Align your financial communication with your strategic direction
Are you ready to make your disclosures more effective for investors to read and less burdensome for you to prepare?
The role of financial disclosures has never been so important. Investors, creditors, analysts and other stakeholders are now requiring much more insight about your company’s performance, strategic direction and exposure to risk. In the absence of clearly communicated financial information from you, these stakeholders may draw their own potentially imperfect conclusions about your performance and strategic objectives.
At the same time, the disclosure process has never been more unsettled. Accounting requirements and government regulations keep changing, and, thanks to the proliferation of web-based and social media channels, so, too, are the ways and means of making disclosures.
As a senior finance executive, you know how important it is for your company’s message to be succinct, accurate and clear. Done right, effective disclosure can boost your company’s reputation, inspire investor confidence and enhance shareholder value. These same disclosures can help neutralize negative news. Done wrong, it can make a bad situation worse. Weak financial communications cause uncertainty for investors, which, if not properly managed, can significantly damage financial reputation, adversely impacting a company’s market value and cost of capital.
With so much at stake, and so much changing, it is imperative that you take a fresh look at your financial reporting and disclosure program. Are your current communications transparent, efficient, timely and cost effective? If not, what steps can you take to improve them? EY can help you evaluate your disclosure programs and make the necessary changes to enable your company to capture its goals.