the everyday financial transactions of Guraba Engineering Limited Management Office and its Unit Offices in systematically.
Cash Journal – Debit / Payment Voucher
Voucher is the primary source of information to the accounting process. Vouchers are prepared on the basis of invoice or memorandum that serves as evidence and appropriateness of a financial transaction. As soon as cash payment transaction is completed, it has to be documented with valid, authentic and authorized payment evidences as proof of appropriateness of expenditure and then, to be recorded in Cash Journal – Debit / Bank Voucher. To record the cash transactions, it is the primary and main evidence of processing transactions of Guraba Engineering Limited Board of directors.
Debit – Cash Journal
In case of cash expenses or payments or discharging of liabilities, it has to be recorded through Debit – Cash Journal. Debit / Bank vouchers shall be submitted for approval to the competent authority together with all supporting documents. Only duly approved and authorized vouchers can be posted to the books of accounts.
Cash Journal – Credit / Receipts
As soon as cash receipt or income transaction is completed, it has to be recorded in Cash Journal – Credit / Receipt Voucher. To record the cash receipt transactions, it is the primary and main evidence of processing transactions of Guraba Engineering Limited Board of directors.
Credit – Cash Journal
In case of cash receipts or incomes, it has to be recorded through Credit – Cash Journal. Credit / Receipts vouchers shall be submitted for approval together with all supporting documents. Only duly approved vouchers can be posted to the books of accounts.
Bank Journal – Debit / Payment Voucher
Voucher is the primary source of information to the accounting process. Vouchers are prepared on the basis of invoice or memorandum that serves as evidence and appropriateness of a financial transaction. As soon as bank payment transaction is completed, it has to be documented with valid, authentic and authorized payment evidences as proof of appropriateness of expenditure and then, to be recorded in Bank Journal – Debit / Payment Voucher. To record the bank transactions, it is the primary and main evidence of processing transactions of Guraba Engineering Limited Board of directors.
Debit – Bank Journal
In case of bank expenses or payments or discharging of liabilities, it has to be recorded through Debit – Bank Journal. Debit / Payment vouchers shall be submitted for approval to the competent authority together with all supporting documents. The voucher should be authorized through Expenditure Note Sheet, which will be mentioned the description of the nature of expenditure, VAT at source and TDS amount and shown the option of authorized personnel. Only duly approved and authorized vouchers can be posted to the books of accounts.
Vouchers Maintenance of Voucher
Voucher is the primary document for recording any transactions. These are the written authorization in a specific format prepared by the accountant and approved by the appropriate authority that is used before a transaction is recorded in the books. Voucher is prepared on the basis of supporting documents. The vouchers are pre-numbered and printed. No voucher will be entered in the ledger and Cash/Bank book before approval by the proper authority.
Types of Vouchers
Three types of vouchers are required in Guraba Engineering Limited. These are as follows:
- Debit voucher/payment voucher
- Credit voucher/receipt voucher
- Journal voucher
The formats of these vouchers are to be printed in different colour pages or to be printed from computer software.
Debit Voucher/Payment Voucher: Debit voucher is required to be prepared for every payment made. It is prepared for recording revenue & capital expenditure such as staff salary, travelling & transportation, etc. and plant & machinery, furniture & fixtures, etc. Necessary supporting documents should be attached with vouchers.
Credit Voucher: Credit/receipt voucher is required to be maintained to authorize record of money received in the books of accounts. Amount received from Company Directors, debtors, amounts received by means of sale, transfer or any other means is recorded in the books of accounts through credit vouchers. Before approving this voucher, it is important to ensure that all-necessary supporting documents are attached with it.
Journal Voucher: Transactions other than cash are generally recorded in the books of accounts through journal vouchers. Besides this adjusting entry and transfer entries, etc. are also recorded through journal vouchers. Necessary supporting documents are to be attached to this voucher before its approval.
Rules Regarding Preparation of Vouchers
- Voucher should be pre numbered, sequentially maintained. Blank vouchers should be under lock & key with DF.
- All will check required support documents, e.g. purchase requisition, purchase order, receiving report and vendor bill/invoice and will prepare the payment voucher.
