Anomalies in financial transactions and GLs tell a lot about a company’s character
One of the critical aspects of the whole process is the financial part of the Due Diligence study. It consists in thorough analysis and assessment of ledgers in order to clearly and reliably present the companycurrent situation and make it easier for the investors to understand the character of the company's operation in financial and operational terms.The specialists conducting the process look into the company's balance sheet and income as well as cash flow statement. A detailed review of these financial documents makes it possible i.a. to fully understand the business entity's capital structure and the character of its finance sources, which may result in easier identification of areas for future restructuring or streamlining. Using the Ai Auditor you can gain insight on 100% of the transactions. We look at every one 27 different ways.
The Financial Due Diligence carried out based on the analysis of information made available also aims to determine both past and future, expected results and the company's financial condition, as well as to assess its forecasts and plans, identifying its main future growth factors. Furthermore, the analysis comprises the price setting methodology and the structure of future revenues and expenditures. A small investment in our technology could save you a significant amount on the purchase price.
Ultimately, the goal of the whole process of the financial part of Due Diligence is to normalize and determine the company's results so that the possibility of one-off, extraordinary events is eliminated. It is particularly important given the following evaluation of the enterprise, as such events may considerably impact its final outcome. Owing to the varied methods of evaluation (e.g. the multiplies method or the discounted cash flow method) used to establish the investment's value, the normalization process involves any costs impacting the operational outcome (EBITDA), depreciation, the volume of working capital, the cash flow statement, as well as other key factors.
The Due Diligence process, due to its inherent comprehensiveness and labour intensity, often turns out to be a difficult and time consuming one - not only for the entity conducting it but also the company being the object of the study. Having said that, it is a process whose importance cannot be underestimated. The Due Diligence analysis is the best way to identify possible threats and opportunities for the potential transaction even before it is finalised, which as a result often makes it possible to avoid the wrong decisions in the area of acquisition and consolidation of companies.
For Investment Bankers
Financial due diligence is a key element of any deal. Our financial risk assessment service provides information to strengthen an investment banker’s teaser about the portfolio company's performance and outlook to all potential buyers. It provides the investment banker with confidence that anomalies in financial information are known and addressed before they become deal breakers.
Our financial risk assessment service does a deeper dive than has ever been possible.
- We look at 100% of the financial transactions in the general ledger for the entire testing period, ideally the past three years of company operations plus the year-to-date information.
- We strategically direct your financial due diligence to investigate anomalies.
- Our service can save you more than 20% of the cost of your financial due diligence effort, while dramatically improving its thoroughness.
During your financial due diligence process, you will find risks within the company, including capital structure, working capital and CapEx forecasts. Additionally, your due diligence reviews the company's business plan, forecasts and financial ratios. All of these depend on reliable and correct reporting of financial information.
EBIT and EBITDA are often normalized during financial due diligence, by adjusting reported numbers for unusual events such as divestiture of a subsidiary. The investment bank likely used the adjusted number for their valuation. These adjustments rely on the correct financial information in the first place.
Hiring financial advisers to conduct financial, legal and tax due diligence is expensive to potential buyers. Knowing that the financial books are in good shape before you start the process and being able to point financial advisers to the anomalies in the books before they enter the data room, is a huge time-saver.
The quality of the review is increased and our approach typically cuts the cost of financial due diligence by more than 20%
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MindBridge Ai Auditor is a revolutionary approach to analyze financial transactions to detect anomalies - unintentional and intentional - by automating manual processes and providing a risk-based assessment to help organizations ensure compliance and minimize their exposure to financial loss and liability.
MindBridge AI Auditor - Enhancing Profesional Judgement
The MindBridge AI Auditor is bridging the gap between human and artificial intelligence (AI) by enhancing professional judgment across multiple industries. Recent advancements in artificial intelligence have enabled a new class of converged analytics to analyze financial transaction flows and better detect anomalies - unintentional mistakes/errors and intentional.
Using algorithms based on data science, MindBridge generates actionable insights through an interactive, user-friendly visual interface to help organizations minimize risk exposure to the financial loss while supporting audit professionals to meet and exceed regulatory and industry standards. The MindBridge application has been tested by industry leading professionals and is proven to detect unusual human activities and transactions that incumbent systems cannot.
Financial Transactions Analysis, Evolved
The tools currently used to analyze financial transactions are not keeping pace with the needs of today’s auditor and investigator professionals. Existing computer assisted audit tools are often time-consuming to use and do not provide the insights and analytics required to help effectively advise auditors or develop a comprehensive financial analysis. MindBridge offers intelligent audit technology to help increase the speed and accuracy of every audit and investigation.
Comprehensive analysis for accurate audits
Current audit and investigative techniques are limited by time and tools, restricting the financial analysis to random sampling and data filtering. What if you could review every financial transaction in the general ledger from every entry across every department?
With MindBridge there is no data set too large, meaning the system is capable of reviewing 100% of the data provided and calculating a risk score for every process or person that interacts with corporate data. This is how you can find more instances of financial misstatements suspicious financial discrepancies.
Intelligent anomaly detection to help you:
- Uncover more misstatements & potential fraud by reviewing 100% of corporate data
- Know where to look due to intelligent risk-scores
- Smarter control points that combine best practices and data science
- An intelligent system leveraging machine learning that adapts to your needs
Take financial audit efficiency to the next level
Automation is key to maximizing the efficiency of each financial audit or review your organization performs. By removing manual processes, it is possible to streamline time-consuming activities, which frees up team members to use their expertise more effectively.
MindBridge’s Ai Auditor helps you be more efficient by offering:
- Smart data ingestion of your financial records saves you time importing and shaping data files
- Automated risk-scoring is based on a blend of control points and anomaly detection algorithms to help guide you to entries that appear suspicious
- Automated insights recommend similar items to look at and which steps to take next
An unbiased analysis of each transaction history based on numerous control points and data science algorithms.
For maximum impact, the system is intuitive requiring little to no training meaning it can be used by anyone for the most basic of investigations, audits and all the way up to a forensic investigation.
A visual summary of all transaction data and risk scores so that each auditor and investigator can determine where to focus instead of using sampling techniques alone.
Better Meet Audit Standards
- Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to meet and exceed standards including:
- SAS 99 Fraud in a Financial Statement Audit
- IAS 240 / CAS 240 The Auditor’s Responsibilities Relating to Fraud in an Audit of Financial Statements
- Know where to look due to intelligent risk-scores
Automatically assigns a risk score to all transactions to focus audit, 100% coverage of all transactions.
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