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1 AIB Global Treasury Services Achieving greater efficiencies from your Accounts Payable processes John Hand, Senior Relationship Manager, Corporate Cash Management. 24 th February, 2009

2 AIB Global Treasury Services Agenda Cash Management definition objectives benefits challenges today cash management environment what’s the best fit Best fit for an Accounts Payable Function? Working Example Benefits of a single bulk payments solution Benefits of centralising the payables function Summary

3 AIB Global Treasury Services Definition of Cash Management “Effective Planning, Monitoring and Management of Liquid/ Near Liquid Resources” Includes: Day to day cash control Money at the bank Receipts Payments Short term investments Short term borrowings

4 AIB Global Treasury Services Cash Management Objectives Maximize value on incoming funds Maximize return on excess funds Integrate banking services with accounting and treasury functions Process information quickly and accurately Move it, manipulate it, report it and transmit it

5 AIB Global Treasury Services Cash Management Objectives Centralised Administrative, Treasury and Accounting Functions for :- distribution invoicing receivables payables - domestic and foreign credit and collections FX dealing and Investments information processing analysis and reporting Maintain optimum number of bank accounts reduce number of banking relationships to optimum level improve bargaining position and therefore pricing reduce costs

6 AIB Global Treasury Services Benefits of Good Cash Management Better control of financial risk Opportunity for profit Strengthened balance sheet Increased confidence with customers, suppliers, and shareholders. Achieve administrative savings and synergies for individual operations and group as a whole

7 AIB Global Treasury Services The Customer Challenges ? Foreign Exchange ? Bank Relations ? Funding ? ABC Limited Investments ? Cash Management ? Risk Management ?

8 AIB Global Treasury Services Cash Management Environment Collect Funds Customer Account Disburse Funds Track Transactions and Balances Manage Funds Excess/ Shortfall

9 AIB Global Treasury Services Cash Management Structures - What is Best Fit for a Company? Depends on Industry e.g. Manufacturing / Retail / Service ? Market e.g. Domestic and or International Customer base e.g. 3rd party, inter company Product range Receivables and Payables - domestic and or foreign currencies

10 AIB Global Treasury Services Cash Management Structures - What is Best Fit for a Company? Method for handling Collections /Receivables Cash Cheque Bank Draft Credit Card Direct Debit Standing Order EFT via local automated clearing system (EMTS) Incoming International Payment in Euro or foreign currency Method for handling Payables / Disbursements Cash Cheque Bank Draft Credit Card / Purchasing Card Direct Debit Standing Order EFT via local clearing system (EMTS) Outgoing International Payment in Euro or foreign currency Mix of payment options available

11 AIB Global Treasury Services Ideal scenario? All accounts payable activities for all areas/ entities are centralised through a single area within a company / or Group structure Electronic payment becomes the norm for both domestic and international suppliers Establish a single payments interface between a Company’s AP/ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and its bank - allowing the upload in a single file of all domestic and international vendor payments with remittance data. Cash Management Structures - What’s the best fit for an Accounts Payable function with volumes of domestic and international payments ?

12 AIB Global Treasury Services Accounts Platform A/P Processes Foreign Currency & Euro Drafts 1.Cheques sent both locally & internationally 2.Direct Debits 3.Payroll via EFT International Payments sent on paper International Payments keyed individually via iBB Example of ABC Limited - Pre introduction of AIB Credits Payroll Module A/C No Receipts

13 AIB Global Treasury Services Accounts Platform – Vendor Payments & Receipts AIB Credits 1.Domestic Vendor payments 2.International Payments – paper 3.International Payments - keyed manually via iBB 4.Foreign Currency Drafts 5.Euro Drafts Payroll via EFT Example of ABC Limited - Position following introduction of AIB Credits Direct Debits Payroll Package Receipts A/C No

14 AIB Global Treasury Services Secure and controlled mechanism for the disbursements of funds with remittance data locally and overseas Enforces clear segregation of duties and employs latest Smartcard technology protecting authorisation and integrity of confidential data Minimises risk of transcription errors by uploading payment files directly form AP/ ERP system Internal capture of vendor data and up front payment validation ensures that supplier payments are delivered consistently on time Allows greater control over cash flows by allowing you to determine when payments are effected Warehousing of payments allows you to avail of full credit terms granted by suppliers Ultimately helps strengthen relationships with trading partners Benefits of AIB Credits as a single bulk payments solution?

15 AIB Global Treasury Services Potential benefits of centralising the payables function 1. Centralise all your domestic and international payables to build consistency and knowledge “Intermittent” users of banking services in corporate accounts departments are the main drivers of errors and rework Specialisation can help facilitate automated reconciliation on a national / pan-EU basis There are other significant benefits e.g. remote units with an ability to disburse and reconcile company cash are never popular with auditors, SOX etc. Many companies already pay the fixed overheads of running an ERP system without fully exploiting all its existing built-in capabilities

16 AIB Global Treasury Services Potential benefits of centralising the payables function 2. If you are centralising the processing of incoming invoices ensure you integrate the assembly of a bulk global payments file for your bank Adopt electronic payment as your default method of payment ERP systems (SAP, Oracle, Agresso, MS Navision etc.) are often the route to the benefits of centralised invoice processing, such as supplier consolidation, full use of credit terms, payment warehousing etc. ERP systems can also be used to drop enterprise-wide global payment batches into a bank’s bulk payables service to reduce labour costs and transcription errors

17 AIB Global Treasury Services 3. Watch the hidden costs of inaccuracy and uncertainty We see some companies less focused on repairing consistently faulty data on their beneficiaries’ banking details. This faulty data causes recurring queries and errors and can lead to weakened vendor relationships and possibly increased bank fees If you are consistently accurate and efficient in instructing payments, you can consistently pay very close to the end of your agreed credit terms Monitoring the number of payments that cause a subsequent query allows you challenge your bank to help you eliminate such queries Potential benefits of centralising the payables function

18 AIB Global Treasury Services Summary To cut your costs and achieve greater efficiencies in Accounts Payable processes 1. Centralise all your payables via a single bank and channel 2. Integrate payables with centralised invoice processing 3. Identify and eliminate any hidden costs 4. Aim for a single enterprise-wide operational account (s) 5. Benchmark your bank(s) current offerings versus industry standards

19 AIB Global Treasury Services Contacts For further information please contact Corporate Cash Management John Hand Senior Relationship Manager Tel: 01 – Dedicated Line for Corporate Cash Management Sales Team

20 AIB Global Treasury Services Thank you for listening! Any questions? AIB Global Treasury Services is a registered business name of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. is regulated by the Financial Regulator. Registered Office: Bankcentre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.


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