Multi-Entity Accounting Does Not Have to Mean More Work

By the team at Elevate2 | 25 Aug 2020
5 min read

CFO’s are increasingly playing a more critical role for their companies. A recent survey from McKinsey revealed that the role of the modern CFO has evolved to take on much more than his, or her predecessor – https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/the-evolution-of-the-cfo 

The main tasks relate to the books, financial reporting and statutory compliance – but imagine you are the CFO of a multi-national, multi-subsidiary company and the role becomes even more complex.

Closing the Books

Closing the books is a critical process that finalises a company’s transactions at the end of the financial year. It creates a report of all the revenue, expenses and dividend accounts of a business and will often involve dealing with multiple, disparate systems – and in some cases a large portion of the critical information will be held on spreadsheetsSounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it?

Aside from the disparate locations of the data, there are so many other considerations too, such as different accounting standards, tax and reporting regulations, revenue recognition and amortisation rules for different regions and countries.

We can’t stress too strongly how important it is in cases like these that companies bite the bullet and adopt a comprehensive ERP system such as NetSuite, that can handle all those different requirements. Just having all your data in a single system, updated in real-time will save countless hours and reduce the probability of human error by a significant margin.

NetSuite Multi-Book

Multi-book is an advanced feature which allows a company to maintain multiple groups of financial records in parallel in order to produce financial statements in accordance with the required accounting standards (please note: multi-book cannot be added unless you already utilise NetSuite One-World in your NetSuite environment). You are permitted up to four books in addition to your primary book (five in total).

Common Use Cases

  1. Where one subsidiary is configured with a currency that is different to the local currency in another and is required to generate financial reports in the local currency, Multi-Book accounting can be configured to allow subsidiaries to report in a different currency.
  2. You want to post transactions to two different accounts in different books.
  3. You need to amortize expenses differently in two different books.

CFO’s are increasingly playing a more critical role for their companies. A recent survey from McKinsey revealed that the role of the modern CFO has evolved to take on much more than his, or her predecessor. The main tasks relate to the books, financial reporting and statutory compliance.

Ankur Agrawal & Priyanka Prakash, McKinsey

Multi-Book Highlights

Eliminates the need for data entry replication – you can create business transactions but automatically post to all the books whilst following relevant accounting standards by utilising the pre-built rules.

Multi-book will automatically take care of the general ledger, revenue recognition, expense amortization, depreciation and P&L allocations all from a single transaction.

With Multi Book the need for data entry replication is eliminated which in turn reduces the human error factor. The potent rule-driven mechanism allows accounting departments to create business transactions whilst simultaneously posting to all books in accordance with accounting standards.

Keep your stakeholders happy by providing clear ‘before and after’ reports detailing how new accounting rules and tax laws impact the business.

Foreign currency management – Multi Book will automatically calculate the impact of foreign currency exchange rates (gains or losses).

How do I get it?

If you are already a NetSuite customer then you can speak to your NetSuite account manager and formally request it. You will then be provided with a questionnaire to establish whether Multi Book will be a good fit for you prior to approval.

If you are not yet a NetSuite customer and would like more information, contact us and we will be happy to help you.