- All the relevant documents in support of the payment must be attached to the payment voucher.
- All supporting documentation should be signed by the DF indicating proper verification.
- All supporting documents attached to the payment voucher must be cancelled to prevent reuse by stamping each item “Paid” and the payment voucher number will be written on each of the supporting document.
- Vouchers will be signed by as follows:
- AE as prepared by
- DF as checked by
- Concern Director-in-Charge as Recommended by
- The Secretary and Chairman/Director-Finance as Approved by.
- All payments must be made after getting signature of above persons.
- The amount to be paid through payment voucher should be written in word on the face of the voucher.
Approval of Journal Vouchers
The DF for completeness and coding/posting to the correct account should authorize all journal vouchers for entries into the general ledger.
Bank Journal – Credit / Receipts
As soon as bank receipt or income transaction is completed, it has to be recorded in Bank Journal – Credit / Receipt Voucher. To record the bank receipt transactions, it is the primary and main evidence of processing transactions of Guraba Engineering Limited Board of directors.
Credit – Bank Journal
In case of bank receipts or incomes, it has to be recorded through Credit – Bank Journal. Credit / Receipts vouchers shall be submitted for approval together with all supporting documents. Only duly approved vouchers can be posted to the books of accounts.
Journal Voucher – For Adjustments / Non Cash Transactions
Journal vouchers need to be prepared in order to reconcile different combinations of inter related accounts. Besides, transactions of some non-cash items will also be made through the preparation of Journal Voucher.
Preparation of journal voucher is generally necessary to record the posting of all financial transactions that are generally categorized as below:
- Depreciation of all fixed assets;
- Provision created for the capital expenditures;
- Provision created for the revenue expenditures;
- All sorts of adjustment in inventory accounting;
- All sorts of adjustment of advances;
- All sorts of income receivables;
- Deferred service charges
- Provision created for the bad debts;
- To accounts for all sorts of accrued liabilities;
- Accounting of deduction of security deposit, Income Tax, & VAT
- All sorts of rectification entries for appropriate corrections;
- Other transactions not covered by any other vouchers.
Journal vouchers shall be submitted for verification to the Manager Finance (FM) and then for approval to the CFO, together with all supporting documents. Only duly approved and authorized journal vouchers can be posted to the books of accounts.
Cash Journal Register
Guraba Engineering Limited Account Department shall maintain Cash Journal Register. All cash transactions will be recorded in the cash journal register strictly on daily basis in computer. Cash debit journal will be recorded on the expenditure / payments side and cash credit journal will be recorded on the receipt side of the cash journal register strictly chronologically. Cash journal register must be balanced after daily operations are being completed. After balancing the cash journal, the balance amount will be physically verified and there after both accounts officer and cashier will put their signatures acknowledging the above balance as found correct. Thus, it is the primary and main book of the Guraba Engineering Limited that will give an accurate picture of the cash item transactions in a particular time.
Bank Journal Register
Guraba Engineering Limited account Department shall maintain Bank Journal Register. All Bank transactions will be recorded in the bank journal register strictly on daily basis in respective Bank name wise in separate page in the Bank Journal Register in computer.
Bank debit / Payment journal will be recorded on the expenditure / payments side and Bank credit journal will be recorded on the receipt side of the Bank journal register strictly chronologically. Bank journal register must be balanced in respective bank name wise at the end of the month. After balancing the Bank journal register, the respective bank account will be reconciled with Bank statement.
Control General Ledger
The control general ledger is the control book to summarize all financial transactions (cash items and non-cash items transactions) of Guraba Engineering Limited in accounts head and accounts code wise for easy preparation of financial statements. Recording of all the daily income and expenses transactions will be made in the control general ledger through computer. All transactions in cash journal register and through journal vouchers will have to be recorded in control general ledger under different accounting heads and codes.
General Ledger Activity
All valid general ledger entries and only those entries should be accurately recorded in the general ledger. The general ledger consists of control accounts for accounts in the company’s chart of accounts. These accounts are listed in the general ledger in numerical order with the account title. The general ledger should be maintained in computerized accounting system.
