How often have we heard the phrase “Cash is King”? So, following that logic, one would think an overbilled contractor is in an advantageous position. That is generally true assuming the following conditions are met: (more…)
“The only constant in life is change” – Heraclitus
Every contractor understands the reality that construction projects are complex and have many moving parts. The ways in which a contractor manages changes during a project significantly impacts project profitability and cash flow. In many cases, construction companies’ reputations rise and fall with their ability to successfully navigate changes in project scope. (more…)
It’s been a while since we’ve had a deep dive article on work in progress (WIP) schedules (to refresh your memory, see Red Flags on a Contractor’s Work in Progress Schedule). As I review the WIP schedule for a new client, I find myself referring to this article for all the recommendations I’d like to make to this client. A few additional observations are noted below: (more…)
The COVID-19 pandemic created challenging circumstances for many Bay Area construction contractors. The combination of government orders and fear of virus transmission led to the delay or cancellation of many scheduled projects. And unfortunately, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction companies were dealing with another challenging situation, employees and vendors perpetrating fraud schemes against the company. According to the ACFE 2020 Report to the Nations, the median fraud-related loss experienced by construction companies was $200,000 per incident (based on investigations that occurred between January 2018 and September 2019). This means, construction is in the top six of the highest median loss experienced, behind mining at $475,000; energy at $275,000; real estate at $254,000; telecommunications at $250,000; and health care also at $200,000. This unfavorable ranking reflects the need for construction companies to do more to prevent and detect fraud schemes to limit losses. (more…)
The end of the year is coming fast and with it comes the requirement to adopt FASB ASC Topic 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers by all calendar year-end private companies (this standard was applicable to public companies for calendar year 2018). If you have not yet implemented the new accounting standard, here are a few items to consider. (more…)
Sometimes the hardest part of any major implementation project is figuring out where to start.
How about we start with trying to identify the most appropriate implementation method for your construction company. One of the questions we get all the time is: Which implementation method is best for my company? Unfortunately, there is no universal answer, but we will give you some insights into what we are hearing within the industry. (more…)