The GSB Online Seminar Series

The GSB Online Seminars Series offers a convenient, cost-effective way to access quality educational opportunities. Please note ALL times below in CENTRAL TIMEZONE.

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Presenter: Richard Hamm This 90-minute program will be presented live on: November 10, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Central Time Recording available through: February 10, 2021 Price: $275   Many Bankers underwrite loans primarily from personal and business tax returns, particularly at the community bank level. What reported income is actually cash flow? How can we properly assess a large capital gain (or loss)? How can you determine of an item is recurring? Why should you exclude non-recurring items? How do loss carryforwards affect cash flow? What is the Section 179 deduction? This program provides answers and provides case examples. Specific subjects that will be covered during the seminar: Examples of capital gains (and losses) and how to extract the cash flow involved Issues in determining if an item is recurring When to ask questions of the borrower and/or his or her tax advisor when the tax return does not appear to make sense What is a loss carryforward item and how it should be treated in an analysis Overview of Section 179 for write-off or depreciation of assets In complex situations, ideas for limiting the analysis to material or significant items, and how to determine if further and/or annually updated information should be waived Ways to move forward with analysis while waiting for additional information Why you will often need information beyond what is reported in tax returns Target Audience: Branch managers, consumer lenders, mortgage bankers, private bankers, small business lenders, commercial lenders, credit analysts, loan review specialists, special assets officers, lending managers and credit officers Read More

Presenter: David Osburn, Osburn & Associates, LLC This 90-minute program will be presented live on: November 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Central Time  Recording available through: February 24, 2021 Price: $275 This seminar will provide the banker with several advanced tax return concepts and related analyses to help them more effectively work with their business customers. The session will begin with a brief review of analyzing a business owner’s personal 1040 tax return and the return of an LLC, S corporation, and C corporation including Schedules M-1 and M-2, Schedule K-1, pass-through transactions, and other deductions. The remainder of the seminar will cover the following advanced tax topics related to business clients: Corporate tax Issues including business structure, Section 179 depreciation, and bonus depreciation Investments including capital gain/loss issues and passive activities Real estate issues including personal residence, rentals, home offices, and 1031 tax-free exchanges Employer provided benefits including Qualified Retirement Plans and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) Retirement planning strategies including defined benefit plans and captive insurance Estate planning issues including gifting Year-end tax strategies Changes to the tax code that impact business owners including the tax cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) Each of the program topics will be presented from the perspective of more effectively working with the bank’s business customers. Target Audience: Commercial lenders, credit analysts, loan documentation specialists, branch managers, private bankers, and business development officers Read More

Presenter:  Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting and Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: December 1, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Central Time Recording available through: March 1, 2021 Price: $275 Many business and commercial lenders, plus credit analysts and portfolio managers, work primarily from company-prepared financial statements, along with business tax returns.  One of the key issues in analyzing these documents is identifying the method of accounting being used.  Much like two different, foreign languages can take the same text and render it into two different-looking documents, each method of accounting takes the same financial transactions and puts them together into two different-looking financial statements.  Do you know the key differences in how cash and accrual method accounting handle these financial transactions?  Kcan you “translate” between the two methods?  Do you know which method your borrower is using? This program provides a refresher for the key issues in determining which method of accounting is being used, and what it means for the analysis process.  We also cover how and why either method is appropriate for some businesses.  It’s not a matter of which one is “best,” it’s a matter of “fit.” Attendees will learn to: Compare and contrast the cash method and accrual method of accounting For an example business (case), construct the conventional balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows on BOTH the cash and accrual basis Identify key differences in how individual transactions are handled between cash and accrual accounting, plus the effect on the perception of performance Describe where to find key indicators of the method being used, including where they are disclosed in various business tax return format. Describe how the statement of cash flows serves as a translator between cash and accrual accounting Why other comprehensive bases of accounting (cash and income tax) are appropriate for many smaller businesses Target Audience:  Credit analysts, portfolio managers, assistant relationship managers, community bankers, small business lenders, commercial lenders, consumer lenders, branch managers that lend to business owners, private bankers, special assets officers, loan review specialists and others involved in business and commercial lending   Related GSB Online Programs: Business Financial Statements & Tax Returns: Financial Statement Components, Structures and Levels of Accountant Involvement Business Financial Statements & Tax Returns: Creating a Business Tax Return and Comparing/Mapping it to a Conventional Financial Statement Business Financial Statements & Tax Returns: Developing and Analyzing Key Ratios Read More

