The most important element in the financial plan is the critical need for additional capital to assist in business operations through the remaining start-up process, and to maintain a positive cash balance for the first fiscal quarters. We do not anticipate any changes to our financial plan through accounts receivables or inventory, as our company operates upon the "payment upon receipt" principal for all goods, and our inventory cycle does not meet the standard criteria.
Moving from a home office to a storefront with employees, introduces greater liabilities. During the past seven month start-up process, we have largely committed to EvergreenTV Productions through personal savings, cashed stocks, personal credit lines and personal long-term loan options.
The financial plan depends on important assumptions, most of which are shown in the following table. The key underlying assumptions are:
We assume access to equity capital and financing sufficient to follow and maintain our financial plan as shown in the tables. We anticipate our financing to hold higher long-term interest than our current loan against stock. We assume that as our company grows, we will be able to utilize a larger credit line, decreasing our expenses in cash. Likewise, our short-term credit line will be available with a lower short-term interest rate, making more cash available.
We assume opening and promoting three stores within the Tampa Bay area before reaching saturation. Likewise, we assume relatively quick initial growth within the Home Division, following our plan of two stores open within the first year, and 10 stores statewide within five years.
We assume many tv markets are, or will become, Internet proficient. We assume most colleges and universities are, or will become, Internet proficient. We assume slow initial growth within the B2B Division. However, the majority of our long-term payments are for one time, or long-term purchases which will not need to be replaced in the first five years.
The benchmark chart shows the nature of our company. We estimate consistent turns on inventory, as our inventory is available for resale on a constant basis. In our Home Division, we do not keep inventory, but customers bring their photos to us. In our B2B Division, our inventory consists of news stories we will keep on hand for multiple sales. Several stations may purchase the same story, we simply make a copy of that story. Our blank tape inventory will be replenished monthly to avoid keeping a large inventory of tapes.
Our Gross Margin increases with increased sales, but as we have a very low direct cost of sales, this number will only increase fractionally compared to sales.
Sales and Operating Expenses are our closest measurements in this forecast. While sales increase dramatically, operating expenses increase with new stores, additional employees and taxes. However, by maximizing the number of employees within each store, we are also maximizing our location and limiting further expenses that additional storefronts would incur. We are also able to save drastically on advertising expenses, which would naturally increase with each new location.
We assume running costs which include rent, utilities, office expenses, and an average of travel, advertising and miscellaneous costs. Miscellaneous costs are equal to quarterly costs such as business cards, brochures, bulk tape supplies and occasional equipment rental. Payroll increases every other month as we add new employees.
Profit and Loss projects look very good, with the usual start-up loss limited to the first two months. The monthly projections for the first year are included in the appendix.
Cash flow projections are good, as shown in the annual table below, and the monthly table in the appendix. There are only two months of negative cash flow the foreseen the first year, and the all important cash balance shows steady increases.
The balance sheet below and in the appendix show steady increase in net worth over the life of the plan.
Business ratios for the years of this plan are shown below. Industry profile ratios based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code 7812, Motion Picture and Video Production, are shown for comparison.