Using the Cash Flow Report

Tapping Cash Flow in the Other Reports screen displays the report. From this screen, you can

  • Change the date range of the report.
  • Add another financial period to the report as a comparison.
  • Send the report by email, print it or open it in another app.
What does the report show?

The purpose of the report is to show the flow of cash in and out of the business broken down into three activities. The report is prepared using the indirect method, using net income as the starting point and adding adjustments using all the transactions in the period.

  • Cash flow from operations. This figure is based on the net income taken from the Profit and Loss report. Any change in the total amount due from your customers and due to your suppliers at the start of the period and the end are taken into account. These affect your cash flow because - for example - if you can hold on to the cash owed to your suppliers for longer you will generally have more cash available in your bank account. The report measures the increase in money owing to suppliers as a positive effect on cash flow.

  • Cash flow from investing. This figure includes purchase and disposals of your fixed (long-term) assets and investments. Purchases of long-term assets in the period will reduce your available cash.

  • Cash flow from financing. This figure includes your long-term loan accounts, credit card debt and payments of dividends. An increase in outstanding debt (on your credit card for example) indicates an increase in cash flow.

How does Easybooks pick the initial date range?

The Next P&L Consolidation date from your Business Settings is used as the end date of the report. If this date has not yet passed, the report uses current date instead. If you've consolidated your profit and loss, the day after your last consolidation is used as the start date. Otherwise the date of the earliest transaction is used.

How do I view a previous year's report?

Use the back and forward buttons to change the report date quickly to the previous or next financial period. The report will run for the whole of the financial period selected.

Options in the settings Menu:
  • Change Start Date - You can set the start date to any date prior to the currently selected end date.
  • Change End Date - You can set the end date to any date after to the currently selected start date.
  • Add Comparison - Add a comparison report using this option. This is typically used to compare accounts from one financial year with another.
  • Comparison Start Date - You can set the start date to any date prior to the currently selected comparison end date.
  • Comparison End Date - You can set the end date to any date after to the currently selected comparison start date.
  • Show Contained - If you have any accounts under a container account, only the total for the container is presented in the report. Use this option to show all the individual accounts. For information about container accounts, see Account Settings.
Options in the action Menu:

This button is used to send or print the report. It uses the standard Apple sharing panel and allows you to send the report by email or AirDrop, print it to an Airprint-compatible printer or send it to another app such as Dropbox. Three file formats of the report are available.

  • As shown (HTML) - The HTML format will open in a web browser.
  • Comma separated (CSV) - The CSV format contains the same information and is more suited to importing into a spreadsheet.
  • Both (ZIP) - The ZIP format contains both the HTML and CSV files compressed into a single zip file.