Presenter:  Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting and Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: September 15, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central Time Recording available through: December 15, 2020 Price: $275 Cash flow models are important analytical tools provided as output from business financial statement “spreading” software used for commercial and industrial (C&I) loans.  This seminar demonstrates how to compile a statement of cash flows (SCF) as developed by accountants.  Using a “hands on” case study, the participants will learn how to calculate SCF formats, plus how to use them to evaluate business cash flow in conjunction with traditional ratio analysis.  Topics to be covered: The evolution of SFAS 95 and how the SCF is compiled by accountants Compare and contrast the “direct” format from the “indirect” format (both used in SCF) How to calculate and how to use the SCF to evaluate business cash flow, with particular focus on assessing operating cash flow consistency and reliability, plus how short-term and long-term financing affect cash flow How cash flow analysis can be integrated into and validate traditional ratio analysis and other underwriting techniques Target Audience:  Commercial lenders, credit analysts, small business lenders, private bankers, loan review specialists, lending managers and credit officers Related GSB Online programs/topics: Business Financial Statements & Tax Returns:  Developing and Analyzing the Uniform Credit Analysis (UCA) Model Business Financial Statements & Tax Returns:  The Working Capital Cycle and Equipment Finance/Leasing Issues Read More

Presenter:  Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting and Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: November 24, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Central Time Recording available through: February 24, 2021 Price: $275 Analyzing business financial statements and tax returns starts with understanding the basic components of the balance sheet and income statement, along with the reconciliation of retained earnings, plus footnotes and other disclosures.  The business tax return is nothing more than a financial statement with similar components, but with a different format and structure.  A second step is to use a diagram, with the components in rough proportion to dollar size, to see how the components “flow” together and interact to create three major financial relationships:  (1) Sales to total assets, (2) profit retention, and (3) leverage.  A third step is to identify and understand the key principles underlying the three primary methods of accounting, followed by examining an accountant cover letter, if applicable. Topics to be covered include: Identify various financial statement analysis options and tools, plus the basic structure and purposes of financial statements and tax returns Diagram the statement components and how they flow together and create three major relationships Identify various levels of accountant-prepared financial statements (compilations, reviews and audits) and related accountant cover letters Describe key issues in using internal or company-prepared statements, as well as interim statements Compare and contrast the three primary methods of accounting Key standards, limitations and alternatives within accrual accounting or generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) Target Audience:  Credit analysts, portfolio managers, assistant relationship managers, community bankers, small business lenders, commercial lenders, consumer lenders, branch managers that lend to business owners, private bankers, special assets Related GSB Online Programs: Business Financial Statements & Tax Returns: Cash vs. Accrual Accounting Refresher Business Financial Statements & Tax Returns: Creating a Business Tax Return and Comparing/Mapping it to a Conventional Financial Statement Business Financial Statements & Tax Returns: Developing and Analyzing Key Ratios Read More

Presenter:  Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting and Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: September 29, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central Time Recording available through: December 29, 2020 Price: $275 Working capital is misunderstood by many borrowers and bankers alike.  This program provides the analytical tools (with case examples) to understand how the working capital cycle affects the borrowing needs of a business in terms of a line of credit, and how the dollar size of the line of credit is related to this cycle. Equally important is to understand how equipment finance needs arise, and how to use financial statements or tax returns to determine historical patterns of capital expenditures and related long-term financing, plus gaps between purchases and financing.  This allows the lender or analyst to position your bank to be proactive in helping customers optimize or maximize equipment financing, while minimizing its draining effect on working capital via small purchases (not financed) and down payments. Topics covered include: How visualize the working capital cycles, plus a simple chart to use Related line of credit size to working capital needs and basic cash flow Areas of caution when using accounts receivable and inventory as collateral Overview of equipment financing (loan or lease) industries that tend to have stronger equipment financing needs Overview of equipment loan vs. lease considerations Capitalized leases vs. operating leases and upcoming FASB changes, with case example of how to capitalize an operating lease for analytical purposes Issues with equipment as collateral Target Audience: Commercial and business lenders, credit analysts, community bankers, private bankers and portfolio managers; plus, loan review and examination specialists, and credit officers involved evaluating or approving equipment financing   Related GSB Online programs/topics: Business Financial Statements & Tax Returns:  Developing and Analyzing a Statement of Cash Flows Business Financial Statements & Tax Returns:  Developing and Analyzing the Uniform Credit Analysis (UCA) Model Read More

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