Collections and Retention Trend Metric

Assuming that a contractor’s project team has done an effective job of aggressively billing the project, the biggest variable that remains for cash flow is the effectiveness of collections.

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A good way to look at this is in your aging buckets as a percentage of the total outstanding, excluding retention.  

Cash Flow: Collections Performance and Retention Trend.

You should see very little in the 91-plus day part of the bar chart, maybe a minor red tip at the worst.  

You should see a trend of the total percentage of your receivables that are 1-30 days or more past due coming down. We have seen contractors get these below 10% with rigorous attention to the collection process

The other trend to look at on this same graph is your retention outstanding. It is very easy for a contractor to get into growth mode and only taking on longer-term projects to have all their cash held in retention.  

Retention outstanding can be dramatically reduced by:


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