FP&A Indicator: February 2021
The FP&A Indicator survey was developed by members of the AFP FP&A Advisory Council, finance practitioners representing various industries and companies. It is administered by the Research Department of AFP, and the data is from a survey of independent FP&A practitioners. The Indicator has a single composite score based on three individual sub-scores that will be tracked over time. The sub-scores are as follows:
- Actual Most Recent Quarter (MRQ): how did your ACTUAL RESULTS compare to the most recent forecast? Data is gathered on 10 elements.
- Outlook: how has your company's OUTLOOK changed for the subsequent six months? Data is gathered on the same 10 elements.
- Risk: what is your company's RISK OUTLOOK for the next six months? Data is gathered across six risk categories.
AFP has launched the FP&A Indicator, a quarterly survey designed to take the pulse of the business community as seen from the point of view of the FP&A department. The survey was developed by members of the AFP FP&A Advisory Council.
Reading the results: This is a momentum survey, where the resulting number indicates the direction relative to past readings. A positive or increasing composite number indicates business growth; a negative or declining number indicates a diminished economic performance.View February 2021 Results
Survey demographics: The survey demographics are one of the unique attributes of the AFP community. For example, the 117 responses received illustrate the diversity of the AFP community in the following ways:
- Enterprise size: 21% had revenues of more than $1B, 37% had revenues of $100MM-$1B, and 32% had revenues below $100MM.
- Ownership structure was roughly evenly split among four categories: 29% publicly owned, 27% privately held, 23% privately held/private equity, and 21% government/non-profit.
- Industry: 18 different industries had representation of 2% or more.
- Seniority: 70% of respondents were directors, managers or analysts; 30% were VPs or CFOs.
Strength of the Indicator: AFP’s vision for the FP&A Indicator is long-term, and we expect its indicative strength will grow over subsequent quarters.
Timing of the survey: Future editions of the FP&A Indicator will be collected and reported on the following schedule:
|Survey is "in field"||Report is Issued|
|February 15 to the end of the month||March 15 (or following business day)|
|May 15 to end of the month||June 15 (or following business day)|
|August 15 to the end of the month||September 15 (or following business day)|
|November 15 to the end of the month||December 15 (or following business day)|
Participation: If you would like to be included in the FP&A Indicator survey, please email the AFP Research Department at Research@afponline.org.