Due Diligence Case Study
Due Diligence for a Company’s Personnel, Processes, & Systems
The client acquired a subsidiary and needed the new personnel, processes, and ERP systems reviewed.
Smith Schafer Approach
Smith Schafer reviewed the goals and concerns with two sets of management and corporate executives. We started by interviewing the finance staff and reviewing their respective accounting procedures and ERP systems to identify areas with improvement opportunities. Our experts identified areas in each company that were not in-sync with the other, creating extra time to close the monthly financial records, reporting inefficiencies, and additional hours worked.
The investigative process, combined with industry best practices, allowed Smith Schafer to provide a comprehensive recommendation report to the Board of Directors. Recommendations included a thorough review of the finance staff, their strengths and weaknesses, and suggestions to improve their accounting procedures to ensure compliance with GAAP. Our review also included recommendations for ERP enhancement providing increased management reporting, reduce month-end close times, and increase the financial statements’ accuracy.
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- The Dog Perk Corporation
“Smith Schafer always provides great information for our business. They are thorough with our accounting and financial planning. We have leaned heavily on them with an interpretation of the PPP Loan and COVID-19 planning. They have been instrumental in our success and are always very knowledgeable and quick to respond to any of our questions."
“Smith Schafer has provided second to none service and value to my business and personal accounts for over 30 years. Their expertise and knowledge are unmatched by any other accounting firm I have encountered over all these years."
“The relationship we have built over the years with the staff at Smith Schafer is one that can never be replaced. They are quick with helping us figure anything out, always willing to pick up the phone and walk us through any problem we are having. Also they are just all so friendly and kind!"
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- MotoProz, Inc.
"Smith Schafer is always responsive and in the know about what is important for me and my business. The team is responsive and professional with all my interactions. Very customer-focused."
- Custom Communication
"The people at Smith Schafer always take great care of me. They are so knowledgeable and provide great advice and support."
- Sound and Media Solutions, Inc.
s discussed in part two of our 401k blog series, one of the purposes of a retirement plan audit is to ensure the plan operates in compliance with both plan documents and IRS and DOL regulations. To do this, your auditor will request access to several documents. Some will be plan-specific documents, while others will be HR and related documents.
More than two years after COVID-19 changed the world, business valuations are still challenging. At the midpoint of 2022, the idea that things have returned to ‘normal’ is certainly debatable. In many instances, historic valuation inputs, specifically past performance, cannot be taken as an indication of future performance.
n industry is growing steadily, and changes come quickly and unexpectedly. Therefore, it is crucial to have a good understanding of your business’s financial standing and maintain sound accounting systems.
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