Akros improves your business' profitability by optimizing its financial management.

Specifically, this is done by:

  1. Improving cash flow and optimizing your working capital
  2. Optimizing all your costs and improving your margins
  3. Improving banking relationships and research funding
  4. Supporting companies in difficulty
  5. Preparing for the resale of a business
  6. Improving your financial reporting

1. Improving cash flow and optimizing your working capital

Lack of liquidity is a recurring issue in SMEs. Without cash, even a profitable business may find itself in difficulties.

Akros' role is to help the company improve its cash flow. Identify where the cash flow is blocked (stock, customer balance, etc.) and act to cut needs. Processes and tools developed by Akros have been proven in every well-managed company and increase profitability while reducing risk.

Managing working capital turnover has become a strategic issue and fundamental for businesses.

Before we step in

The working capital of a company can "get lost" and be dispersed through the maze of organizational structure, extending step by step internal processes and cycles. Cash can quickly find itself trapped and choked, affecting the overall growth of the company.

Before

After we step in

Akros strives to find balance and trade-offs between the different parties involved in the focused process. Objective: To shorten up the process to accelerate cash flow.

After

Improving your cash flow does not only utilize optimization of internal processes, but also good cost management, wage policy optimization...

By entrusting Akros to improve cash flow, your company will find some of the fuel needed for its continuity and its development especially.

2. Optimizing costs and improving margins

Before starting cost reduction, we define, with the manager of the company, a clear and measurable objective.

Then we discuss the reduction on 3 axes:

  1. Reduction of variable costs: beyond a simple renegotiation with suppliers in the enterprise, it is to analyse the company's internal processes;
  2. Reduction of fixed and variable costs;
  3. Reducing personnel costs: without starting the final level of remuneration of your employees, Akros can assist you in optimizing salary packages and make the most of legal provisions to reduce labour costs.

Optimizing the gross margin Gross margin (revenue - direct costs) is the first step in the value creation chain for your business. Your entire company may not be profitable if the gross margin is too low.

Therefore, it is very important to continuously calculate the gross margin generated by your business and analyse it in depth.

We identify and assess a possible set of cost reductions. In the different paths identified and quantified (optimization or renegotiation of contracts, revision of certain fixed costs, switching to more efficient technologies, etc..) our clients can choose the different cost reduction actions they wish to implement. Our mission is to help our customers reduce and optimize the view of fixed and variable costs incurred in the company's profit.

3. Improving banking relationships and research funding

While the financing of SMEs represents a major issue, we still see too many companies without diversified funding sources that do not use all of the solutions available to them.

After analysing your financial structure and your strategic development, Akros offers you the best solutions on the market for SME financing.

In practice we can assist you in:

  1. Creating the general framework of the project;
  2. Finding and using public aid;
  3. Selecting and finding public or private investors or venture capital (Banks, Business Angels, Venture Capital...);
  4. Complete financial packages;
  5. Negotiating the best interests of the company

With the help of Akros, your company will improve its balance sheet situation and optimize its financing costs, all in full transparency and complete independence.

4. Supporting companies in difficulty

Since April 2009, Belgium has a law similar to the famous American "Chapter Eleven": the law on business continuity.

The legislature's objective was to maximize the bailout of distressed companies. In fact, the 'Concordat' was more a result of precipitating the collapse than saving companies. After several months of experience, it is confirmed that the JPR is more efficient than the old arrangement.

The judicial reorganization procedure (JRP) is a great tool for increasing the equity of a company. By offering a JRP to the commercial court, the company will be able to expand or reduce its debt in an exceptional manner. This reduction of debt will automatically result in an increase in equity.

The success of a JRP is based on several factors:

  • A thorough check of the accounts and balances of suppliers
  • A pre-negotiation with major suppliers
  • A precise calculation of the voting majority

In addition to JRPs, other solutions are available to companies in difficulty. Akros' expertise in the field allows you to choose the best option that will preserve assets and boost profitability.

5. Preparing for the resale of a business

The days are now gone when SMEs are passed from generation to generation. Any SME will end up one day or the other on the business transfer market.

In addition to the sustainability of the business, the entrepreneur will want to optimize their selling price while maintaining a favourable tax treatment.

The resale of an SME is often one of the most important moments in the life of an entrepreneur. Often times businesses are barely or not at all prepared for this step.

The sooner a company is prepared to divest, the better the return.

Akros will accompany entrepreneurs in the following:

  • Defining a strategy for resale
  • Optimizing structures and processes of the company for the sale
  • Improving balance sheets

To search for potential buyers, Akros works with transmission firms that have an excellent reputation in the market.

6. Improving your financial reporting

Regular financial statements are essential to business leaders so they can ensure the continuity of their business.

Balance sheets, income statements, cash flow projections are the basic required tools to make decisions.

In addition to internal use, communication and regular financial reporting is often a requirement for company partners such as creditors, investors, etc.

Ad hoc reporting is nothing without good interpretation. Understanding the numbers and drawing the right conclusions is vital.

Beyond the past and present, financial reporting is used to provide tools for projection. Answering questions like 'what happens if ...' allows the business manager to identify the right path to take.

Dashboards, income statements, balance sheets, cash flow plans, balances, budgets, scenarios, KPIs, financial plans, business plans ...

Any new projects must undergo a thorough examination of the assumptions and projections of expected results. Business plans must provide an overarching vision and strong case assumptions. This will ensure the establishment of a financial plan capable of attracting the attention of investors or creditors.

Our team is here to assist you in configuring forecasting and reporting tools as well as aid you in monitoring and interpreting them.