Our Financial Plan is based on sound research into similar businesses in similar communities, and cost estimates obtained for equipment, rent, and other operating expenses. As an owner-operated business, we have some leeway in adjusting our own compensation if sales are low in a given month, but our forecasts are conservative. Our top financial priorities in the first three years are repaying our long-term loan, paying our employees fairly, covering our expenses on time, and generating a modest profit.
We are opening this shop because we love tea, we love tea drinkers, and we will enjoy all the hard work we must do to maintain the business. We do not expect to get rich doing this, but we do anticipate steadily increasing profits and net worth as Jasmine Teahouse becomes well-known and establishes a loyal clientele.
Sales growth will be aggressive the first 18 months as we sharpen our merchandise assortment, size scales, and stock levels to better meet our customer's requirements. We anticipate a sales increase of roughly 10% during our second year of operation.
Marketing expenses are budgeted at approximately 3% of total sales.
We will invest residual profits into reducing debt.
Company expansion, while not a necessity, will be an option if sales projections are met and/or exceeded. The location we have chosen contains an additional area we can annex for extra seating if and when it becomes necessary, for a small additional rental charge.
Tax and interest rate assumptions for this plan are on the following table. In addition, there are some non-financial assumptions guiding our forecasts. We assume:
Our break-even analysis is based on our cost and price structure for the first year. As we grow, the fixed costs will grow in proportion to the number of employees. We should surpass our Break-even point early on.
The following table shows our profit and loss projections for the next three years. We will become profitable early in the first year, with net profits continuing to rise as sales increase. Sales and Marketing expenses include the costs of all advertisements, plus promotions like the monthly tastings and 1/2 off coupons for tourists. Depreciation reflects a straight-line depreciation of our long-term assets over 10 years.
Our projected cash flow is outlined in the following chart and table. The table shows our planned loan principal repayment. We will be responsible for collecting and repaying sales tax at the 6% rate charged by Connecticut.
All of our tables will be updated monthly to reflect past performance and future assumptions. Future assumptions will not be based on past performance but rather economic cycle activity, regional industry strength, and future cash flow possibilities. We expect solid growth in Jasmine Teahouse beyond the year 2005.
The accompanying pro forma Balance Sheet shows our steadily increasing net worth, as we pay off our loans.
Business ratios for the next three years are shown below. Industry profile ratios based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code 5812, Eating Places (including cafes and tearooms), are shown for comparison.
The following table outlines some of the more important ratios from the Eating Places industry. The final column, Industry Profile, details specific ratios based on the industry as it is classified by the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) code, 5812.