Posting to General Ledger
- At least monthly all activity should be posted to the general ledger. The postings to the general ledger accounts may come from any and all of the following sources:
- General journal-adjusting journal for non-cash, adjustments, and correction entries should be posted at least on a monthly basis.
- Cash receipts journal should be posted on a daily basis.
- iv Cash disbursements journal should be posted on a daily basis.
- Accounts receivable journal, for earnings of contract revenue, should be posted as and when the revenue is earned, based on the percentage of completion method or completed contract method.
- Accounts Payable Journal, for expenditure or cost incurred and obligation occurred, should be posted on a day to day basis.
- Payroll journal-payroll summary should be posted on a monthly basis.
- Posting of accounting entries should be done by the Account Executive under the direct supervision of DF.
Bank Reconciliation Statement
Bank statement providing all details of bank transactions should be obtained from the bank by the fifth (5) day of the following month and scrutinize all the transactions recorded in bank statement and reconcile with the Bank Journal Register compulsorily on monthly basis. Bank reconciliation statement should be prepared by the tenth (10) day of the following month. Appropriate reconciliation would also be required for bank charges, which are generally accounted for only on receipt of bank statements. The official designated for verification should review the completed bank reconciliation statement very carefully on regular interval.
List of Books of Accounts
Following is a suggested list of books of accounts can be maintained in Computerized Accounting Software with following options by Guraba Engineering Limited:
- Cash Journal Register
- Bank Journal Register
- Control Ledger
- Subsidiary ledger books
- Advance Register
- Accounts Receivable Register
- Accounts Payable Register
- Stock & Store Register
- Cheque Register
- Assets register
Backup Documents mean documents that support the genuineness / approval / authorization of the receipts / income and payments / expenditures. Documents include Bills / Invoice / Cash Memos / Money Receipts given by the Vendors / Shop keepers / Suppliers / Contractors / Service Providers / the Vendors / Shop keepers / Suppliers / Contractors / Service Providers / Employees etc. All backup documents must be cancelled by using a “Paid and Canceled“ seal. Numbering of Documents, All payment vouchers, receipt vouchers, journal vouchers, money receipts, debit notes, credit notes and invoices must be printed and sequentially numbered. All these printed vouchers / documents must be used chronologically in order to keep track of any missing vouchers / documents. Any printed voucher / documents becoming unusable for any reason shall be crossed out and marked as “Voided” and shall be kept with the voucher file.
Cash Transaction & Cash Management
Proper management of cash is important for smooth running of an organization. The disbursement of cash, therefore, is a regular occurrence, and a sufficient level of cash should be kept available to meet these requirements, however cash is not a productive asset, as it earns no return. Therefore, only cash necessary to meet anticipated day-to-day expenditures plus a reasonable cushion for emergencies should be kept available. Any exceeds cash should be invested in liquid income producing instruments. To maximize return of idle funds cash not required for operations should be invested. Finance section is responsible for appropriate cash management.
Duration of Cash Transaction & Collection of Cash
All departments should deposited cash and credit sells vouchers day by day basis and cash sales money should not hold any more days and the departmental manager should ensure to deposit the cash sales money in due time that is previous days cash sales deposited today at the beginning of the office hours. In order to complete writing of Cash Scroll Books and their posting in the Cash Journal Register through computer, daily cash transactions shall be closed at least two hours before the close of the office.
Closing of Accounts
Each day, all cash receipts & payments shall be entered into the Cash Journal Register and it should be closed daily. Cash Officer (F&A) shall check and verify the cash balance and Cash Journal Register at the end of each day and duly signed. Manager (F&A) and Director-in-Charge (Finance) will verify the cash balance and verify the Cash Journal Register at the end of each month and signed duly.
Petty Cash and Payment Limit
Petty cash will be maintained on impress system. Each IOU slip should be adjusted within four (4) working days and any advances within one week after execution of the events or assignment. The Company provides various kinds of services to its Directors through some cost centre/ departments and the Directors enjoy the facilities and services from of those departments subject to payment of bill either in cash or in credit. The amount of cash / sale proceeds on account of availing the facilities or cost of items are collected by concerned section and the concerned salesmen/waters in turn should deposit the amount of cash to the Company-Cashier/Accounts Section on the next day of collection. Dues from Directors are collected by main cash counter/Accounts Section.
