Achieving Treasury Vision 2010 at Bucher Industries

Bucher Industries AG

Bucher Industries AG

Branch
Mechanical and vehicle engineering
Employees
11,200 employees globally

Abstract

In 2007 Bucher developed its Treasury Vision, aiming to create a highly-automated operation including selecting and implementing a new TMS to replace its current combination of automated and manual processes. After consideration of various systems IT2 was selected as the new TMS and was implemented on a modular basis – first cash management, then accounting. The article describes the various challenges met along the way to straightthrough processing and the successful outcome with gains not only to the back office but elsewhere in the company.

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• Fides Multibanking Suite
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About Bucher Industries

Founded in 1807, Bucher Industries (‘Bucher’) has grown from a blacksmith’s shop to a global mechanical and vehicle engineering corporation. Today, Bucher manufactures state-of-the-art machinery and vehicles in production facilities located around the world. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange. In 2009, Bucher generated CHF 2,1 bn in sales with around 7200 employees.

Introduction

Before implementing a new treasury management system (TMS) Bucher had a combination of automated and manual processes for conducting treasury-related activities and for integrating transaction information into the corporate accounting system. We also had disparate systems and reports that formed the basis of our daily cash position on which dealing decisions are made. These needed to be reconciled manually and repeatedly, which was labour-intensive and intensive and prone to error, which in turn compromised our dealing decisions.

I had worked for Elopak previously, where we had implemented a Achieving Treasury Vision 2010 at Bucher Industries new TMS very successfully, so we were seeking to achieve the same degree of efficiency and automation at Bucher. In 2007, therefore we developed our Treasury Vision 2010, which aimed to create a highly automated, efficient operation, including selecting and implementing a new TMS. Our objectives were twofold:

• Firstly, to achieve full straight-through-processing for cash management

• Secondly, to automate the creation of accounting entries for treasury transactions (such as FX deals, sweeps, loans, deposit, interest, bank charges, FX gains/ losses etc.) with an interface to our general ledger system (Abacus) so that we could rely on up-to-date information at all times.

 

Implementing on Treasury Vision

Having gained internal approval and support for the project, we selected IT2 as our TMS, having considered two other alternatives. We found that the system was cost-effective and a key benefit was that we were able to implement on a modular basis, implementing cash management first and then moving on to accounting. The implementation was completed successfully, but there were challenges.

The balance sheet, P&L and posting rules were set up based on the existing ledger, however, we needed to redesign it to some extent, as we were not able to access the level of details we required. We went through a process of documenting the posting rules for all transactions, which proved helpful both for setting up the TMS, and for audit purposes. Once the posting rules had been defined and set up in the system, we started testing. After a few months, we started to build the interface, which took longer than expected to agree and implement the relevant file format. Having finalised this, we tested the system and interface for a further month and went live on 1 January 2009.

Project Outcomes

The amount of manual processing reduced dramatically as a result of implementing a new system, although initially it took some time for users to become familiar with the TMS and its capabilities. All treasuryrelated transactions are booked automatically in IT2’s accounting module based on the information received from the bank using MT940 messages through Fides, and on the projected items held within the system using daily market rates. Entries are transferred to Abacus on a daily basis. Consequently, we now have the confidence that our accounting system is up to date and we are able to perform our month-end close
on the second day after month end, or sooner. We can also drill down into individual entries, enabling full visibility over data.

With an annual volume of around 15,000 transactions that are transferred from our TMS to our accounting system, the efficiencies gained as a result of achieving 100% straight-through processing are substantial.

From a cash management perspective, we have also gained considerable improvements in our processes and the quality of data. Bank balances between IT2’s accounting module are reconciled with those of the cash management module and with the bank statements received by email from the bank, so we have a high degree of data integrity.

Our straight-through processing gains are not limited to the back office. In addition to interfaces to Fides for bank account information, and to our accounting system for transferring accounting entries, we have also implemented an interface to automated dealing portal 360T for deals transacted in the market, and with Misys for confirmation matching.

As a result of this major project, we have achieved our Treasury Vision 2010 goals, and implemented a worldclass treasury management infrastructure that meets our needs today, and will continue to do so as these evolve in the future.

Mauro d'Ambros - Treasurer, Bucher Industries

Mauro d’Ambros has been Treasurer of Bucher Industries AG since 2007. Previously he was Assistant Treasurer of Elopak from 2001-2005, and then Assistant Manager Treasury and Risk Management at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has a diploma in business administration and a Certificate of Advanced Studies Swiss Certified Treasurer.

About Fides

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