A cash flow statement is useful for short term planning. A business enterprise needs sufficient cash to meet its various obligation in the near future such as payment for purchase of fixed assets, payment of debts maturing in the near future, expenses of the business etc.
i) It helps in efficient cash management – Cash is the basis for all operations and hence a projected cash flow statement will enable the management to plan and coordinate the financial operations properly. The management can know from which source it will be derived, how much can be generated internally and how much could be obtained from outside.
ii) It helps in internal financial management-It provides information about funds which will available from operation. This will help the management inn determining policies regarding the internal financial management eg, Possibility of repayment of long term debt, dividend policies, planning replacement of plant & machinery etc.