Advances from Petty Cash
- Advance may be made from petty cash for an amount not exceeding Tk. 500.00 with the approval of the secretary.
- The advances must be adjusted within 72 hours from the date the advance was given.
- No advance will be given if the previous advance is not cleared.
- All the supporting documents attached to the payment voucher must be cancelled to prevent reuse by stamping each item “Paid” and the payment voucher number will be written on each of the supporting document.
Cash deposited into Bank
The cashier, cash officer and Manager (F&A) will make sure of the deposition of the cash collected daily into bank and record the transaction immediately in the Cash Journal Register. The Cash Officer will prepare the pay-in slip. The Manager (F&A) and The Director-In-Charge (Finance) will make best arrangement to send the money in the bank.
Bank Transaction & Bank Management
All funds (received) shall be deposited into the Guraba Engineering Limited’s accounts with the bankers of the Guraba Engineering Limited and shall not be withdrawn except by cheque signed by allowed personnel (as per Delegation of Financial Authorities). All receipts of money through cheque / draft / pay order / transfer advice, bank account shall be debited and relevant source / liability / income account is credited. Cheque / Draft / Pay order shall be deposited into bank through deposit slip of the bank. General financial policy of Guraba Engineering Limited is to encourage receipts and payments through bank.
Operation of Bank Accounts
The Constitution of Guraba Engineering Limited describes in provision 19 (4) that the bank transactions will be operated with joint signature of any two persons among the Chairman, Secretary and Director-In-Charge or as per decision of the Board of directors. Guraba Engineering Limited has decided that the Bank account will be operated as per decision of the Board of directors. A suggested bank signatories has been given in Delegation of Financial Authorities. Chairman has the authority to make any changes, amendments in the bank signatory powers with the consent of the Board of directors of Guraba Engineering Limited.
Withdrawal of Cash from Bank
For withdrawal of money (liquid cash) from the bank account for working cash or for any operational expenses, a requisition for fund must be prepared for approval in accordance with the delegated authority and withdrawal of cash from bank shall be in accordance with the guidelines of “Delegation of Financial Authority”. When cash to be withdrawn, cash cheques should denote “Account Payee Cancelled” Accounts personnel shall always keep in mind that the maximum closing cash balance in hand should not exceed Taka 150,000 (One hundred and fifty thousand) after the day transaction in Guraba Engineering Limited Director-In-Charge and Taka 10,000 in Unit Offices.
Bank Reconciliation Statement
After receiving the monthly bank statement, the bank balance shown in that statement as of last day of the month must be reconciled with the balance shown in the Bank Journal Register on the same day by preparing a bank reconciliation statement.Bank reconciliation statements shall be prepared by Assistant Manager (F/A) duly checked by Manager Accounts & Finance and he shall be submitted for approval of the Director-In-Charge. The bank charge or interest detected to be not incorporated earlier in the Bank Journal Register should be entered in the Bank Journal Register by preparing a voucher to this effect. Any deposit / interest, payment or cheques not recorded in the bank accounts or bank statement shall be reconciled by adding or deducting from the closing balance as shown by the bank statement. A reversal entry should be processed for cancelling the cheque issue entry if the cheque is found not presented within its validity period. Any difference should be thoroughly checked and investigated with the bank.
Ordering of New Cheque book
Respective Manager (Accounts) with the approval Manager (Accounts & Finance) and Director-In-Charge (Finance) shall initiate for ordering new cheque book on reaching the Cheque book order leaf. While receiving new cheque book from bank respective Cash Officer (F&A) shall count the cheque leaf and satisfy himself that the numbers of cheque leaves are found in order.
Fund Management & Risk Management
Guraba Engineering Limited must issue a money receipt at the time of receipt of the money (cash / cheque / pay order / demand draft) from whatever source. Every single collection must be deposited with the finance department on the same day of receipt. Finance/Accounts department shall deposit all collection to the nominated bank account on the following day. The finance department shall immediately update the system for all such funds received and enter in the books of accounts on the same day.
