Sumptuous Cuisine Catering will fund its expansion largely though its own cash reserves and a loan for the purchase of The Sumptuous Ballroom.
The funds needed include:
Sources for the funds include:
The business will return to stronger profits and gross margins after the acquisition.
The table below presents the assumptions used in the financial calculations of this business plan.
Due to the high fixed costs of the venue, the monthly break even is rather high, as shown below. This would be approximately 9-10 events at $10,000 per event. Revenue is higher for The Sumptuous Ballroom events due to the ballroom rental fee and greater leverage to provide additional services to clients, than for revenue from off-site events.
Gross margins will improve for the business as ballroom rentals build as a revenue stream. Facility rentals do not have a direct cost of sales, although higher fixed costs are associated with The Sumptuous Ballroom than with the core business.
Subcontracted services are the other major cost of sales category, and incur a higher cost of sales, at 80% of subcontracted services sold, than other categories. These services (like floral design, rental furniture, etc.) are discounted by the vendors because of their relationship with Sumptuous Cuisine Catering. The effect is that Sumptuous Cuisine Catering bills these services on to clients at the vendor's advertised rates and takes their margin of 20% on those revenues.
Marketing will be higher in the first year to accommodate the additional marketing activities described in the marketing strategy and milestones table. Depreciation will be for the existing equipment in the catering kitchen and for the installed sound and networking equipment in the venue.
Rent is for the catering kitchen and office only, as the ballroom will be purchased by the business. Utilities will be much higher than previously due to the high electric, heating, and air conditioning costs of the new space compared with the kitchen and office alone. Insurance also must increase significantly from previous levels due to the need for general liability for the space and guests.
Payroll taxes are 15% of payroll (which includes the event staff cost of sales) and employee benefits (including health insurance, 401K contributions for employees who with tenure over 2 years, vacation and sick pay) are 10% of payroll and event staff costs.
Office expenses cover maintenance of computer equipment and sundry supplies for the office. Facility cleaning and maintenance includes a budget for $200 of maintenance and an estimate for cleaning which will grow as use of the ballroom scales up. Cleaning will be provided by an outside vendor and managed by the Facility Manager.
The projected cash flow table and chart show the business's investment in The Sumptuous Ballroom, a $2 million purchase. The asset will be purchased with 20% down and a $1.6 million 15-year mortgage. An additional $270,000 in convertible debt will be raised at 10% interest for three years.
In addition to this investment, $50,000 in depreciable assets will be purchased (sound system, office set-up for the facility). Small investments in replacing these assets and augmenting them with strategic purchases will be made in future years. Current assets ($100,000) purchased will include signage and improvements to the venue.
The business will reach cash flow break-even in July 2010.
The balance sheet shows the increasing strength of the business as its mortgage is paid off and profits are earned from the expansion of the business. Accounts payable will rise significantly from previous levels due to the added expenses taken on by the business when The Sumptuous Ballroom opens.
The table compares the business ratios of Sumptuous Cuisine Catering to caterers in the $1 million to $5 million revenue category. Caterers with banquet halls are covered by NAICS industry code 722320, or SIC code 5812.
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