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RaviRavi Staff answered 7 months ago

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Some of the significant key areas which shall be covered under the review are as under:
(1) Historical Background: The accountant should begin the financial due diligence review by looking into the history of the company and the background of the promoters. The details of how the company was set up and who were the original promoters have to be gone into, before verification of financial data in detail. An eye into the history of the company may reveal its turning points, survival strategies adopted from time to time, the market share enjoyed by and changes therein, product life cycle and adequacy of resources. It could also help the accountant in determining whether, in the past, any regulatory requirements have had an impact on the business of the said company. This could, inter alia, include the nature of business(es), location of production facilities, warehouses, offices, products or services and markets.
(2) Financial Projections: The projections for the next five years with detailed assumptions and workings and the appropriateness of assumption used in the preparation and presentation of financial projections. If the accountant is of the opinion that as assumption used by the company are unrealistic, the accountant should consider its impact on the overall valuation of the company.
(5) Significant Accounting Policies: The accounting policies being followed by the company and the appropriateness thereof is another key area. The impact of the recent changes in the accounting policies in the recent past -keeping in view its intention of offering itself for sale. The accountant has to look at the main effect of accounting policies on the overall profitability and their correctness. It is also quite important to ascertain significant accounting policies used by the company, that changes that have been made to the accounting policies in the recent past, the areas in which accounting policies followed by the company are different from those adopted by the acquiring enterprise and the effect of such differences. Finally, examine whether the financial statements of the company have been prepared in accordance with the governing statutory requirements.
(6) Review of Financial Statements: An evaluation of the profit reported by the company would be largely based upon its operating results. Any extraordinary item of income or expense that might have affected the operating results would require close examination.
It is advisable to compare the actual figures with the budgeted figures for the period under review and those of the previous accounting period. It is important that the trading results for the past four to five years are compared and the trend of normal operating profit arrived at. The normal operating profits should further be benchmarked against other similar companies. Besides the above, and based on the trend of operating results, the accountant has to advise the acquiring enterprise, through due diligence report, on the indicative valuation of the business. The exercise to evaluate the balance sheet of the company has to take into consideration the basis upon which assets have been valued and liabilities have been recognized. The net worth of the business has to be arrived at by taking into account the impact of over/under valuation of assets and liabilities.
(7) Cash Flow: A review of historical cash flows and their pattern would reflect the cash generating abilities of the company and should highlight the major trends. It is important to know if the company is able to meet its cash requirements through internal accruals or does it have to seek external help from time to time. It is necessary to check:
(a) Whether the company is able to honor its commitments to its trade payables, to the banks, to government and other stakeholders;
(b) How well is the company able to turn its trade receivables and inventories;
(c) How well does it deploy its funds; and
(d) Whether any funds are lying idle or is the company able to reap maximum benefits out of the available funds.
(8) Statutory Compliance: This is one area that has to be examined in detail. It is important to make a list of laws that are applicable to the entity as well as to make a checklist of compliance required from the company under those laws. If the company has not been regular in its legal compliance, it could lead to punitive charges under the law. The impact on such violations be quantified and assessed in respect of entity; financial status and even on its governing concern status.
(9) Human Resources: In the Indian context, the status of work force, staff and employees is a complex problem. It is important to work out how much of the labour force has to be retained. It is also important to judge the job profile of the administrative and managerial staff to gauge which of these matches the requirements of the new incumbents. The aspects whether all employee benefits like PF, Gratuity, ESI and superannuation have been properly paid/funded. The pay packages of the key employees will be thoroughly reviewed since this can be a crucial factor in future employee costs.
If the question asks about due diligence but it is silent on which type of due diligence then we have to assume and write answer considering financial due diligence

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