Operation Bank Accounts
Separate operational bank accounts should be maintained by Guraba Engineering Limited for different purposes. The authorized signatories for these accounts should be nominated by the Company:
Development Fund Bank accounts
Guraba Engineering Limited shall maintain bank accounts to carry out Guraba Engineering Limited Development Fund activities. No transactions other then Development Fund Receipts / Payments / Advances can be made from this account.
Investment of Surplus Fund
Excess funds or otherwise as per decision of the Board of directors/ Director-In-Charge can be placed in short-term deposits, fixed deposits and other savings instruments/investment in any area which would be more effective use of fund that will increase the fund. The title of the investments must belong to. Guraba Engineering Limited These deposits should only be placed in a reputable bank. In no circumstances these investments can be pledged as security or guarantee without the approval of the Board of directors. Record of each investment should be maintained separately with information like Principal Amount of the Investment, Interest Accrued, Principal En-cashed, Interest En-cashed, and Closing Balance etc. At the end of each month balance confirmation for the investment should be obtained and differences (if any) must be reconciled immediately.
Budget & Budgetary Control
Budget is a pre-determined statement of income and expenditure of an organization for a specific period, which includes projection of resources and estimated expenditure, required to achieve organizational goals in numeric terms. The purpose of preparing a budget is to ensure proper utilization of limited resources to their maximum potential, for which adequate planning, organizing and controlling are essential. The following should be incorporated in the preparation of the budget.
- Estimates of Revenue
- Estimates of Recurrent Expenditure
- Estimates of Capital Expenditure
- A Statement of projected Income and Expenditure
- A Cash Flow Statement
- A projected Balance Sheet
- ICC calendar for the year of budget
- Venues for ICC matches to be played in Bangladesh
Timing of Budget Preparation
The Annual budget is prepared for one year from October to September. Budget should be submitted by the all Board of directors, Directors, Sub-Committee and Departmental Head (where applicable) within mid-September to Director-in-Charge (Finance) will submit the consolidated budget with analysis and recommendation of Director-in-Charge (Finance) to the Budget Review Committee / Finance Committee within 30th September. After scrutiny and finalization of the budget, the Budget Review Committee / Finance Committee will place the budget within 1st October in the Board of directors Meeting for approval. After Board of directors approval the budget will be placed before the AGM for post facto approval. After finalization and approval of the budget the relevant portion of the budget will be given to the respective committee / Department.
Format of budget
- Accounts section of Guraba is responsible for preparing Budget annually i.e. for every financial year (October to September). Monthly budget should also be prepared for close monitoring of activities of the Company.
- The budget shall be prepared for every financial year i.e. from October to September.
- Preparation and submission of budget.
- The Head of Finance & Accounts Section shall be responsible for preparation of budget on the basis of data and information collected from every section of the Company. He shall request every individual section to provide necessary data and information required for preparation of budget. He may require any information as necessary for preparing budget. Head of every department should be responsible for providing such information in due time to the Accounts Section.
- The budget should be signed by Head of Finance & Accounts, Secretary and Director -in-Charge, Finance before submission of the same to the Finance Sub-Committee.
- The budget should be placed before Finance Sub-committee by 1st August of each year.
Budgetary Control is a system of planning and controlling cost, which starts with the establishment of budget relating to activities to be carried out in order to achieve the organizational goals and regular comparison between budget and actual results / costs; analysis of variances and taking corrective measures.
- Budget refers to “estimated statement” of income and expenditure of the Company for specific time period. Budget is an important tool for proper utilization of limited resources. Section-wise monthly budget will be prepared.
- Budgetary control is a system of planning and controlling cost, which starts with the establishment of budget relating to activities to be carried out in order to achieve the organizational goals by regular monitoring of budgeted and actual results, analysis of variances and corrective measure.
- Budgetary control will start with the preparation of budget in relation to activities of the Company. It will include the following:
- Monthly comparison between budgeted and actual results.
