Finario Capex Blog

  • Why it’s important to use ROI throughout the capital investment lifecycle

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  • Prioritizing your capital project portfolio

    Most organizations categorize potential investments either qualitatively or quantitatively. Qualitative investments typically include strategic projects or those that address new mandates or regulatory requirements. Most quantitative investments have clear financial goals.

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  • Two ways to enhance the capital expenditure approval process

    The capital expenditure approval process should serve as the cornerstone of capital investment cost control, but in reality it can be a cumbersome, frustrating component of the capital investment program for many companies. Commonly, the systems in place to manage Capex requests and approvals are decentralized and suffer from a lack of standardization, making it hard to track which projects are being proposed and approved, and from which corners of the business.

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  • Tap the organization’s collective capital project wisdom

    Sourcing project ideas from experts across the business, including engineering, operations, and procurement, however, can bring the best thinking to the surface and help introduce more commercial inputs so that the portfolio is the best it can be for the business, not just technically.

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  • How to avoid the Capex “planning fallacy”

    If you have firsthand experience in dealing with a capital project that is years behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget, you’re familiar with the “planning fallacy” – even if you’ve never heard of the phrase before.

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  • Making the capital portfolio a priority

    Capital-investment performance can have an enormous impact on an organization’s value and it can drive growth and increase overall returns on invested capital. The best companies use a clear capital-allocation strategy to build winning portfolios.

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  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Exploring the latest capital investment trends among U.S. businesses in 2017

    With potential tax reform on the horizon that would enable U.S. companies to immediately begin expensing capital investments, businesses are gearing up for what could be a major uptick in capital spending across nearly every industry. Our new infographic, The State of Capital Investment, takes a brief look at how much U.S. companies are currently spending based on the latest Annual Capital Expenditures Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, and examines a number of other capital investment trends across U.S. sectors.

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  • Wish you had more confidence in your capital project data?

    Recency is no longer enough. We live in a world in which information must be delivered in real-time with complete accuracy on a global scale. This holds true when managing Capex. In order for an organization’s capital program to achieve its strategic and financial objectives, capital project data must be accessible and up-to-date at all times.

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  • Balancing capital investment management responsibilities

    Capital investment management can be an unnecessarily burdensome process, with a disproportionate amount of work falling on the finance and accounting teams. While it’s true that CFOs and their staff do have a critical role to play in this field, there is a common tendency among those involved with the capital program to develop an inefficient reliance on their finance and accounting counterparts.

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  • Why your capital budget is probably being underspent

    Your organization has just entered Q4 and the COO is concerned that it may, again, be under-spending its available capital budget based on the final Q3 numbers at hand. As a result, there’s fear that as a company, you may be missing out on capital investment opportunities that could potentially drive long-term growth and profitability for stockholders.

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