Finstro backing more small businesses to succeed

Discover how this rising fintech company has set up to scale on the international stage and support more small businesses to grow – using MYOB Advanced Business.

  • Multi-currency consolidation allows the finance team to report across multiple entities.
  • End-of-month reconciliation and reporting take 50% less time.
  • Set up to scale: the robust system has room to grow with Finstro.
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There are over two million registered small businesses in Australia, and Finstro has been helping some of those enterprises free up their time and cashflow to maximise their capacity for growth since 2014. 

Finstro is a business partner in Trade Payments and seeks to inspire growth in B2B trade through innovative and integrated financial solutions. After identifying a gap in the market for an innovative lending platform for smaller businesses, it wasn’t long before Finstro became a thriving entity on its own.

Finstro has already established operations in the Philippines in seven short years and is about to commence operations in the US market. With MYOB Advanced Business, the company is prepared to tackle its growth targets with easy reporting across multiple entities and processes from one system. 

Solving small business cashflow problems

Inconsistent cash flow can cause significant problems for many small businesses and often hinders people from achieving their financial goals. That’s where Finstro steps in. It's simple revolving lines of credit have provided over one billion dollars in finance to small business entities. 

Finstro has spent the past three years heavily investing in its proprietary technology, most recently launching its first card product to market. That means businesses can access credit more efficiently and adjust the repayment terms to meet business needs.

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Complex entity structure causing problems for old system

When Finstro was first established as a business unit of FC Capital, its finance system was Xero. When the company was spun out and separated, Finstro’s finance team realised it needed to find its own ERP system, explains Chief Financial Officer Mark Donovan.

Because of Finstro’s complex legal entity structure, it needed a system that had the power to consolidate and report across multiple entities – and allow for future growth into new regions.

“Normally, you’d probably just create a separate segment within your ERP system, but it was just too messy and too complex with the number of reporting entities that Finstro had at that point,” Mark says.

“And things have only gotten more complex since then,” he laughs.

MYOB hits critical multi-currency criteria

The finance team considered several options, but in the end, they chose Advanced Business for its capability to do multi-currency consolidation. With a subsidiary in the Philippines and soon-to-be in the US, the company needed to report in different currencies at an individual entity level and perform that all-important group-level consolidation.

"Multi-currency consolidation was a key criterion for the system and MYOB Advanced Business did that."
Mark Donovan Chief Financial Officer, Finstro
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Workflow efficiencies for finance and operations team

The nature of Finstro’s business means operations teams process an exorbitant volume of transactions per day. “As you can imagine, there’s a lot of reconciliation that needs to happen between cash received in the bank versus what we’ve got recorded in our systems,” explains Mark.

Previously, the management of those cash reconciliations was across multiple disparate systems. Advanced Business has streamlined those processes, providing greater efficiencies for all teams.

“We do all of that within MYOB which means there’s an audit trail, and review processes can be automated through the system.” 

Month-end takes 50% less time

Since implementing MYOB Advanced Business, one of the most significant improvements is how much less time it now takes for the finance team to do month-end close. The old system required a lot of manual data manipulation, which meant that typically, the books weren’t closed before working day 10.

"We’ve halved the time it took us to do month-end close. Now, we can do a full close for the entire Finstro group by business day five."
Mark Donovan Chief Financial Officer, Finstro

Automated authority and approval structures

Before Advanced Business, authority delegations and approvals were managed mainly by email and sometimes even paper. It was a process that lacked security and visibility. Today, all teams have a clear line of sight over approval processes. They’re able to delegate authority to people, especially mid-level managers, enabling them to review reconciliations that associates have performed.

"We wanted to automate our approval process and implement a proper audit trail, which MYOB Advanced Business allows us to do. Best of all, it provides people with accountability."
Mark Donovan Chief Financial Officer, Finstro
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Less manual manipulation, accurate financial reporting

At the top level, Advanced Business provides a “single source of truth” for Finstro, eliminating the need for manual workarounds of disparate systems. Specifically, Mark and his finance team can analyse data more efficiently. “It’s quite easy to drill down and identify reasons for variances, given that it’s all in the same system.” As a result of these changes, financial reporting is less dependent on manual currency conversions and spreadsheet consolidation. 

The team can extract all the reports they need from Advanced Business without worrying about the complexity of multiple jurisdictions and different reporting frameworks. That control and structure gives Finstro the confidence to tackle its growth targets head-on, Mark says.

“We need to replicate a lot of reconciliations and financial, operational processes for the US, and we know that MYOB Advanced Business can do that for us."

"Finstro has evolved in the past 12 to 18 months, and it’s been really easy to configure MYOB Advanced Business according to the changes in the business structure. I know with a lot of other ERP systems it would have been difficult to do what we’ve done with the MYOB Advanced platform."
Mark Donovan Chief Financial Officer, Finstro

Innovative fintech solutions support small businesses grow

  • Finstro helps small businesses free up time and cash flow to maximise their growth capacity by providing B2B trade credit solutions through its innovative lending platform.
  • The company has established operations in Australia and the Philippines and are actively expanding into the US market.

Improvements: upgrading to MYOB Advanced Business

  • Multi-currency consolidation allows the finance team to report across multiple entities
  • Detailed reporting provides high-level, real-time insights for informed business decision-making
  • Automated processes replace manual reconciliations and conversions, greatly increasing the efficiency of finance and operational teams
  • End-of-month reconciliation and reporting takes 50% less time
  • Automated delegations and authority approvals provide visibility and accountability
  • Set up to scale: powerful system has room to grow with Finstro

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