- Analysis of variances
- Taking corrective actions
Guraba Engineering Limited Finance Department shall closely control and monitor the budget with the actual results on quarterly basis. At all levels of Guraba Engineering Limited, the persons concerned with the Expenditure Process (requisition / authorization / disbursement / approval) will be responsible for ensuring that the expenses are incurred within the budgetary provisions. Before making any commitment for any expenditure, the concerned person shall ensure that disbursement and unpaid obligations do not exceed the budget limit. The Budget shall be closely monitored by the Finance Department of Guraba Engineering Limited, who are responsible for preparation of monthly Financial Statement, Variance Report showing Budget VS Actual amounts and reasons for major variances. The Diractor-in-Charge (Finance) will oversee the budget monitoring/controlling process. Monitoring of development budget shall be overseen by the program managers in collaboration with the financial staff Directors. Monitoring of Specific Tournament budget shall be overseen by the Concerned Chairman in collaboration with the financial staff Directors.
- After getting proposed budget Finance Sub-Committee shall review the budget. Finance Sub-Committee may recommend changing, amending, and modifying the budgets, if necessary. On the basis of Finance Sub-Committee’s recommendations the budget to be updated.
- The Finance Sub-Committee shall finally forward the budget to the Board of directors by 30 September.
Approval of Budget:
- The budget will be approved finally at the Board of directors meeting.
- After approval of the budgets, Head of Accounts Department shall send a copy of approved budget to the concerned department for budgetary control purposes.
Findings of the Study
- Guraba Engineering Limited used internet based software which is one of the most latest accounting software. Because of this software, activities are run more quickly than the previous. As it is a net based software management can access any time for information. Sometime software makes disturbances in work when server does not work.
- Personnel have lack knowledge about software.
- Sometime information gap occur between head office and factory.
- Guraba Engineering Limited performs their activities with responsibility.
- v Guraba Engineering Limited has capacity to meet its short term obligation because Guraba Engineering Limited current ratio increases than before year.
- Guraba Engineering Limited Current assets are highly liquid.
- Inventory Turnover increase. High inventory turnover is offer regard as the signal of efficient management. This ratio indicates that haw fast we can sell product.
- Fixed asset, current asset, profits are increased than before year.
- Guraba Engineering Limited has good policies and procedure for conducting accounts and finance department.
- The costing budget and production budget are usually made for three month.
From the assessment of the Financial and Accounting Activities of Guraba Engineering Limited, following recommendations should be focused for the smooth running of the renowned concern of Guraba Engineering Limited group and higher management should take robust initiatives in this regard. These are highlighted below.
For accounts section
- Accounting information should be updated within soonest possible time.
- Personal should be well trained in use of software.
- The payment of bills should be more quick than the present.
- Shortcoming of current software should be resolved as quick as possible.
- Guraba Engineering Limited should start to run the software as soon as possible.
For finance section
- Company should try to maintain standard ratio like; current ratio, Quick ratio, leverage ratio, profitability ratio etc.
- Management need to apply cost control mechanisms.
- Return should higher than cost of fund.
- Source of financing should be justifiable.
- The trend of higher import growth should be maintained.
- Tax holiday period should be unchanged.
The report has attempted to find out the shortcomings of accounting system and financial statements of Guraba Engineering Limited. I am able to collect information from Accounts and Finance department but it is very difficult to make a rich report in such a limited time. I have to ignore some confidential data. I also take support from internet and some finance books and some finance books for secondary.
Only existence of a good accounting rule does not ensure its application to the organization. The result of a system depends on the manner in which it is applied. We hope that proper implementation of this rule will help the Company to achieve its objectives. Though the Accounts Section of the Company is not accustomed to follow specific rules and regulations, it may take time to implement all the sections of this rule. But the authority should take it positively and the rules and regulations should be applied carefully.
Guraba one of the prominent engineering business house in Bangladesh, have been continuing its business. The most important thing is that Guraba Engineering Limited is honest in maintaining its quality, efficacy, warranty, time schedule, after sales service and transparency with its customers. Because of its superior quality, dedicated commitment and prompt customer services Guraba Engineering Limited. has succeeded to create a brand image in the heart of its customers.
After the data analysis it can be said that the accounting of Guraba Engineering Limited is very strong and the finance condition of the company are changed positively.